Archive for the ‘PG&E’ Category

Have you been wondering what’s going on with the PG&E towers in our Park?

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Well, after talking to the tower crew, our MFPA members, Pat Pizzo, Vince Piazzisi, and Larry Sasscer, have the following explanations:

They are in the process of applying tension to the lines in order to raise them. In order to do this, they have to beef-up the tower structure with load-bearing struts and then replace the existing ceramic  insulators with more heavy-duty ones than the ones that were already there.

Larry and member Pier Maggiani both talked to the Contractor and were told that after they have the new equipment installed and the lines tightened up, they may gain an additional 5 ft to 10 ft of clearance from the ground.  Always a good thing when it comes to saving our park trees under the power lines.

Vince talked to one of the crew members about the work on the tower just across the street from his house. He had noticed them installing wheels on the lines.  After asking about the wheels he was told this was to facilitate the tightening of the power line to take out slack.

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How would you like being over 70 feet in the air next to 115,000 volts of electricity?!

MFPA-PG&E Annual Park Review Completed

 

The annual vegetation review with PG&E was completed last month.  The good news was we had only two small Oak trees in PG&E’s right of way removed.  A Australian Tea Leaf tree and a Toyon tree were planted as replacements.

Ten small volunteer trees (trees that nature planted) were removed.  Five were encroaching into some of the PG&E towers, two were dead, and three were in PG&E’s right of way.  PG&E requires the tower concrete supports be free of vegetation so they can be periodically inspected.

As a good will gesture, PG&E provided these 3 additional trees and included the cost of watering them for 3 years.

These were planted in the western end of TJ Martin Park.

Here are maps showing the tree locations:

TJ Martin map with photos

Fontana West map with photos

Our thanks to the Martin-Fontana Parks Association’s Negotiation Team of Dick Stevens, Mike Kalashian, Vince Piazzisi, Sunny Wagstaff, and Rich Zahner.

Our Quarter Two May 2016 Newsletter is here!

Watch out!  Those MFPA folks are at it again!

Squirrel announcementClick here for our latest Newsletter:  Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, & Page 4.

Become a MARTIN-FONTANA PARKS ASSOCIATION member

We need your HELP !

Please consider becoming a member or sponsor

Our membership fees are only

$20 per individual or $35 per family per year

Last year was a difficult time for our parks because of the drought. Martin-Fontana Parks Association spent most of last year keeping approximately 100 trees and shrubs from dying. Trees and shrubs were hand watered on a monthly basis. This included several older trees that were stressed by the drought. As a result, nearly all of the trees/shrubs we watered were able to weather the drought.

In addition, we have had and continue to have, an ongoing dialogue with the San Jose’s Parks department to address the turf and rodent infestation problems and the constant failure of our parks’ sprinkler systems. We are beginning to see action by the parks department.

Beginning this month, MFPA will be working with San Jose Parks’ to develop a 5 year plan for our two parks. Key components of this plan will be:

1. Planting drought tolerant native plants and shrubs that better suit our semi-arid climate.
2. Improvements to the parks infrastructure including children’s tot lots and other capital improvements that offers additional youth and adult recreation activities.
3. Rodent control, upgrading our parks turf, and replacing our aging irrigation system.

Lastly, we have continued our dialogue with PG&E regarding the preservation of our parks’ most precious resource: our trees. Your Membership affirms our community’s intent to PG&E that we are serious about PG&E being respectful of these priceless resources. We have been consistently successful getting PG&E to agree to prune, rather than remove these trees.

If you have questions/comments you would like us to address feel free to email us at:

SaveOurParkTrees@gmail.com.

If you are ready to become a member, a sponsor, or you need to renew your membership, it can be done in one of three ways:

1. You may renew your membership by using PayPal.  Just click on the “Make a Donation” button at  the top right of this page and follow the instructions.
2. You can write a check to the Martin-Fontana Parks Association and mail it to: Martin-Fontana Parks Association, 1177 Branham Lane #137, San Jose, CA 95118.
3. Or you could write a check to the Martin-Fontana Parks Association, let us know, and we will gladly stop by and pick it up for delivery to our membership Chairperson.

We encourage you to fill out a membership form to include with your check.  It is available online here or you can pick up one at our kiosk in Jeffrey Fontana Park near the dog park.

Thank you for your past support and we hope you will want to continue to be a member of our association and the important work we do improving and preserving our parks.

The MFPA Board of Directors

Our Quarter Three Newsletter is out!

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Click here to read the whole NEWSLETTER

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

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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.

 

Martin-Fontana Parks Association sponsors Tree Trimming

Martin-Fontana Parks Association  (MFPA ) annually shares the cost with  the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) by using the City contractor to trim our trees.  On Tuesday the 24th, ten trees were trimmed to provide a much larger safety margin to PG&E high voltage lines.  Thus increasing the odds their removal will not be required by PG&E.  Besides the trimming, two dead or dying trees were removed.