Archive for January, 2013

Neighborhood Safety Meeting has big turnout

Photo by Margie Heldt

Photo by Margie Heldt

Per the latest Almaden Blossom Valley News:

“Sunday night hundreds of Almaden residents gathered at the Amato’s restaurant for a community meeting on crime. Members of the Police Department and City Staff were asked to answer questions on the recent rise in crime in the area. The restaurant was packed and hundreds gathered outside to hear answers to their questions.

Police handed out fliers with suggestions on how to be safe in your homes and talked about being pro active in our neighborhoods to be as safe as we can be.

ABV news talked with the woman who was taped up and in her home this past week along with her husband in the Shadowbrook neighborhood. The suspects stole two cars and some personal items in the home invasion robbery. She wanted to make sure everyone knows she feels the police did an outstanding job in handling her case. She believes all the suspects will be in custody soon. She and her husband are doing well.  Check out the follow-up to the story.

City Councilman Johnny Khamis told the crowd he does not believe Measure B has anything to do with the exodus of officers from San Jose to neighboring departments.

A San Jose officer disagreed with Khamis saying Measure B is the reason for the departures and why according to him morale is at an all time low. Khamais said he believes the release of prisoners statewide is the reason for the increase in crime, though he had no stats to support this.
Asked twice what he would do to stem the tide of officers leaving the city Khamis did not have a plan and each time went back to Measure B and the lack of city funds to pay for more officers.”

Annual MFPA General Membership Meeting

Sat, January 26th, from 10:30 am to 11:45 am

at the

Villas of Alamaden Clubhouse*

2012 marked another year of activities in the TJ Martin & Jeffrey Fontana Parks.  Negotiations with PG&E resulted in the removal of only one tree this past year, a mature Holm Oak in Fontana Park, along with some volunteer scrub oaks across for Tree 13.

We invite you to attend our third annual General Membership Meeting on Saturday, January 26th, 2013.  The slate of officers for 2013 will be formally elected and members will learn about the latest 2013 PG&E negotiations and hear about the park restoration and enhancement activities being planned for 2013.

Enjoy refreshments and meet your neighbors.

*You will be greeted by a person at the Villas entrance on Meridian who will open the gate and give directions to the clubhouse.

Be sure to check out the latest Master Plan Update for our Parks

Original Photo by Janna Pauser, October 2012 (altered)

Original Photo by Janna Pauser, October 2012 (altered)

We want to give Patrick Pizzo, Larry Sasscer, Dave Poeschel, and Sunny Wagstaff, a big ‘Thank You’ for all their hard work getting this published.

Vegetation Management Best Practices


Chairman Jon Wellinghoff Statement
June 21, 2012

“As a final point, we continue to receive complaints that utilities are clear-cutting right-of-ways in order to comply with reliability standard FAC-003. In some cases, reliability standard FAC-003 has been cited as the reason for clear-cutting even when it does not apply, e.g. transmission lines below 200 kV and distribution lines. The standard only requires that a minimum clearance be maintained and does not prescribe the methodology that utilities are required to use. Companies should not misrepresent the reason for the vegetation action by overstating the requirements or applicability of the standard.”

Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

For the complete statement click here.

Martin-Fontana Park Association’s blog review for 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


Join the MFPA Board in the Annual Park Walk-through

Fontana East section-3
Saturday, January 5, 2013
For TJ Martin Park Neighborhood users:
Meet at the west end of Fleet St at 9:00.
What trees may need replacing?
What improvements would you like to see in 2013?
Bring your suggestions as we walk through the park from Fleet St. to Meridian from 9:00 to 10:15!
For Jeffrey Fontana Park users:
Meet at the Fontana side of Meridian at 10:15.
Should MFPA create a native plant outdoor learning lab for elementary students?
If so, what would be the optimal location?
What trees will need replacing?
What improvements would you like to see in 2013?
Bring your suggestions as we walk through the park from Meridian to Almaden Expressway.