Archive for March, 2011

It’s here, our quarterly Newsletter!

Check out our latest Newsletter.  Thanks to the crew shown below, it was mailed out on the 21st of March.

The assembly crew clockwise from left to right are Linda Wilson, Pat Wagstaff, Jean LaMarca, Vince Piazzisi, Edesa Bitbadal, Dave Poeschel, Margie Heldt, and not shown, the photographer, Sunny Wagstaff.

Thanks also to our proofreaders, Pat & Sunny Wagstaff, and Linda Wilson.

A very special thanks go to our Editor-in-Charge, Valli Sharpe-Geisler for designing and putting it all together.

Wow!  What a great job Valli!

Editor-in-Charge, Valli Sharpe-Geisler

Check out the Native Plants along Capitancillos Drive

One of the items the Martin-Fontana Parks Association is considering, is the use of California Native Plants to beautify our two parks.  Spring is the peak bloom period for many natives;  Ceanothus, Manzanita and Bush Lupine.  There is a fine example of a blue Ceanothus along the south-side walk in TJ Martin Central at the base of the PG&E towers, south of the Redwoods by the Strand kid’s park.  Nearby, off Coleman Road in the Oak Canyon Development, there is a 0.6-mile long California native plant demonstration garden along Capitancillos Drive.  There you will find over 320 native plants between the row of Coast Live Oaks.

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Travel north on Redmond till it ends at Oak Canyon Drive.   Turn right and you will come to Capitancillos Drive.  The demonstration garden is open 24/7 as it is in the SJ City Park-strip.  Please, visit the Capitancillos garden and view the natives in bloom.  Each plant has it’s own identifying sign.  In addition to the buckeyes recently planted in TJ Martin Central and Dave Poschel’s planting of native trees in Fontana Park, other California native plant’s will be introduced into our parks.  Which are your favorites?

Pat Pizzo

City removes 9 dead trees & trims others

On Tuesday, the 15th of March, the City had their crews out removing dead trees and trimming others in both TJ Martin Park and Jeffrey Fontana Park.  Our thanks go out to District 10 Councilmember Nancy Pyle and Don Zonic of the City’s PRNS Department for their fast response to MFPA’s dead tree removal requests.  Here are the mapped locations of the dead trees that were removed.  To get a bigger view just click on each image.

West TJ Martin Park


West end of Jeffrey Fontana Park

East end of Jeffrey Fontana Park

Don’t be alarmed

Just to let you know, the City, working with the Martin-Fontana Parks Association, is out trimming trees and removing dead trees in both parks.  They have just started this morning in Jeffrey Fontana Park.  Included in the removal will be the two large dead Willow trees in the far eastern end of Fontana Park.  Here is a slideshow of the dead trees we have asked to be removed:

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Weeds no more!

Thanks to the help of some of our MFPA members, the site of the Beautiful Day project in Jeffrey Fontana Park is weed free again.  About a dozen people showed up with buckets and weeding tools in hand yesterday, the 12th of March, and pitched in.  We owe a  big “Thank You” to all who came out.

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Thanks also to Margie Heldt and Dave Poeschel for taking the photos.

We’re having a Wedding Party!

Oops! I meant to say a Weeding Party!  This Saturday, the 12th of March, in Jeffrey Fontana Park near Golden Oak Way & McAbee Road.  It’s where the “Beautiful Day” project was held last year in November. Come on out between 9 and 10:30 am to help us keep the “Beautiful Day” project beautiful!  Coffee, tea, water, and donuts will be available.

Other communities face removal of trees by PG&E

PG&E’s Latest Attack on the Foothills: Massive Tree Removal

“The latest example showing that PG&E has far too much political and economic power came last October when a neighbor in Watts Valley called to complain that he had caught a PG&E contractor marking trees on his property with blue spray paint. The contractor explained the trees would be removed to prevent outages caused when trees grow into or fall into transmission lines.”

Read the full story written by Chip Ashley on the Community Alliance website