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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:

Monday, July 13, 2015 -- 7:00 to 8:50 PM 

Speakers:   Rachel Gibson, Local Govenrment Liaison, Santa Clara Valley Water District
  Kurt Elvert, Water Conservation Program Manager, San Jose Water Co.
Topic:   Water quotas, penalties and conservation.

    Important Notice:  The July meeting will be at a new venue, the SouthHills Campus of the WestGate Church, located at 6601 Camden Avenue.  This venue will afford us more parking, more seating and more comfortable seating.  To be more specific, we will be using the main meeting room on the ground floor of the "B" building, the center, white-topped building in the image below:

West Hills from the sky


Bob Boydston Honor  by AVCA Board

Speakers and topics at previous AVCA meetings


From Councilmember Khamis' mid-June Newsletter, a list of District 10 street projects::

Street forecast
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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

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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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.

Stated on their Web site (Umunhum Conservancy) in March-April, 2015, is:

"Help Protect the Tower!
Please 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.
Click here for more details!  "

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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.

AVCA 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 Directors.


Read the article at the link above to hear about the strong opinions for Almaden Lake heard at the September 5 public meeting.

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 date. 

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 and
2) their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SCVWD .

Almaden 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 future meetings.

Almaden 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 Q&A from 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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