Martin-Fontana Parks Association Board votes in 4 more Directors at the annual General Membership Meeting

BOD 2015

From left to right in the back row are Director Dennis Abad, Vice President Larry Sasscer, Secretary Pat Wagstaff, Director and Fundraising Chair Rod Carpenter, Director Dick Stevens, and Treasurer Mike Kalashian.  In the front row from left to right are President Linda Wilson, Director and AV/Website Chair Sunny Wagstaff, Past President Pier Maggiani, Director Vince Piazzisi, and newly elected Director Rich Grialou.  Not shown is newly elected Director Chuck Haywood.

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This brings our Board up to twelve members from eight. The MFPA Bylaws have been updated, and the new additions to the Board will be able to provide more direct member input into the MFPA values and activities.

Our biggest challenges that remain are:  PG&E, the drought, and working in a partnership with Parks Recreation & Neighborhood Services and the City of San Jose.


One response to this post.

  1. Several residents have been contacting the District 10 City Council office regarding the miserable condition of both TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana Parks. Four conditions have ruined both parks: 50% cutback of maintenance staff and funding six years ago, rodent activity and resulting damage to turf and irrigation systems, antiquated irrigation system that can no longer be repaired for long term use, and the four year drought.

    This year a new director of parks was appointed, as well as a new supervisor of maintenance for our park district. MFPA has been working with the new PRNS leadership and the new supervisor to push for resolution of the rodent and irrigation problems. Rodent control in Fontana has begun. In the coming months two or three different rodent control methods will be used throughout the parks from Almaden Expwy to the Coleman park boundary. This is an extended effort PRNS is committed to follow.

    Maintenance continues as a problem because the City has not added funds to this budget area for proper hiring of personnel. MFPA learned that our parks have been on a five year plan for replacing all irrigation by the end of 2019, and we are actively pushing the City to implement this plan. HELP US BY ATTENDING THE OCT. 4 HEART OF THE PARK EVENT and signing our petition to the City Council and PRNS to act on irrigation replacement for our parks! We need your voice!

    Linda Wilson, MFPA President



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