Archive for January, 2014

MFPA General Membership meeting results

As most of you know, we held our annual General Membership meeting last month on the 25th.  Here are the minutes of the meeting:  MFPA General Membership Meeting.

Board Members for 2014

Board Members for 2014

From left to right they are:  Dennis Abad, new TJ Martin area Director; Pier Maggiani, Past President; Pat Wagstaff, Secretary; Mike Kalashian, new Treasurer; Linda Wilson, President; Dick Stevens, Fontana/Villas Director; and Larry Sasscer, new Vice President.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Trees trimmed in Jeffrey Fontana Park

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Here are photos of some of the trees trimmed in Jeffrey Fontana Park on the 24th of Jan.  The trimming was done for health, safety and appearance.  In addition,  these trees will now be safer from PG&E since their clearances from the high voltage lines were substantially increased.
MFPA  paid for most of the work with the City picking up a smaller portion. Thanks again to Peggy Rudd of San Jose’s Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services (PRNS) and former MFPA President Pier Maggiani who were instrumental in making this happen.  Thanks also to Pat Pizzo for help in meeting with the City and doing the field inventory and Larry Sasscer for the preparation of the inventory spreadsheet.

MFPA General Membership Meeting

Saturday, January 25

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

The Villas’ Clubhouse main entrance on the east side of Meridian Ave at Norelius Ct:

Villas Sign

Dial 004 at the entrance kiosk to have the gate opened.


  1. Introduction of MFPA Leadership Team
  2. Financial Report, closing 2013 and projections for 2014
  3. Status of PG&E Negotiations for 2014
  4. Overview of 2013 Accomplishments
  5. 2014 Project ideas and  MFPA goals based on Fall 2013 Survey Results
  6. Election for 2014 Board of Directors

All are welcome member or not, please join us for our fourth annual membership meeting.  The Fall Survey results will be discussed and the 2014 Action Plan will be presented.

Questions are welcomed, and suggestions from our membership are encouraged.  These are your neighborhood parks!

We began in 2010 with the goal of stopping the wholesale removal of 140 trees by PG&E.   2014 brings a new set of negotiators for PG&E and a new system of evaluating trees for removal.   Learn what changes are coming from PG&E and how MFPA is proactively working to continue saving our trees.

In case you have been wondering…..

Have you been wondering who is responsible for doing such a great job restoring those benches in the western end of TJ Martin Park?

Going from this:  WP_20130424_006

To this:                   WP_20130424_007

Well we have Larry Sasscer  L1130817 - Copy  to thank for all the hard work.  So far he has restored three of the park’s benches.  You can usually find him doing something in the park to make it that much better.  Don’t be surprised to see him on his knees planting & digging.


Larry is MFPA’s Director for the TJ Marin Area.  Next time you see him be sure to give him a BIG “Thank you” for volunteering his time to make our parks more beautiful.

Save a Christmas Tree


Donate your living Christmas tree to the Our City Forest nursery! Simply bring it by during open hours (Thursday – Saturdays 9 to Noon) or email to schedule a drop-off. They accept all shapes and sizes, the only requirement is the tree must be potted and healthy. Your donation is tax-deductible and donation receipts are available by request.

The nursery is located at Spring Street and Mc Kendrie Street in San Jose.  For a map click here.

The 2014 Martin-Fontana Parks Association website in review

Check it out, you’ll find lots of interesting statistics such as:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.