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City Manager's Blog - April 2 - April 13, 2018

Post Date:04/16/2018 11:01 AM
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Welcome to the latest edition of the City Manager's Biweekly Blog. You may download this report as a PDF.  To view past posts or subscribe to receive these on eNotify, please visit www.santaclaraca.gov/cmblog 


GENERAL INFORMATION

Sculpture Exhibition Opens April 9: The City of Santa Clara’s 8th Biennial Indoor Sculpture Exhibition opened to the public on April 9 with displays of artwork in both City Hall and the Central Park Library. This year’s theme, “Out of the Darkness, Light”, inspired multiple artists to incorporate LED, Electro-Luminescent wire, and fiber-optic light features in their sculptures. 25 artists were selected to display at the exhibition. A media advisory was sent out on April 6, 2018 regarding the event. For more info, please visit www.santaclaraca.gov/sculptureexhibition   

egg huntFamilies Enjoyed the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Pool-Ooza: The 43rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt was held on March 31 in Central Park. Nearly 5,000 people attended this year and 16,000 candy and toy filled eggs were given away. Families enjoyed the Easter egg hunts, photos with the Easter Bunny, bounce houses, community booths, free giveaways and a bunny trail egg hunt maze for children under two and children with special needs. The City of Santa Clara appreciates the generous donations from the Santa Clara Kiwanis for this great event.

The Annual Easter-Pool-Ooza was also held on March 31 at the International Swim Center. This eventeasterpooloza was attended by 45 registered children who were able to hunt for eggs in the pool. At the end of the final round, a raffle was drawn for each age group and the lucky winner received a gift basket. The grand finale was a raffle for all participants to win a free two-week swim lesson through our Parks and Recreation department.

Have you checked out the Spring/Summer 2018 Activity Guide? Check out the latest in classes and programs online at www.santaclaraca.gov/government/departments/parks-recreation. Printed copies of the Activity Guide are available at the Community Recreation Center, Teen Center, Youth Activity Center, Senior Center, City Hall and City libraries. Registration is now open online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/santaclara/

George F. Haines International Swim Center (ISC) Maintenance Closure of Pools April 9-11: The ISC was closed April 9 through April 11, 2018 for pool maintenance tasks including deck repair, diatomaceous earth (DE) filtration replenishment, and tile repair as well as grand stand cleanup. The repair of the men’s shower area is being addressed as a separate project.

Santa Clara Officer Recognized for Crisis Intervention: On April 2, Santa Clara Police Officer Samuel Miceli was recognized at the County Board of Supervisors meeting. Officer Miceli received the Santa Clara Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer of the Year Award for two separate acts in which he facilitated peaceful outcomes to two dangerous situations. On July 29, 2017, he responded to a request for emergency assistance from an ambulance. A patient had slipped his restraints and armed himself with an oxygen tank in the back of the ambulance. Officer Miceli engaged in de-escalation dialogue with the patient and gained rapport. The patient stated he wanted to end in “suicide by cop”. Officer Miceli’s patience and effective communication assured the patient that he did not need to die. Officer Miceli was eventually able to convince the patient to peacefully surrender. On October 9, 2017, Officer Miceli responded to the report of a male on a freeway overpass contemplating suicide. Officer Miceli used his CIT training to gain his trust and compliance. The man eventually moved from the freeway side of the wall and was safely taken into custody and transported to Emergency Psychiatric Services. 

Santa Cara County Communications Manager’s Award Ceremony: On April 9, the Annual Dispatch Award ceremony was held in San Jose. City of Santa Clara Public Safety Dispatcher Chris Schiller was recognized as our agency’s dispatcher of the year and Senior Public Safety Dispatcher Naomi Dale was also recognized as our agency’s dispatcher supervisor of the year.

In addition, the Santa Clara Dispatch Center along with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Dispatcher Center received the Special Achievement Award for being the first agencies in the County to offer Text-to-911 to their residents. The cities of Santa Clara and Sunnyvale teamed up with the California Highway Patrol to lead the region to provide a service that would allow people to send text messages to 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. Using Text-to-911 in an emergency can be helpful in dangerous situations, if you are deaf/hard of hearing or have a speech disability. The “Call if you can, text if you can’t” campaign was promoted via websites and through social media and received great support from local news outlets. While traditional phone calls are always preferred, emergency texts could be a lifesaver!

SCFD Wildfire TrainingSanta Clara Fire Department Begins Annual Wildfire Response Training: In April, the Fire Department commenced their annual wildfire response training. Each summer and fall, our firefighters respond to large-scale wildfires throughout California when requested through the statewide mutual aid system. This refresher training sharpens important skills which allow firefighters to provide evacuation assistance, emergency medical care, and structure protection services in the wildfire environment. Last year, Santa Clara Fire Department responders provided firefighting assistance in several   counties, and were busy through mid-December.

Ad Hoc Districting Advisory Committee Held April 12: A public hearing was held on April 12 when the Ad-hoc Districting Advisory Committee heard public input and feedback on preliminary draft plans for Council Districts. Eight maps were presented at the meeting. To view the preliminary draft plans, please visit the website at www.santaclaraca.gov/districtelections

To provide your feedback and preference on district boundaries included on the draft plans, please email districts@santaclaraca.gov or call the City Clerk’s office at (408) 615-2220.

Triton Museum Lease Agreement Renewal: The City of Santa Clara and the Triton Museum of Art entered into a twenty (20) year lease agreement on April 16, 1998, which will end on April 15, 2018. The lease agreement allowed the City and Triton to renew the lease for two additional five-year terms. In accordance with Council delegated authority, the City Manager executed an amendment to the lease agreement to extend the lease for an additional five-year term, beginning on April 16, 2018 and ending on April 15, 2023. The City looks forward to continuing its relationship with the Triton Museum of Art and collaborating to bring art and culture to Santa Clara.

Tip-A-Cop for Special Olympics: Members of the Santa Clara Police Department volunteered on April 12, as celebrity wait staff, helping to serve and refill drinks in exchange for "tips” at California Pizza Kitchen (3535 Monroe Street) to raise money for Special Olympics Northern California. Special Olympics Northern California provides athletic opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, and instills the confidence they need to succeed in life. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® raises significant funds to support these efforts. 

rocket leagueTeen Center Rocket League Season 2 Grand Finals: On March 23, the Teen Center hosted the sport of the future, Rocket League, a soccer video game played with rocket powered cars. Players are assigned to a team and use the vehicles to hit a ball into their opponent’s goal and score points over the course of a match. The High School Rocket League Tournament brought in over 30 gamers from Santa Clara and Wilcox High Schools who played and spectated. Together, players could connect, collaborate and compete in a safe venue like the Teen Center. To view a video the Wilcox High School Audio Video Club produced of the championship match: Visit the link at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMDF0fam-z8

Volunteer Recognition Event Held at Senior Center: On April 4, the Senior Center held their annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner to thank allSenior Center Volunteer Recognition volunteers that give their time and service and enhance the many programs at the Senior Center. With more than 90 in attendance, volunteers enjoyed a “Hawaiian” themed evening. The Senior Center currently has 125 active volunteers who serve in a variety of areas including: Dining Out Nutrition Program, Fitness Center, Snack Bar, Adventures to Go Travel Program, Senior Center drop-in activities, Health & Wellness, Social Events. Cumulatively, volunteers have served 10,500 hours between July 1 and the February 28. Thank you to our amazing volunteers!

Active Living Every Day Held at the Senior Center: Active Living Every Day was held March 1-17 at the Senior Center,. This unique, evidenced-based program taught the skills needed to get off the couch and be on the move. Based on the research study Project Active at The Cooper Institute, each week participants explore topics such as overcoming barriers to activity, setting realistic goals, and building confidence. Subsequent sessions will be scheduled throughout the year. For more info, call the Senior Center at (408) 615-3170.

Parks and Recreation Staff Emergency TrainingParks & Recreation Staff Attend Emergency Volunteer Center Workshop: Parks & Recreation staff attended the Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) workshops in Morgan Hill and Palo Alto on March 23 and 29. The objectives of the workshop were to learn the roles and responsibilities of EVC operations, including activation, staffing, public information and demobilization. Participants now have a clear understanding of how the EVC works in coordination with the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS). The workshop conducted an activation of an EVC during the workshop, which involved multiple scenarios and role-play.

12th Annual Wildflower Day Success! The 12th Annual Wildflower Day was held at Ulistac Natural Area Ulistacon April 7. Nearly 1,000 people attended and participated in general ecology tours, professional birdwatching tours and visiting booths. Attendees could learn about a range of subjects from increasing their knowledge about native plants, becoming master gardeners, to taking care of reptiles. Families could be seen throughout the park, enjoying nature and taking leisurely strolls. For more info, visit www.santaclaraca.gov/ulistac

Mission City Memorial Park: Looking for your ancestors? Check our burial records to see if your loved ones are interred in our park. http://santaclaraca.gov/government/departments/parks-recreation/cemeteries. During the month of April, the display case in the East wing at City Hall (1500 Warburton Avenue) will feature Mission City Memorial Park. Learn more about the park, the components of burial, and see that Love Lives On. For more info, call Mission City Memorial Park at (408) 615-3790 or visit Cemeteries | City of Santa Clara

3402 El Camino Real (The Deck): Staff has completed review of a request for a rezoning from Thoroughfare Commercial (CT) to Planned Development for 66 units mixed use development, including 9,919 square feet of commercial space. The project is scheduled for the April 11, 2018 Planning Commission meeting and the May 8, 2018 City Council hearing. The application was formally submitted in April 2017, if the project is approved by Council, the overall processing timeline will be 13 months, excluding the project’s preliminary review. The project requested to be part of the “pipeline projects” to move forward before the completion of the Camino Real Specific Plan outreach process. Some delay to the project occurred as the applicant initially did not provide an Initial Study required to complete the environmental review for the project. Additional review time was required with the Fire Department due to a unique proposal for providing fire access with only one driveway access to and from the project.

1375 El Camino Real (Catalina SCS Development): Staff has completed review of a request for a rezoning from Thoroughfare Commercial (CT) to Planned Development for 54-unit townhouse development, including eight live/work units. The project is scheduled for the May 9, 2018 Planning Commission and the May 22, 2018 City Council hearing. The application was formally submitted in June of 2017 so that the overall processing timeline will be 11 months, excluding the project’s preliminary review. The typical review timeline for Planned Development zonings is 12 months, although shorter timelines are possible.

575 Benton (Prometheus Real Estate Group): Staff has completed review of a request for a General Plan Amendment (GPA) from Santa Clara Station High Density Residential to Santa Clara Station Very High Density Residential, a rezoning to Planned Development (PD), approval of a Vesting Tentative Parcel Map, and approval of a Development Agreement (DA) for the project to allow development of a proposed residential mixed-use project. The project is scheduled for the May 9 Planning Commission and the May 22 City Council hearing. The application was formally submitted in February 2017.

2780 El Camino Real (Moonlite Lanes): Staff has completed review of a request for a General Plan Amendment from Regional Mixed Use to Medium Density Residential, rezoning from Community Commercial (CT) to Planned Development, and Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map for a 58 unit townhome development.  A Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared for the project and has been circulated for 30-day public and agency review, beginning on April 2, 2018 and ending on May 3, 2018, and which is available for review online at www.santaclaraca.gov/ceqa. The project is tentatively scheduled for the May 9th Planning Commission and the May 22 City Council hearing.  A community meeting is scheduled for April 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Clubroom at the Hearth Apartments, 2870 Kaiser Drive.

1900 Warburton Avenue (Samir Sharma): Staff is nearing completion of the review of a request for a rezoning from General Office (OG) to Planned Development for a 12-unit townhouse development at 1900 Warburton Avenue. The application was formally submitted in November 2017.  A community meeting is scheduled for April 19, 2018 at the Santa Clara Senior Center at 6:00 p.m.  Notices were mailed out to neighbors within a 500-foot radius on April 9, 2018. The project is tentatively scheduled for the May 22 Planning Commission and June 26, 2018 City Council hearing, pending the outcome of the community meeting.

1205 Coleman Avenue (Gateway Crossings): Staff is completing review of a request for a General Plan Amendment from Regional Commercial, High Density Residential and Very High Density Residential to Very High Density Residential with a minimum commercial FAR of 0.2; amendment to the General Plan Land Use Map for the Santa Clara Station Focus Area to reflect the General Plan change; Zoning Code text amendment to add new zoning designation to facilitate the development of land uses and building types proposed; Rezone from Light Industrial (ML) to Very High Density Mixed Use; Vesting Tentative Parcel Map and Development Agreement to construct a mixed-use development consisting of 1,600 residential units, a 182,000 square foot full service hotel, 15,000 square feet of ancillary retail, a 2.2 acre neighborhood park, and public and private streets.  A Draft EIR has been prepared for the project and has been circulated for 45-day  public and agency review, beginning on April 10, 2018 and ending on May 25, 2018, which is available for review on the City’s website: www.santaclaraca.gov/ceqa. A Community meeting is scheduled for May 30 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The proposed project will be scheduled at the Planning Commission in June 2018 and the City Council in July 2018.

1834 Worthington Circle (Agrihood Core Companies): Review of the proposed Planned Development Rezoning and a Vesting Tentative Map to allow the construction of a residential mixed-use development consisting of up to 160 mixed income apartments, 165 affordable senior apartments, 36 townhomes and approximately 1.5 acres of agricultural open space is ongoing.  The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be available for public review and comment beginning on April 11, 2018 through May 29, 2018.  Hard copies of the document are available for review at the City Hall permit center and at the Central Library.  The document is also available on the City’s website: www.santaclaraca.gov/ceqa.  Comments on the document should be directed to Rebecca Bustos in the Planning Division at rbustos@santaclaraca.gov.    

2330 Monroe Street Affordable Housing Site RFP: The City of Santa Clara has announced the issuance of the 2330 Monroe Street Request for Proposals (RFP), outlining the City’s search for community driven housing proposals to transform the vacant site at the southeast corner of Monroe Street and San Tomas Expressway. The RFP development framework for the site responds to key priorities and goals identified in the City’s General Plan and addresses feedback received from residents during the community engagement process. The objective for the RFP is to produce high-quality affordable housing, while providing adequate open space and parking at a density that is appropriate for the surrounding neighborhood. All of the units will be affordable across a range of income levels as identified in the Community Visioning Report, attached to the RFP as Exhibit 2. The deadline for submissions will be May 31, 2018.  The RFP is available online at: www.santaclaraca.gov/Home/Components/RFP/RFP/1709/2420

Sewer Repair Work Completed Ahead of Schedule: In March, during routine preventive maintenance inspections of sewer mains, crews found a failing main in the alleyway between Mission Street and Hilmar Street, just south of El Camino Real. Crews would have to replace approximately 450 linear feet of sewer main. Work began on March 15. Crews initially estimated that the entire job could take up to three months, given the access issues at the alleyway and the need to keep up with other maintenance activities. Through efficient work from the City sewer crew and the cooperation of area residents and businesses, the replacement job was completed by April 13, with street repairs to follow after. For any additional questions, please call Water and Sewer Utilities at (408) 615-2000.               

Sewer Inspections in Your Neighborhood: National Plant Services (NPS), will be cleaning and conducting Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) inspections of approximately 36,000 linear feet of the City’s sewer mains. The work is currently underway with scheduled completion by the end of June.  The work will be done between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00am to take advantage of low sewer flow and to minimize disruption to City residents and businesses. Through April 13, NPS are working in the following areas: Kiely Boulevard at Rebeiro Avenue, Homestead Road between Pomeroy Avenue and Pepper Tree Lane, and Pomeroy Avenue between Homestead Road and Brookdale Drive. For any additional questions, please call Water and Sewer Utilities at (408) 615-2000.    

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

Join the Center of What’s Possible! We are currently hiring for the following positions at the City of Santa Clara. To view job descriptions and for information on how to apply, please visit: www.santaclaraca.gov/jobs

 

As-Needed Instructor/Lifeguard
As-Needed Recreation Leader – Jr. Giants
Assistant City Clerk
Assistant Director of Finance
Civil Engineering Traffic Intern
Electrician
Information Technology GIS Intern
Journey Lineworker
Library Assistant I
Office Specialist III
Per Diem Police Officer Special Events – As Needed
Police Officer
Public Information Officer
Public Safety Dispatcher II
Public Works Engineering Intern
Recreation Supervisor
Recruit Police Officer
Senior Resource Analyst

RESPONSE TO COUNCIL INQUIRIES

Charter Section 702 – Compensation: At the March 29 Special Council meeting, a member of the public commented that the Salary Setting Commission establishes the salary of all elected officials in Santa Clara; however, the Salary Setting Commission specifically applies to the Mayor and Council Members only. Charter Section 702 states that, “On or before March 15 of every odd year, the Salary Setting Commission shall establish the salary of the Mayor and members of the City Council for the period commencing July 1 of that odd year and ending two years thereafter.”

LEVI’S STADIUM RELATED UPDATES

Upcoming Stadium Events:

  • April 28, 2018: 2018 Monster Jam
  • May 11 & May 12, 2018: Taylor Swift Reputation Tour

Community Engagement Meeting for Issues Related to Levi's Stadium: The community outreach and engagement process is underway to identify the community’s perspectives on issues such as noise, public safety, nuisances, parking, flyovers, crowd control, cleanliness, loitering, lighting, pyrotechnics/fireworks, performance curfew, and other items surrounding Levi’s Stadium. Focus groups are also being held for neighborhood and community groups. For more information on the public process, visit www.santaclaraca.gov/outreach

The community is invited to provide input by attending one of these upcoming meetings or by taking the online survey at: www.peakdemocracy.com/6172

To allow ample time to finalize the community engagement efforts, the meeting date where the consultants will present results of this initiative to the Council/Board has moved from June 19 to June 26.

UPCOMING EVENTS & MEETINGS

Breathe California Presentation on April 19: This presentation won’t be a snore! Breathe California returns on April 19, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Senior Center located at 1303 Fremont Street, Room 232. This informative talk will focus on sleep apnea. Roughly 90% of people experiencing sleep apnea are not diagnosed and effectively treated, because they are unaware of how dangerous the symptoms are. If your bed partner is keeping you awake or you find yourself nodding off any time you sit down for a minute, come learn how to tell if sleep apnea is the problem and what to do about it. Literally, this could save your life. The event is free and for adults age 50 and over. For more info, please call the Senior Center at (408) 615-3170.

Citywide Garage Sale on April 21: The Citywide Garage Sale is a great opportunity for residents to turn unwanted items such as clothing, furniture and home decor into cash, while helping keep usable items from ending up in the landfill. Garage sale registrations are displayed on an interactive map, and a finalized list of garage sale locations will be made available for download on April 21. The map and list of garage sale locations can be found at www.santaclaraca.gov/garagesale. For more info, contact Public Works at (408) 615-3080.

Santa Clara Jr. Giants Program Registration opens April 8: The Santa Clara Junior Giants Summer Program will be held June 13 through August 2 at the Walter E. Schmidt Youth Activity Center (YAC) located at 2450 Cabrillo Avenue. The free program is a non-competitive co-ed baseball program for youth ages 5-10. San Francisco Jr. Giants reaches into communities offering youth a chance to learn the basics of baseball during the summer while also discovering the importance of essential life skills: Confidence, Integrity, Leadership, Teamwork, Health, Education and Bullying Prevention. For information on league schedule and registration, visit page http://sfrg-santaclarapnr.siplay.com/site/ Registration online starts on April 8 and in-person on April 9. For more info, contact the YAC at (408) 615-3760.

5K Run Santa Clara on April 22: A Family 5K is scheduled for April 22, 2018 at Central Park, located at 909 Kiely Boulevard. This family-friendly, approximately 5K, fun run is hosted by the Youth Commission with the intention of encouraging healthy behaviors with community members of all ages. Proceeds from this event will help fund Youth Commission scholarships. Registration is now open at https://apm.activecommunities.com/santaclara

Household Hazardous Waste Drop off on April 28: Santa Clara residents can safely dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) at the free HHW drop-off event that will take place on April 28th. Hazardous items that can be disposed of include: fluorescent light tubes, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, paint, automotive fluids, cleaners, solvents, batteries, propane and helium tanks, fertilizers, pesticides, wood preservatives, sharps containers, prescription medications, electronic waste (e-waste), other types of household hazardous wastes. Items not accepted include large household appliances, ammunition, explosives, or containers larger than five gallons. Please contact the Police Department at (408) 615-4700 regarding the disposal of ammunition or explosives. Residents must register to attend and the drop-off location will be provided upon registration. Register by calling the County Household Hazardous Waste Program at (408) 299-7300 or visiting www.hhw.org  

Inclusive Makerspace Event on May 5: Inclusive Makerspace will be held on May 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Central Library, located at 2635 Homestead Road. This event is intended for individuals with special needs to experience STEM-related activities in an inclusive and interactive environment. Approximately 10 creation stations will be available for participants to make things that click, move, and shine! This event is co-hosted by the Youth Commission, Library, and Therapeutic Recreation Services. For more info, please call the Central Park Library at (408) 615-2900.

Health and Wellness Fair on May 18: “Be Strong, Live Long” is the theme for the Health and Wellness Fair. The fair will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Fremont Park, located next to the Senior Center (1303 Fremont Street). Skin exams, vision screenings, hearing screenings and blood pressure checks are all FREE! Over 30 exhibitors will be at the fair and a tasty BBQ lunch is available at 11:30 a.m. ($5.00 per person). The event is sponsored by the City of Santa Clara, Senior Advisory Commission, and Kaiser Permanente. For more information, please call the Senior Center at (408) 615-3170.

Swim Birthday Parties: If you are looking for a different fun venue for a child’s birthday party this summer, consider the International Swim Center located at 2625 Patricia Drive. Parties include 90 minutes of non-exclusive swim time, followed by 30 minutes for cake, presents and celebration under a party canopy. Cost includes lifejackets and a staff liaison. For information, contact Parks and Recreation at (408) 615-3140.

Don’t miss out on Summer Camps! Looking for a camp for your child this summer? Summer Camps and Classes begin June 18 with camps for all ages. Day Camps, Sports, Cheer and Dance, Science, Robotics, Public Speaking, Fine Arts Camp Extraordinaire, Teen Breakaway and more are offered. Before and after care is available for some camps to accommodate working parents. A wide variety of opportunities for the family from dance, music, sports, gymnastics, martial arts, ceramics, specialty classes and swimming. For more info, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (408) 615-3140 or email PRCustomerServe@santaclaraca.gov

UPCOMING AGENDA ITEMS

Please visit the Tentative Meeting Agenda Calendar for dates of Council Study Sessions, Joint Council/Commission meetings, as well as Council Public Hearing and General Business agenda items, through June online at: https://santaclara.legistar.com/Page.aspx?M=Y.  While tentative and subject to change, it provides key policy items that the Council/Board will need to dedicate time to deliberate and that may take considerable time during the upcoming meetings.

Contact Information:
Deanna J. Santana, City Manager
City Manager's Office (408) 615-2210 manager@santaclaraca.gov

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