City Manager's Blog - Feb. 25, 2019 - March 8, 2019
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. View a printable version of the the latest biweekly blog. To view past posts or subscribe to receive these on eNotify, please visit www.santaclaraca.gov/cmblog
Spring/Summer 2019 Recreation Programs Now Available: Looking for camps, swim lessons, fitness classes and events or 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.
Bicycle Master Plan Update 2018: The draft of the Bicycle Master Plan is available online for review. The public comment period has been open since Feb. 25 and will close on March 15, 2019. The final draft of the Bicycle Master Plan will be presented to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee on March 25 for review and consideration. The Plan is scheduled to be presented to the City Council in May 2019 for review and discussion. To provide comments by email or for questions, contact Marshall Johnson at MJohnson@SantaClaraCA.gov or Carol Shariat at CShariat@SantaClaraCA.gov.
Community Letter about City Audits: A letter was issued by the City Manager’s Office correcting statements made in a recent column published in the Santa Clara Weekly. View the community letter for more facts about the City's financial activities. For more information, contact the City Manager’s office at 408-615-2210.
Governance Session Information: Details about the City Council’s Governance Session, held Dec. 13, 2018, are now available online.The Council held the Session to discuss the necessary components of a high performance governing body, assess the impacts of the new district election system, and enhance and strengthen the teamwork between the Council and staff. For more information, contact the City Manager’s Office at 408-615-2210 or email email@example.com.
Americans with Disabilities Act Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan: The City is updating its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan. The ADA ensures that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as those without disabilities and prohibits discrimination against those with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and access to state and local government programs and services. Under Title II of the ADA, the City is responsible for ensuring accessibility to City services, programs, activities and public facilities.
This project will include a self-evaluation in order to identify barriers to access and make modifications to eliminate any such barriers, as well as a transition plan that sets forth the necessary steps and timeline to complete modifications involving structural changes to City facilities. The project is currently underway and is anticipated to be completed in early 2020.
The City encourages community participation in the ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan Project to help shape the evaluation and transition plan. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for:
- March 14, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers: presentation about the project during the City’s ADA Committee meeting.
- April 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Margie Edinger Community Room at the Central Park Library: community event to introduce the ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan project including a presentation and an opportunity to ask questions and provide input.
For additional details about these upcoming opportunities and the project, please visit the ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan webpage.
Firefighter Academy Graduation: On March 8, four Santa Clara firefighter recruits are graduating from a 17-week fire academy. This has been a joint academy with Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, Palo Alto Fire Department and Santa Clara Fire Department. The four Santa Clara recruits will start an additional 2-week in-house academy on March 11, and officially begin serving Santa Clara on March 24. For more information, contact the Fire Department at 408-615-4900.
Firefighter Recruitment Fair: On March 2, Santa Clara Fire Department personnel participated in a California Joint Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair and Job Expo. This was an opportunity to meet and recruit future firefighters. For more information, contact the Fire Department at 408-615-4900.
Office of Emergency Services: The third Flash Flood Watch of 2019 occurred the week of Feb. 25 when the City’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) continued to coordinate situational awareness information with City departments, the National Weather Service, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and Santa Clara County partners. City staff remained vigilant in monitoring Santa Clara’s creeks and the lower Guadalupe which included police and fire personnel conducting overnight monitoring. Public Works staff replenished sandbags to assure they would be available for the public at the Corporation Yard. The storm 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.
Wood Smoke Reduction: The Wood Smoke Reduction Incentive Program was developed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to improve local air quality by reducing wintertime particulate matter pollution. The program provides grant funding to help lower the cost of replacing a wood-burning heating device with cleaner options. Residents in eligible areas can apply for a grant to replace a wood-burning fireplace or stove. View the map of eligible areas and how to apply on the BAAQMD website.
Silicon Valley Power Offers Tool Lending Library: Did you know you can borrow a variety of tools to save energy from the Santa Clara Central Park Library? Through the Tool Lending Library, borrow a Kill-A-Watt meter to plug in your appliances or electronics to see how much power they are using, measure air temperature and humidity over time with the Lascar Data Logger, or use the smoke pen to find the sources of air leaks. Check out a SEEK thermal camera that can be used with a smart phone to determine if you’re missing insulation or have leaky ductwork, causing you to lose energy. Find out more about available tools by visiting the Silicon Valley Power website and reserve them through the library’s online card catalog. For any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-244-SAVE (7283).
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 City of Santa Clara residents and between the ages of 12-19. Applications are available online and at Parks & Recreation facilities, City Hall and Santa Clara City libraries. Completed applications are due Monday, March 11 by 6 p.m. 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. For more information, contact liaison Jon Kawada at 408-615-3741 or JKawada@SantaClaraCA.gov.
New Community Development Code Enforcement Webpage: The Community Development Code Enforcement team now has a dedicated webpage that provides information on the Code Enforcement process, how to file a complaint and other useful resources. To find out more, visit the Community Development Code Enforcement webpage. For more information, contact Community Development at 408-615-2450.
City of Santa Clara Comments on Projects in Neighboring Cities: As part of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements, the City of Santa Clara receives environmental documents, such as Environmental Impact Reports (EIR), for development projects that are proposed and permitted in neighboring cities. The City often comments on these proposals as their associated impacts may affect residents or local businesses. Comment letters are available online that the City has submitted to neighboring cities on recent development projects. Recent letters include comments on the City of Sunnyvale’s Notice of Preparation of an EIR for their Lawrence Station Area expansion and the City of Cupertino’s Vallco Specific Plan Final EIR. Previously the City has commented on projects in San Jose such as the 4300 Stevens Creek Boulevard Mixed Use Project; Stevens Creek, Santana Row and Winchester Boulevard Urban Village Plans; and 350 South Winchester Mixed Use Project. For more information, contact Community Development at 408-615-2450.
Local Application of State Housing Legislation: Assembly Bill 3194, which was signed by former Governor Brown in 2018 and became effective on Jan. 1, 2019, significantly limits local government’s authority to reject proposed housing developments that conform to their general plan. Through its review process, a local agency cannot reject the project, reduce the size of the project or require a rezoning if it complies with the General Plan. The public should anticipate projects to come forward that take advantage of this new law. For more information on AB 3194, visit the website or contact Community Development at 408-615-2450.
California Police Chiefs Annual Training Symposium: On March 7, the California Police Chiefs Annual Training Symposium was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center. This year marks the first year the conference was held in Santa Clara. The opening ceremony included a memorial to 10 fallen law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in California in 2018. The ceremony was emceed by local news anchor Frank Somerville of KTVU and included speeches by Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor and Chief Michael Sellers. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.
Polar Plunge for Special Olympics: On Feb. 23, members of the Santa Clara Police Department jumped in the cold waters of Aquatic Park in San Francisco as a way to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics. The Police Department team was one of many law enforcement agencies taking part in this annual Polar Plunge tradition and raised $2,588 for Special Olympics. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.
Trip to San Tomas & Monroe Neighborhood Community Garden: On Feb. 15, students from Scott Lane Elementary School visited the San Tomas & Monroe Community Garden. They learned about innovative storm water filtration and viewed high flows of the San Tomas Aquino Creek from recent rains. Inside the community garden, students made birdfeeders, tasted the ripe winter vegetables, dived into a worm bin, and planted flower bulbs in the community children’s planter bed. If you are interested in planning a fieldtrip to the community garden, please contact Derek Bryant at 408-615-3743.
CURRENT JOB OPENINGS
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 santaclaraca.gov/jobs.
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 currently available. For more information, visit the NOVA webpage.
RESPONSE TO COUNCIL INQUIRIES
Recreational Vehicle Parking: In response to an email from Mr. Sherman on Feb. 15 and a public presentation made by Mr. and Mrs. Sherman at the Feb.19 council meeting, the Police Department conducted abandoned vehicle enforcement in the area of Hope Drive.
On Feb. 21, several Community Service Officers responded to Hope Drive to conduct parking enforcement and abandoned vehicle abatement. Two passenger vehicles were cited for expired registration and four recreational vehicles (RV) were cited for abatement. Abatement includes affixing a sticker to the vehicle, alerting owners to move the RV within 72 hours. In addition, chalk was marked on the cited vehicles on the street to determine if they were moved within the 72-hour period.
On Feb. 25, of the four RVs marked with notices, only one RV remained. The RV was occupied and being used as a residence. A Police Department traffic sergeant is working with the occupant of the RV to see what can be done to get the RV moved out of the area. This will include providing the RV owner with resources for individuals facing homelessness. In addition to the RVs, the Community Service Officers cited 11 passenger vehicles for failing to move within 72 hours. A 72-hour notice sticker was affixed to those 11 vehicles, informing the owners of the intent to tow the vehicles in 72 hours. The Community Service Officers returned to Hope Drive and towed away two vehicles and the other marked vehicles had been moved. The Police Department will continue to conduct enforcement and frequent checks on Hope Drive going forward.
LEVI’S STADIUM RELATED UPDATES
Worker’s Compensation Policy: The City has purchased a separate standalone Worker’s Compensation Policy (that is paid by the Forty Niners Stadium Management Company (ManCo) that covers the City’s per diem police officers who are assigned to work at the Stadium. For City employees, staff has calculated a Worker’s Compensation percentage for each bargaining group and this is included as part of the fully burdened hourly rate that is charged to the Forty Niners Santa Clara Stadium Company (StadCo) for NFL events and the Stadium Authority for Non-NFL events.
There were no major stadium events during this time period.
Upcoming Stadium Events
2019 Mexico National Team vs. Paraguay
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. South Africa
Rolling Stones No Filter Tour
UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS
Pedestrian Master Plan: As part of the efforts to develop the City’s first Pedestrian Master Plan, three walking tours will be conducted within Santa Clara. The purpose of the walking tours is to examine real-life barriers to walking and to explore how safety improvements, urban design and connectivity can make Santa Clara a more walkable city. The City will host the tours in three different areas where the community has expressed concerns related to walkability and areas where there has been an identified need to reduce pedestrian collisions. These tours will give the community another opportunity to provide feedback at locations of concern along the selected tour routes. The general public is welcome to attend any of the three tours and the details for each of the tours are listed below.
Note: The walking tours are weather permitting and will be rescheduled if necessary.
- Walking Tour #1 Central Park/Kiely Boulevard Area
March 19, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
- Walking Tour #2 Downtown/Mission Branch Library Area
March 19, 1:30 –3 p.m.
- Walking Tour #3 Agnew Road Neighborhood Area
March 21, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Muslim Community Association (MCA) School and Facility Expansion Project: The applicant, MCA, will conduct a community meeting on Thursday, March 14, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Maryam Banquet Hall at 3003 Scott Boulevard. The applicant will provide information on a use permit application to allow for expansion of the existing pre-K through 8th grade school from 400 students to 900 students (including up to 150 high school students), and support services on the current property located at 3003 Scott Blvd. and the adjoining expansion property at 3080 Alfred Street.
Community Advisory Committee Meeting #5 for the El Camino Real Specific Plan: The next Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting for the El Camino Real Specific Plan will take place on March 21, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.in the City Council Chambers. The meeting will focus on the architectural styles, massing and street-facing façade. For more background and information on the El Camino Real Specific Plan, please visit the City website.
Provide Input on the Electric Vehicle (EV) Blueprint: Silicon Valley Power (SVP) received a grant from the California Energy Commission to support developing a blueprint to achieve EV readiness. SVP is in the process of defining blueprint goals by engaging stakeholders, developing targets and determining the high-level infrastructure required to be successful. Input from the Santa Clara community will help the City establish the current state of EV readiness and develop a path to a desired state. Join us for a collaborative discussion about the City’s plan to become an EV ready community on March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Northside Branch Library located at 695 Moreland Way in Santa Clara. No RSVP is required. For questions, email email@example.com.
Spring Egg-Stravaganza: On April 20 from 9 to 11 a.m., Central Park will be a fun-filled spring celebration complete with activities, carnival games, photos with bunny and so much more! The event will be held at the Central Park Ball Fields located at 969 Kiely Blvd. For more information, call the Community Recreation Center at 408-615-3140.
50th Anniversary of Roberta Jones Junior Theatre (RJJT) Opens with a HONK! Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of RJJT by coming to a performance of our latest production, "Honk!,” the marvelous musical re-telling of "The Ugly Duckling." Performances are March 22-24, 29-30 at the Mission City Center for Performing Arts, 3250 Monroe Street. For ticket information and show times, visit www.RJJT.org.
Teen Center Arcade: A gathering spot for middle & high school students’ after-school into the evening, teens can meet and play video / table / card / board games, socialize, connect with friends or meet new ones! The facility has multiple screens, Wi-Fi, computer lab, deejays and café. Arcade Night will have unique themes and contests that gamers can win prizes and be on the Teen Center Arcade Hall of Fame. All players and spectators must have a completed 2018-19 Santa Clara Resident Youth Card/YAC Card to participate. The next event, 2K19 NBA Basketball, will be on Friday, April 12, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at 2446 Cabrillo Ave. For more information, contact the Teen Center at 408-615-3740.
Friday Night Live: The Santa Clara Cultural Commission is excited to invite you to the next Friday Night Live featuring Charged Particles (Contemporary Jazz) on April 5, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Triton Museum located at 1505 Warburton Ave. For more information, contact the Cultural Commission Staff Liaison at 408-615-3192.
Complete Communities Workshop for Kylli Project: The applicant, Kylli, will conduct a workshop to receive input on design aspects and features for homes, offices, retail, plazas and streetscapes associated with their pending General Plan Amendment and Planned Development Rezoning applications. Kylli’s proposed development would allow up to 3.5 million square feet of office, 6,000 residential units, and various retail and residential amenities. The workshop will take place on Monday, March 18 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Mission College, Room TAV130 located at 3000 Mission College Blvd. For more information on the proposed project, visit the webpage.
Gateway Crossings Community Meeting: As a follow-up to the community meeting held on Jan. 16, 2019, the Gateway Crossings applicants will hold another community meeting to receive additional feedback at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 at the Locatteli Student Activity Center (Building 710) on the Santa Clara University campus (500 El Camino Real). The Gateway Crossings project, located within the Santa Clara Station Focus Area at the southwest corner of Coleman Avenue and Brokaw Road (1205 Coleman Ave.), was initially presented at the Dec. 4, 2018 City Council meeting. At the meeting, the Council took action to postpone decision on the project so that the applicants, Hunter Storm LLC, could hold community outreach with mailed notices to the Old Quad neighborhood. The applicants propose to construct approximately 1,600 residential units, a hotel and ancillary retail. The project also includes the dedication and development of a public park, new infrastructure including new streets, and improvement of adjacent roadways and sidewalks. At the community meeting, the developer will receive feedback from participants on several site plan options. For more information on the project, visit the webpage.
Maywood Day Camp: What’s new for 2019? The Maywood Day Camp & Therapeutic Recreation Services teamed up to create a camp for children, ages 5-10 of all abilities, from June 24 to Aug. 9, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Maywood Park located at 2444 Pruneridge Ave. The goal is modeling inclusion to the campers by adapting the program and promoting, “we play better, together!” Camp includes weekly performances, jump house, swim days, field trips and play. Fee is $207 per week for Santa Clara residents / $237 per week for non-residents. After-camp care is also offered for children attending Maywood Day Camp. Care is offered from Jun. 24 to Aug 9, Monday – Friday, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. The fee is $50 per week for Santa Clara Residents / $61 per week for non-residents. Parents/guardians of a child with special needs interested in Maywood Day Camp and/or after-camp care can contact coordinator Lauren Council at 408-615-3160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen Breakaway Camp: It’s time to level up and go! Teen Breakaway Camp is a balance of fun, tech, games and field trip five days a week, from Jun. 17 to Aug. 9; Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Teen Center at 2446 Cabrillo Ave. Each week is unique and lets your teen meet new people, explore and experience the Bay Area. Price includes admissions, transportation, supervision, and daily snacks. Fee is $269 per week for Santa Clara residents and $295 per week for non-residents. For more information, call the Teen Center at 408-615-3740.
Coffee with a Cop: The Police Department will host its next “Coffee with a Cop” event on Friday, April 5, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at a local Santa Clara coffee shop (location TBD). 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.
Citywide Garage Sale: Residents are invited to participate in the citywide garage sale on Saturday, April 13. The event is a great opportunity to turn unwanted items such as clothing, furniture and home decor into cash, while avoiding usable items from ending up in the landfill. Register online for individual, multi-family, or block garage sales starting March 11. Garage sale locations will be displayed on a map and a list of garage sale locations will be made available on April 12 at SantaClaraCA.gov/GarageSale. For questions, contact City staff at 408-615-3080 or email Environment@SantaClaraCA.gov.
UPCOMING COUNCIL CALENDAR/AGENDA ITEMS
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