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Welcome to the Almaden Valley Community Association – your on-line resource for activities in the Almaden Valley. The AVCA provides information of interest especially for the residents of Almaden Valley, which includes the area equivalent to Zip Code 95120 in San Jose, California.

Set aside the second Monday evening of each month to attend the AVCA meetings where great speakers help the AVCA improve the quality of living in Almaden Valley.

The next AVCA meeting will be on:

Monday, May 23, 2016 -- 7:00 to 9:00 PM 

Candidates' Forum for June Primary    Flyer for May 23

San Jose Council
District 10

Johnny Khamis (incumbent)
Mike Sodergren

Measure AA

Parcel Tax ($12) to Benefit San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority

Measure B

San Jose Sales Tax Increase ( percent)

Measure C

San Jose Marijuana Collectives' Zoning Changes

Important Notice:  The May meetings will be at the SouthHills Campus of the WestGate Church, located at 6601 Camden Avenue.  For more information, click here.

Also in May:

Monday, May 16
District 10 Meeting on Guadalupe Landfill Usage   (Flyer)
7:00 p.m. 
Almaden Community Center
6455 Camden Avenue

Wednesday, May 18
District 10 Meeting on San Jose City Budget   (Flyer)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Almaden Hills United Methodist Church
Main Auditorium
1200 Blossom Hill Road


New Planning and Zoning Report

Speakers and topics at previous AVCA meetings 

Street Renovation Status for Almaden Valley and Environs
Posted Nov. 9, 2015, Updated May, 2016

Street Treatment Status
Blossom Hill Road
     from Harwood to Meridian
Resurfacing Complete
Camden Avenue
     from Coleman Rd to Almaden Expwy
Resurfacing Work in Progress
Camden Avenue
     from Almaden Expwy to Shearwater
Resurfacing Complete
Camden Avenue
     from Shearwater to Harry Rd
Sealing Complete
Coleman Road
     from Redmond to Almaden Expwy
Resurfacing Complete
Santa Teresa
     from Blossom Hill to Steinbeck
Resurfacing Work in Progress
Trindidad Drive
     from Crown to Camden
Resurfacing Complete
Trindidad Drive
     from Almaden Expwy to Crown
Sealing Complete


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Senator Jim Beall, Assembly Members Evan Low and Mark Stone and Council Member Johnny Khamis were all participants in a forum on Public Safety on April 18, 2015. Some notes on that forum can be found at Almaden Valley Public Safety Forum, and more importantaly, you can see the 20 slides presented by Drew Soderborg and the 23 slides presented by Javier Aguirre.

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The San Jose City Council held a budget study session on January 20, 2015, to help new Council members learn more about the city's financial situation.  Here is a pdf file of that presentation.
San Jose's General Fund Structural Budget Deficit History
  & Service Restoration Priorities and Strategies

The file offers some sobering statistics regarding city financial obligations and potential ways to address them either with revenue enhancements or expense reductions or with a combination of the two.  Slide 8 shows a significant issue to address: rising retirement costs that represented 6.5% of the city's general fund expenditures in FY 2000-2001 and are now 20.7% in FY 2014-2015.

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Crimes have been occurring much more frequently in the Almaden Valley lately.  Visit the San Jose Police Department's Web site to read more about Crime Prevention Tips -- Home and Auto Burglary -- with sections on locks, windows, alarms, and other suggestions.

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District 10 City Councilmember, Johnny Khamis' Newsletters

Our Councilmember's Newsletters are always interesting.  This page offers the entire archive.

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Wild Pigs & Other Creatures Caught and Removed

Having a problem with wild pigs? other creatures?  Here are two links to licensed help in the San Jose and Santa Clara County area:

Wild Pig Removal Inc. - see detailed information about wild pigs, their trapping and shooting, and homeowner's choices for carcass disposition.

Creature Catchers - humane animal removal of wild pigs, rodents, gophers, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, skunks, feral cats, dead animal removal

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Almaden Valley Traffic

Transportation Report on Street Survey   In September of 2013, AVCA asked area residents to complete a Streets Survey. There is now a follow-up on some of the comments and requests made on this survey concerning "traffic calming issues" (traffic violations such as speeding and stop signs, signal timing, right-of-way control, and pedestrian safety).

This report also includes Department of Transportation (DOT) information on various programs and services that DOT provides including the StreetSmarts program for Walk n' Roll SJ! (students walking and bicycling between home and school), a Traffic Safety Tips Flyer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, and a list of Frequently Requested Telephone Numbers for Neighborhood Traffic Safety.  It would be a good idea to print this information, discuss it with members of your family, and keep it handy.

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Mount Umunhum Projects

Mount Umunhum Environmental Restoration & Public Access
The Board of The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District voted unanimously at the October 17, 2012 public meeting to keep the radar tower for five years, giving the public an opportunity to raise money to pay for preservation of the tower for the long-term future.  For information on work proceeding at the site, please visit the Web site discussing the Mount Umunhum Projects.

Umunhum Conservancy
has been formed to promote the cause of protecting, preserving, and operating Mount Umunhum and the Radar Tower and to raise funds for these purposes.  Visit their Web site to request being added to their mailing list and, if interested, sending a donation to help this cause.  Umunhum Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) organization, and your donations are tax-deductible as charitable contributions. 

At this stage, the Umunhum Tower is only 20% of the way to salvation, with a 2017 deadline.

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Almaden Lake Project

Alternatives 6 and 7 Proposed

Two new alternatives for the Almaden Lake area come from meetings with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and the Loma Prieta chapter of the Sierra Club. They are similar, and can be seen by reading this blog from the Water District and clicking on Feasible Alternative 6 and Feasible Alternative 7.  These alternatives have a large water area on the eastern side for boating and fishing, a reduced open space on the western side, and both have totally eliminated swimming.  An environmental consultant has been hired, and the Environmental Impact Report has to be prepared before the end of this year.

You can also read more information about the Almaden Lake Project progress in other parts of the Water District's online blog at http://almadenlakeproject.wordpress.com
The blog gives updates on Water District news.  You can post your comments, opinions, and concerns here at this blog.

Two other places to check on the Water District's project are

1) their Web site at http://www.valleywater.org/Mercury/AlmadenLake.aspx and
2) their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SCVWD .


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