City Manager's Biweekly - Sept. 9 - Sept. 20
Welcome to the latest edition of the City Manager's Biweekly report, a full summary report of updates related to City projects, responses to City Council inquiries, and events and activities of interest to the community. To view past posts or to subscribe to receive these on eNotify, please visit SantaClaraCA.gov/cmblog.
Santa Clara Stadium Authority Votes to Terminate the Forty Niners as its Stadium Manager for Non-NFL Operations at Levi’s® Stadium: At the Sept. 17 Stadium Authority special meeting, the Board voted 6-0 in closed session to initiate termination of the management agreement with the Forty Niners Stadium Management Company, LLC (Forty Niners) for non-NFL operations and non-NFL events. The Forty Niners as the Stadium Manager has made misrepresentations, failed to comply with laws and the contract, violated prevailing wage laws, and mismanaged operations resulting in declining non-NFL net revenues. A news conference was held in Council Chambers the next day. Read the complete news release and view the termination letter. For more information, contact the City Manager’s Office at 408-615-2210.
City of Santa Clara and Magical Bridge Foundation Announce Magical New Agreement: On Sept. 19, the City of Santa Clara and the Magical Bridge Foundation announced an agreement to bring the innovative all-access and inclusive Magical Bridge Playground to Santa Clara’s Central Park. With $1.8 million in City of Santa Clara funds and a generous $1.7 million grant from Santa Clara County, the Magical Bridge Foundation will identify donors, philanthropists and companies to secure the remaining $1 million to make this playground a reality. Read more about the project from the news release.
Inaccurate Social Media Post: On Friday, Sept. 13, a social media message was posted referencing a threat to the Santa Clara Art and Wine Festival. The social media message inaccurately alleged a specific threat to cause harm at the festival. The Santa Clara Police Department investigated the allegation and determined it to be completely false and have inaccurate information. Unfortunately, it was circulated through social media, causing unnecessary fear. The Art and Wine Festival, held Sept. 14 and 15, was a peaceful and enjoyable event with no significant police incidents. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.
Suspect Arrested for Possession of Destructive Materials: On Sept. 11, the Santa Clara Police Department made an arrest of a male suspect who was in possession of material used to make a small explosive device. The suspect, Benoni Otovo, is a 20-year-old resident of San Jose. Suspect Otovo was subsequently booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on charges of possessing the materials necessary to make a destructive device (Penal Code 18720) and possession of a firearm on a school campus (Penal Code 626.9i). For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.
Biennial Adopted Operating Budget Document Available Online! The FY 2019/20 and FY 2020/21 Adopted Biennial Operating Budget document is now available online. This budget was unanimously approved by the City Council on June 25, 2019. This is the first time that the Council approved a two-year operating budget, continuing a Council-approved biennial budget process initiated last year with the FY 2018/19 and FY 2019/20 Capital Improvement Program.
Charter Review Committee: The Charter Review Committee public input process is still underway. The Committee is seeking input from residents on the number of Council districts. Is the current six-district model working or would some other model be preferred? Attend an upcoming public input session! Food will be provided; limited quantities available.
The following public input sessions will be livestreamed on the City’s Facebook page and uploaded to the YouTube channel.
- Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Mission Branch Library, 1098 Lexington St., Santa Clara.
- Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Northside Branch Library, Community Room, 695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Seeking Members: The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) is an advisory body to the City Council on matters related to the recreational and commuter bikeway system and pedestrian walkway system. There are three (3) openings to serve a 3-year term. Interested applicants need to either live or work in Santa Clara. Applications must be received by Friday, Oct. 18. To apply, contact Marshall Johnson at 408-615-3023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the BPAC website to learn more.
Census 2020 Shaping the Future: City of Santa Clara and U.S. Census Bureau staff will be at the Santa Clara Parade of Champions on Saturday, Sept. 28 to share information about the upcoming census. Look for the City/Census float in the parade, which starts at 11 a.m. Census Day is April 1, 2020 and you can help shape your future by responding to the 2020 Census. It helps to inform decisions like where we need new roads, where new school programs should go, or where a new health clinic will have the most benefit. The 2020 Census helps shape how billions of dollars will be distributed to communities like ours each year. And in 2020, you can respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail. It’s easy, safe and important. Together, we can educate and excite, inspire and make sure every voice is heard. Together…. we can shape our future. Find out more at SantaClaraCA.gov/census2020.
New Minimum Wage Effective January 1, 2020: Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the City of Santa Clara’s minimum wage will increase to $15.40 per hour. Employers who are subject to the Santa Clara business license tax or who maintain a facility in Santa Clara will be required to pay each employee who performs at least two (2) hours of work per week in Santa Clara a wage of at least $15.40 per hour. The 2020 Minimum Wage posters for the workplace will be posted on the City’s Minimum Wage webpage no later than Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. The City’s minimum wage is adjusted annually based on the regional Consumer Price Index (CPI). For additional information regarding the Santa Clara Minimum Wage Ordinance, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/minimumwage, or call the City Manager’s Office at 408-615-2210 or email email@example.com.
39th Annual Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival: The City celebrated another successful Art & Wine Festival on Sept. 14 and 15! The event supported local nonprofit and charitable programs. Sales were brisk, particularly on Saturday, and the community enjoyed the music, art and good time with family and friends. This year, the event included a new youth entrepreneur space in Kids Kingdom where local children had their handmade creations on display for sale. A special thanks to Commissioners, City staff and all our volunteers! The Parks & Recreation Commission will be evaluating and incorporating improvements for next year’s 40th anniversary.
Silicon Valley Power Art & Wine Festival: Silicon Valley Power was at the Art and Wine Festival, talking to many customers about the Santa Clara Green Power program, electric vehicle charging station rebates, and ways to save money on your electric bill. If you didn’t have the chance to stop by, more information about these topics can be found at siliconvalleypower.com.
Fire Safety Trailer at the 2019 Art & Wine Festival:
The Santa Clara Fire Department’s Fire Safety Trailer was at the Art & Wine Festival in Kid’s Kingdom. The Fire Safety Trailer helps teach adults and children about fire safety in the home. Visitors gained knowledge on emergency preparedness, emergency notifications and the City’s Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T). For more information on the Fire Safety trailer, contact the Fire Prevention Division at 408-615-4970.
2019 Fall Activity Guide Now Available: Looking for a new adventure or a recurring class for fall? The 2019 Fall Activity Guide is now available. Visit the Community Recreation Center at 969 Kiely Blvd. to sign up or register online. Call 408-615-3140 for more information.
George F. Haines International Swim Center Update: The new boiler has been installed at the International Swim Center. The water temperature is expected to reach the recommended temperature range and the pool will reopen for Santa Clara Swim Club programming on Thursday Sept. 19. Senior Swim program and Noon Swim program will remain at Warburton Pool for the remainder of the week, returning to the International Swim Center on Monday, Sept. 23. For more information, call the Santa Clara Swim Club at 408-246-5050.
Families Learning Together: September is National Literacy Month! Read Santa Clara, the adult and family literacy program of the Santa Clara City Library, trains volunteers to provide free tutoring to adults who speak English but need help with basic reading and writing skills. This past year, 1,857 parents and children participated in science activities at family literacy events at the library. These events were held at the library, pre-school classes at Scott Lane and Montague Elementary Schools, Home Safe Santa Clara (housing for domestic violence survivors), and the Family Resource Center of the Santa Clara Unified School District. To learn more, call 408-615-2956 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships Available for Careers in Energy: Silicon Valley Power is offering scholarships for students who live or attend school in Santa Clara and are interested in a career in energy. Students may apply for a $5,000 college scholarship or a $2,000 technical school grant. The application deadline is Dec. 20, 2019 and scholarships will be awarded in the spring. More information and the application can be found at siliconvalleypower.com/scholarship.
Pedestrian Master Plan: The City’s first Pedestrian Master Plan began in fall 2018 and was developed in collaboration with the Santa Clara Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) and the consulting firm Alta Planning + Design. This plan will ultimately establish a long-term vision for improving walking in Santa Clara through policy, program and project recommendations. The public draft plan is available for public comment until Oct. 2 at Pedestrian Master Plan webpage. For questions, contact Carol Shariat at cshariat@Santaclaraca.gov.
Two Recruits Graduate the Police Academy: On Sept. 16, the Santa Clara Police Department celebrated our newest graduates from the Alameda County Sheriff’s 165th Police Academy. Officers William Lighthouse and Spencer Neft were welcomed to the department and will start their field training program. In addition, a new lateral officer will start the training program. If you are interested in a career as a police officer, please go to http://www.IamSCPD.org and apply by Oct. 1. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.
Fire Department 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: The Santa Clara Fire Department held a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony throughout the city on Sept. 11. This ceremony honors those first responders and victims who lost their lives that day by remembering and giving respect to them, the people whose lives were lost and the victims whose lives are still being shaped by the events of 9/11. At 6:59 a.m., each fire station observed one minute of silence. At the conclusion of that silent remembrance, crews then raised their flags to full mast then back to half-mast to complete the ceremony. Included in this ceremony were the Fire Chief, the fire department Honor Guard, Santa Clara Police/Fire Dispatch and all 10 fire stations in the city. For more information regarding the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, please contact the Fire Department at 408-615-4900.
Green Business Program Award: On Sept. 10, the Department of Public Works staff received a commendation from the County of Santa Clara in recognition of their efforts in attaining Green Business Certification at the corporation yard. The Green Business Program is part of a statewide Green Business network that recognizes organizations that have incorporated environmentally sound practices into their business operations. To find out more about the program and how your business can become Green Business certified, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/GreenBiz.
CURRENT JOB OPENINGS
Join the Center of What’s Possible! The City is currently hiring for the following positions; to view job descriptions and for information on how to apply, visit santaclaraca.gov/jobs.
- As-Needed Instructor/Lifeguard
- As-Needed Office Specialist II
- Assistant to the City Manager (Sustainability)
- Journey Lineworker
- Library Page
- Management Analyst or Senior Management Analyst
- Per Diem Police Officer Special Events
- Police Officer (lateral)
- Recruit Police Officer
- Traffic Control Special Events
- Traffic Engineer
Recruiting Firefighters: The Santa Clara Fire Department is now hiring! Applications will be accepted from Oct.1-31, or until 1,500 applications are received. Please fill out an interest form today at www.joinscfd.org. For more information, contact the Fire Department at 408-615-4994.
NOVA Job Center Workforce Review: NOVA is a nonprofit, federally funded employment and training agency that provides customer-focused workforce development services. NOVA works closely with the City to provide opportunities that address the workforce needs of Silicon Valley. NOVA provides a monthly publication called Workforce Review. The August 2019 edition of Workforce Review is available. For more information, visit the NOVA webpage.
RESPONSES TO COUNCIL INQUIRIES
College Job Fairs: The City will be participating in several job fairs at San Jose State University on Sept. 26 and Santa Clara University on Oct. 2 to provide information on careers in the public sector, internship opportunities, and entry level positions in the City. The Civil Service Commissioners will have an opportunity to partner and participate in these job fairs with the City. For more information, contact Human Resources at 408-615-2080.
Public Records Act Requestors: At the Sept. 4, 2019 Council Meeting, staff was asked if the names of Public Records Act (PRA) requestors could be provided. Beginning Sept. 19, 2019, the link to the 2019 PRA logs (open and closed) was made available on the City Clerk’s website page. Staff will be updating this every Friday and posting until the City’s public records request software, NextRequest, is launched (estimated on Oct. 15), which will then have its own running list of requests and tracking system. For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 408-615-2220.
LEVI’S STADIUM RELATED UPDATES
Levi’s Stadium hosted two high school football games on Friday, Sept. 6. The double-header featured San Benito (CA) vs. Wilcox (CA) followed by Menlo-Atherton (CA) vs. Serra (San Mateo). There were no significant police events. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.
Upcoming Stadium Events
- Oct. 7 – 49ers vs. Browns
UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS
Talk and Tour of the Police Station: On Sept. 26, the Santa Clara Police Department will host another Talk and Tour at the police station, 601 El Camino Real. The program, led by Assistant Chief of Police Dan Winter, is designed to give an overview of the police department, and a tour of the Records Unit, Communications Dispatch Center and Temporary Holding Facility. This program is for adults only. Due to space, an RSVP is required. RSVPs are accepted by calling Carolyn McDowell at 408-615-4892 or emailing email@example.com.
Santa Clara Parade of Champions: Coming to historic downtown Santa Clara on Saturday, Sept. 28, the Parade of Champions festivities begin at 9 a.m. and the parade starts at 11 a.m. Traffic and access within the parade route will be impacted between approximately 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. near Franklin Square and on Lafayette, Benton and Monroe streets. To view the traffic advisory available at least 48 hours prior to the event, follow the Santa Clara Police Department Twitter. For additional information about the parade and route, visit the Parade of Champions website.
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Event: Santa Clara residents can safely dispose of household hazardous waste at the free drop-off event Saturday, Sept. 28. Residents must register to attend this event by calling the County Household Hazardous Waste Program at 408-299-7300 or by visiting hhw.org. Hazardous disposal items include fluorescent light tubes, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, paint, automotive fluids, cleaners, solvents, batteries, propane and helium tanks, fertilizers, pesticides, wood preservatives, sharps containers, prescription medications, electronic waste (e-waste), and other types of household hazardous wastes. Items NOT accepted include large household appliances, ammunition, explosives, or containers larger than five gallons. Contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700 regarding the disposal of ammunition or explosives.
Coffee with a Cop: The Santa Clara Police Department will host “Coffee with a Cop” event on National Coffee with a Cop Day, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., at Sara’s Kitchen, 1595 Franklin Street. Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together to discuss issues and learn about policing. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.
Upcoming Downtown Community Task Force Meetings: The Downtown Community Task Force (DCTF) meeting #3 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. at Santa Clara City Hall, Council Chambers, 1500 Warburton Ave. The meeting will discuss the outcomes of the community outreach previously conducted. The DCTF meeting #4 is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at Council Chambers. The DCTF will have the first opportunity to meet the consultant team and discuss the project outlook. Both meetings will be livestreamed on the City’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and Santa Clara City Television (Comcast channel 15 and AT&T U-Verse 99). To be added to the Downtown Precise Plan email notification list, please contact the Planning Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 408-615-2450. Learn more by visiting the website.
Cemetery Volunteer Maintenance Day: The City’s Mission City Memorial Park is hosting a volunteer maintenance day on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon, at 420 N. Winchester Blvd. Volunteers, age 15 and over, are welcome. Please sign up online or contact Derek Bryant at 408-615-3740.
Firehouse Family Fair: The Santa Clara Fire Department will host the first Firehouse Family Fair on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Training Center at 1900 Walsh Ave. This event will include live demonstrations and events including auto extrication, Hands-Only CPR, high angle rope rescue, fire extinguisher demo, a kid’s agility course and more! This new community event is a family friendly event designed to help adults and children learn about fire safety and fire prevention. For more information about the Firehouse Family Fair, please contact the Fire Department at 408-615-4900.
National Fire Prevention Week: National Fire Prevention Week is from Oct. 6 to Oct 12. This year’s theme is “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!” The Santa Clara Fire Department conducts local school visits throughout the week to help educate children on fire safety and fire prevention. For more information about the Fire Prevention Week program, please contact the Fire Prevention Division at 408-615-4970.
Zoning Code Update Study Session on Short Term Rentals and Occupancy Criteria in Single Family Residences: The City is preparing a comprehensive update to the City of Santa Clara Zoning Code, and a joint study session on the Zoning Code update will be provided to the City Council and Planning Commission on Oct. 8, prior to the regular meeting. The City’s current Zoning Code has not been comprehensively updated since it first came into effect in 1969. This study session will highlight potential short-term rental regulations and occupancy criteria in single-family residences. For more information, visit the website.
Office of Emergency Services Provides Disaster Preparedness Education Program in Spanish: The Office of Emergency Services is expanding outreach to Santa Clara’s diverse community, beginning with a free pilot emergency preparedness class in Spanish. On Oct. 12, the “LISTOS” Alertar y Preparar (Alert and Prepare) program will be taught from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Fire Training Center, 1900 Walsh Ave. For more information or to register, go to LISTOS or call the Fire Department at 408-615-4942.
UPCOMING COUNCIL CALENDAR/AGENDA ITEMS
Visit the Tentative Meeting Agenda Calendar for dates of upcoming Council Study Sessions, Joint Council/Commission meetings, as well as Council Public Hearing and General Business agenda items online at Legislative Public Meetings on the City’s website. As you can see, while tentative and subject to change, it provides key policy items that the Council/Board will need to dedicate time to deliberate and that may take considerable time during the upcoming meetings.
Deanna J. Santana, City Manager