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City Manager's Blog - July 16- July 27, 2018

Post Date:07/30/2018 2:00 PM
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  • Phone Number408-615-2210

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 


Court Ordered Council District Update: On July 24, the Santa Clara County Superior Court amended its statement of decision brought against the City of Santa Clara under the California Voting Rights Act. The decision, which orders entry of judgment against the City, effectively amends the City’s Charter by ordering the City to implement by-district elections for its six council members. This will mean that only a fraction of eligible voters who live in Santa Clara will be able to elect Council members in November 2018, whereas prior to the court’s order all eligible voters could vote for all of the Council members. The decision reaffirms the Santa Clara Charter provision that the city elects its Mayor on a city-wide basis. Candidates for City Council must be residents of Districts 2 and 3, and only voters in Districts 2 and 3 will be able to elect City Council members in the November 2018 election. To view the district map, visit

November 2018 Election:

  • Only registered voters who reside in District 2 or District 3 may run for office (4 year terms)
  • Only registered voters who reside in District 2 or 3 may vote for their respective candidates
  • The Mayor will continue to be elected at-large (4 year term)
  • The City Clerk will continue to be elected at-large (2 year partial term)
  • Nomination papers must be filed with the City Clerk no later than Friday, August 10, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

For more info or to pull nomination papers, contact the City Clerk’s Office at (408) 615-2220 or in person at 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau Agreements Website: Recently, the City Council advanced several critical issues related to the agreements with Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce for the management of the Convention Center and he Convention-Visitors Bureau. To keep the public informed regarding these agreements and related services, the City created a webpage to provide background and current information on the Santa Clara Convention Center, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and the Tourism Improvement District (TID). This webpage contains information regarding: agreements; the performance audit; Council actions; and other information as it becomes available.

Board and Commission Vacancies: The City is currently accepting applications to serve on certain Boards and Commissions. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on the respective date and can be submitted online or in-person Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the City Clerk’s Office, 1500 Warburton Avenue. For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at or 408-615-2220.

  • Historical and Landmarks Commission – 2 vacancies. Applications due August 3, interviews August 21.
  • Board of Library Trustees – 1 vacancy. Applications due August 3, interviews August 28.
  • Planning Commission – 1 partial term vacancy (ending June 30, 2019). Applications due August 17, interview date not yet set.


Mutual-Aid Firefighting Assignment: Santa Clara Fire provides firefighting resources and technical assistance to agencies outside of our jurisdiction in accordance with the statewide mutual aid agreement. On Thursday July 26, Santa Clara Fire Engine 97 with a crew of 4 firefighters responded to a mutual aid firefighting assignment in southern California. The “Cranston” wildfire is threatening the communities of Idyllwild and Mountain Center in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Five Santa Clara County fire agencies are providing mutual aid, with duties including evacuation assistance, firefighting, and structure protection. The assignment may last up to two weeks.

Harrison and Lincoln All-Way Stop Installation: On July 18, two additional stop signs were installed to control vehicle traffic travelling north and southbound on Lincoln Street at the Harrison Street intersection. These were installed after an All-Way Stop-Warrant study that took into consideration factors such as traffic volumes, collision history, safe approach speeds, visibility, and any unusual site conditions determined an All-Way Stop control at this intersection is warranted and necessary. All-Way Stop controlled intersections require all vehicular traffic to come to a complete stop and assess surroundings before proceeding. The additional stop signs encourage safer driving practices and lessen potential crashes for pedestrians and vehicular traffic. To increase awareness of the new stop controls, the City deployed light-emitting diode (LED) enhanced stop signs for a transition period that will last up to 6 months; standard stop signs will replace them. For more information, contact Public Works at 408-615-3000.

Planning Commission Hearing: 1834 Worthington Circle (Agrihood Project): The Planning Commission will consider the proposed project at 1834 Worthington Circle at their August 8 meeting. The project application consists of a Rezoning to Planned Development (PD), approval of a Vesting Tentative Map, and adoption of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program to allow the development of 165 affordable senior apartments, 160 multi-family mixed-income apartments, and 36 attached townhouses. The project would include approximately 1.5 acres of community gardens, agricultural gardens, and communal open space for residents and the public. A 1,650-square-foot community building and café for public and resident use, and an 800-square-foot garden workshop/shed are also proposed. For more information, please contact Community Development at 408-615-2450.

Silicon Valley Power Energizes Third Large Transformer: Santa Clara is experiencing an increase in data center development and associated electric load growth. In July, Silicon Valley Power energized a developer-funded substation expansion project, including a third large transformer, to provide additional power to Vantage Data Centers’ Santa Clara Campus. This supports Vantage’s expansion of its data center facilities and provides an additional 15 Megawatts of capacity for its tenants in 2018, the equivalent of powering 11,250 homes. For more information, please email

Certified Payroll and Contractor Labor Compliance: The City is launching LCPtracker, cloud-based labor compliance software, to fill the growing need for labor compliance reporting in adherence to state and federal prevailing wage regulations and standards. This software allows for seamless and secure data submission of certified payrolls by the City’s contractors and other service providers. In addition, LCPtracker’s validation engine provides pre-compliance system verification which enhances the City’s oversight of contractor submitted documents, streamlines the audit process and the cloud-based data storage removes the need to store large amounts of paper. For more information, contact

Felipe Carrilo Emerging Leader Water SewerEmerging Leader: The California Water Environment Association named Felipe Carrilo, Water & Sewer Maintenance Worker II, an “Emerging Leader” for 2018 in the summer edition of Clean Water magazine. Felipe was nominated for his knowledge and commitment to the residents and businesses of Santa Clara. When asked what he likes about working in Santa Clara, Felipe revealed his commitment to our residents: “The reward is helping them out, being able to do something for them. That is what I like about this job.” For more information, contact Water and Sewer at 408-615-2000.

Central Park Pond MaintenanceCentral Park Pond Maintenance Project Update: The Central Park pond cleaning project is underway through July 27. The project takes place every few years, primarily due to an increasing population of Canadian geese and mallards. Tasks include moving any turtles or fish, power washing the sides, back-flushing the two bio-filtration cells, allowing the pond to dry, and then refilling with recycled water. The City is exploring additional ways to keep the pond and walkways bird dropping free and encourages the public to not feed the animals. For more information, please contact Parks and Recreation at 408-615-2260.

Summer Reading


Summer Reading 2018! The theme for this year’s summer reading program was “Reading Takes You Everywhere”. The Santa Clara City Library hosted multicultural events and social afternoon programs that showed off youth creativity, such as creating candy sushi. Children explored the wonders of science with visits from Mad Science, Insect Discovery Lab, the Bubbly Lady, Circus of Smiles, and magician Spencer Gray. During the six weeks of summer programs, over 10,000 people attended 65 children’s programs and over 900 attended 17 teen programs. Teen volunteers worked nearly 500 hours helping with programs, sorting and shelving materials. All of this was made possible with the generous support of KeyPoint Credit Union, Mission City Fund, Enterprise, and the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends. For more information, contact the Central Park Library at 408-615-2900.

Teen Pride Events at the Library: The Santa Clara City Library hosted two Teen Pride events in June. The Teen Pride programs were very festive affairs where teens made hand painted fans, bead bracelets, headband crowns and enjoyed a movie. The participants enjoyed these events in a safe and supportive space. For more information, contact the Central Park Library at 408-615-2900.

Sound The Alarm Event Held July 21: The City, Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation and American Red Cross hosted a “Sound The Alarm” event on July 21 in Fire District 8. Over 70 residents learned about fire and earthquake safety and developed home-fire escape plans, 63 smoke alarms were installed, and fire safety was improved in over 20 homes. The event was an opportunity to educate our community about the importance of smoke detectors. The Fire Department also has a smoke detector program where crews check smoke detectors in homes after any emergency response; if a home is found without a working smoke detector, the crews will install one or replace the batteries. For more information, please contact the Fire Department at 408-615-4900.

Sunset CinemaSunset Cinema Held July 20: Approximately 250 attendees enjoyed an outdoor screening of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” at Sunset Cinema on July 20 in Central Park. Kids of all ages enjoyed playing with bubbles, games, and making a movie themed craft. LifeCity Church sponsored, and Santa Clara County Social Services supported, this event. For more information, contact the Teen Center at 408-615-3740.

Taxicab Meeting Held on July 19: The City held a meeting July 19 with local taxicab companies to discuss upcoming changes to City taxicab regulations, following new state legislation intended to streamline taxicab permitting. Effective January 1, 2019 the City will only require business licenses for, and issue permits to, taxicab companies that (1) have their primary business address in Santa Clara, or (2) have trips originating in Santa Clara as the largest share of their total number of trips during calendar year 2018. Other taxicab companies will still be allowed to operate in Santa Clara as long as they have a permit from any city within the County of Santa Clara. Taxicab companies’ representatives requested the City consider flexibility in the required number of taxicabs per company and required amount of insurance. Staff will present the proposed municipal code changes, incorporating feedback received, to City Council in September. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.


Join the Center of What’s Possible! The City is currently hiring for the following positions; to view job descriptions and for information on how to apply, visit:

As-Needed Building Maintenance Worker

As-Needed Instructor/Lifeguard

Building Official

Combination Inspector

Contracts Manager


Human Resources Management Analyst - Ben...

Journey Lineworker

Library Program Coordinator - Youth Serv...

Per Diem Police Officer Special Events -...

Police Officer

Public Safety Dispatcher II

Recruit Police Officer

Senior Inspector

Senior Instrument and Control Technician

Senior Plans Examiner


July 22 Soccer Match: On July 22, Levi’s Stadium hosted an international soccer match between the San Jose Earthquakes and Manchester United Football Club. Attendance was 29,330. There were no significant incidents reported at this event.

Santa Clara Fire Department Annual Levi’s Stadium Training: Fifty-two Fire Department personnel participate on the special events team that is responsible for Fire, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Hazardous Materials response at Levi’s Stadium; average deployment consists of 12 –14 personnel per event. The Team held their annual Levi’s Stadium training July 20, and practiced scenarios such as using a stair chair to safely move patients down from upper deck areas.
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Levis Stadium Fire Training

Upcoming Stadium Events:

August 4

Soccer: 2018 International Champions Cup (AC Milan vs FCBarcelona)

August 9

NFL Game: 49ers Preseason (Dallas)

August 30

NFL Game: 49ers Preseason (San Diego)

September 16

NFL Game: 49ers (Detroit)

September 29

Concert: OTR II (Jay-Z and Beyoncé)

October 7

NFL Game: 49ers (Arizona)

October 21

NFL Game: 49ers (Los Angeles)

November 1

NFL Game: 49ers (Oakland)

November 12

NFL Game: 49ers (New York

November 30

College Football: 2018 Pac-12 Championship



Summer Recreation Programs Still Available: The Parks and Recreation Department is proud to serve over 5,000 residents and participants in summer camps, swim lessons, summer enrichment classes for children, youth, adults and seniors. There is still room in some programs, so don’t miss out on the fun this summer! Register online here.

Street Dance on August 3: The 2018 Street Dance at Franklin Square (1100-1300 Franklin Street) is August 3 at 6:00 p.m. with food vendors, beer and wine, interactive art and activities for all ages. This event is free, sponsored by the Cultural Commission, and features a performance at 7:00 p.m. by The Hitmen. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 408-615-3140.

National Night Out on August 7: National Night Out is designed to increase awareness of crime prevention programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit by creating a positive police and community partnership. The 34th Annual National Night Out will be held August 7 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Register your neighborhood event for free. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700 or visit

Therapeutic Recreation Services Presents SportAbilities on August 7 to 9: The City’s Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) is hosting “SportAbilities” August 7 to 9; this sports camp for individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities introduces participants to team building and basic sports skills. Participants must be able to function in a staff to participant ratio of 1:4, or provide an attendant. For more information, register or contact Lauren Council at 408-615-3169.

Sunset Cinema on August 10: Check out Inside Out on August 10 at 8:30 p.m. at City Plaza Park. Refreshments will be available for purchase, including popcorn, fruit snacks, and bottled water. All items are $1 each and will help support Youth Commission Activities and scholarships. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Register here.

Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park Tournament on August 10-12: The Youth Soccer Park facility and fields are prepared for the upcoming Santa Clara Sporting Invitational tournaments August 10-12. Hundreds of visitors, players and coaches take away great memories after playing at Santa Clara’s great facilities. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 408-615-2260.

Citywide Garage Sale on August 11: The second Citywide Garage Sale for 2018 will take place on August 11. Residents can register online for individual, multi-family, or block garage sales and be listed on a citywide garage sale map. For more information, visit the website or contact Public Works at 408-615-3080.

Summer 2018 Concerts in the Park on August 12 and 17: The Santa Clara Cultural Commission invites you to enjoy the free Concerts in the Park. All concerts are held at the Central Park Pavilion located at 909 Kiely Blvd., Santa Clara. Food and shaved ice will be available for purchase. Remaining shows are on August 12, 2:30-4:00pm featuring The Funky Souls Dance Band and on August 17, 6:30-8:00pm featuring The Houserockers. For more information, see this flyer.

Airport Noise Town Hall on August 23: The City of Sunnyvale is hosting a town hall meeting on August 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sunnyvale Community Center Ballroom, 550 East Remington Drive. This public meeting will provide an update on aviation noise mitigation efforts to date, highlights from the Ad Hoc Committee on South Flow Arrivals Report recommendations pertaining to Sunnyvale, and the City’s next steps. The public will have an opportunity to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting. Special guest Congressman Ro Khanna will be in attendance. For more information, see this flyer.

Grand Opening of Neighborhood Park and Community Garden on August 25: The ribbon cutting and grand opening of the San Tomas and Monroe Neighborhood Park and Community Garden will be held August 25, 10:00 a.m., at the corner of San Tomas Expressway and Monroe Street. The Community Garden has raised garden beds for residents, private groups, and organizations to grow vegetables, flowers, herbs, plants and fruit. Applications are prioritized based on the following: Santa Clara residents living within one half-mile of the site; residents on Cal Fresh (WICC, SNAP) benefits; residents with children in Santa Clara Unified School District boundaries; and residents age 55 and over. For more information, visit the website or call the Teen Center at 408-615-3740.

Senior Center Ice Cream Social on August 29: The Senior Center will host their annual Ice Cream Social on August 29. Stop by between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to meet friends and enjoy an ice cream sundae. Cost will be $2.00 for Santa Clara Seniors and $3.00 for other ice cream enthusiasts. For more information, contact the Senior Center at 408-615-3170.


Visit the Tentative Meeting Agenda Calendar for dates of upcoming Council Study Sessions, Joint Council/Commission meetings, as well as Council Public Hearing and General Business agenda items online at As you can see, 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

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