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.
next AVCA meeting will be on:
Monday, October 12,
2015 -- 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Ray Bramson, Homeless Response Manager
Housing Department, City of San Jose
San Jose's Homeless Problems (tentative title)
Notice: The October meeting will be at the SouthHills Campus of the
WestGate Church, located at 6601 Camden Avenue. This
venue affords us more parking, and better seating.
To be more specific, we will be using the main meeting room
the ground floor of the "B" building, the center, white-topped building
in the image below:
WHAT'S NEW AT
and topics at previous AVCA meetings
NEW IN THE COMMUNITY
Councilmember Khamis' mid-June Newsletter, a list of District 10 street
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Senator Jim Beall, Assembly Members Evan Low and Mark
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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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
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:
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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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
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District 10 City Councilmember, Johnny
Our Councilmember's Newsletters are always interesting. This page offers the entire archive.
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Pigs & Other Creatures Caught and Removed
Having a problem with wild pigs? other creatures? Here are
links to licensed help in the San Jose and Santa Clara County area:
Pig Removal Inc. - see detailed information about
wild pigs, their trapping and shooting, and homeowner's choices for
Catchers - humane animal removal
of wild pigs, rodents, gophers, squirrels,
raccoons, opossums, skunks, feral cats, dead animal removal
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Report on Street Survey
In September of 2013, AVCA asked area residents to complete
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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Umunhum Environmental Restoration & Public
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.
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
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
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
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