City Manager's Blog - July 1 - July 12, 2019
Welcome to the latest edition of the City Manager's Biweekly Blog, a summary report of updates related to City projects, responses to City Council inquiries, and events and activities of interest to the community. View a printable version of the the latest biweekly blog. To view past posts or subscribe to receive these on eNotify, please visit SantaClaraCA.gov/cmblog.
Structure Fire on El Camino Real at Scott Boulevard: On June 28 at 11 a.m., the Santa Clara Fire Department responded to a 4-alarm fire at a condominium construction site, located at 1890 El Camino Real. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found the four-story structure was fully engulfed. The 56-unit condominium complex was in the open wood frame stage of construction. The residences located directly behind the incident were immediately threatened, and 10 nearby houses were temporarily evacuated. Firefighters were able to get the upper hand and prevent the fire from spreading to nearby homes. Mutual aid from fire departments throughout Santa Clara County also assisted in putting out the flames. Fire crews declared the fire contained by 2 p.m. However, firefighters remained on scene to monitor and extinguish hot spots throughout the structure. One worker at the construction site suffered a non-life-threatening injury and was transported to a local hospital. The fire’s cause remains under investigation. For more information, contact the Fire Department at 408-615-4900.
Shooting Investigation: The Santa Clara Police Department is seeking information related to a shooting that occurred just outside California’s Great America amusement park, 4701 Great America Parkway, about 9:40 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. Several individuals from two separate groups were involved in a fight in the area leading up to the metal detectors at the park entrance. At one point, one member of a group fired one shot from a handgun. One victim was struck on the arm. The bullet did not break the victim’s skin. The victim was treated on site for her minor injuries. The unidentified suspect fled the scene. The suspect and the gun are outstanding. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has information pertaining to this incident may contact Sergeant Jake Malae 408-615-4823. Anonymous tips can be left at 408-615-4TIP (4847).
Fatal Traffic Collision: On Monday, July 8, at about 1:27 a.m., a fatal traffic collision involving one vehicle occurred near the intersection of Cabrillo Avenue and Fordham Drive. A black Honda Fit, travelling eastbound on Cabrillo Avenue at a high rate of speed, struck parked cars along the 3300 block of Cabrillo Avenue. The two occupants of the Honda were ejected from the vehicle. A 29-year-old male, who is a San Leandro resident, was transported to Valley Medical Center. A 25-year old female, who is a San Leandro resident, was transported to Valley Medical Center and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Traffic investigators are working on identifying which party was driving. It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were involved. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Traffic Investigator Nick Cusimano at 408-615- 4764.
Emergency Preparedness in Case of a Power Outage: The recent earthquakes in Southern California are a good reminder to ensure you are prepared for an earthquake and potential power outages. Visit SiliconValleyPower.com/SantaClaraReady for tips and to download the Power Outage Preparedness pamphlet. For questions, email email@example.com or call 408-244-SAVE (7283).
Charter Review Committee Public Input Sessions for District Elections: The City Council placed an advisory measure on the November 2018 ballot to determine if the voters wanted to engage in a public process to draft charter amendment language regarding district elections. Santa Clara voters approved Measure N, with more than 70% of the vote, on Nov. 6, 2018. The advisory ballot measure (known as “Measure N”) read as follows: “Shall the City of Santa Clara engage the voters in a public process to draft a Charter Amendment ballot measure to elect its Council Members, other than the Mayor, by district?”
The City Council appointed Charter Review Committee members at a special meeting on July 10, 2019. The committee is made up of six Council district representatives and one at-large member. The committee members are:
District 1 - Benjamin Cooley
District 2 - Steven Silva
District 3 - Christine Koltermann
District 4 - Katherine Almazol
District 5 - Sudhanshu Jain
District 6 - Stephen Ricossa
At-Large – Richard Bonito
The Charter Review Committee will hold its first public input sessions at the City Council Chambers, 1500 Warburton Ave. on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 6 p.m. The July 18 session will be livestreamed on the City website, Facebook page and YouTube channel as well as shown on Santa Clara City Television on Comcast channel 15. For more information, view the news release and visit SantaClaraCA.gov/charterreviewcommittee.
What Does Census 2020 Ask? In April 2020, the federal government is required to count everyone living in the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau will collect information from every residence about who is living there and basic information about each member of the household. This information is combined into statistics that are used to make important policy and budget decisions for our community. The 2020 Census will ask very basic information about the residence itself and the individuals living there, including how many people live there, if the home is owned or rented, a telephone number, names of residents, ages, ethnicity, and more. The data you provide to the Census Bureau is securely protected by federal law and is kept confidential. The Census will NOT ask for information like social security or credit card numbers, bank details or any other personal financial information. Find more information about Santa Clara and the upcoming Census at SantaClaraCA.gov/census2020.
Electric Rebate Programs: During the month of July, look out for a rebate program mailer from Silicon Valley Power. If you are looking to lower your electric bill by improving the energy efficiency of your home, the utility offers rebates for energy efficient ceiling fans, heat pump water heaters, pool pumps and electric clothes dryers. If you’re looking to purchase an electric vehicle, it also offers rebates for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Visit www.siliconvalleypower.com/rebates for program details and requirements.
Removal of Diseased Trees: The City is coordinating with a contractor for the removal of two Chinese Elm trees located at the City Hall electric vehicle charging lot at 1500 Warburton Ave. on Saturday, July 27. The trees are diseased and have been declining over the past few years. An arborist has inspected the trees and recommends removal. The area surrounding the trees will have “No Parking” signs posted in advance of the removal and replacement trees will be planted in the same general area this fall. For questions, contact the Department of Public Works at 408-615-3080.
Clean Up Our Recyclables: Recycling properly is more important than ever before. The U.S. is facing challenges marketing recyclables that are too contaminated with food and moisture to meet international standards. Just because something is placed in your blue recycling cart doesn’t mean it gets recycled. We need everyone’s participation to ensure recyclables retain their value and get recycled. Follow these steps to ensure no recyclables go to the landfill:
- Ensure materials are empty, clean and dry. Wipe or rinse out items to ensure the material is free of food waste and dry.
- Don’t bag your recyclables as this makes them difficult to sort. The only recyclables that should be bagged (in clear bags only) are: newspapers, dry cleaner and grocery bags, and shredded paper.
- Remove all Styrofoam™ packaging from a recyclable box before placing it in your recycle cart. Styrofoam™ is currently not recyclable due to market conditions and should be placed in your garbage cart.
For a printable list of materials accepted through your weekly curbside recycling, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/CleanSC. For additional questions, contact the Department of Public Works at 408-615-3080 or Environment@SantaClaraCA.gov.
Working Scholars Update: In April 2019, the City of Santa Clara welcomed its first cohort of Working Scholars, a workforce program that provides a flexible, low-cost path towards a college degree via a completely digital platform. Through a partnership with Study.com, 22 City employees are on their way to earning a college degree on their own terms and in their own time. Participating staff are so committed to this opportunity that they have completed over 3,500 lessons and 69 courses in just three months. Santa Clara Working Scholars is the leading program in California with the highest progression of students working towards their bachelor’s degrees. The City is proud of their accomplishments and excited to see how they grow.
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
- Crossing Guard
- Electric Program Manager
- Information Technology Services Manager
- Journey Lineworker
- Librarian I – Youth Services
- Per Diem Police Officer Special Events
- Police Officer (lateral)
- Recruit Police Officer
- Traffic Control Special Events
- Tree Trimmer II
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 June 2019 edition of Workforce Review is available. For more information, visit the NOVA webpage.
LEVI’S STADIUM RELATED UPDATES
Upcoming Stadium Events
- July 20 - International Champions Cup: Benfica vs. Chivas de Guadalajara
- Aug. 10 – 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys – preseason week 1
- Aug. 18 – The Rolling Stones ‘No Filter’ Tour
- Aug. 29 – 49ers vs. Los Angeles Chargers – preseason week
UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS
Downtown Precise Plan Community Task Force Meeting: The Downtown Community Task Force (DCTF) will be holding its second meeting on July 23 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. The meeting will go over the topics/items of discussion for future Task Force meetings. The DCTF meeting will also include an update on the Precise Plan consultant selection process and work scope.The meeting will be livestreamed on the City website, Facebook page and YouTube channel as well as shown on Santa Clara City Television on Comcast Channel 15 . To be added to the Downtown Precise Plan email notification list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-615-2450.
Library Concerts: The Santa Clara City Library hosts the last of their concert series for the entire family on July 15, 7 p.m., with Hands on Fire, a master percussionist featuring unique tribal music. For more information, contact the Santa Clara City Library at 408-615-2900.
Community Meeting for Tasman East Projects: The applicant, Ensemble Real Estate Investments, will conduct a community meeting on Monday, July 15, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Mission Branch Library Community Room, 1098 Lexington St., to introduce two new residential projects within the Tasman East Specific Plan area. The first proposed project, located at 2303 and 2263 Calle Del Mundo, proposes a new eight-story residential building with 316 residential units. The second proposed project, located at 2302 Calle Del Mundo, proposes a new five-story, 328-unit apartment building with a seven-story wrapped parking garage and 5,000 square feet of retail. For more information on the 2263 Calle Del Mundo project, visit the website. For more information, on the 2302 Calle Del Mundo project, visit the website.
Pedestrian Master Plan: The City is continuing with the development of a Pedestrian Master Plan and requesting community feedback on the project recommendations that were based on public input previously received. The draft project recommendations can be viewed and downloaded from the webpage Pedestrian Master Plan. Public comments will be collected through July 24. The final project recommendations will be incorporated into the draft plan that will be released for public comment in fall 2019. Attend a meeting to review the maps and meet with staff at the following pop-up events:
- Tuesday, July 16, 5 – 7 p.m., Santa Clara Transit Station, 1001 Railroad Avenue
- Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m.– 1 p.m., Northside Branch Library, 695 Moreland Way
Proposed Zoning Code Amendments to Modify Architectural Review: On July 24, the Planning Commission will continue its consideration on a proposed amendment to the Zoning Code that would modify the City’s review process for architectural and site design. The proposed amendment would replace the existing Architectural Committee review with an administrative public hearing process. For more information, contact Community Development at 408-615-2450
Senior Center BBQ: The warm weather is here, and so are barbecues at the Senior Center! Join us for a BBQ on Thursday, July 25, at noon at the Senior Center patio, 1303 Fremont St. The menu includes your choice of hamburger, hot dog, black bean burger or a superfood veggie burger, along with salad and dessert. Tickets can be purchased at the Senior Center snack bar for $6.00 the day of the event or at the BBQ. Hope to see you there! For more information, please call 408-615-3170.
Family Fun Night and Sunset Cinema: Join us for family fun night with recreation swim and movies on Saturday, July 27, Warburton Pool and Park, 2250 Royal Drive. Recreation swim 6:30 - 8 p.m. and “Finding Nemo” showing at 8:30 p.m. Free for all ages. For more information, call Parks & Recreation at 408-615-3140.
Lick Mill Little Explorers: Looking for a place this summer for children between the ages of 4-6? Campers will enjoy making unique crafts, outdoor play, games and songs all set to a different theme each week. Register for one week or all summer! Meet new friends, dance, play and laugh the summer away. Camp is held at the Lick Mill Park, 4750 Lick Mill Blvd., M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Register online or call 408-615-3140.
2330 Monroe St. Community Meeting #4: The developer will host a community meeting with an update on the affordable housing project on the corner of San Tomas Expressway and Monroe Street. The developer will share revisions based on community input and provide an updated project schedule. The community meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 30 at 6 p.m. at the City Hall Cafeteria, 1500 Warburton Ave. For more information, contact Robin Zimbler at email@example.com or call 510-319-6959.
National Night Out Against Crime: National Night Out is a crime prevention event sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Santa Clara Police Department. National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 6- 8:30 p.m. and is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships. Neighborhoods participating in National Night Out are asked to join a citywide effort to promote a community against crime. Light up your street by turning on outside lights and spend the evening with your neighbors, local Police and Fire Department, City of Santa Clara and Santa Clara Unified School District representatives. Register your neighborhood for free, which allows Police, Fire, City and School District representatives an opportunity to attend as time allows. The deadline to register is July 25. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.
Santa Clara Summer Camps: From sports to art to theatre, Parks & Recreation is your one-stop shop for children summer camps for ages 4-16 with activities including recreation games, swimming, field trips and making memories with new friends all summer long! Register online at SantaClaraCA.gov/Class-Registration. For more information, call 408-615-3140.
Summer Aquatics / Recreation Swim:
- International Swim Center (in addition to year-round schedule): Monday – Friday, 1:30 – 5 p.m. / Saturday – Sunday, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
- Warburton Pool: Tuesday – Friday, 1:15 – 4:15 p.m. / Saturday – Sunday, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
- Montague Swim Center: Saturday, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
- Mary Gomez Pool (operated by Santa Clara Swim Club for the City): Monday – Friday, 12 – 3 p.m. / Saturday 12 – 5 p.m.
Citywide Garage Sale: The next citywide garage sale takes place on Saturday, Aug. 10. The garage sale is a great opportunity to turn unwanted items such as clothing, furniture and home decor into cash, while preventing usable items from ending up in the landfill. Residents can register online for individual, multi-family or block garage sales. Garage sale registrations will be displayed on an interactive map, and a finalized list of locations will be made available on Friday, Aug. 9 at SantaClaraCA.gov/GarageSale. To register, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/Register. For questions, call 408-615-3080 or email Environment@SantaClaraCA.gov.
Adventures in Learning Fall 2019: Programs for toddlers (ages 3-4), both morning and afternoon classes for fall session, begin the week of Aug. 26. Learn through play with crafts, songs, stories, letters, numbers, outdoor play, socialization and more! Register Now! For more information, call the Community Recreation Center at 408-615-3140.
Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival: Located in Santa Clara’s picturesque Central Park, the 39th annual Art & Wine Festival will be held Sept. 14 and 15. A fun, family-friendly weekend with over 165 local and national artists, three live entertainment stages, an array of popular festival food, shaded beer garden, local wines, Kids Kingdom, Toddler Town and more. Interested artists and sponsors may find information and applications online at SantaClaraArtandWine.com. For more information, call 408-615-3140.
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