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City Manager's Blog - April 22 - May 3, 2019

Post Date:05/06/2019 12:15 PM

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



City Releases Proposed Budget: On April 30, the City released the proposed City of Santa Clara Biennial Operating Budget for fiscal year 2019/20 and 2020/21. The proposed budget enhances the delivery of public services, expands the City’s capital assets, and invests in the development of City employees. The City Council will consider the proposed operating budget during a joint study session with the Sports and Open Space Authority, and Housing Authority on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.  For more details, view the news release.

State of the City 2019: Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor is pleased to invite you to attend the 2019 State of the City events. This year’s events will take place at each of the City’s libraries and at a special senior luncheon at the Sana Clara Senior Center. Attendees will hear about recent accomplishments, upcoming initiatives and what they can do to get involved in the community.  Mayor Gillmor will also be joined by members of the City Council. City Manager Deanna J. Santana will provide an overview of the recently adopted City budget and discuss major initiatives. Visit the website for more information.

  • Thursday, June 20

    2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    Central Park Library, Margie Edinger Room
    2635 Homestead Road

  • Friday, June 21

    1 to 3 p.m.
    Northside Branch Library, Community Room
    695 Moreland Way

  • Saturday, June 22

    1 to 3 p.m.
    Mission Branch Library, Community Room
    1098 Lexington Street

  • Senior Center Luncheon*
    Thursday, June 20
    11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    1303 Fremont Street

*The Senior Center State of the City event will be held during a special Senior Centerluncheon. Presentation begins at 12 p.m.

Incident at Central Park Library: In the early afternoon of April 30, a Central Park Library employee located a suspicious package. The Santa Clara Police Department contacted the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad for further investigation. Out of an abundance of caution, the library was evacuated. According to Police, the suspicious package was determined to be fake and contained no explosive material. Central Park Library remained closed for the rest of the day and returned to normal operations the next day. The investigation is on-going. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.

Fatal Traffic Collision: On April 25, at about 9:48 a.m., a fatal traffic collision involving two vehicles occurred near the intersection of Saratoga Avenue and Los Padres Boulevard. A black Ford Fusion, travelling at a high rate of speed, struck a blue Ford Focus making a right turn from Los Padres Boulevard onto westbound Saratoga Avenue. The collision caused the Ford Fusion to roll over, strike a tree in the center median, and come to rest against a parked car on the north side of Saratoga Avenue. The collision also caused the Ford Focus to strike a parked car on the north side of Saratoga Avenue. The 22-year-old male driver of the Ford Fusion, who is a Sunnyvale resident, was transported to Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The female driver of the Ford Focus is a 77-year-old resident of Santa Clara. The driver had a complaint of pain and declined further medical attention. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Traffic Investigator Nick Cusimano at 408-615-4764.

Community Meetings on Potential Zoning Code Changes to Address Overcrowding in Residences: On April 29, City staff held a community meeting at the Santa Clara Senior Center and received input on potential approaches to modifying the Zoning Code to provide clearer regulations and tools for enforcement to address overcrowding in residences. Potential approaches shared include:

  • Replacing the term “boarding house” in the Zoning Code and more precisely creating limits on the number of individuals that can occupy a residence in addition to the main household.
  • Creating a minimum required percentage of total common habitable area, which could be in the form of living room, kitchen, dining room or other space that is accessible to all individuals in a residence.

Two more community meetings are scheduled for May 16 and May 29 at the City Council Chambers from 6:30 to 8 p.m., to present the same information from the April 29 meeting and gather community input. For more information, visit the website.

Audit Completed of Mills Act Properties: The Mills Act was enacted in 1971 to incentivize the protection of historical resources. The Mills Act enables the City to enter a Historic Property Preservation Agreement (Mills Act contract), with the owner of a historic property for a minimum of a 10-year term. Participating property owners agree to restore, maintain, and protect their properties in accordance with historic preservation standards. Property tax reductions are provided to property owners with Mills Act contracts who maintain or improve the property per contract. City staff recently completed a comprehensive audit including 151 Mills Act properties. Through reviews of permit records and home inspections, it was determined that eight properties were found to be in potential breach of the Mills Act contract terms. The Historical and Landmarks Commission is reviewing these properties, recommending additional inspections and information. If properties are determined to be in breach of contract, the properties will be forwarded for either non-renewal of their contract or cancellation. Pursuant to CA State Board of Equalization guidelines, a penalty for cancellation due to the breach of a Mills Act contract is a financial penalty, equaling 12.5% of the property value at the time of cancellation. For more information, contact Community Development at 408-615-2450.

Commissioner Opening for the Historical and Landmarks Commission: The Historical & Landmarks Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council in matters pertaining to historical places and landmarks. The Historical and Landmarks Commission consists of seven commissioners who are volunteers and are appointed by the City Council. To apply, see information below:

  • Partial term vacancy ending June 30, 2021.
  • Applications are due to the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on May 24, 2019.
  • Applications may be submitted online by visiting or you may request an application at the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours. 
  • Once an interview date is set, applicants will receive an email notification.  
  • To be eligible, you must be a registered voter and resident of Santa Clara, and may not hold any paid office in, or be employed by, the City of Santa Clara.

For questions, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 408-615-2220 or email

International Swim Center Update: The heat exchanger for the International Swim Center diving well failed mid-April and was replaced on May 1 as soon as parts were received. The Santa Clara Dive Club used the pool during the repair and the Santa Clara Aquamaids used Warburton Park pool. For more information, contact Parks & Recreation at 408-615-2260.

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.

Volunteers needed for National River Cleanup Day:  On Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., join the effort to keep our creeks healthy and beautiful by cleaning up along Saratoga Creek, beginning at the north side of the El Camino Real overpass, extending south along Bowe Avenue to the end of the cul-de-sac. Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, a hat and plenty of sunscreen. The City will provide trash bags, buckets, trash grabbers, gloves and light snacks. To sign up, visit For questions, contact City staff at or call 408-615-3080.

The Library’s New & Improved Catalog: The Santa Clara City Library has launched the new catalog! Take a look at the library’s newest materials, use the improved search engine, and check out the staff and community lists to find your next great read. Visit and create an account today! If you have any questions, contact the Library at 408-615-2970 or email

Why the Census Counts: The countdown to Census 2020 has started, but why is it so important that every person in our community is counted? The information gathered from the U.S. Census is used to determine how many federal dollars are given to each state for a variety of critical programs, including health care, social services, transportation and public safety. California received over $76 billion dollars for its programs based on the 2010 Census. Some of these programs were Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance, Highway Planning and Construction, National School Lunch Program, Head Start, Health Center programs, etc. If we are not able to count everyone, we won’t receive enough money to adequately fund these programs and so many others. Visit to learn more about how the census impacts funding and how to get involved!

Affordable housingAffordable Housing Agreement for St. Anton 100% Affordable Housing Project: The Affordable Housing Agreement will go before the City Council for approval on May 7, 2019. The Irvine Company (“TIC”) is the master developer of an infill, mixed-use project that includes 1,840 rental apartment units, parking garages, up to 40,000 gross square feet of retail space, approximately 4,500 gross square feet of leasing space, approximately 38,000 gross square feet of amenity space, and other facilities (collectively, the “Santa Clara Square Project”). On Feb.12, 2016, the City entered into a Development Agreement for the Santa Clara Square Project. Pursuant to the Development Agreement, TIC and the City agreed to develop certain low-income, restricted multifamily rental units within the Santa Clara Square Project or to provide low-income and very low-income restricted multifamily rental units at one or more locations offsite. On Feb. 8, 2019, TIC notified the City of its election to provide off-site units and submitted an off-site affordable housing partnership agreement with St. Anton for the provision of the off-site units within the Tasman East Specific Plan area, located at 2233 Calle del Mundo. St. Anton owns the 1.22 acre parcel located within the Tasman East Specific Plan area at 2233 Calle Del Mundo and has submitted an application for architectural approval to develop an affordable housing project that includes approximately 196 rental units with the required unit mix of studio and one bedroom units, and consisting of 38 very low income offsite units, 157 low Income offsite units, one manager’s unit , and related facilities. For more information on the St. Anton project, visit the website.

Tip-A-Cop benefitting Special Olympics Northern California: Members of the Santa Clara Police Department volunteered on April 30 at Chili's restaurant on El Camino Real as celebrity wait staff, helping to serve and refill drinks in exchange for "tips." 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 event raised over $2,100 for Special Olympics.  For more information, contact the Santa Clara Police Department at 408-615-4700.

Central Park Master Plan Update: On April 30, the Central Master Plan Update Community Workshop #2 was held at the Santa Clara Senior Center. In 2013, the City Council set a goal to enhance community parks and the City’s recreational assets. Since October 2017, Gates & Associates has been assisting the City with a Central Park Master Plan Update (Plan). The focus of the Plan is to create a coherent vision that will guide Central Park’s future improvements based on community supported principles, priorities and design criteria. In 2018, community input included a Community Workshop, input and an online survey. At Community Workshop #2, an administrative draft of the Central Park Master Plan 2020-2040 was presented. The next opportunity for public comment will be at the Parks & Recreation Commission meeting on May 21, 7 p.m., at the City Hall Cafeteria, 1500 Warburton Ave. For more information, contact Parks & Recreation at 408-615-2260.

City Team Participated in Relay for Life: The City was among the organizations participating in Santa Clara Relay for Life, which took place April 27 and 28 at Townsend Field located at Buchser Middle School. The City team, Mission City POSSIBLE, raised $2,175 for the American Cancer Society fundraiser. Organizers said the event has raised more than $114,000 and they’re continuing to raise funds. For more information, visit the Relay for Life of Santa Clara website.

Community Safety Award: On April 25, the San Jose Pioneer Lions Club recognized Officer Scott Savage of the Santa Clara Police Department at their 17th Annual Community Safety Award Ceremony. Officer Savage was recognized for his outstanding and productive police work, and his ability to help train members of the department on how to respond to tactical situations. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.

Talk and Tour of the Police Station: On April 25, the Santa Clara Police Department hosted another “Talk and Tour” at the police station. Over a dozen residents attended the event led by Assistant Police Chief Dan Winter. He gave an overview of the police department, a tour of the Records Unit, Communications Dispatch Center and the Temporary Holding Facility. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.

Silicon Valley Power Recognized with Safety Award: The Northwest Public Power Association recognized Silicon Valley Power at its annual conference. This is the second year the utility has received this award for outstanding achievement in workplace safety. Silicon Valley Power was awarded second place in its respective group against peer groups of comparable size based on work hours. This is an improvement from the utility’s third place allocation in 2018. For more information, visit our website.

Take our Children to work dayTake Our Children to Work Day: On April 25, the City hosted the 25th Annual Take Our Children to Work Day at City Hall. Over 50 children registered to attend with several city departments participating in the event. Silicon Valley Power gave children the opportunity to go up in a utility bucket truck, the Library hosted a scavenger hunt, Parks & Recreation offered arcade and crafts at their centers, and guests visited the Fire and Police stations, and children made their own sign at the Public Works sign shop. For more information, contact Human Resources at 408-615-2080.



Arbor Earth Day33rd Annual Arbor Day/Earth Day Celebration: On April 25, community members visited Central Park for the Arbor Day/Earth Day celebration. CAL FIRE presented the City with its 32nd National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA Award for its commitment to environmental stewardship. The City received recognition for the event from Congressman Ro Khanna’s office. Over 580 students along with 185 teachers and chaperones from Santa Clara schools celebrated. Event goers visited the 34 exhibitor booths promoting ways to be environmentally conscientious, such as how to compost and preventing food waste. Hands-on activities included seed planting, composting and even drumming. To commemorate the event, a Red Maple tree was planted near the pond at Central Park. Silicon Valley Power staff were on site to talk with children about energy conservation. Thank you to Silicon Valley Power for sponsoring this community event! The utility provided 100% renewable energy through the Santa Clara Green Power program to power the celebration. 

Emergency Communications Group: On April 27, the Office of Emergency Services hosted the Silicon Valley Emergency Communication System group at the Santa Clara Senior Center. Special thanks to Santa Claran Lou Steirer who has organized this quarterly meeting for over 30 years! The amateur radio operators in attendance learned about disaster communications at the tragic Camp Fire in Butte County last fall. If you are interested in joining the City’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (ARES/RACES) group, contact the Santa Clara Fire Department at 408-615-4942.

DucklingsRescued Ducklings: On April 29, firefighters found a family of ducklings stranded behind Fire Station #3. The firefighters were able to lead mom with ducklings back into the creek behind the fire station, where the duck family would be safe. For more information, contact the Santa Clara Fire Department at 408-615-4900.

EggstravaganzaEgg-Stravaganza 2019: On April 20, Egg-Stravaganza was held in Central Park. This spring event was very well attended and featured great weather, an egg hunt, bunny trail, bounce houses, crafts and photo opportunities with the bunny, all free of charge. Santa Clara service clubs, organizations and recreation contractors were on site, leading activities and handing out candy-filled eggs and other items. 



Disney Santa Clara Dance teamSanta Clara Parks & Recreation Dance Team Go to Disneyland: On April 12-13, the Santa Clara Dance Team participated in “Dance the Magic! Crystal Dance Spectacular Parade” down Main Street USA. They led 15 other teams from around the world. Under the direction of Linnea Sheehy, the group of 35 young ladies and one gentleman, worked incredibly hard for months perfecting the Disney dance routine. It was the experience of a lifetime for the dancers, family, friends and supporters. For more information, contact Parks & Recreation at 408-615-2260.





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
  • Plans Examiner
  • As-Needed Public Works Inspector
  • Police Officer
  • As-Needed Recreation Leader – Jr. Giants
  • Public Works Engineering Intern
  • Electrician
  • Recreation Leader II
  • Information Technology Services Intern
  • Recruit Police Officer
  • Journey Lineworker
  • Traffic Control Special Events
  • Per Diem Police Officer Special Events



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



Update on Santa Clara Parade of Champions: On March 5, the Santa Clara City Council considered a financial grant request by the Santa Clara Parade of Champions (SCPOC) to pay for City services needed to support the Parade. Council indicated support for the event provided that by mid-June 2019 the SCPOC could confirm Internal Revenue Service non-profit tax status, that sufficient funds were raised and that City services were capped at $71,028. Council also requested a progress report on event logistics, planning and fundraising and answers to questions and concerns related to the feasibility, alternatives and plans for the event. See Attachment A for additional information related to the SCPOC. For more information, contact Parks & Recreation Department at 408-615-2260.

BART Phase II Project: At the April 23 City Council presentation by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority on the BART Phase II Project, the Mayor and City Council asked about the projected BART ridership at the four planned stations for the Phase II Extension. Below is information provided by the VTA. For more information related to the project, visit

2035 Average Weekday Ridership with BART Extension

Station Name

Number of Riders

Alum Rock/28th Street


Downtown San Jose




Santa Clara





Santa Clara Stadium Authority Prepares to Revoke the Forty Niners Stadium Management Company’s Authority to Issue Contracts: At the April 30 Santa Clara Stadium Authority meeting, the Stadium Authority’s General Counsel Brian Doyle and Executive Director Deanna J. Santana provided details to the Stadium Authority Board on the Notice of Default of the Stadium Management Agreement that was recently issued to the Forty Niners Stadium Management Company (49ers) that serves as Levi’s® Stadium manager. Read full news release.

Upcoming Stadium Events                                                                   

May 12

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

July 20

2019 International Champions Cup: Benfica vs. Chivas de Guadalajara



Mamava Lactation Space Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: On Thursday, May 9, Central Park Library will host a ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. for a Mamava lactation space. Although moms can breastfeed freely at Santa Clara City Library locations, some women don’t feel as comfortable doing so and may even leave the library to go somewhere more private. To bring added convenience for moms and their babies, the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends is using its 2019 Kaiser Permanente Health and Wellness funding to purchase a free-standing, private lactation space. Starting May 9, the Mamava will be available for use in the Children’s Collection area at the Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Rd. For more information, visit

BART Phase II Community Meetings: The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is hosting community meetings to discuss the BART Phase II project that will extend BART service through downtown San Jose and into the Santa Clara Train Station. The next meeting is on Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Buchser Middle School Cafeteria, 1111 Bellomy St.. For more information related to the project, visit

Bike to Work Day 2019: Mark your calendars for the 25th anniversary of Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 9. The City will host an energizer station from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail and Agnew Road. Refreshments will be provided at the Energizer Station for those who bike or walk to work and Water & Sewer Utilities will be on hand with its “Tap Water Express” truck to provide refreshing water. In addition to this location, Silicon Valley Power will host an Energizer Station near the Santa Clara Caltrain Station at El Camino Real and Railroad Avenue. More information on Bike To Work Day can be found on the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s website.

Caltrain Electrification: Caltrain is hosting a community meeting about the Caltrain Electrification Project in Santa Clara on Monday, May 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the South Bay Historical Railroad Society at 1005 Railroad Ave. For any questions, contact Caltrain at 650-399-9659 or email

Financial Planning Day: Do you need advice when planning for retirement? Are you looking at ways to start a college fund for your children? Would you like guidance on updating your portfolio? Sign up for consultation on financial issues with experts from the Financial Planning Association® at no cost. The event will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Central Park Library, Redwood Room, 2635 Homestead Road. For more information, visit

Bicycle and Scooter Share Program: The City is developing a permitting program for the use of shared bicycles and scooters within city limits. The intent of the program is to create guidelines which allow bicycle and scooter share operators to apply for permits to operate in Santa Clara while addressing concerns identified by residents, businesses and stakeholders. The next public meetings will be held in May to solicit feedback on the draft program guidelines that were developed. For questions, contact Pratyush Bhatia at or visit the website.

  • Thursday, May 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

    Central Park Library
    2635 Homestead Road

  • Thursday, May 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Northside Library, Community Room
    695 Moreland Way

Open House Community Meeting for Mission Point by Kylli Project: The applicant, Kylli, will conduct an open house community meeting to introduce their new plan to the community and highlight some of the key changes to their pending General Plan amendment and planned development rezoning applications, which propose up to 3.5 million square feet of office, 6,000 residential units, and various retail and residential amenities. The meeting will take place on Thursday, May 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Central Park Library, Redwood Room, 2635 Homestead Road. For more information on the proposed project, visit the website.

El Camino Real Specific Plan Public Scoping Meeting: The City is hosting a meeting for the El Camino Real Specific Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR) analysis on Thursday, May 23, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Central Park Library, Margie Edinger Room, 2635 Homestead Road. The meeting will provide information about the project’s details, environmental review process, and to obtain public input on the scope of EIR analysis. For more background and information on the El Camino Real Specific Plan, please visit the website.

Police Department Open House: On Saturday, June 1, the Santa Clara Police Department will host an Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents will have the opportunity to visit the department’s dispatch center and temporary holding facility (jail) as well as see a display of the various units that make up the Police Department. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.



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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