Safety Concerns at the Tully Ballfields
Homeless Person Steals City Vehicle and Crashes it Into Tully Library 1/7/2019
Tully Ballfields Not Safe
or Sanitary for Children
Our Neighborhood Association has been cleaning the Tully Ballfields for the past two plus years.
The area is littered with biological waste, pollution, trash, and dangers. Every Saturday morning during the little league season, our volunteers fill numerous 55 gallon trash bags with feces, toilet paper, condoms, clothes, food containers, stolen soiled mail, and more. We find drugs, used syringes, pipes, knives, and other dangers in the outfield and along the dugout areas.
Twice a year we partner with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and remove thousands of pounds of waste and pollution from our creek, which borders the ballfields. The trash and pollution always return to the same 300 foot section of the creek, along the Ballfields.
Numerous Spartan Little League organizers have been assaulted and battered. On one occasion, a homeless person who was on meth, attacked a board member who is a volunteer and a mother. The attacker screamed that he was going to kill her and rape her while her daughter watched from inside the car. These are not isolated incidents, they are becoming routine.
The situation is so dangerous that our Peace Officers will not patrol the area anymore. The Park Rangers were denied safety equipment by the City and were told to stand down for fear of their own safety by the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services. Ever since this change, the situation has grown increasingly worse.
We have been told that SJPD does not have the resources to patrol the ballfields and that the ballfields are the jurisdiction of the Park Rangers...who as mentioned have been informed to stand down.
Over the last two years, we have identified numerous solutions to improve the safety at the ballfields, however the City has ignored our suggestions and continues to ignore municipal codes and health requirements, enabling the situation to get worse.
Effectively, the City has made a decision that the safety of children and parents is less important than media headlines.
Meeting Location: City Hall
Attendees: SMNA Boardmembers, Spartan Little League, City Councilmember Tam Nguyen, SJPD, Department of Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services, Housing Department
Objective: To address the increasing concerns of the Community and develop resolution to the safety and environmental issues at the Tully Ballfields, along the Coyote Creek riparian corridor south of Tully Rd.
Outcome: Another meeting scheduled in the vicinity of September 21, 2018
Meeting Location: City Hall
Attendees: SMNA Boardmembers, Spartan Little League, City Councilmember Tam Nguyen, Chief of Staff to the City Manager, SJPD, Department of Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services, Housing Department, PATH, San José Catholic Workers. Homeless Advocates, The Santa Clara County Republican Party
Objective: To develop resolution pertaining to the increasing concerns of the Community with respect to the safety and environmental cleanliness issues at the Tully Ballfields and the Tully Library, along the Coyote Creek riparian corridor and to establish communications between all parties involved.
Outcome: The CIty Manager and the Councilmember will discuss the areas of agreement from this meeting and develop a path forward for another meeting in two weeks, October 12, 2018