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Welcome to the Almaden Valley Community Association – your on-line resource for activities in the Almaden Valley. The AVCA provides information of interest especially for the residents of Almaden Valley, which includes the area equivalent to Zip Code 95120 in San Jose, California.

Set aside the second Monday evening of each month to attend the AVCA meetings where great speakers help the AVCA improve the quality of living in Almaden Valley.


The next AVCA meeting will be on:

Monday, September 14, 2015 -- 7:00 to 9:00 PM 

Speaker:
Edesa Bitbadal, Planning Commisioner for San Jose

Topic: City Planning as it Affects Almaden Valley


    Important Notice:  The September meeting will be at the SouthHills Campus of the WestGate Church, located at 6601 Camden Avenue.  This venue affords us more parking, and better seating.  To be more specific, we will be using the main meeting room on the ground floor of the "B" building, the center, white-topped building in the image below:

West Hills from the sky



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Speakers and topics at previous AVCA meetings


WHAT'S NEW IN THE COMMUNITY 

From Councilmember Khamis' mid-June Newsletter, a list of District 10 street projects::

Street forecast
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Senator Jim Beall, Assembly Members Evan Low and Mark Stone and Council Member Johnny Khamis were all participants in a forum on Public Safety on April 18, 2015. Some notes on that forum can be found at Almaden Valley Public Safety Forum, and more importantaly, you can see the 20 slides presented by Drew Soderborg and the 23 slides presented by Javier Aguirre.

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The San Jose City Council held a budget study session on January 20, 2015, to help new Council members learn more about the city's financial situation.  Here is a pdf file of that presentation.
San Jose's General Fund Structural Budget Deficit History
  & Service Restoration Priorities and Strategies

The file offers some sobering statistics regarding city financial obligations and potential ways to address them either with revenue enhancements or expense reductions or with a combination of the two.  Slide 8 shows a significant issue to address: rising retirement costs that represented 6.5% of the city's general fund expenditures in FY 2000-2001 and are now 20.7% in FY 2014-2015.

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Crimes have been occurring much more frequently in the Almaden Valley lately.  Visit the San Jose Police Department's Web site to read more about Crime Prevention Tips -- Home and Auto Burglary -- with sections on locks, windows, alarms, and other suggestions.

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District 10 City Councilmember, Johnny Khamis' Newsletters

Our Councilmember's Newsletters are always interesting.  This page offers the entire archive.

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Wild Pigs & Other Creatures Caught and Removed

Having a problem with wild pigs? other creatures?  Here are two links to licensed help in the San Jose and Santa Clara County area:

Wild Pig Removal Inc. - see detailed information about wild pigs, their trapping and shooting, and homeowner's choices for carcass disposition.

Creature Catchers - humane animal removal of wild pigs, rodents, gophers, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, skunks, feral cats, dead animal removal

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Almaden Valley Traffic

Transportation Report on Street Survey   In September of 2013, AVCA asked area residents to complete a Streets Survey. There is now a follow-up on some of the comments and requests made on this survey concerning "traffic calming issues" (traffic violations such as speeding and stop signs, signal timing, right-of-way control, and pedestrian safety).

This report also includes Department of Transportation (DOT) information on various programs and services that DOT provides including the StreetSmarts program for Walk n' Roll SJ! (students walking and bicycling between home and school), a Traffic Safety Tips Flyer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, and a list of Frequently Requested Telephone Numbers for Neighborhood Traffic Safety.  It would be a good idea to print this information, discuss it with members of your family, and keep it handy.


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Mount Umunhum Projects

Mount Umunhum Environmental Restoration & Public Access
The Board of The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District voted unanimously at the October 17, 2012 public meeting to keep the radar tower for five years, giving the public an opportunity to raise money to pay for preservation of the tower for the long-term future.  For information on work proceeding at the site, please visit the Web site discussing the Mount Umunhum Projects.

Umunhum Conservancy
has been formed to promote the cause of protecting, preserving, and operating Mount Umunhum and the Radar Tower and to raise funds for these purposes.  Visit their Web site to request being added to their mailing list and, if interested, sending a donation to help this cause.  Umunhum Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) organization, and your donations are tax-deductible as charitable contributions. 

At this stage, the Umunhum Tower is only 20% of the way to salvation, with a 2017 deadline.


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Almaden Lake Project

Alternatives 6 and 7 Proposed

Two new alternatives for the Almaden Lake area come from meetings with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and the Loma Prieta chapter of the Sierra Club. They are similar, and can be seen by reading this blog from the Water District and clicking on Feasible Alternative 6 and Feasible Alternative 7.  These alternatives have a large water area on the eastern side for boating and fishing, a reduced open space on the western side, and both have totally eliminated swimming.  An environmental consultant has been hired, and the Environmental Impact Report has to be prepared before the end of this year.

You can also read more information about the Almaden Lake Project progress in other parts of the Water District's online blog at http://almadenlakeproject.wordpress.com
The blog gives updates on Water District news.  You can post your comments, opinions, and concerns here at this blog.

Two other places to check on the Water District's project are

1) their Web site at http://www.valleywater.org/Mercury/AlmadenLake.aspx and
2) their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SCVWD .



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