Archive for the ‘Johnny Khamis’ Category

TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana Park Maintenance

TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana Parks are part of Maintenance District One, divided into three areas, or routes.  Our parks are two of twelve facilities including the Almaden library and community center and four other parks.  The staff caring for all 12 facilities consists of one Gardener and two Grounds workers.  We currently have an unfilled position of Maintenance Assistant that needs to be filled.  Two mowers are assigned to mow the 82.2 acres of turf in the district, so we are assigned every other Friday for our mowing days. On June 13 the soccer field renovation was mowed for the first time.

Irrigation, weeds, and rodents continue to be our worst nightmares.  Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services  are discussing the possibility of creating an irrigation strike team for the city to help with our never ending problems with our ancient irrigation system.

Remember, if you see an irrigation break, or something in the park that needs to be taken care of, send an email, with picture, if possible, to rzahner1@mac.com.

MFPA Vice President, Richard Zahner

 

Tell the San Jose City Council to improve the maintenance of our Parks

 

The San Jose City Council approved some token additions to the 2017/2018 budget for parks maintenance.  We are not likely to see any improvements, as the additions will go to parks that are rated much lower than ours.   There are still NO plans to fund the rehabilitation of neighborhood parks.  If the city council would take a realistic approach to maintaining our parks, we would definitely see some improvements.  Otherwise it will be business as usual in our parks and they will continue to deteriorate.

So how do we get the council to take action that will benefit Jeffrey Fontana and T. J. Martin parks?  The answer lies in LETTING THE COUNCIL MEMBERS KNOW THAT WE WANT TO SEE CHANGE AND THAT WE VOTE.  Here is an example of something that happened during the council’s last budget planning session.  There were a token number of attendees from MFPA and other San Jose park advocates.  However, one group that wanted a budget addition of $183,000 for their cause showed up in force.  They had Tee Shirts that identified them and they took the opportunity to make their two-minute pitches to the council.   The end result was that they got their $183,000 addition.  And by the way, their addition came out of the Park’s budget.

That action was effective but it’s only one way to get the council member’s attention.  Here are some suggestions that all of us could take to make our concerns known:

  • Send hard copy letters to our council member and to the other city council members expressing your concerns.  The letters are even more effective if they are signed by multiple residents.  If there is a pending discussion of parks or park budgets send the letters to the City Clerk as well.
  • Hard copy letters are the most effective but e-mails will also work.
  • Attend the neighborhood budget planning sessions.
  • Attend the pertinent council sessions and be vocal.  All attendees are allowed two minutes to make their points to the council.  You can include PowerPoint presentations if you like.  The atmosphere is not overwhelming and the Mayor and Council members will listen to what you have to say.  The more attendees who speak on the same subject the more effective the message will be.
  • Continue to support MFPA as membership numbers count.
  • Pay attention to MFPA requests for support when they are posted on the web site and/or sent via e-mail.   We will alert you to the important issues.
  • And please consider joining San Jose Park Advocates.  There is no membership fee but you will get timely and insightful information about overall San Jose park issues.  The website is: www.sjparksadvocates.org   Click on “Contact” to add your information.

Remember there is strength in numbers!

Richard Grialou, MFPA Political/Agency Liaison Chair

A Budget Letter from San Jose Park Advocates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a letter that Jean Dresden of San Jose Park Advocates is sending to the San Jose City Council regarding the 2017/2018 City Budget.  San Jose Parks Advocates offers these comments on the proposed operating and capital budgets for FY 2017G18:  City Council Budget letter

 

 

San Jose City Council’s Report on Sustainable Park Maintenance

For those who couldn’t attend, here’s a video link to the report on Sustainable Park Maintenance presented on the 22nd of March at the San Jose City Council meeting.

Ready for Action !

 

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From left to right are: Pat Wagstaff (Recording Secretary), Greg Caillat (Director), Robert Braunstein (Director), Sunny Wagstaff (Director), Mike Kalashian (Treasurer), Rich Grialou (Director), Dick Stevens (PG&E Negotiations Chair but not a Board member), Linda Wilson (Past President), Rod Carpenter (President), and Linda Opp (Correspondence Secretary).  Not present is our new Vice President,Rich Zahner.

After conducting business, Linda Wilson, the outgoing President was presented an award for her time and service by incoming new President, Rod Carpenter.

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From left to right are Johnny Khamis (District 10 Councilmember), Linda Wilson, and Rod Carpenter.

Martin-Fontana Parks Association recognized at CPRS dinner

On Thursday the 23rd of February, the Martin-Fontana Parks Association was recognized at this year’s California Parks and Rec Society (CPRS) Appreciation Dinner held at the Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino.

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Representing MFPA at the event, from left to right were Ron Wilson, Dick Stevens, Ellie Carpenter, Rod Carpenter, Johnny Khamis, Mike Kalashian, Nancy Kalashian, Larry Sasscer, and Linda Wilson. (Photo provided by Johnny Khamis)

Here are some of the other Strut Your Mutt Dog Parade Participants

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San Jose Mercury News interviews MFPA President Linda Wilson concerning park conditions

Martin, Fontana parks get a boost

By Julia Baum

jbaum@bayareanewsgroup.com

SAN JOSE — Preserving some of the city’s most prized natural treasures has been an ongoing challenge for the Martin-Fontana Parks Association, which hosts its seventh annual “Heart of the Park” fundraiser and membership drive on Saturday.

This year, the volunteer group is spotlighting its struggle to maintain or upgrade TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana parks with dwindling resources.

The group and San Jose’s parks and recreation department want to see new irrigation systems and turf installed in three areas, including the soccer fields. Native plants and mature oak trees thrive in the 33 acres that make up both parks, but non-native assets such as a grove of redwoods have been struggling to survive this past year due to budget cuts, drought and even gophers and squirrels.

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