February 2017 Newsletter

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A letter from Jean Dresden of the San Jose Park Advocates

Here’s a letter, dated Feb. 5th, from Jean Dresden.  Jean is a member of the San Jose Park Advocates sjpagroup (an all volunteer group of neighborhood association leaders).  This letter was presented to the San Jose City Council Neighborhood Services & Education, (NSE), committee. In It you will find a good summary of current San Jose park issues.

 

Here’s a link to read the letter:  parkconditionsnse2017feb9item3sjparksadvocates.

 

Adopt-a-Park volunteers save the day

What a great workday, Sunday, February 12! The weather was awesome.  Students from Rancho Milpitas Middle School, San Jose High School and other volunteers met at McAbee to prune roses and weed the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden. Thanks to Adopt-a-Park and PRNS, we had all the necessary tools and support to remove one and a half truck-loads of debris. Thanks to Martin-Fontana Parks Association, volunteers were properly checked in and there was water and snacks to keep everyone focused. The roses were pruned and thinned so that we should have a wonderful 2017 bloom. Work was also done on the east side of McAbee in the two scout projects; and a pile of wood chips, recently delivered to East Fontana, on the east-side of the Golf Creek Bridge, was partially spread. PRNS will be bringing in a small front-loader to help in this process. All in all, we thank those that helped with yesterday’s project.

One word to those of us that use McAbee. When there is a coordinated effort such as this, and it is necessary for volunteers to work curb-side, please exercise caution; please slow down. Those commuting on McAbee in general exceed the posted limit. Even with middle school children negotiating wheelbarrows in the bike path on McAbee, vehicles maintained their speed. So folks, in general, if you see a work party, slow. Those florescent-pink vested workers and their stewards would appreciate it.

Patrick P. Pizzo,

MFPA Project Coordinator

 

Pat Pizzo wonders what San Jose was like when the Europeans first settled

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Are you of the opinion that the Guadalupe we see today is the Guadalupe the Spanish encountered when they arrived at the end of the 18th Century? Of course not! San Jose has undergone dramatic growth and Flood Control quickly became a main objective of Valley Water (and the predecessor agencies). Yet we hear of the efforts to bring back the Coho Salmon and the Steelhead Trout.

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In this close-up map, Hervey Lane is about where “The Heirs of M. Hervey” is written. Alma is the border between the Devincenzi and Goldstein Parcels.

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In this overview map, River Glen is at the east-end of the Willow Glen Fruit Union Parcel. That is where the spring is located… at the intersection of Pine and Bird. The intersection of Minnesota and Willow is top-dead-center on the overview map (yes- they do intersect!

Should we not have a baseline idea of what was, before we plow ahead in this conservation effort? This link will explain that the Guadalupe Creek/River was not originally continuous: circa 1777, El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe [The Town of Saint Joseph of Guadalupe]. The discontinuity occurred near Koch and Lincoln (present day streets) and extended to about Willow Glen Way and Old Almaden Road. Want to know more? Read on!

*Pat Pizzo, who submitted this article, is a long time Martin-Fontana Parks Association member & Project Coordinator.

 

Soccer fields to be treated for Broadleaf Weeds

Frank Maldonado Jr., Senior Maintenance Worker for San Jose’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, has informed us that they will be spraying the TJ Martin sports field for Broadleaf weeds after the rains.

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Sometime during the week of the 5th through the 11th of Feb. or the following week. They will be applying two applications. After the 1st week of March they will fertilize, aerate, and reseed the turf.  The next step in the process will be to fence off the field.

The sports field is located at the western intersection of Meridian Avenue and Oakglen Way in TJ Martin Park.

PG&E Gas Pipeline Safety & Our Trees

Martin-Fontana Park Association Board Members Linda Wilson, Rod Carpenter and Rich Zahner met with Don Hall and two other PG&E representatives recently to discuss two issues.

The MFPA agenda was our request that PG&E fund the proposed Sustainable Parks Initiative (SPI). We requested $20,000 from PG&E in 2017 to be matched by MFPA to plant trees and bushes, complement the PRNS Staff, and improve the appearance and utility of the Parks.

The PG&E agenda was to explain the Gas Transmission Pipeline safety program being conducted by PG&E. See the PG&E memo below for details. In summary they will remove about 150 trees along Almaden Expressway located over the gas pipeline that supplies all of the valley. The trees are on both City and County property (no private property as far we know) between McAbee Road and Rajkovich Way. PG&E is committed to replacing the trees. The question is where and they suggested planting a number of trees in both TJ Martin Park and Jeffrey Fontana Park. We did not object to the idea and talked generally about numbers, types and location.

PG&E held an Information Table at the Fontana Dog Park entrance on Saturday the 11th of February from 8AM to 11AM. The work to remove trees is likely to begin in late spring. We might get them to spread the wood chips as mulch for the Parks bare spaces.

PG&E’s memo on the program:

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is working with the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County to help ensure safety crews have immediate access to natural gas transmission pipelines in case of an emergency or for important maintenance work. This gas safety work involves removing and replacing trees and structures that are located too close to the gas pipeline and could delay access for first responders or damage the pipeline. Work is expected to begin this spring on Almaden Expressway between McAbee Road and Rajkovich Way. Please note there is no work taking place at TJ Martin Park or Jeffrey Fontana Park. PG&E understands how important trees are to the local community, and will work closely with residents in close proximity to the work to offer replacement trees to be planted at a safe distance from the pipeline.

For more information about the planned safety work, please contact PG&E customer outreach specialist Emily Sloan at 1-650-737-2001 or emily.sloan@pge.com. You can also learn more about all of PG&E’s ongoing gas safety efforts at pge.com/GasSafety.

Emily Sloan      Customer Outreach Specialist, Senior

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Office: (650) 598-7278

Cell: (650) 737-2001

Email: emily.sloan@pge.com

Learn more about PG&E’s gas safety efforts at pge.com/GasSafety

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MARTIN-FONTANA PARKS ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

WANT TO TAKE YOUR CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN TO THE PLAYGROUND ?

WANT TO TAKE YOUR DOG TO THE DOG PARK ?

WANT TO SIT ON A PARK BENCH AND ENJOY A PLEASANT MORNING ?

WANT TO SEE AND SMELL THE BLOSSOMS OF SPRING AND

ENJOY THE SHADE THAT OUR PARK TREES PROVIDE ?

WANT TO ENJOY A BUTTERFLY GARDEN?

ALL OF THESE THINGS CAN CONTINUE AND IMPROVE

WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT.

 

The Martin-Fontana Parks Association is having its annual membership drive during the months of January and February.  Our mission is to help beautify our two parks, maintain and enhance the trees and plantings we have, and to save the parks for the future.

Individual memberships are $20 per year

Family memberships are $35 per year

*Membership applications may be found in the information box attached to the kiosk in front of the Jeffrey Fontana dog park or on our website

Please consider joining us as we seek to improve and preserve our two parks here in Almaden valley.

Please note: We are a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.