City Manager's Biweekly - Aug. 26 - Sept. 7
Welcome to the latest edition of the City Manager's Biweekly report, a full summary report of updates related to City projects, responses to City Council inquiries, and events and activities of interest to the community. To view past posts or to subscribe to receive these on eNotify, please visit SantaClaraCA.gov/cmblog.
Calling Residents to Serve on Boards and Committees: Are you looking for a valuable volunteer opportunity in Santa Clara? The City has vacancies to serve on the Board of Library Trustees, Housing Rehabilitation Loan Committee, and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. The Board of Library Trustees is responsible for the establishment and supervision of the public library program. The Housing Rehabilitation Loan Committee reviews proposals from low to moderate income homeowners for loans or grants for home improvements. Applications to serve on the Board of Library Trustees and the Housing Rehabilitation Committee are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, to the City Clerk’s Office located at 1500 Warburton Ave. For more information or to apply online, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/commissions or contact the City Clerk's Office at 408-615-2220.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) is an advisory body to the City Council on matters related to the City's recreational and commuter bikeway system and pedestrian walkway system. There are currently three (3) openings on the Committee and members serve a 3-year term. Interested applicants need to either live or work within the city of Santa Clara. Applications must be received by Friday, Oct. 18. To apply to the BPAC, contact Marshall Johnson at 408-615-3023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the BPAC website to learn more.
Bicycle and Scooter Share program: The City appreciates the recent efforts of the community to create a Bicycle and Scooter Share permitting program in our city. Draft regulations have been posted on the website and were scheduled to be presented to the City Council in August 2019. However, the City has decided to pause this effort based on the following: 1) additional evaluation of Americans with Disabilities Act-related considerations, and 2) evolving draft State legislation regarding scooters. Both of these recent developments may affect how the City creates a successful Bicycle and Scooter Share program. The City will also be proposing a one-year extension to the current temporary moratorium to Bicycle and Scooter Share. More information will be shared with the community as it becomes available on the website.
2019 Fall Activity Guide Now Available: Looking for a new adventure or a recurring class for Fall? The 2019 Fall Activity Guide is now available. To sign-up, come visit us at the Community Recreation Center located at 969 Kiely Blvd., register online or call 408-615-3140.
Charter Review Committee -- Survey: The Charter Review Committee is seeking input from the community on the number of districts. Is the current six-district model working or would some other model be preferred? Take the survey available online or provide your feedback by emailing email@example.com or contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 408-615-2220. For more information on the Charter Review Committee, please visit the website. Below are upcoming Public Input Sessions and Listening Sessions.
- Saturday, Sept. 21, Noon - 2 p.m. Northside Branch Library, Community Room, 695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara.
- Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Mission Branch Library, 1098 Lexington St., Santa Clara.
- Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Northside Branch Library, Community Room, 695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara
Charter Review Committee -- Listening Session Information: Members of the Charter Review Committee are hosting informal, drop-in Listening Sessions. Stop by to find out more and provide your input.
- Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Northside Branch Library, Group Study Room 695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara. Hosted by Charter Review Committee members Sudhanshu Jain and Benjamin Cooley.
- Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Machado Park Building, Machado Park, 3360 Cabrillo Ave., Santa Clara. Hosted by Charter Review Committee member Christine Koltermann.
Caltrain 2040 Business Plan: Caltrain has been working to complete the Caltrain Business Plan, a comprehensive plan to meet the region’s 2040 mobility demands by growing Caltrain service. Caltrain will be hosting several upcoming events to provide more information and obtain feedback from the public. Upcoming station pop up-meetings include:
- Sept. 16, 8 a.m. Staff onboard train 324 for Q&A
- Sept. 20, 7 a.m. San Jose Diridon Station
September is Community Preparedness Month: Does your family have a household communication plan? Make an emergency plan today & practice it! For more information, visit the City of Santa Clara Emergency Preparedness Website, santaclaraca.gov/emergencypreparedness, and register for Alert SCC at sccgov.org, the Santa Clara County’s emergency alert and warning system.
International Swim Center (ISC) Repair Update: The City and San Jose Boiler are completing removal and replacement of the ISC boiler that maintains the pool temperature in the 50-meter pool and training pool. Senior Swim and Lap Swim are relocated to Warburton Pool, 11 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., until the ISC is operational. For Santa Clara Swim Club (SCSC) programs, contact SCSC at 408-246-5050.
Pedestrian Master Plan: The City is pleased to announce the draft Pedestrian Plan is now ready for review. The City’s first Pedestrian Master Plan began in fall 2018 and was developed in collaboration with the Santa Clara Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) and the consulting firm Alta Planning + Design. An extensive outreach process was conducted at community meetings and through online surveys to solicit feedback and comments from the community about how to improve walking within our city. This plan will ultimately establish a long-term vision for improving walking in Santa Clara through policy, program, and project recommendations.
The public draft plan can be viewed at the Pedestrian Master Plan webpage. The public comment period will be open from Sept. 11 – Oct. 2, 2019. Comments on the plan can be submitted through the online web tool on the website or at the upcoming community meeting on Sept. 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Mission Branch Library, 1098 Lexington St. For questions, contact Carol Shariat at cshariat@Santaclaraca.gov.
Santa Clara City Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month: During the month of September, the Library highlighted the histories, cultures and contribution of Hispanic and Latino Americans. Families can celebrate together at our Hispanic Heritage Storytime on Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Central Park Library with stories and songs in English and Spanish. During the month, all library branches (except the Bookmobile) will be hosting the Ancient Scavenger Hunt which teaches more about Aztec, Inca and Maya empires. In addition, the Central Park library will be a Family Movie Night on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. for The Emperor’s New Groove. For more information, visit sclibrary.org.
Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) Update: TRS Social-Lites program celebrated the end of the summer session with a luau potluck! The Social-Lites program provides adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to enhance their social, communication and community life skills through weekly activities and community outings. Social-Lites will return for the fall on Sept. 27. For more information, contact Lauren Council at 408-615-3169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Saturday Service Began Sept. 7: The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission has announced the launch of the new Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Saturday service which began on Sept. 7. The ACE train service is a growing commuter rail service that serves passengers Monday through Friday with service from Stockton to San Jose with stops in Lathrop/Manteca, Tracy, Vasco Road, Livermore, Pleasanton, Fremont, Great America and Santa Clara. For ACE Monthly Pass holders, Saturday service will be an included day of travel at no additional cost. ACE passengers can utilize their tickets for free transfers to VTA services at Santa Clara and San Jose’s Diridon Station. For families traveling on Saturdays, ACE offers discount fares for children. ACE Saturday Service is a one-year pilot program funded by SB1 through its State Rail Assistance Program. To view the schedule, visit www.acerail.com/saturday_service.
Rebates for Nissan Leaf available through Sept. 30: Through partnership with the American Public Power Association and Nissan, public power customers are eligible for rebates on the 2019 Nissan Leaf Standard & ePlus. This is a limited time offer through Sept. 30, 2019. Silicon Valley Power residential customers are eligible for these rebates. Visit the website for complete program details.
Central Park Pathways: Central Park pathways have been cleaned, formed and repaired in preparation for the upcoming Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival. For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 408-615-2260.
Earl R. Carmichael Gymnastic Center: In preparation for the City’s new gymnastics service provider, Peninsula Gymnastics, the City is sealing and painting walls, and installing equipment at the Earl R. Carmichael Gymnastic Center. We are looking forward to starting new classes! For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 408-615-2260.
Public Comment Period for the City of Santa Clara 2018-19 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER): The City of Santa Clara, in compliance with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investments Partnerships Act (HOME) regulations, provides residents an opportunity to review and comment on the 2018-2019 CAPER in advance of its submittal to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CAPER details accomplishments from the 2018-19 program year on projects and activities funded with CDBG and HOME dollars. The City has the CAPER available for public review from Sept. 4 through 19. Copies of the CAPER will be available at the Housing & Community Services Division office located at 1500 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. It will also be available at Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Road, and online. The CAPER, including a summary of citizen comments, will be presented to the City Council at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2019, before final submittal to HUD on or before Sept. 30, 2019. Written comments may be submitted prior to the public hearing to the Housing & Community Services Division offices at 1500 Warburton Ave. or by email to email@example.com.
Mayflower, DNA and More at Central Park Library! If you have done your DNA and need help interpreting it, the library can help. The Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society volunteers teach DNA and genealogy classes regularly. There are DNA and German Special Interest Groups and the Nuevo
Mundo (North and South America) Genealogy Society that meet regularly. Special presentations are offered every month on the 3rd Tuesday evening, except August and December. Classes and programs are found on the library calendar. In celebration of next year’s 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower, the library has updated its silver and pink Mayflower books which present genealogies of proven Mayflower ancestors, including the newest editions. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Central Park Library is offering a presentation on Mayflower genealogy and information about joining other lineage groups.
Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Conference Held: On Sept. 4-6, the City hosted over 1,000 law enforcement personnel from throughout California. This three-day conference was held at the Marriott. This is the largest conference that the California Police Chief’s Association holds each year. The Santa Clara Police Department was involved in the planning and Assistant Chief of Police Dan Winter welcomed the group at the opening ceremony. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.
Coffee with a Cop: The Santa Clara Police Department hosted a “Coffee with a Cop” event on Aug. 30 at the Peet’s Coffee in Rivermark Plaza. Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together – over coffee – to discuss issues and learn about policing. There was a great turnout at the event. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.
Santa Clara Infrastructure Ride: On Aug. 16, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition sponsored an “Infrastructure Ride” for the City of Santa Clara that highlighted recently installed bicycle facilities within our city. Participants included City staff, members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), and representatives from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). A group of 16 bicyclists traveled a 13-mile, 3-hour ride which started at Central Park Library to recently installed buffered bicycle lanes on Tasman Drive, the colorized bicycle lanes on Mission College Boulevard and Calabazas Boulevard, and the Class I trail along the west side of San Tomas Expressway between El Camino Real and Homestead Road. The ride traveled through both residential and commercial areas of the City, providing a first-hand look at what the bicycling community experiences as they ride through the city.
I Scream, You Scream…We All Scream for “Ice Cream!” On Aug. 28, the Santa Clara Senior Center hosted its annual Ice Cream Social. Attendees enjoyed delicious ice cream, music, and the opportunity to meet, make new friends and hear about programs and activities available at the Senior Center. Special thanks to the Santa Clara Women’s League who volunteered and served over 240 ice cream scoops! For more information about the Senior Center, please call 408-615-3170.
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.
- As-Needed Communications Coordinator
- As-Needed Instructor/Lifeguard
- As-Needed Office Specialist II
- As-Needed Recreation Program Coordinator
- Deputy City Attorney II, Senior Deputy Counsel
- Journey Lineworker
- Management Analyst or Senior Management Analyst
- Per Diem Police Officer Special Events
- Police Officer (lateral)
- Recruit Police Officer
- Traffic Control Special Events
- Traffic Engineer
Recruiting Firefighters: The Santa Clara Fire Department is now hiring! Applications will be accepted from Oct.1-31, or until 1,500 applications are received. Please fill out an interest form today at www.joinscfd.org. For more information, contact the Fire Department at 408-615-4994.
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 August 2019 edition of Workforce Review is available. For more information, visit the NOVA webpage.
RESPONSES TO COUNCIL INQUIRIES
No updates for this reporting period.
LEVI’S STADIUM RELATED UPDATES
A pre-season San Francisco 49ers football game vs. the Los Angeles Chargers was held on Aug. 29. There were no significant police events.
Upcoming Stadium Events
- Sept. 22 – 49ers vs. Steelers
- Oct. 7 – 49ers vs. Browns
UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS
Composting Basics Workshop: Did you know that compost improves soil quality by adding nutrients, helps the soil retain more water and keeps organic waste out of landfills? In partnership with the U.C. Cooperative Extension Compost Education Program, the City is hosting a workshop on Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m.–noon, at the Everett N. “Eddie” Souza Park. A master composter will teach residents how to build compost piles and apply the material to landscapes and gardens. Registration is required. Register at ucanr.edu/compost or call 408-918-4640.
Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival, Sept. 14-15, 2019: Located in Santa Clara’s picturesque Central Park, the 39th annual Art & Wine Festival is preparing for a fun, family-friendly weekend, brimming with over 165 local and national artists, three live entertainment stages, an array of popular festival food, shaded beer garden, local wines, Kids Kingdom, Toddler Town, and more. Interested artists and sponsors may find information and applications online at www.SantaClaraArtandWine.com. For more information, call 408-615-3140.
Silicon Valley Power will be on hand at the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival to share information on its programs, such as Santa Clara Green Power and the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rebate. Get tips on ways to save money on your electric bill, how to shop for the right light bulb and how to be prepared in the event of a power outage. Stop by to say hello, play a game of corn hole and learn more about your public power utility.
Free Disposal Day: A free disposal day for Santa Clara residents will be held at the Mission Trail Waste Systems (MTWS) transfer station on Sept. 15 from 6 a.m. to noon. This is a great opportunity to dispose of appliances and e-waste items, as well as mattresses, furniture and other bulky items. Appointments are required, and availability is limited. Hazardous waste is prohibited (e.g. paints, fluorescent bulbs, chemical cleaners and pesticides, etc.). Call MTWS at 408-727-5365 to make an appointment and for details on location, load size limits and accepted materials.
Community Meeting #1 for Affordable Housing Project, 3575 De La Cruz Boulevard: Habitat for Humanity will host a community meeting on Wednesday, Sept.18 at 6 p.m. at the Northside Library Community Meeting Room. This meeting will provide residents and neighbors an overview about the plans for a proposed Affordable Housing Development at 3575 De La Cruz Blvd., the 'Old Fire Station' property. Residents will hear about the general plan, the overall schedule and have an opportunity to ask questions about the project. For more information, contact Jennifer Caravalho at 408-615-2492 or Rob Simonds from Habitat for Humanity at 510-803-3380
Santa Clara Magical Bridge Playground: It is about to get a little more magical in Santa Clara’s Central Park. The City invites the community to join us for the official kick-off of the Santa Clara Magical Bridge Playground on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Amphitheater, 909 Kiely Blvd. The event will begin with a short presentation from City officials and followed by a small reception with light refreshments. We are excited to bring such a magical, inclusive playground to our community that can be used by all ages and abilities. For more information, please call 408-615-3140.
California Coastal Cleanup: The City of Santa Clara will host cleanup sites at two locations on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon for California Coastal Cleanup Day: 1) Tasman Avenue between Lick Mill Boulevard and Great America Parkway near San Tomas Aquino Creek and 2) Bowe Avenue at El Camino Real near Saratoga Creek. Residents are encouraged to volunteer to help keep our streets and creeks clean. The City will provide a safety briefing, gloves, buckets, trash pickers and snacks. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, sun protection and to have fun! To register, visit Cleanacreek.org. For questions, contact the Department of Public Works at 408-615-3080.
Santa Clara Parade of Champions: Coming to historic downtown Santa Clara on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, the Parade of Champions festivities begin at 9 a.m. and the parade starts at 11 a.m. Traffic and access within the parade route will be impacted between approximately 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. near Franklin Square and on Lafayette Street, Benton Street and Monroe Street. To view the traffic advisory available at least 48 hours prior to the event, follow the Santa Clara Police Department Twitter. For additional information about the parade and route, visit the Parade of Champions website.
Cemetery Volunteer Maintenance Day: The City’s Mission City Memorial Park is hosting a volunteer maintenance day on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon at 420 N. Winchester Blvd. Volunteers ages 15 and over are welcome. Please sign up online or contact Derek Bryant at 408-615-3740.
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