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:
Monday, June 8,
2015 -- 7:00 to 8:50 PM
Almaden Community Center, Room 3
6445 Camden Avenue, San Jose 95120
|| Rachel Gibson, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Tony Tully, Office of Rate Payer Advocates (Water) CPUC
|| We will be discussing water and money, in some context.|
WHAT'S NEW AT
Boydston Honor by AVCA Board
and topics at previous AVCA meetings
NEW IN THE COMMUNITY
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
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
One item that may be of special interest to Almaden residents who are
tired of being bounced around our streets is listed in Johnny
Khamis' Mid-December Newsletter. Scroll
down to page 3 where you can read "2015 PAVEMENT MAINTENANCE
PROJECTS". It also includes a link to the San Jose
Department of Transportation's list of all streets in San Jose
scheduled for 2015 repair.
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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
Stated on their Web site (Umunhum
Conservancy) in March-April, 2015, is:
"Help Protect the Tower!
come to the April 16th meeting of the Santa Clara County Historical
Heritage Commission and ask them to put the Tower atop Mt. Umunhum on
the County’s Heritage Resource Inventory.
If the Tower is officially declared “historic” then it will be more
difficult to demolish.
If you support preserving the Tower, please come and
speak at the Historic Heritage Commission meeting on April 16th! The
meeting starts at 6:30pm in the Board of Supervisors chambers on the
first floor of 70 West Hedding in San Jose. The Commission will vote on
whether to recommend that the County Board of Supervisors include the
Tower on the Heritage Resource Inventory, which would provide some
protection against demolition.
here for more details! "
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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.
Position on Almaden Lake, November 15, 2013
AVCA has taken the position stated in the above document and has sent
the document to the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) Board of
Read the article at the link above to hear about the
strong opinions for Almaden Lake heard at the September 5 public
The next meeting, which was planned for Thursday,
October 3, was cancelled due to the conflict with the fall break for
San Jose Unified School District. The conflict meant that
many area residents would not be able to attend the meeting on this
Residents are invited to express their opinions at the
Santa Clara Valley Water District board meeting on Tuesday, October 22,
2013. This meeting will be held at the water district's
headquarters at 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, starting at 6:00 PM.
Everyone who wants to speak at this meeting is asked to fill out a
"Request To Speak" form, available outside the boardroom, at the
clerk's desk, or online at http://www.valleywater.org/About/QEMS.aspx
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
2) their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SCVWD
Lake Project, March 13, 2013 Meeting Report
by Bob Strain, AVCA President
The Santa Clara Valley Water District held this meeting to describe in
detail the methyl mercury and bird excrement problems at Almaden
Lake. Bob Strain has written this summary with attached
charts explaining the presentations and the feasible alternatives,
comments and questions from the audience, and a general schedule of
Lake Project, a Blog by SCVWD
The Santa Clara Valley Water District personnel learned at the March
13th Almaden Lake meeting just how much Almaden Valley residents care
about the lake and want to be involved in the problems and
solutions. This is the opening thought expressed on the new blog
recently started online by the SCVWD to present up-to-date information
about the Almaden Lake Project and ways for residents to let the SCVWD
know their thoughts and opinions.
SCVWD will be updating the blog regularly as they now realize
how important it is that they continue communication with area
residents. Some of the sections of the blog include
previous meetings, feasible alternatives for the lake project, and an
introduction to the project team. Many locations in the blog
include a place to send your comments or questions.
Readers can request that they be notified of updates as they are
posted. Notices of new postings will also appear on the SCVWD
Facebook page and through the NextDoor network.
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