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NAC Chair updates – Jodene Wanted to thank and express gratitude to Sean (owner of Subway) for donating sandwiches to our monthly meetings. Jodene attended the CAP Grant educational training. The proposed permit for high density building on Auzerais and Delmas is suggested from the city to be pulled as a result of building height was higher than originally discussed with Delmas Park NAC, thus potentially bringing more traffic congestion and people density in a limited area. Chris Jolliff, SJPD Update from SJPD around the Delmas area. The auto body shop (Josefa and Columbia) is not as active during the day shift or swing shift when he’s patrolling. The owner of the house across the street from the liquor store on Auzerais is trying to keep the area clear of any loitering. PAL building – no changes other than police patrolling for squatters/vandalism. One of the bigger occurrences lately is parking violations in the permit only areas. Female owner of home on Park near Josefa has been warned about homeless friends disturbing the peace, and must limit the alcohol consumption to her property only. Feedback regarding police response from one of the NAC members was positive. SJPD is very responsive to calls from residents. Khan Bui, District 3 Staff Director
Great American Litter Pick Up (national event) meeting set for Sat morning 830-1130am and
celebration lunch at 12 noon, Apr 12th. Call (408) 277-3208 for one of the several meeting locations around San Jose. They are reaching out for litter pick up volunteers. Advisory group meeting Mar 19th to decide on approving/denying a traffic calming survey, and discuss park priorities.
Juan Borelli, Planning Dept Sr. Planner The pending development rezone use permit for Delmas Park Towers is not yet withdrawn but is recommended to be withdrawn by the San Jose city council. A second pending conditional use permit to sell alcohol from a convenience store at 374 Bird Ave is also recommended to be withdrawn by the San Jose city council, being already over concentrated with local liquor stores, and immediately adjacent to a residential area. Dave Pieruccini, Code Enforcement Inspector Signage on the property at the corner of Auzerais and Bird will come down. 30-90 days given for compliance. Recent spike in graffiti on rollup doors of businesses on San Carlos that’s being monitored. Los Gatos creek between San Fernando and Park Ave has a transient issue. The SJPD is aware and a targeted clean and sweep of the area is scheduled. One of the main problems is the various points of entry along the creek either by the street of San Fernando or businesses along Autumn St that runs parallel to the creek. The empty lot on Auzerais between Bird and Josepha has been cleared, that one was a code case. If there are any code violations, please call 408.277.4528. A dispatcher will take the call and route it to the appropriate code inspector.
Jeff Krump & Shalini - CAP Grant update
SJSU Grad students that are going to be writing up the CAP grant proposal, and also looking
to help out with community outreach. They met with Art Nino and have compiled a short list of projects for the CAP grant which will be due April 4th, and the max request is $15,000. Green Valley Republic VTA Project – Update The proposed development site is located on 8.25 acres of land along West San Carlos and Sunol St in San Jose. In 2005 the VTA asked interested parties to submit proposals to acquire 5.6 acres of land along West San Carlos and Sunol streets. In 2006, Green Valley Republic LLC was awarded the exclusive right to negotiate with the VTA to purchase the property. Currently the VTA and Green Valley Republic LLC are in the process of finalizing their Deposition Development Agreement (DDA), the land purchase contract. GVR LLC is still in the conceptual planning and design phases for the proposed development. The conceptual idea is to build a TOD (Transit Oriented Development) with a mix of residential units, retail, parks, and open space. The prelim design includes multiple low and mid-rise buildings, ranging in height from 60-120 feet (approx 6-12 stories). GVR LLC is also focusing on sustainable design meeting the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification requirements and City of San Jose Green Building Practices. They are also interested in community engagement and are planning several community meetings for Q&A and project updates. Next community meeting is at Lincoln High School, Tues March 18th at 6:30pm. Following meeting with Burbank/Del Monte NAC on Thurs March 27th, at 7pm Sherman Oaks community center 1800A Fruitdale Ave. Kathy and Craig questioned the impact of additional children and local school support and also safety issues of children crossing major streets to get to school. Feedback will be taken back and addressed. Also the challenge to come up with creative ideas to address limited parking requirements for new residents where as the current limitations just doesn’t work. Concerns about additional traffic onto 280 from Bird, and also Auzerais were also brought up for discussion. Our City Forest – Erin The mission of Our City Forest is to cultivate a greener, healthier urban environment and a renewed sense of community by involving Silicon Valley residents in the understanding, planting and care of the urban forest. Grants for Neighborhoods - Free Shade Trees: Free 15-gallon shade trees are available for planting along streets and on public school grounds. Please contact us to inquire about the availability of grants for planting in your neighborhood. Plantings of 15 or more trees are especially encouraged and will receive first priority for scheduling. Our City Forest provides free trees and materials through special grants it obtains in collaboration with municipalities. Since 1994, Our City Forest has given away over 40,000 15gallon shade trees and helped resident volunteers plant these trees in dozens of neighborhoods, 200 schools and 40 parks. With its focus on community involvement and tree stewardship, Our City Forest is proud of its track record of mobilizing 100,000+ volunteers in planting 40,000 trees with a tree survival rate of nearly 90% (City of San José audit). Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Our City Forest at (408) 998-733. Website is http://www.ourcityforest.org/
Anna Le, SNI Team Manager Review of Top Ten Initiatives DP01 (Improve Park Ave) is on hold until the DPW begins the design process for the Delmas Park underground utilities expected to begin 2009. DP02 (Housing Painting/Rehab project). Next step is to complete fliers and invite neighbors to come to the next NAC meeting Apr 14th where a workshop will be held to educate the candidates and applications will be filled out. DP03 (Maintain and Improve Los Gatos Creek Area) Subcommittee to review to see if we should include fund requests from CAP grant for clean up. Chris Palfi to call Santa Clara Valley Water District regarding fencing of accessible areas into the creek. Minachi Ganjoo possible contact at the SCVWD. DP04 (Traffic Calming Studies/Measures) – DOT staff will perform feasibility analysis on traffic calming proposal by late March 2008 and report to Delmas Park NAC May 2008. DP05 (Plant and Improve Street Trees). Our City Forest presented at the March Delmas Park NAC meeting and Jodene suggested to also handing out OCF tree grant applications to candidates that also may look to request city funding from the DP02 Initiative. DP06 (Increase Dumpster Days). Will look to include in CAP grant if feasible. DP07 (Enhance Gifford Ave/West San Carlos pedestrian crossing) – Khan to contact rep at Cal Trans by end of March to discuss next steps. DP08 (Improve and expand community outreach) – Discussed possible quarterly or bi-monthly expanded meetings for the larger community, and keep the monthly meetings with the core residents. Other possible ideas still being discusses. DP09 (Street/Sidewalk improvements) – no update DP10 (Enhance events management communication) – no update. For the April NAC meeting: Next meeting will be focused on DP02 (Housing Painting/Rehab project) where neighbors can participate in a workshop to educate them on the program and applications can be filled out.
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