Summer sun is here and so are summer vacations. However, your RGNA is busy at work, attending various City of San Jose meetings and planning neighborhood events. Naturally, our biggest event is the Annual Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood Picnic. This year's picnic, "La Dolce Vita" (The Sweet Life), is scheduled for Sunday, September 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the playground
area of Bachrodt Elementary School.
Come spend an afternoon meeting old friends and making new ones. The RGNA will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie
burgers, drinks, music and, everyone's favorite, BINGO. Please bring an appetizer, salad, fruit plate, side dish or dessert to share with your friends and neighbors.
In the coming months, volunteers will be going door to door with
tickets for our donation drawing. This is our biggest fund raiser of the year, and, hopefully, this year's prizes will be just as great as
last year's. So when a volunteer comes to your door with tickets, please be generous. The proceeds go directly to the neighborhood and helps cover the cost for community spirit events and neighborhood meetings.
Finally, we need people. People to help with set up, to barbeque, serve food, man the welcome table, and help with clean up. If you have an hour of time, the RGNA could sure use your help. You
can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (408) 441-RGNA (7462) if you are willing to help.
Thank you and hope to see you at this year's picnic...
- Joseph Fota, President, RGNA
Come spend an afternoon meeting old friends and making new ones. The RGNA will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, drinks, music and, everyone's favorite, BINGO. Please bring an appetizer, salad, fruit plate, side dish or dessert to share with your friends and neighbors.
In the coming months, volunteers will be going door to door with tickets for our donation drawing. This is our biggest fund raiser of the year, and, hopefully, this year's prizes will be just as great as last year's. So when a volunteer comes to your door with tickets, please be generous. The proceeds go directly to the neighborhood and helps cover the cost for community spirit events and neighborhood meetings.
Finally, we need people. People to help with set up, to barbeque, serve food, man the welcome table, and help with clean up. If you have an hour of time, the RGNA could sure use your help. You can email us at email@example.com or call us at (408) 441-RGNA (7462) if you are willing to help.
Thank you and hope to see you at this year's picnic...
- Joseph Fota, President, RGNA
Summer nights, family, friends, and free ice cream, what a great way to help with crime and drug prevention in the neighborhood. This year's RGNA National Night Out Ice Cream Social will be held on Tuesday, August 5th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the playground area of Bachrodt Elementary School.
We need people to help with set up, scooping of ice cream and cleanup. If you would like to help, please contact the Message Center at (408) 441-RGNA (7462). Come meet, network, and socialize with your neighbors. Together, we can work to keep our neighborhood safe.
When is the city going to come to the neighborhood and trim their trees?
The RGNA is sorry to inform you that as of July 1, courtesy of our mayor and other city leaders, pruning, removal and emergency tree work are the responsibility of the home owner. Be aware, any fallen trees putting the public in imminent danger where the city does the work to remove the danger, the city will bill the home owner. On delinquent bills, the city will put a lien on the property in order to recoup the money.
Can someone please fix the benches at the school?
In April, the RGNA contacted San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) about the broken benches lining the play area. Once again, SJUSD pointed out that since the area was modified by the neighborhood, the CSJ Parks and Rec should be responsible for the area. However, the CSJ Parks and Rec state that the area is not owned by the city and therefore not the city's responsibility.
A year ago the RGNA contacted Councilmember Sam Liccardo's office requesting help in resolving this issue and determining who is responsible for this area. As of this writing, we still have not gotten a response.
If by the start of the school year, the benches are not repaired, SJUSD may fix the benches in order to avoid any safety issues regarding their students.
My neighbor has a band that practices into the night. He says that San Jose's noise law allows him to make noise until 11 p.m. Is that true?
No. According to SJPD Officer Edward Ramos, the City of San Jose does not have a noise curfew. This means anytime a noise disturbs you, you can call SJPD and register a complaint. This first time "call for service" may result in a warning. A second visit by SJPD, or if the problem is chronic, may result in a citation.
Why did SJ Fire Dept. (SJFD) have the First and Gish intersection blocked on May 21st?
SJFD, station 5, responded to a report of a fire at 35 E. Gish at N. First Street. E5 arrived on the scene to find the smell of smoke and smoke visible on the 2nd floor of the building. A precautionary second alarm was requested due to the building being a high rise and that several wheelchair and mentally disabled residents live in the building. Although no fire was located, the fire was declared extinguished at 4:58 p.m.
Several years ago the streets in the neighborhood were repaved except for Forrestal Avenue. When is the City going to finish the job?
Actually, all of Ferrari Avenue and just the 1400-1500 blocks of Keoncrest Avenue were not repaved because of the high traffic volume. This issue was brought up in April at Councilmember Liccardo's Rincon South/Rosemary Gardens Community Meeting. Unfortunately, the question was still not answered at the June Community Meeting, but the RGNA will continue to request an answer to this issue.
Within a two mile radius of the Rosemary Gardens neighborhood is not one but two planned Lowe's Home Improvement Stores. The first is currently being built in the area next to N. 880 and the East Brokaw Avenue exit. The second store is planned for the development area on the other side of the airport near Newhall Drive and Coleman Avenue, the old FMC site (PDC08-017). The site will also include an additional 43,000 square feet of retail. Also, there will be four restaurants. Two of the four restaurants planned are Applebee's and a 24-hours In-And-Out Burger (Go online and check out In-And-Out Burgers' secret menu!).
But wait, there's more. Next to this new development is a plan for an 18,000 seat soccer stadium, a 300-room hotel, 51,000 sq ft of retail and 1,500,000 sq ft of office space (PRE08-091).
All this development around us and we still can't get a grocery store in our area?
The RGNA has recently received numerous reports of overbearing cable sales people, annoying newspaper vendors, and late night persistent candy-selling students.
According to the SJPD Crime Prevention Unit, first of all, if you feel uncomfortable opening your door to a solicitor for any reason, DON’T. You are not obliged to open the door for anyone.
The following is a list of some of the guidelines solicitors must follow:
- A solicitor should not knock on the door or ring the doorbell for the purpose of selling a product or service if the property is posted with a "No Solicitors" sign.
- A solicitor must leave when asked by the homeowner or apartment dweller.
- A solicitor cannot make any statements that misrepresent the activity for which they have been authorized by their permit to solicit.
- A solicitor cannot behave aggressively, act threateningly or try to make you feel guilty for not wanting to buy what he/she is selling.
- A solicitor cannot pressure you for an immediate decision and/or demand cash only.
- A solicitor cannot ask for bank account or Social Security numbers.
- If you feel threatened at any time, call 9-1-1.
You see it at the gas pumps, at the grocery store, and even at restaurants, costs are going up. Well the same is true for the RGNA. Paper, printing, phone, etc. are all starting to effect the RGNA's operating costs. But you can help keep us going.
The money generated by the Recycle Saturday collections helps cover our monthly operating costs. Before you give that aluminum can, plastic bottle, and/or newspaper (no phone books please) to Waste Management, think of the RGNA and donate that item to us. Please have you items out at curbside by 8:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month for pick up.
The next two Recycle Saturdays are July 12th and August 9th. Also, it seems someone else is getting into the recycling spirit. Sometime before our last two pickups, someone had helped themselves to Recycle Saturday donations. If you happen to see someone taking your recycling, please kindly let them know who your donation is intended for.
For over a year now, ROEM has been working on a project located at 1290 North First Street at the corner of North First Street and East Rosemary. We have hosted several community meetings to get your input and hear from those who live within the Rincon South Neighborhood. Through these meetings we have been able to design our project to have the least amount of impact on the community. The project is currently scheduled to be heard in front of the City Council in August for zoning approval to allow for residential development. We expect that the project could break ground in early 2009.
ROEM Development Corporation is a local real estate developer that has been doing business in this valley and throughout California for over 30 years. We take pride in what we do and strive to succeed in our mission of creating high-quality and high-value infill communities for everyone.
We value the relationship that has been formed thus far with our neighbors and look forward to seeing this project become a reality.
- Jonathan Emami,Vice President, ROEM Development Corp.
After several fervent face-to-face meetings with CSJ Parks and Rec, passionate discussions at the North San Jose Planning Taskforce meetings, and lukewarm support from Council member Sam Liccardo, the CSJ is starting to lend an ear to the RGNA's request to purchase the property located at E. Rosemary St. and Kerley Drive as additional park land in the Rincon South area to serve the impending explosion of high density housing due to occur in the next few years.
The RGNA has learned that the City Manager's Office and the Redevelopment Agency have been able to identify funding for the purchase of said property. This park would help serve our neighborhood as well as the possible 290 units of affordable housing scheduled to built by ROEM Dev. along E. Rosemary St.
There are still more steps that need to be taken before the park land can be purchased. Watch for updates in future newsletters. We hope our council member will not only try to support the RGNA's efforts in pursuing this and other park land in the area, but also by having current and future developers adhere to theRincon South Specific Plan.
At the June 2 Rincon South Community Meetings which dealt specifically with affordable housing in our area, a question was asked if the Rosemary Gardens area had met it’s fair share of affordable/low-income and if any more below market-rate developments were scheduled. The response from Councilmember Sam Liccardo was that no other affordable low-income projects were in development.
Unfortunately, our councilmember was naive about the planned low-income housing project located at 90 Archer St., which the RGNA learned about that very night at the meeting from San Jose Housing Department (SJHD) representative. The next day, the RGNA immediately contacted Jeff Panek of Essex Properties Trust (Essex).
The RGNA has since learned that Essex had sold an option on the property to Charities Housing. This was done sometime after the rezoning was approved by CSJ Planning and CSJ Council on a 42 unit market-rate condo project which was also presented to the RGNA last year. According to SJHD, Charities Housing filed their plans May 20 to make the housing development affordable to low-income household with a possible reduction in the number of people who would be living on the site.
The RGNA has attempted to contact Charities Housing to arrange a community meeting and has expressed this wish to SJHD. We are also working with SJHD to stay current on this and other projects in our area. The RGNA will keep you apprised of any future development.
The issue regarding speeding on Rosemary Street, Gish Road, and Sonora Avenue, has received the City response, "DOT (CSJ Department of Transportation) will conduct a study." Currently, there is no scheduled start date.
On the issue regarding speeding and traffic on the 1300-1500 blocks of Keoncrest Avenue, the RGNA has not received the requested update from Councilmember Liccardo's office on using some of the traffic fee money due to be paid by ROEM for the development at Rosemary and N. First Street to alleviate this problem.
On the issue of enhancing the bulb out on Sonora and Forrestal Avenue, the plan on making the intersection a red-zone area seems to have not been completely relayed from the RGNA to Council Assistant Kevin Schwaba to DOT. In May, the RGNA notified the council office about an issue regarding the red zone placement. As of this writing, no response has been received.
It’s that time again. Time to get ready for the Rosemary Gardens' Christmas Tree Lane!
Organizers, Annie and Mark will begin to take orders for trees at this years National Night Out Ice Cream Social and will continue accepting orders until early October. Thanks to everyone who participated last year. Your decorations enhanced the neighborhood's holiday spirit.
Summer Roadwork at the Airport Paves the Way for a Terminal A Makeover!
Through the summer and into fall, we’ll be laying important groundwork for the exciting New Airport in San José. Specifically, we’ll be leveling the roadway for the new ground-level ticketing area at Terminal A.
During construction, all airport services and facilities will remain open and easily accessible. However, there will be changes to watch out for as we complete one section of the road and move on to the next. To allow direct access to Terminal C and to reduce congestion at Terminal A, we’ve opened a temporary bypass that will allow Terminal C users to avoid Terminal A altogether.
The Terminal A roadwork will be completed in phases throughout the summer and into fall. For maps and specific tips for each phase, go to flysanjose.com; click on The New Airport logo. Or call the New Airport Construction Hotline at (409) 501-0630.
Mineta San José International Airport is an important part of Silicon Valley’s economy and a neighbor to many San José residents. The Airport Neighborhood Services Group is working to keep you informed of Airport developments and to make sure your concerns and interests are heard. Our success depends on our ability to connect with the Rosemary Gardens neighborhood. We realize that you are both our neighbors and our customers.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments on any Airport-related issue at (408) 501-0979. We do appreciate your continued support and cooperation.
- Rich Dressler, Community Relations, Mineta San José International Airport
On July 1, 2008, a new California law requires hands-free talking while driving. California Vehicle Code 23123 states that anyone over the age of 18 shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking. Anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from using any kind of mobile service while driving.
A violation of this section is an infraction punishable by a base fine of twenty dollars ($20) for a first offense and fifty dollars ($50) for each subsequent offense.
|Saturday||July 12||8:00 a.m.||Recycle Saturday|
|Tuesday||Aug. 5||6:30 p.m.||National Night Out Ice Cream Social|
|Tuesday||Aug. 5||First Day to Order Christmas Tree|
|Saturday||Aug. 9||8:00 a.m.||Recycle Saturday|
|Saturday||Sept. 13||8:00 a.m.||Recycle Saturday|
|Sunday||Sept. 14||11:00 a.m.||Neighborhood Picnic|
|Saturday||Oct. 4||8:00 a.m.||Neighborhood Yard Sale II|
|Saturday||Oct. 11||8:00 a.m.||Recycle Saturday|
|Saturday||Nov. 8||8:00 a.m.||Warmth Drive and Recycle Saturday|