Before speaking at the Airport Noise Advisory Committee (ANAC) Meeting on Feb 11th, I was proud to learn that the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood had inundated the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport's (SJIA) Noise Center with over 330 letters and e-mails. That's more than 72% response from our neighborhood on this crucial issue. Thank you!
The big question is: "Did we make a difference?" Yes. The new Noise Exposure Map being recommended for approval will include homes in both the 65 CNEL and the 63.5 CNEL, which means approximately 93 more homes will be eligible for the Acoustical Noise Treatment Program (ACT).
One issue pointed out by the RGNA at the ANAC meeting was that the contour lines did not take into consideration the daily operational noise that impacts our neighborhood. This problem has been noted and entered into the ANAC official minutes.
David Maas, Deputy Director of Aviation, has since contacted the RGNA and has proposed to commission a study to determine the noise levels caused by the daily operation of the airport on our neighborhood.
I would like to acknowledge and thank the volunteers who gave of their time to help plan and organize this effort, the volunteers who got the word out to the neighborhood, and the volunteers who went door-to-door to get support.
So, does this mean the RGNA is done with airport issues? Not even. There is still a lot more work to do and a lot more homes to be included in the ACT program. The RGNA is working with other neighborhood associations on various plans of action. This means we will be coming back to you once again asking for your help, support, and signature.
- Joseph Fota
Don't forget to set your clocks ahead.
Daylight savings time starts Sunday, April 7th.
We invite you to participate!
Saturday, May 4, 2002
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Make some extra money!
- Sell your own items in your own yard!
- Let RGNA do the advertising for you!
- As in the past, $2 will be collected, from each participating house, the day of the sale, to help defray the cost of advertising.
Happy 98th Birthday to Pearl Brown of Forrestal Avenue! Pearl's special day included a visit from the Easter Bunny complete with photos and sweet treats.
Happy 85th Birthday to Mary Surico of Forrestal Avenue! Mary and Domenic celebrated her birthday during a special 2 week vacation in Seattle with their daughter and family.
A belated Welcome to Carolyn Krchmar and her cat June who moved into their Forrestal Avenue home in August. Carolyn advertises her job going to and from work on her motorcycle - she sells and rides them. A chef, Carolyn also enjoys gardening.
Welcome to Steve Gates and Michelle Campos of Keoncrest Ave. The first time homeowners are busy with August wedding planning and home projects. An avid snowboarder, Steve has his snowboard ready and waxed. Michelle is from Houston, TX and enjoys cooking and making photo memory albums.
This is the fourth year that the Easter Bunny has visited the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood. Thank you to everyone that helped make this event happen:
Vernon Nellis (as the Easter Bunny)
Also, a big thank you to Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport for their donation.
911 or 311, what number do I call?
Dial 9-1-1 if you:
Have an emergency and need police, fire, or medic response.
See suspicious activity:
- people looking in cars
- strangers loitering where you need to go and you feel frightened
- you come home to an open door and you're afraid to go inside
- someone is in your backyard that shouldn't be
Have a "gut feeling" you should be talking to the police, call.
Are concerned for the safety, well being or medical needs of someone you know and have been unable to contact. You may call and request that someone come out to check on them. This is referred to as a "welfare check."
Dial 3-1-1 for non-emergency situations which:
Do not involve a crime in progress or an immediate threat to life, bodily injury, or major property damage or loss.
Can be used for filing a police report after a crime has occurred and the offender is gone:
- you wake up in the morning and realize that your bicycle is missing from your garage
- you come out of the grocery store and realize your car stereo is gone
When you don't know or are in doubt, do not try to determine if you have an emergency; call 9-1-1 and let the dispatcher assist you.
The Acoustical Treatment Program (ACT) at the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport has already conducted a series of noise tests in the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood. We are aware that many of your homes may have been tested before and you may now be eligible for focused treatment. Focused treatment for each dwelling will vary depending on the type of elements requiring correction.
If your property has been approved for focused treatment, construction is scheduled to begin this Fall. Airport staff will notify you late this summer and keep you informed on the progress of the construction.
If your property has not been tested, and you are interested in finding out if you qualify for focused treatment, please call the ACT Program at (408) 501-0955 to schedule a noise test.
- Monica Gomez
Joseph and Cindy Fota
1437 N. San Pedro St.
Holly and Dan Lewerenz
1257 San Juan Ave.
The RGNA, working with Our City Forest, has secured a limited number of Crepe Myrtle trees for the neighborhood. Do you have a bare parking strip? If so, you are eligible for a free tree!
What do you have to do to get a free tree?
1. Contact the RGNA Message Center, 441-RGNA, and leave you name, address, and phone number. If you contacted us last year and did not get a tree, contact us again.
2. Be home on Saturday, May 18th, to help with the planting. We cannot plant a tree if no one is home.
3. Commit to 2-3 years of watering the tree.
Trees will be given on a first come, first served basis, and site eligibility.
This Spring, Bachrodt Elementary School will be having its annual Multicultural Festival. It will be held on Friday, May 31, 2002. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end by 2:00 p.m. All parents, staff, and community members are invited to join the celebration. We will have entertainment, food booths, and carnival games. We will also have a Multicultural Art Gallery featuring art work from the students.
We are also looking for volunteers to help on the day of the festival. If you are interested in volunteering or want to know more about the festival, contact Art Gonzalez at 535-6211. Your support will be greatly appreciated. So remember to stop by and spend a pleasant afternoon at Bachrodt Elementary School.
- Art Gonzales
On behalf of SSR Realty Advisors, Inc., we wanted to give the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood an update on our progress for development of the residential portion of the Skyport project, which was approved by the San Jose City Council in 2000. The office, retail, residential and hotel plan was approved at that time.
SSR Realty Advisors, Inc. is an owner of Class A multifamily communities throughout the country. Our multifamily development philosophy centers on a long term investment commitment in our surrounding communities as we focus our efforts on building attractive, high quality living environments that will be managed and operated in a first class manner.
We are now completing our final permits and construction documents for development of 315 high-quality rental apartments. The City Council will revise the zoning text on April 2nd to provide for the mansard roof design and other miscellaneous and incidental architec- tural elements. The Planning Director is scheduled to finalize the Planned Develop- ment Permit on April 10th.
Following approval in early April, we will begin site preparation work in mid-April and ten- tatively plan to officially break ground in late April. We will keep the neighborhood posted on our progress. Please contact Eric Morley at 408-293-7680 if you have any questions or need additional information.
- Eric Morley
Tuesday, May 28
1350 North First Street
If you are interested in becoming an RGNA board member please call 441-RGNA to request an application.
Morley Hunter Group, Inc.
Real Estate Advisors
Confused about the changes in the new Noise Exposure Map?
Want to know more about the Acoustical Treatment Program?
Bring your questions to the Airport Community Meeting.
Saturday, April 20th
Bachrodt Elementary School
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.