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City Manager's Blog - Dec. 31, 2018 - Jan. 11, 2019

Post Date:01/14/2019 2:15 PM

As 2019 has begun, we are excited to bring you the latest edition of the City Manager's Biweekly Blog, a summary report of updates related to City projects, responses to City Council inquiries, and events and activities of interest to the community. Download a printable PDF of the latest blog. To view past posts or subscribe to receive these on eNotify, please visit


College Football Playoff: On Jan. 7, 2019, Levi’s Stadium hosted the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship between Alabama Football and Clemson Football. The City made preparations for the anticipated event including launching a CFP webpage with useful information for visitors and residents. The Community Development Department’s Building Division worked to review and issue five building permits for the installation of temporary structures in the stadium, tailgate area and the ESPN compound. In addition, the Building Division’s inspectors performed field inspections on the installation of these temporary structures. The Santa Clara Police and Fire departments worked closely with the event organizers to ensure a safe event. In addition, the City activated its Emergency Operations Center to maintain situational awareness at the stadium and throughout the city. City personnel were prepared to support resource management and disseminate public information surrounding CFP. With tens of thousands of college football fans in Santa Clara for the game, the event concluded with no major incidents. For more information, contact the City Manager’s office at 408-615-2210.

Fiscal impact from 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship: The College Football Playoff National Championship’s economic impact to the region through hotel stays, restaurant visits, retail spending and more is unknown at this time. However, according to media reports, the Bay Area Host Committee (BAHC), a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation, is expected to lose between $8-12 million for hosting the event. While the financial returns from CFP are still being calculated, the Santa Clara Stadium Authority (Stadium Authority) will have all CFP-related expenses, such as public safety, fully reimbursed. That’s due to the Stadium Authority approving an Assignment and Assumption Agreement between the Forty Niners Stadium Management Company and the BAHC on July 17, 2018. The agreement passed along all financial risk to the BAHC which is affiliated with the San Francisco 49ers. View the news release for additional details.

Council Goal and Priority Setting Session: The City Council will meet for a two-day goal and priority setting session on Thursday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. The sessions will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers located at 1500 Warburton Ave. During the sessions, the Mayor and City Council will meet to establish goals for the next two years. This is important work because it sets the policy framework for budget decisions and how we align City resources in support of these objectives. The public is invited to attend the sessions. The sessions will also be live streamed on the City’s government channel on Comcast cable channel 15, City's Facebook page and YouTube channel. For more information, contact the City Manager’s Office at 408-615-2210.

Rain BarrelCollect the Rain: With the rainy season upon us, check out the Rain Barrel Rebate program available to Santa Clara residents. Eligible rain barrels must have a minimum of 50 gallon storage capacity. Rebates will be available for up to $100 per residential utility account. To apply for a rebate, visit the webpage. For questions, contact the Water & Sewer Dept. at 408-615-2000 or email

Pardon our E-Dust: The Santa Clara City Library website has recently undergone sizeable changes with the implementation of its classic library catalog and with the addition of PINs to library user accounts. These changes have been made due to a larger goal by the library to implement a new catalog system in spring 2019. This new catalog will allow for increased community engagement, an all-new recommendation system, intuitive searching, list creation and account integration within the website. The library recognizes and understands that this process has not been smooth for some of its patrons and would like to apologize for any inconvenience that it has caused. Thank you for your continued patience as the library moves towards a new, innovative system. The library looks forward to your valuable insights during this change. If you have suggestions, please call 408-615-2930 or email the library at

Winter 2019 Recreation Programs: Interested in learning something new? The Parks & Recreation Department offers classes for infants, toddlers, youth and seniors. The activity guide features classes and activities for all ages including creative arts, dance, fitness, inclusive programming, sports, and special events. Register online or in person at the Community Recreation Center located at 969 Kiely Blvd. or call 408-615-3140.

Officer Involved Incident: On Jan. 5 at 5:42 a.m., public safety dispatchers received multiple 9-1-1 calls regarding a heavily armed male indiscriminately shooting in the parking lot as well as inside the Rotten Robbie gas station store at 3471 Lafayette St. Initial reports indicated that several victims were down. Officers arrived within minutes and could hear and see the suspect shooting inside the store. They confronted the lone suspect and shot him. The suspect died at the scene. There were no civilian or officer injuries. The department’s investigation has revealed that prior to arriving at this gas station, the suspect had traveled to the Rotten Robbie gas station at 19030 Stevens Creek Blvd. in Cupertino where he was employed. He set a fire inside the cashier’s kiosk before leaving the business. The arson is being investigated by the Santa Clara County Fire Department. The suspect has been identified as a 55-year old resident of San José. A joint investigation is on-going involving the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has information is asked to contact Sgt. Alex Torke at 408-615-4806.

Fatal Traffic Collision: On Jan. 4, a pedestrian succumbed to injuries suffered at a previous traffic collision. The collision occurred on Dec. 28, 2018 at about 8:06 p.m., at Central Expressway near De La Cruz Blvd. A small box truck was travelling westbound on Central Expressway from De La Cruz Blvd. when it struck a pedestrian who was walking in the roadway. The pedestrian was not in the crosswalk. The driver of the truck, a 64-year old male resident of San José, remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. He had no signs of intoxication. The pedestrian, a 65-year old male resident of San José, was a reported missing person by his family. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Traffic Investigator Nick Cusimano at 408-615-4764.

Community Meeting Regarding Recent shooting: On Dec. 29, 2018, Vice Mayor Kathy Watanabe and the Santa Clara Police Department hosted a community meeting at Northside Library. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a shooting that occurred on Dec. 13, 2018 at about 12:04 a.m. at 1509 Agnew Road, which is the Sobrato Family Living Center. The shooting involved a group of about 10 males and females who were socializing and drinking in the parking lot when a dark colored sedan pulled into the lot. An unknown suspect inside the sedan began shooting at the group. Two victims were struck and transported to a local area hospital. Both victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Several members of the community attended the meeting including the CEO of HomeFirst, which manages the Sobrato Family Living Center. The meeting was recorded and can be viewed on the City’s YouTube channel. Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or has information is asked to contact Sgt. Saskia Lagergren at 408-615-4823. Anonymous tips can be left at 408-241-9495.

Amendment to San José International Airport Master Plan: The City of San José has given notice that it is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for an amendment to the Mineta San José International Airport Master Plan. The existing Airport Master Plan was adopted by the San José City Council in June 1997 following the certification of the Airport Master Plan EIR. The Airport Master Plan consists of a comprehensive and integrated package of improvements to airside and landside facilities at the airport, such as improved facilities having the design capacity to fully accommodate the 2027 forecast demand for air passenger, air cargo and general aviation services.

The proposed amendment to the Airport Master Plan will 1) extend the horizon year and demand forecasts from 2027 to 2037; 2) incorporate the set of airfield configuration changes recommended in the Runway Incursion Mitigation/Design Standards Analysis Study; and 3) update the layout and sizing of various landside facilities to adequately serve the projected 2037 demand.

A public scoping meeting on the EIR preparation will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at the Mineta San José International Airport (1701 Airport Blvd.) in the Boeing/McDonnell Conference Room (between Terminals A and B). Comments are due on the Notice of Preparation (NOP) prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2019. For more information on the amendment to the Airport Master Plan, view the Notice of Preparation on the City of San José webpage.

Status Report on El Camino Real Specific Plan: At the Jan. 29 City Council meeting, staff will present the progress on the preparation of the El Camino Real Specific Plan and request input on the proposed draft land use plan, and potential modifications along the sidewalk and roadway to add a bicycle lane and remove on-street parking. For more information on the El Camino Real Specific Plan process, visit the webpage.

3575 De La Cruz Affordable Housing Site: The City will be providing an informational report to the City Council on Jan. 15 on the status of the Request for Proposals (RFP) process for the City-owned affordable housing site at 3575 De La Cruz Blvd. As a result of the RFP process, staff has identified Habitat for Humanity as a developer for the property. Habitat for Humanity has proposed to develop 13 affordable housing units on the property. Additional community meetings and public hearings will be scheduled as the project continues in the City review process. For more information, contact Community Development at 408-615-2450.

90 North Winchester “Agrihood” Project: The City will be considering the proposed development of affordable and market rate housing at 90 North Winchester (also referred to as 1834 Worthington Circle or the former “BAREC” property) at the upcoming Jan. 29 City Council hearing. The City is a partner along with the developer, CORE Housing and Santa Clara County to develop 165 senior affordable housing units at the site. The City is preparing a Disposition and Development Agreement that will be part of the project to be considered by the City Council. For more information, contact Community Development at 408-615-2450.

Santa Clara Square Apartment Phase 3:  In December 2018, the City issued building permits for the last phase of the Residential and Mixed-Use development in Santa Clara Square. Phase 3 consists of two 5-story buildings with 639 rental apartment units and two 6-story, 414,000 square foot parking garages. For more information, contact Community Development at 408-615-2450.

Santa Clara Place Apartments Phase

Lawson Lane Office Campus: In December 2018, the City received building permit applications for Phase 2 of the Lawson Lane Office Campus development. This phase consists  of one new 5-story, 276,356 square feet office building with a third floor roof deck and 302,473 square feet of parking structure with two underground and six above ground levels. For more information, contact Community Development at 408-615-2450.

Santa Clara Leads the Pack with Silicon Valley Reads Genealogy: Thanks to a robust Genealogy and local history department, the Santa Clara City Library is playing a central role in this year’s regional reading program: Silicon Valley Reads. This year’s theme is “Finding Identity in Family History.” The Santa Clara City Library is hosting nearly 20 programs and events designed around this theme during the months of January through March 2019. The highlight will be a visit from Finding Samuel Lowe author Paula Williams Madison at the Central Park Library on Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m. More information about Silicon Valley Reads and a full calendar of events, visit or call the Santa Clara City Library at 408-615-2930.

City Partnering on Leak Detection Study: The City is partnering with Water Now Alliance on the study of water use behaviors and how they are affected by the installation of a next generation water leak detection device. Water Now Alliance received a grant from the Santa Clara Valley Water District to perform this study with projected completion by February/March 2020. About 60 Santa Clarans volunteered to be part of the study, which requires that they have a leak detection device installed on the private side of the water line and allow the City to communicate with Water Now regarding water usage for the duration of the study. Nearly 60 percent of respondents who showed interest reported they were interested in water efficient technology or wanted to lower their water use. For more information, contact the Water & Sewer Utilities at 408-615-2000.

Holiday Fire Safety: The Santa Clara Fire Department reports that the community experienced a fire safe holiday season. During the holiday season, many residents display decorations in their homes, including live trees, which require additional attention to ensure fire safety. The Fire Department will continue to provide fire and life safety preparedness tips throughout the year on the City website. For more information, contact the Fire Department at 408-615-4900.

Silicon Valley Power Responds to Outages: Over the holidays, the Bay Area experienced several days of high winds and storms. Silicon Valley Power (SVP) remained on staff to respond 24/7 to any outages. Santa Clara had minimal impact with only a few outages due to tree branches that were blown into power lines. In an effort to prevent future power outages, trees growing into power lines should be properly trimmed. Contact SVP at 408-615-5600 for tree trimming or submit a request online

Discounts on Utility Bill: Silicon Valley Power offers a 25% discount on the electric portion of your utility bill for qualifying residents. Income guidelines and program requirements can be found on the SVP website. If you have any questions about the program, please call 408-244-SAVE (7283) or email

SonitrolSonitrol Security Recognizes Santa Clara Police: On Jan. 9, in recognition of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Sonitrol Security made a visit to the Santa Clara Police Department to show their appreciation for the burglary apprehensions that the police department made over the last year. Sonitrol brought a gift basket filled with individual “to go” snack items for officers to enjoy during their daily breaks. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.

Firefighter Training Academy: Four recruit firefighters are currently completing their ninth week of their training academy. At this point of their basic training, recruits are focusing on live fire training, involving fire suppression activities. Recruits will complete their academy training in March of this year. For more information, contact the Fire Department at 408-615-4900.

City of Santa Clara Blood Drive: The City of Santa Clara along with Vitalant hosted a blood drive in the City Hall Council Chambers on Jan. 10. Approximately 30 participants donated blood. For more information, contact Human Resources at 408-615-2080.


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 Instructor/Lifeguard
  • Laborer
  • Assistant Director of Water & Sewer Utilities
  • Office Specialist III
  • Chief Electric Utility Officer
  • Per Diem Police Officer Special Events
  • Construction Engineering Intern
  • Police Officer
  • Electric Division Manager – Joint Power Agency
  • Recreation Leader
  • Electrician
  • Recruit Police Officer
  • Human Resources Division Manager
  • Senior Electric Utility-Engineer-Fiber
  • Inspection Manager
  • Traffic Control Special Events
  • Journey Lineworker
  • Water & Sewer Maintenance Worker I


NOVA Job Center Workforce Review: NOVA is a nonprofit, federally funded employment and training agency that provides customer-focused workforce development services. NOVA works closely with the City to provide opportunities that address the workforce needs of Silicon Valley. NOVA provides a monthly publication called Workforce Review which is based on information released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as the California Employment Development Department (EDD). EDD is not scheduled to release its next report until Jan. 18. The January 2019 edition of Workforce Review will be available later this month. Check out the latest Workforce Review issue from December 2018. For more information, visit the NOVA webpage.



Commissioner Harassment Training: Per Council discussion in May/June 2018, beginning in January 2019, the City will require all Board and Commission members (except for Youth Commissioners) to participate in harassment prevention training. This training will occur at least every two years and will comply with all state law requirements for public agency officials. The City is committed to ensuring that its workplace and public meeting environments are inclusive and respectful, and free from harassment, discrimination and intimidation. For more information, contact Human Resources at 408-615-2080.

2019 Stadium Authority Meetings: As we start the new year, here is a reminder regarding Santa Clara Stadium Authority (SCSA) Board meeting dates. The meetings are scheduled as stand-alone meetings in 2019, per Council direction. There are three exceptions: February 19, August 20 and October 29; these will be joint meetings with the regular Council and Authorities Concurrent meetings. The current 2019 meeting calendar is attached.


Redbox Bowl: Levi’s Stadium held the Redbox Bowl football game on Dec. 31, 2018. There were no significant police events that occurred. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.

Upcoming Stadium Events                       

March 26

2019 Mexico National Team vs. Paraguay

April 19

Monster Jam

May 12

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. South Africa

May 18

Rolling Stones No Filter Tour



Central Park Nights: The last Central Park Nights takes place on the evening of Jan. 18 with Folklorico Dance. The free events take place at the Central Park Ice Rink starting at 6 p.m. at at 969 Kiely Blvd. Grab a warm coat and come enjoy the free entertainment and ice skating. For questions, please contact Parks & Recreation at 408-615-3140.

Gateway Crossing Project Community Meeting: A  community meeting for the Gateway Crossings project is scheduled 6 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the Locatteli Student Activity Center (Bldg. 710) on the Santa Clara University campus (500 El Camino Real). The applicants propose to construct 1,600 residential units, a 182,000 square foot full-service hotel, and 15,000 square feet of ancillary retail. The project also includes the dedication and development of a new 2.1 acre public park, new infrastructure including new streets, and the improvement of adjacent roadways and sidewalks. For more information on the project, visit the webpage.

Coffee with a Cop: The Police Department will host its next “Coffee with a Cop” event on Friday, Jan.18, from 8-9:30 a.m., at the Big Mug Coffee Roaster (3014 El Camino Real). Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together to discuss issues and learn about policing. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.

Ice Skating Rink at Central Park:  Open until Jan. 21 for open skate, classes or private events, the ice skating rink is located at 969 Kiely Blvd. Admission tickets start at $10 for Youth (4 -12) and $15 for Adults (13 and up). Children 3 and under are free. For more information, including hours and dates, call the Community Recreation Center at 408-615-3140 or visit the webpage.

Super Smash Bros. Tournament: The Teen Center is hosting a Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Video Game Tournament on Friday, Jan. 25 from 7-10 p.m. It is a 32-player double elimination event open to middle and high school students. The fee is $5 per player. Interested players must pre-register at the Teen Center at 2446 Cabrillo Ave. by Jan. 18. For more details, contact the Teen Center at 408- 615-3740.

Senior Tour to Año Nuevo State Park:  On Thursday, Jan. 31, seniors can enjoy a walking tour of Año Nuevo State Park to see the native elephant seals in their natural habitat where they rest on the beach.  Afterwards, participants can enjoy lunch at Duarte’s Tavern in Pescadero. The tour leaves promptly at 9:00 a.m. and returns at approximately 5:00 p.m. Times are subject to change. The fee is $100 per person. To register, please visit the Senior Center at 1303 Fremont St.  For more information, please call 408- 615-3170.

Alley-Oop! Basketball Program at Youth Activity Center: Is your child interested in learning how to play basketball? Youth in grades K-5 can register for the Youth Basketball Programs held throughout January and February. The three-week co-ed instructional program will emphasize skill acquisition, teamwork, sportsmanship, drills and games. All classes will take place at the YAC located at 2450 Cabrillo Ave. Register online, in person at the Youth Activity Center or call 408-615-3760.

Friday Night Live: The Santa Clara Cultural Commission is excited to invite you to the next Friday Night Live on Feb. 15, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Central Park Library (Redwood Room) located at 2635 Homestead Road. For more information, contact the Cultural Commission Staff Liaison at 408-615-3192.



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 Legislative Public Meetings on the City’s website. 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.


Deanna J. Santana
City Manager

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