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Meeting Minutes

20 February 2020

SMNA 2020 FEB 20 MEETING OPEN: 19:15 Hrs  END:  20:58

SMNA BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: (05) President, V. President, Treasurer, Secretary, Committee Chairperson.

TOTAL MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: 12  TOTAL MEMBERS SIGNED IN: 08

GUEST SPEAKERS: (02) SJPD OFF. SGT White, D7 Council Office Rep. Mike Medina, Walk San Jose Rep. Theresa Do.

REPORT OF MEMBERS SICKNESS OR DISTRESS: None

NEW BUSINESS: SMNA is looking for a community newsletter author.

ACTION: 

  • SMNA Secretary: Reach out to SJPD SGT White about police accompaniment on the Coyote creek walk, as a courtesy.

SPEAKERS:

SMNA President (19:15p):  Discussed having an SMNA’s Neighborhood Newsletter distributed monthly.  The newsletter should be filled with monthly events taking place within D7, SMNA boundaries.

Discussed SMNA’s mission statement and current priorities for the community. (19:18p).

SJSP Officer SGT White (19:18p):  Updated SMNA attendee’s on current crimes within the immediate area of SMNA.  

Discussed police action taken to clean up 7th street RV and blight vehicle parking.  At which time warrant violation arrests were made, positution bust. The area on Monterey Hwy to the 280 freeway is termed as “The Blade Strip” by SJPD.

Any questions or concerns for Officer White, email at 4104@sanjose.gov. Sunday through Tuesdays are his days off, post is swing shift.  Captain Paul Joseph is our new precinct Captain. Addressed questions from audience members and board members. 

  • Will SJPD Officers be available for SMNA’s Coyote creek walk, March 7th? Possibly, email SGT White as a reminder.

  • Is the 2nd Street Studio apartment complex in Lincoln District? Yes.

(19:51p).

D7 CM Staff Mike Medina (19:51p):  Addressed SMNA VP’s email regarding SJ “Good Neighbor” Policy.

Clean ups are conducted once a month along the train tracks, along with Union Pacific employees.  818,000 lbs of trash has been collected since the two entities have started this stewardship.

Great America Litter Pick-up flyer was handed out.  Event is on March 28th.

Discussed Seven Trees meeting highlights with us.

Announced that D7 Neighborhood Commission will have both seats available for this next cycle.

Easter Egg Hunt at Los Lagos golf range will be April 5th, 2020.

Assured SMNA that Homeless concerns will be addressed for SMNA Coyote creek trail walk.

Neighborhood Association territory boundaries will be addressed by CM office.  

Opened for members questions:

  • SMNA VP requested that SMNA be included in all information pertaining to SMNA territory, regarding the Renascent Housing Facility AKA 2500 Senter Rd.

(20:20p).

WALK SAN JOSE REP THERESA DO (20:21p):  Introduce herself and discussed Walk San Jose program, goals, and mission statement.

Discussed “Pedestrian Safety Corridors” (PSC’s) for districts 3, 5, and 7.

Discussed “Vision Zero Action Plan.”  (20:46p).

SMNA Treasurer Report (20:47p): Membership Dues are to be collected by the end of February, $15 per household, $10 for Seniors, $50 for Businesses.  (20:49p). 

16 January 2020

SMNA 2020 JAN 16 MEETING OPEN: 19:08 Hrs  END:  20:53

SMNA BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: (06) President, V. President, Treasurer, Secretary, Committee Chairperson, Social Media Head.

TOTAL MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: 14

GUEST SPEAKERS: (02) SJPD OFF. Vergara, D7 Council Office Rep, Michael Pearce.

REPORT OF MEMBERS SICKNESS OR DISTRESS: None

NEW BUSINESS: SMNA Handouts: 2450 Senter Rd Open House Facility, Neighborhood News Announcement, SMNA new member invitational.

ACTION: 

  • SMNA President: Reach out to MCNA regarding boundary overlap, as a courtesy.

  • SMNA Vice President: Contact online community and compile a list of top concerning questions from the group to present at the open house and as community concerns in general.

SPEAKERS:

SMNA President (19:08p): Discussed the Open House meeting at 2450 Senter Road Homeless Housing Facility. Reminded members to bring all your questions to the meeting or if preferred, send your questions to SMNA and the organization will submit members questions on their behalf. 

Discussed SMNA’s Neighborhood Newsletter that was distributed to all attendees.  The newsletter was filled with monthly events taking place within D7, SMNA boundaries.

Discussed SMNA’s organization invitational that was also handed out to all attendees.  The invitational is to inform members within SMNA’s boundaries of the organization and to also encourage members within the community to consider attending monthly meetings. (19:12p)

SJSP Officer Vergara (19:13p):  Updated SMNA attendee’s on current crime statistics within D7 (Lincoln District).  Addressed questions from audience members and board members. (19:39p)

D7 CM Staff Michael Pearce (19:40p):  Introduced himself as filling in for Andres absence.  Took open questions: Homeless populations, Mailbox thefts, Pot holes along Tully, 2450 Senter Road Homeless Housing concerns such as, “since the housing facility does not accept family households or children, what plan is in place if a single occupant becomes pregnant while living in the facility?”  “Will security for the facility be off duty police officers or private security?”

Public use of illegal drug use is now a citation, no longer a felony, in the City of San Jose.  However, if a subject commits a criminal offense in conjunction with drug intoxication, the crime can be cited with a higher offense charge.  (20:31p)

SMNA Treasurer Report (20:31p): Membership Dues are to be collected by the end of February, $15 per household, $10 for Seniors, $50 for Businesses.  (20:35p). 

SMNA President (20:35p): SMNA Board Meeting Highlights.  2450 Senter Road Homeless Facility. Coyote creek trail walk, flyers are being requested, UNSCC (United Neighborhoods Santa Clara County) Membership cost is $200 per year.  Due to the high cost, SMNA elected not to participate in renewaling it’s membership at this time. SMNA Block Leaders duty description, areas of operation, and recruitment. (20:53p)

SMNA MEETING ADJOURNED: (20:53p)

DONATIONS COLLECTED: $0

NEXT MEETINGS: 

SMNA Board Meeting, February 6th, 19:00 Hrs, TBD.  

SMNA General Meeting, February 20th, 19:00 Hrs, location Tully Library Community Room.

CLOSING: 20:53 Hrs

Submitted by: D. Serrano, SMNA Secretary

 

 

19 December 2019

SMNA 2019 DEC 19 MEETING OPEN: 19:09 Hrs      END:  20:55
SMNA BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: (06) President, V. President, Treasurer, Secretary, Committee Chairperson, Social Media Head.
GUEST SPEAKERS: (02) SJPD Lt. Semore, D7 Council Office Chief of Staff, Andres Q.
REPORT OF MEMBERS SICKNESS OR DISTRESS: None


NEW BUSINESS: SMNA Priorities, SMNA Border Boundaries, Board Member roles.
SPEAKERS:

SJSP Lt. Semore (19:15p):  Updated SMNA attendee’s on the current Officer command shift for  D7 (Lincoln District).  Discussed local gang activity.  Answered questions about criminal activity in the immediate area of SMNA.  Discussed policing homeless encampments along Union Pacific R/R property, in conjunction with Union Pacific R/R also participating in policing their own railroad tracks.  Addressed questions from audience members and board members, ranging from policing vagrants to illegally parked vehicles. (19:30p)
D7 Chief of Staff (19:30p):  Updated SMNA attendee’s on road repair projects taking place within D7.  Pedestrian safety is a big concern for D7 CM, steps are being made within the infrastructure to assure the community safety .
The City is looking at higher traffic ticketing.  Studies support, the more number of traffic tickets, the lower the number of pedestrian fatalities.
 Coyote creek trail expansion is a project SJPD Chief Garcia continues to oppose, the project will remain on hold. 
Streets crime team has been active for 9 months and is successful.
D7 CM Maya remains strong on keeping homeless from occupying parks and public spaces. Month of March, SJ City will review quality of life tactics, what works and what doesn’t work.
Public use of illegal drug use is now a citation, no longer a felony, in the City of San Jose.  However, if a subject commits a criminal offense in conjunction with drug intoxication, the crime can be cited with a higher offense charge.
1800 BEDS is a new program that will be used to get a needy person off the streets and in a safe place.  80% of SJ homeless population are prior residents of the San Jose community.
2450 Senter Road (AKA 2500 Senter), Chronic Homeless Housing Facility, Renascent Place, is set to have an open house for the public in mid-late January.
Bridge Housing in D7 is being built.  CM Maya is pushing back at other Districts to do their share and carry the load of the homeless population as well.  Fighting with Caltrans, dealing quality of life challenges for our community.
No updates or changes about the proposed Navigation enter, however, it is not being built in D7.
Los Lagos is in debate, D7 CM Maya vs. Mayor Liccardo.  CM Maya wants to keep Los Lagos active.  (20:29p)
Action proposed: SMNA Committee Chair: Send Maya an email describing Catholic Charities, Kathy Robinson, interaction you discussed with board members.
SMNA Treasurer: (20:30p) Report: Annual, started with $307.00.  Added $170.00.  Spent $272.00.  Total remaining $206.00.  (20:34p).
Action proposed: Fund raising.  
SMNA President: (20:34p) SMNA Board Meeting summary.  SMNA Captain and Block Leader volunteers: SMNA Treasure Jim Larkin (Captiol/Senter), SMNA Secretary David Serrano (La Ragione Ave), SMNA Committee Chair Delbert Ng (Albanese Circle), SMNA V.President Bruce Sullivan (Kenoga Dr.), SMNA Member Patty McNeil Umberger.  (20:51p)
*SMNA V.President makes motion: (20:51p) Los Lagos and 2450 Senter Rd Chronic Housing facility be added to SMNA’s list of priorities. (20:51p)
SMNA Open Forum: (20:51p) Member request to have SMNA Board Members facing audience during meetings.


SMNA MEETING ADJOURNED: (20:55p)
DONATIONS COLLECTED: $0

 

NEXT MEETINGS: 
SMNA Board Meeting, January 9th, 19:00 Hrs, TBD.  
SMNA General Meeting, January 16th, 19:00 Hrs, location Tully Library Community Room.
CLOSING: 20:55 Hrs
Submitted by: D. Serrano, SMNA Secretary
 

21 November 2019

SMNA 2019 NOV 21 MEETING OPEN: 19:10 Hrs  END:  20:20

SMNA BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: (05) President, V. President, Secretary, Committee Chairperson, Social Media Head.

GUEST SPEAKERS: (01) D7 Council Office Chief of Staff, Andres Q. 

REPORT OF MEMBERS SICKNESS OR DISTRESS: None

NEW BUSINESS: Sign-in roster, SJ D7 map handout, SMNA Mission Statement.

SPEAKERS:

D7 Chief of Staff (19:15p):   D7 has a new SJPD Captain, Steve D. (Proper spelling or pronunciation of last name could not be provided.).

Updated SMNA attendee’s on current homeless clean up along Union Pacific railroad tracks, in conjunction with the City of San Jose’s efforts.  Homeless encampments along Monterey Highway. Union Pacific will conduct cleaning once a month. Expect an increase in homeless wandering neighborhoods as clean ups take place.

If worn roads damage your tires or vehicle, claims with the City Clerk’s Office can be made for compensation and expenses.

 Homeless RV parking along the streets has increased and is being addressed by the Police.  The City is in the process of working with a tow and storage company. 

New construction of Coyote creek trail extending to Story road is being paused.  SJPD Chief does not support the construction of the trail. Reasoning for not supporting the trail construction is based off the information about crime and vagrant issues along the Coyote creek trail through SMNA boundaries.

Consider inviting SJ City Head of Homeless, Vanessa Beretta, to tour SMNA/D7 Coyote creek trail, in order to show how the homeless have occupied the open space.

December 14th, Open House: 2450 Senter Road, Chronic Homeless Housing Facility, Renascent Place, is to take place.  UPDATE: Dec 05, 2019, SMNA VP posted, this open house meeting has been rescheduled for January 2020. Time and day TBD.  (19:49p)

 

SMNA President: Announced SMNA board member meeting highlights, SMNA membership dues, SMNA Captain and Block Leader roles, and priorities of SMNA.

Announced that the City of San Jose, Neighborhood Commissioner’s assembly has both (2) positions for D7 vacant.  D7 residents interested in participating should be encouraged to apply.  

SMNA Treasurer Treasurer reports no change.  SMNA Secretary paid SMNA Treasurer, SMNA dues in cash.  No receipt could be provided; however, minutes documented this valid transaction. (20:20p)

 

SMNA MEETING ADJOURNED: (20:20p)

 

DONATIONS COLLECTED: $0

NEXT MEETINGS: 

SMNA Board Meeting, December 5th, 19:00 Hrs, TBD.  

SMNA General Meeting, December 19th, 19:00 Hrs, location Tully Library Community Room.

CLOSING: 20:20 Hrs

Submitted by: D. Serrano, SMNA Secretary

17 October 2019


SMNA 2019 OCT 17 MEETING OPEN: 19:10 Hrs END: 21:11
SMNA BOARDMEMBERS PRESENT: 06 President, V. President, Secretary, Treasure, Committee
Chairperson, Webmaster.
GUEST SPEAKERS: 02 SJPD Sgt. M.White, D7 Council Office Chief of Staff.
REPORT OF MEMBERS SICKNESS OR DISTRESS: None
NEW BUSINESS: “Introduction of SMNA New Boardmembers, Priorities of SMNA as an
organization.”
SPEAKERS:
SJPD SGT. White (19:15p): Updated SMNA attendee’s on the current number of criminal events
in the district of D7 (Lincoln District) and answered questions about criminal activity in the
immediate area of SMNA. Discussed policing for 2450 Senter Road Chronic Homeless Facility.
Addressed questions from audience members and board members, ranging from policing
vagrants to illegally parked vehicles. (19:45p)
SMNA President (19:49p): Introduced SMNA Board Members. Announced that SMNA has
positions open for Neighborhood Captains. The position of Media Head is under negotiation.
SMNA boarder’s have expanded. Audience member suggested as an act of common courtesy,
SMNA should inform MCNA about overlapping boundaries. (20:05p)
D7 Chief of Staff (20:10p): Updated SMNA attendee’s on the current state of the Santa Clara
Fairgrounds use as a homeless site. Tax funds from Ebay are being collected annually to the
City of San Jose, which will be used to fight blight throughout the city. The homeless navigation
center will not be utilizing the fairgrounds.
Cross talk with audience members pertaining to fairgrounds.
D7’s CM is fighting to have other districts become more proactive with participating in homeless
facilitation within in their districts.
Written questions and inquiry about Renascent Place 2450 Senter Road, will be taken at the
facilities open house, which will be open to the community towards mid-December.
Markham Plaza is a primary example being studied by the City of San Jose, in how to better
operate Renascent Place.
D7 roads are currently being repaved and will continue through the year 2022. (20:55p)
SMNA President (20:57p): Priorities of SMNA. Homelessness & Renascent Place, Growing paid
membership, Building community relations, Beautification and improvements within SMNA
boundaries. (21:10p)
SMNA MEETING ADJOURNED : (21:11p)
DONATIONS COLLECTED: $0
NEXT MEETINGS: November 14th, 19:00 Hrs, location TBD.
CLOSING: 21:11 Hrs
Submitted by: D. Serrano, SMNA Secretary