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City Manager's Blog - Jan. 28- Feb. 8, 2019

Post Date:02/11/2019 10:54 AM

Welcome to 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 the latest City Manager biweekly blog. To view past posts or subscribe to receive these on eNotify, please visit   


Community Letter from City Manager’s Office: The City Manager’s Office issued a community letter to clarify several issues that were mischaracterized in an opinion piece written by Miles Barber in the Santa Clara Weekly on Jan. 31, 2019. The City of Santa Clara respects everyone’s opinion, but this opinion piece is not based on facts. For more information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 408-615-2210 or email

City of Santa Clara Business License: Santa Clara’s Municipal Code requires anyone, including nonprofit organizations, who makes a transaction or carries on any business in Santa Clara to have a valid business license. Organizations located outside of the City but conducting business activity within city limits are also required to have a Santa Clara business license. The process for filing a business license is easy and free for nonprofit organizations that submit tax exemption verification with their business license application. A copy of the business license application can be found on the City’s Business Tax and License webpage and hard copies are available at the Business Tax counter at City Hall. Nonprofit organizations can submit their completed application and tax exemption documents in person or email them to The business license is valid for one year and may be renewed online or in person. For more information, contact the City’s Municipal Services, Business Tax and License Unit at 408-615-2310 or email

Parkland In-Lieu Fees Update: Since Sep. 13, 2014, the Santa Clara City Code includes Chapter 17.35 “Park and Recreational Land” that requires new residential developments to provide developed park and recreational land, and/or pay a fee in-lieu thereof pursuant to the California Quimby Act and/or the Mitigation Fee Act. The Administrative Draft of the Park and Recreation Facilities Development Impact Fee Study Update is now available for review and comment. The City is interested in comments through 5 p.m. Feb. 26, 2019. Comments should be directed to Gina Saporito, Additional information is available on the City Parks & Recreation Park Impact Fees webpage.

The 2019 public comment timeline is as follows:

  • Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. - Community and Stakeholder Meeting, Santa Clara Senior Center -1303 Fremont St., Rm 232
  • Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. - Community Input period ends

The item is tentatively expected to go to Council in the early April 2019 timeframe.

Office of Emergency Services: During the Flash Flood and High Wind Watch over the weekend of Feb. 1, the City’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) coordinated situational awareness information with City departments. This included sharing information received during county-wide conference calls with the National Weather Service and Santa Clara Valley Water District. City staff were vigilant in monitoring Santa Clara’s creeks and waterways, and Public Works staff replenished sandbags to assure they would be available for the public at the Corporation Yard. The storm’s impact was less than expected county-wide and had minimal impact in Santa Clara. For more information about sandbag distribution and how to prevent localized flooding, visit the Public Works website.  For more information about OES, contact the Fire Department at 408-615-4900.

Youth Commission 2019 - 2020 Term Applications: Joining the Youth Commission is a great opportunity for youth to make a positive impact, while serving the community. Interested applicants must be residents of Santa Clara and between the ages of 12-19. Applications are available at Parks & Recreation facilities, City Hall and libraries. Completed applications can be submitted until Monday, March 11 by 6:00 p.m. and interviews will be held on Saturday, March 23. The Youth Commission has hosted events such as the Inclusive Makerspace, Run Santa Clara 5K, and Sunset Cinema outdoor movie nights. Details about the youth commission are available online. For more information, contact Jon Kawada, Youth Commission Staff Liaison, at 408-615-3741 or

TreeRemoval of Tree at City Hall: The Department of Public Works (DPW) will be coordinating the removal of the Chinese Elm tree located in the planter strip that’s adjacent to the cafeteria at the City Hall complex on Saturday, Feb. 23. The Chinese Elm has been in decline for a few years and, despite several measures to improve its health, the tree’s condition continues to decline. The DPW’s landscape foreman, a certified arborist, and an independent certified arborist from West Coast Arborists analyzed the tree and concurred that it should be removed. The tree is root bound and has outgrown the planter space. Based on the decay of the tree, it is necessary to remove it before it becomes a hazard. A replacement Red Maple tree (as pictured) will be planted in the planter box within a few months of the removal. Noise and access impacts will be minimized due to Saturday work. For more information, please contact the Department of Public Works at 408-615-3080. 

Santa Clara Fire Department Goes Digital: The Santa Clara Fire Department launched an electronic logbook system to track, monitor and document all day-to-day operations. This new electronic system will replace the hardcover logbooks that have been used for decades. The primary advantages of this new system include data retrieval and improved ability to analyze information when making decisions on service delivery. Electronic records also allow for information to be easily archived. The Fire Department continues to incorporate technology to improve efficiency in daily operations. For more information, contact the Fire Department at 408-615-4900.

SVP BooksSilicon Valley Power Provides Library Resources on Renewable Energy: Silicon Valley Power, the City of Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility, is a strong supporter of renewable energy. The utility recently added new resources to the City’s library for customers interested in learning about renewable energy. Topics include the fundamentals of solar energy, wind power and ocean renewable energy. Visit the Santa Clara City Library website to search the catalog for these resources. 

Census 2020: City staff have been preparing for Census 2020 by participating in the Census 2020 Complete Count Steering Committee with representatives from other cities and Santa Clara County since September 2018. During this planning phase, the City of Santa Clara is focusing on developing a plan for outreach activities to encourage Santa Clara residents to participate in Census 2020. The primary goal for Census 2020 is to count everyone living in the United States. The City will provide information to our residents in the coming months. For more information on Census 2020 or to volunteer, please visit the Santa Clara County website.

Academy Graduation: On Feb. 8, four new Santa Clara Police recruits graduated from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Academy. These four new officers will now begin their field training in the Police Department’s Field Operations Division. After approximately five months of field training, the officers will be able to serve the residents of Santa Clara on their own as solo beat officers. For more information, contact the Police Department at 405-615-4700.

Talk and Tour Event: On Feb. 7, the Santa Clara Police Department hosted a “Talk and Tour” at the police station in the evening. The talk began with an overview of the Santa Clara Police Department (e.g. budget, staffing summary, responsibilities by division, etc.) and was followed by a tour of the Records Unit, Communications Dispatch Center and Temporary Holding Facility. A good discussion with residents on their police department and law enforcement was held. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4892 or by email

Zumba® on Chinese/Vietnamese New Year:  On Feb. 4, the morning Group Exercise participants at the Community Recreation Center celebrated the Chinese/Vietnamese New Year with a special Zumba® class taught by one of our fabulous instructors, Kiana Tran. Twenty-three students, decked out in red and gold workout gear, enjoyed dancing to choreographed festive songs and received special goodies. Check out class offerings online.

Silicon Valley Power Hosts Korean Electric Power Company (KEPCO): On Jan. 25, Silicon Valley Power (SVP) hosted KEPCO representatives from South Korea who spent two weeks at an intensive English language program tailored at the energy industry. Over 20 managers from the utility had the opportunity to learn about our community-owned utility, how SVP handles outage communication to our customers, our regulatory compliance requirements, and several research and development projects undertaken by the utility. SVP staff had the opportunity to learn how KEPCO handles similar issues in South Korea. For more information, email

SkunkSilicon Valley Rescues Unexpected Guest: On Jan. 24, Silicon Valley Power’s crews were doing routine work inspecting a manhole to identify empty conduit for a new construction job when they found something unexpected. A skunk was trapped in the manhole after entering an empty conduit at a construction site. Utility crews worked with Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) to safely rescue the skunk from the manhole. They enticed the skunk into the cage where it was then able to be released into the wild unharmed. For more information, email

Raging Wire

RagingWire SV1 Base Isolated Data Center: In January 2018, the City of Santa Clara received building permit applications for a new SV1 Base Isolated Data Center. The 160,000 square-foot, four-story data center is being built on a 3.3 acre site, with 64,000 square feet of data floor space and 16 megawatts of scalable, critical IT power. SV1 is the first building structure in the city supported on a base isolation system that reduces shocks from earthquakes. The same base isolation system was used by RagingWire’s parent company, NTT Com, to save its data centers in Tokyo, Japan from damage during a 9.1-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in 2011. In addition, SV1 is designed for flexibility and scale, with options for dedicated electrical and mechanical infrastructure. For more information, contact the Community Development Department at 408-615-2450.

SCUAthletic Excellence Center at Santa Clara University: In January 2018, the City of Santa Clara received building permit applications for a new 50,000 square foot Athletic Excellence Center, located adjacent to the Leavey Center and close to Malley Fitness Center on the Santa Clara University (SCU) campus. This two-story building consists of two practice gymnasiums for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, a 9,000 square foot Bronco Bench Foundation Sports Performance Center, a 4,200 square foot Stevens Academic Center with study rooms and computer space, a nutrition station, and an 8,000 square foot sports medicine center. The Athletic Excellence Center will provide dedicated space for SCU student-athletes to work out, train, practice, eat and study together, in addition to providing facility options for events and for students participating in club and intramural sports. For more information, contact the Community Development Department at 408-615-2450.

Winter 2019 Recreation Programs: Interested in learning something new? The City’s Parks & Recreation Department offers classes for infants, toddlers, youths 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, in person at the Community Recreation Center located at 969 Kiely Blvd. or call 408-615-3140.



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
  • Journey Lineworker
  • As-Needed Office Specialist II
  • Laborer
  • As-Needed Recreation Leader – Jr. Giants
  • Per Diem Police Officer Special Events
  • As-Needed Recreation Office Assistant
  • Police Officer
  • Chief Electric Utility Officer
  • Recreation Leader III
  • Compliance Manager
  • Recruit Police Officer
  • Construction Engineering Intern
  • Traffic Control Special Events
  • Electrician



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. The January 2019 edition of Workforce Review is available. For more information, visit the NOVA webpage.




Lawn Bowls Clubhouse Update: On Dec. 11, 2018, Council requested that staff analyze any potential health, safety and maintenance issues at the Central Park Lawn Bowls Clubhouse as well as to inquire availability from school district for any available modular buildings. As of the date of last inspection in October 2017, the Assistant Building Official determined the trailer safe for occupancy. In January 2019, Parks & Recreation requested Deputy Fire Marshal to conduct an inspection of the existing Lawn Bowls Clubhouse (trailer) for life safety. Fire recommended Club removal of obstructions from corridors and exit doors, a three foot clearance around electrical panels, and City issuance of a permanent facility address for future Fire Response identification. The door width, ramp and path of egress were found to be compliant. In addition, Parks & Recreation staff reviewed all items identified in the Parks & Recreation Facility Condition Assessment Report (Kitchell 2017) in most need of replacement or repair including: electrical panel, air conditioning unit, exterior skirting and ceiling tiles. The Parks & Recreation Department will continue to repair and replace items over the coming months to keep the facility in a usable condition. Staff also explored the availability of portables through the Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD). SCUSD responded to our inquiry noting that the district will need its inventory of portables, and only has one that might be considered for surplus purposes. However, portable units located at the Central Park School site are slightly larger (960 square feet) compared to the existing Lawn Bowls trailer (720 square feet) and would require an unknown cost to move and upgrade.

Committee to House the Bay Area (CASA) Update: The City has been tracking progress on the Metropolitan Transit Commission’s (MTC) Committee to House the Bay Area (CASA) Compact, which identifies methods to meet the region’s housing targets. CASA' s key principles include (1) increasing housing production at all levels of affordability, (2) preserving existing affordable housing, and (3) protecting vulnerable populations from housing instability and displacement. MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) have forwarded the CASA Compact to the state legislature as a recommendation for future legislative action. A number of bills have since been introduced at the state level that could enact CASA recommendations.

On Dec. 17, 2018, the City submitted a letter requesting the Cities Association of Santa Clara County advocate for more dialogue with ABAG and MTC, specifically involving a more diverse group of local cities including Santa Clara, in the effort to develop strategies to produce, preserve and protect affordable housing. The letter can be accessed on the City's website. The City is continuing to monitor activity at the state level.



There were no major stadium events during this time period.

Upcoming Stadium Events                       

March 26

2019 Mexico National Team vs. Paraguay

April 13

Monster Jam

May 12

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

May 18

Rolling Stones No Filter Tour



Zoning Code Update Workshops: The City is preparing a comprehensive update to the Zoning Code. The current Zoning Code has not been updated since it first came into effect in 1969. The main objective for the update is to simplify and modernize the existing code. Community participation is a key part of the Zoning Code Update.

The Planning Division will host two community workshops on:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. - City Hall Council Chambers, 1500 Warburton Ave.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Northside Branch Library, 695 Moreland Way

The workshops are proposed with the same agenda to maximize participation. In addition to providing the workshop participants with an overview of the Zoning Code, participants will be asked to provide input on: single family design standards, parking, short-term and long term residential rental regulations, and new potential zoning districts.  For more information on the Zoning Code Update, visit the website.

Community Meeting for Catalina II Residential Project: The applicant, SCS Development, will conduct a community meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20 to provide information and receive input on their rezoning and vesting tentative map applications to construct 39 for-sale townhomes at 1433-1493 El Camino Real. The community meeting will take place on Feb. 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Santa Clara Senior Center, Room 222 located at 1303 Fremont St. For more information on the proposed project, visit the website.

San Tomas / Monroe Affordable Housing Project: The City has begun the next phase of community engagement for the proposed affordable housing development at the southeast corner of San Tomas Expressway and Monroe Street. The developer, Freebird Development Company, will hold a community meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at the City Hall Cafeteria located at 1500 Warburton Ave. The current proposal would allow for the development of approximately 65 affordable units for people at a range of income levels and include a set-aside of units for people with development disabilities. This will be the third community meeting which will summarize prior community meetings held on Oct. 19 and Nov. 5, 2018, revisions to design based on community feedback, and updates on project tasks and schedules. For more information, contact the Community Development at 408-615-2450.

City North Vision Workshop: The City is preparing the Freedom Circle and Patrick Henry Drive Specific Plans in North Santa Clara to plan the future of Santa Clara's emerging urban district, City North. The City will host a workshop on Feb. 25 at the City Council Chambers from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. to provide an opportunity for community members to provide input on the process and identify key issues. Community participation is a key part of the Specific Plans creation process. In addition to providing the community with an overview of the Specific Plans, attendees will be asked to provide input and feedback on the Specific Plans. There is also an opportunity to learn about other proposed projects in the area including the proposed Kylli project, located at 3005 Democracy Way. For more information on the Freedom Circle and Patrick Henry Specific Plans, visit the webpage.

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.

Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s (RJJT) 50th Anniversary: RJJT recently completed auditions and casting for the next production in its 50th Anniversary Season—“Honk!” "Honk" is the marvelous musical re-telling of the classic children's story "The Ugly Duckling." Performances will be on March 22-31, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at the Mission City Center for Performing Arts, 3250 Monroe St. For more information, contact Kevin Cornelius at 408-615-3161 or email For ticket information, visit the RJJT webpage.



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.

Contact Information:

Deanna J. Santana, City Manager


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