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.
The next AVCA meeting will be:
Monday, January 13, 2014 -- 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Click to see speakers and topics at past AVCA meetings.
WHAT'S NEW AT
See the AVCA Position on Almaden Lake in the next section, "What's New in the Community"
AVCA Meeting on October 21, 2013
Several subjects which were discussed after Mayor Reed's talk at the October 21st AVCA meeting can be most easily explained by reading about them in District 10 City Councilmember Johnny Khamis' early October and Mid-October Newsletters. The two subjects, which will also be mentioned below on this page, are:
1) Measure P Softball Complex, and the Soccer Complex, the last two of the 95 projects which were funded when the voters approved the Measure P for "constructing new recreational sports facilities."
2) Video Contest, "SJ Between the Lines," open to all high school students in the City of San Jose, about the importance of safe driving.
You can find and read Councilmember Khamis' newsletters here:
A short summary is in Councilmember Khamis' newsletters, and with his permission that section is reproduced here:
At the last Neighborhood Services and Education Committee meeting, staff from Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services gave a progress report regarding Measure P Bond funded softball facility. I want to thank all of those who attended the meeting, and/or wrote letters voicing their opinions on the matter. Within the next several weeks, this issue will be brought before Council, and I would like to know your thoughts. Below you will find more information on the Bond Measure and the 6 feasible locations for the softball complex. Please read over the information, visit the link below for visual aids, and let us know what you think. Contact my office at email@example.com or call 408-535-4910.
In November 2000, San Jose voters approved a $228 million bond (Measure P) that provided funding for "constructing new recreational sports facilities." To date, the City has completed 93 of the 95 projects funded under this bond measure, including renovations to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, renovations to 69 neighborhood parks, seven regional parks, nine community centers, and five trail projects that are now open to the public. The remaining projects to be completed are the Coleman Soccer complex which has been awarded as a design/build construction project and is expected to break ground within the next few months and the softball complex. There is currently $17 million remaining in the park bond measure with $9.7 million of the funding appropriated to softball and a contingency reserve for the overall progam of $7.2 million.
On December 18, 2012, the Mayor and City Council approved an exclusive due diligence agreements with Hopkins Real Estate Group for the potential development of the Singleton Landfill for use as a destination sports complex and retail development.
Additionally, the Mayor and City Council approved the following six sites for staff to evaluate as potential locations for a bond funded softball complex:
To read about each location in detail, please visit this link: http://sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/22217"
There are five categories for contest videos:
The Web site SJ Between the Lines has details about contest rules, how to submit a video, where to send questions, and the names of local companies and individuals who are sponsoring this contest and helping with the prizes. Yes, there are good prizes, so put on your thinking cap and think "safety"!
The deadline for submitting a registration form and video is December 2nd, 2013, so start thinking "outside the box" to make a video that gets people watching... and thinking safety.
WHAT'S NEW IN THE COMMUNITY
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, has been 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
Two other places to check on the Water District's project are 1) their Web site at
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.
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.
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.
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