Speakers and Topics at AVCA Meetings
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Date of Meeting Speaker(s) Topic
April 10, 2017 Al Banuelos, M. D.
Physician

Peggy O'Brien-Strain, Ph. D.
Economist
Obamacare! Trumpcare! What Matters? What’s Next?

March 13, 2017 Kimberly Meek, Trustee
San Jose Unified School District
"The Future of Almaden Valley Schools - Your Ideas and Mine"
Kimberly's Slides
Errata:
  1. Number of English learners in SJUSD is 24%.  Meek had cited a larger number.
  2. The district-wide theater project was terminated.  Cost was $10 M over estimate.  Theater needs will be assessed on a school by school basis.

February 13, 2017 Emily Sloan, et alii, PG&E

Bob Strain, AVCA
PG&E Plans to Remove Trees for Gas Pipeline Safety

Information on VTA Plans to Terminate Transit

January 9, 2017 Shane Patrick Connolly, D10 Chief of Staff
Randi Kinman, MTC Policy Advisory Board
ABAG & MTC 101 – WHO ARE THEY AND WHY DO THEY MATTER?
December 12, 2016 Victor Gomez and Eddie Truong. San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
Johnny Khamis, D10 Councilmember
Chamber of Commerce Election Efforts
Chamber of Commerce Strive Program
Business Development in San Jose

November 14, 2016 Scott Herhold
San Jose Mercury News Columnist
Election's Over; Now What?
October 10, 2016
(Voters' Forum)
Chris Wilder – FOR, Mark Hinkle - AGAINST Measure A:  $950 M in Affordable Housing Bonds
Chris O'Connor – FOR  Gladwyn d'Souza – AGAINST Measure B:  Sales Tax for VTA Transportation Projects
Johnny Khamis – FOR, Pete Constant – AGAINST Measure F:  Revision of City Pensions
Sandy Engel – FOR    Thomas Holford – AGAINST Measure Y:  Parcel Tax for San Jose Unified Education Programs
Wendy Ho – FOR    Shane Patrick Connolly – AGAINST Measure X:  $748 M in Bonds for Community College Facilities
Jesse Stout – FOR  Gabrielle Antolovich – RISKS Proposition 64:  Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Sales
September 12, 2016 Lee Wilcox, Director of Budget and Finance

Jerry Stangis, Developer's Representative

David Poeschel, Sierra Club
How Does San Jose Get Its Money

Alter the General Plan and Gain a Park  (6100 Winfield Blvd.)

Not Such a Good Idea (6100 Winfield Blvd.)

August 8, 2016 Ryan Broughton
Director, San Jose Office of Emergency Services
Overview of San Jose's Office of Emergency Services
July 11, 2016 Eddie Garcia
Chief, San Jose Police Department
Meet Today's San Jose Police Department
June 13, 2016 Don Weden
Principal Planner (retired)
Santa Clara County
CHANGE, GROWTH & PLANNING
Envisioning Santa Clara County 3.0

May 23, 2016 Johnny Khamis, Mike Sodergren

Jeffery Cardenas, Mark Hinkle, Sybil Vasche, Susan Ellenberg, Rose Herrera, Pierluigi Oliverio
Forum for D10 City Council Primary

Measures AA, C and B on June 7, 2016 ballot

May 9, 2016 Jim Beall, Anthony Macias, Chuck Page, Nicholas Sclavos Candidates' Forum for State Legislative Primaries
April 11, 2016 Karen Addato, Executive Director, Breakthough Network
Scott Nessel, Teen Challenge, South Bay
Innovative Solutions for Homelessness
Holistic Rescue for Addicts

March  14, 2016 Mike Wasserman, Santa Clara County Supervisor Update on County Issues
February 8, 2016 Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County District Attorney DA's Office and Criminal Justice Reform
January 11, 2016 Deke Hunter, President, Hunter Properties The Future of Almaden Ranch Shopping Center
Jon Kim, Radio Coordinator Almaden Neighborhood Watch Radio Net
December 14, 2015 Margaret Bruce, Environmental Consultant Community Choice Energy
Gary Kremen, Board Chair, Santa Clara Valley Water District The Water Pendulum
November 9, 2015 Jim Ortbal, interium Director of Transportation for San Jose Streets and Other Transportation in Almaden Valley
September 14, 2015 Edesa Bitbadal, Planning Commisioner for San Jose City Planning as it Affects Almaden Valley
August 10, 2015 Rina Shah, San Jose City Planning Department
Leah Hernikl, Planning Consultant for T-Mobile
SP15-006 - A Cell Phone Tower at the head of Webb Canyon
Kim Gaddis, Crime Prevention Unit, San Jose Police Dept. Neighborhood Watch and Crime in Almaden Valley
July 13, 2015 Rachel Gibson, Santa Clara County Water District
Kurt Elvert,  San Jose Water Company
Presentation:  "Providing Safe, Clean Water During a Historic Drought"
Presentation:  "Water Supply and Conservation"

June 8, 2015 Rachel Gibson, Santa Clara County Water District
Tony Tully, Office of Ratepayer Advocacy, CPUC
Critical Water Shortage and Mandatory Reductions
May 11, 2015 Sandy Engel, District 5 Trustee, San Jose Unified School Dist.
Stephen McMahon, Chief Business Officer, SJUSD
Questions on "Every Child Achieves Act," math enrichment,
Common Core, math & science projects and more.

April 13, 2015 Sam Liccardo, Mayor of the City of San Jose Update on progress to date, and an open forum for our questions
March 9, 2015 Mike Wasserman, Santa Clara County Supervisor What occurred in 2014 and what will occur in 2015
February 9, 2015 Sharon Winslow Erickson, San Jose City Auditor City Auditor responsibilities & FY 2014-2015 audit results
January 12, 2015 Scott Herhold 2014 Election and San Jose's New Political Scene
December 8, 2014 John Ristow, Director of Planning & Program Development,
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Transportation projects around Almaden Valley with a detailed presentation
on the State Route 85 Express Lanes Project

November 10, 2014 Dr. Alfonso Banuelos, former Chief Medical Officer at Valley
Medical Center and former Clinical Professor of Medicine for Stanford
"Viruses Among Us"
October 20, 2014 State Senator Jim Beall State Senate Priorities, Q&A
September 8, 2014 Robert Sapien, Jr., Deputy Chief of Operations,
San Jose Fire Department
San Jose Fire Department issues:
slow response times, fire vs. medical emergencies,
three or more firefighters for fire or medical calls.

August 11, 2014 Stephen McMahon, Chief Business Officer
of San Jose Unified School District
Almaden Valley Schools, overcrowding,
and other concerns.

July 14, 2014 No guest speaker.  Two-hour board meeting. Discussion:  topics of local importance.
June 9, 2014 Robert (Bob) Kieve, President, Empire Broadcasting Corp.,
radio commentator of KLIV and KRTY in San Jose
How We Can Improve San Jose Downtown
May 12, 2014 Carol Myers, Former San Jose Unified School District Board of Education Trustee; and
Vera Hampton, Admissions Counselor & Recruiter at San Jose State University
High School Graduation Requirements and College Readiness:
Impact of Changes in SJUSD Graduation Requirements, and
San Jose State University's Admissions Requirements and Essential Elements for a Student to Succeed at SJSU

April 14, 2014 Hans Larsen, Director, San Jose Department of Transportation Streets in San Jose, focusing on Almaden Valley, the AVCA Streets Survey from last fall, Almaden Valley projects for 2014-15, the 5-year Capital Improvement Program, and other transportation issues.
March 10, 2014 Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility -- Doug Keller, President;
Dave Fadness, Vice President; and Dave Truslow, Board Member
Make San Jose Function Better; promoting financial sustainability
through common sense government

February 10, 2014 Dan Collen, Deputy Director of Infrastructure Development,
County of Santa Clara Roads & Airports Department
Almaden Expressway - planning to 2025 & 2040 -
attendees' concerns and desires for improvement

January 13, 2014 Jackie Zeller, SJUSD Director of Curriculum & Instruction
and
Ze'ev Wurman, Visiting Scholar, Hoover Institution
How Common Core is good for our kids
and
How Common Core will fail our kids

December 9, 2013 No speaker    
November 25, 2013 Mark Stone, California Assemblymember for District 29 Update on California Politics
October 21, 2013 Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose Update on San Jose: Fiscal Reform, Pension Reform, Restoring Services
September 9, 2013 Evan Low, District Director for Paul Fong, District 28 CA Assemblyman Update on activities in California Assembly
August 12, 2013 Mike Wasserman, District 1, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors His accomplishments since taking Board seat in 2011, and current projects
July 8, 2013 Scott Haywood, Policy and Community Relations Manager at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Agency Transportation issues affecting Almaden Valley
June 10, 2013 Terri Andersen, Water Supply Operations Planning and Analysis Manager at the Santa Clara Valley Water District
and
Richard Rauschmeier, Lead Analyst at the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) overseeing the San Jose Water Company General Rate Case
Santa Clara Valley water supply portfolio and its future.

and
The issues, positions, and status of the current San Jose Water Company General Rate Case.

May 13, 2013 Basim Jaber, Historian/Archivist,
Almaden Air Force Station, Mount Umunhum,
and Sam Drake, President of the Umunhum Conservancy
History of the Almaden Air Force Station atop Mount Umunhum
    and the Tower Restoration project;
    plus the non-profit corporation raising funds for the tower..

April 8, 2013 Sandy Engel, SJUSD Board Member Web Page,
Board Member of the San Jose Unified School District
The Status of Schools in Almaden Valley.
Common Core State Standards are being adopted in California schools.
Common Core Works details about the new program.

March 11, 2013 Teresa Alvarado, Manager of CEO Support and Communications, Santa Clara Valley Water District,
and Directors Linda LeZotte and Brian Schmidt
Almaden Lake Project - Alternatives to address the methylmercury and other problems at the lake.  Almaden Lake Project
February 11, 2013 Judge LaDoris Cordell (Ret.),
    San Jose's Independent Police Auditor
The Role of the Independent Police Auditor and
    Recent Developments in Police Policy

January 14, 2013 Johnny Khamis, incoming City Councilmember
for San Jose District 10
His thoughts on San Jose, the City Council, and financial considerations.
Answers to questions asked during this evening's speech by Johnny Khamis.

December 10, 2012 James Reber, Founding Executive Director,
San Jose Parks Foundation
SJ Parks Foundation working together with AVCA to improve our area's parks, trails, and recreation programs.
November 19, 2012 Scott Herhold, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News The state of local politics: a look back at the 2012 election and a perspective on the 2014 mayor's race.
October 15, 2012 AVCA Business Meeting - no speaker Final Planning for the October 18 Election Forum
September 10, 2012 AVCA Business Meeting - no speaker Final Planning for the September 13 Election Forum
August 13, 2012 Mike Wasserman, Santa Clara County Supervisor, District 1 County Highlights of the Past Year
July 9, 2012 AVCA Business Meeting - no speakers Planning AVCA Election Forums in Sept. & Oct.
June 11, 2012 Larry Stone, Santa Clara County Assessor Property Tax Assessment in Almaden Valley
May 14, 2012 Pete Constant (pro) & Bob Brownstein (con) Pension Modification measure on June 5 ballot
Apr. 9, 2012 AVCA Business Meeting - no speaker Planning for District 10 City Council Forum
Mar. 12, 2012 Trent Engler, SJFD Fire Captain Fire & Safety Presentation
Feb. 14, 2012 AVCA Business Meeting - no speaker Planning for 2012 Election Forums
Jan. 9, 2012 Gerald De Young, President of Ruth and Going, Inc. Updates to Almaden Ranch Retail Center design
and new/updated EIR sections

Dec. 12, 2011 Lt. Rob Millard, Southern Division of the
San Jose Police Department
Public safety in San Jose, particularly in Almaden Valley
Nov. 14, 2011 Jacky Morales-Ferrand, Assistant Director of Housing,
City of San Jose
Housing in San Jose, particularly affordable housing
Oct. 17, 2011 Jim Kuhl, resident in the Almaden Country Club neighborhood, and
Tom Victorine, Director of Operations, San Jose Water Company.
NOTE: Representative expected from T-Mobile did not attend.
The evening included a presentation by Jim Kuhl; the San Jose Water Company position explained by Tom Victorine; and discussion, questions, and answers amongst the speakers and community members.
Cell phone tower proposed by T-Mobile to be installed in the Almaden Country Club area.  It was learned only after the meeting that no T-Mobile representative attended the meeting because their permit application for the cell tower had been withdrawn.
Sept. 12, 2011 Brian Schmidt, Director, District 7, of the
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Santa Clara Valley Water District,
redistricting splits of Almaden Valley and mercury in local streams and lake

Aug. 8, 2011 Assemblyman Richard Gordon, 21st Calif. Assembly District The State Budget Crisis
July 11, 2011 Sam Pandey, AVCA Parks and Recreation Committee Chairman City and Neighborhood Issues
June 13, 2011 David Vossbrink, Communications Director of the Mineta San Jos้ International Airport; and
Meghan Horrigan, Director of Communications, Team San Jose
Coordinated mutual effort to promote the San Jose Airport and the San Jose Convention Center
May 10, 2011 Mike Wasserman, Santa Clara County Supervisor County Budget and other County Issues
Apr. 12, 2011 Dave Fadness, District 10's representative on the Envision San Jos้ 2040 General Plan Task Force; and
Michael Brilliot, Senior Planner, Planning Department, City of San Jose
Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan.
The details of General Plan 2040 will be released to the public in the late spring or summer of 2010 for review and comments.
Slide show about General Plan 2040

Mar. 14, 2011 Gerald De Young, President of Ruth and Going, Inc.; and
Manual Pineda, Acting Deputy Director, Department of Transportation, City of San Jose; and
Dan Collen, Deputy Director, Infrastructure Development, County of Santa Clara Roads and Airports Department
Almaden Ranch Retail Center, proposed for 45 acres east of Almaden Expressway between Highway 85 and Safeway.  The speakers' topics included a description of the retail center, the project impacts on area traffic, options for new road connections across the Guadalupe River, the upcoming improvements to Almaden Expressway, and the possible impacts of the retail center on Almaden Expressway.
Article about the project.
Google map of the area

Feb. 14, 2011 no guest speaker AVCA business meeting only.
Jan. 10, 2011 San Jose Police Lt. George Beattie and Sergeant Jim Unland,
President and Vice President, respectively, of the San Jose
Police Officers' Association (SJPOA)
Their perspective on public safety issues and how public safety is affected
by the City of San Jose's continuing budget deficits (including a
question and answer period).

Dec. 13, 2010 Hans Larsen, Acting Director of San Jose's Department of Transportation State of San Jose's Transportation System (question and answer).
Nov. 12, 2010 Meredith Manning, Senior Planner with the Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District Planning for the Public Use Alternatives for Mt. Umunhum.
Oct. 12, 2010 Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose Three major challenges facing San Jose now: balance budget, fiscal reforms, and facilitate job creation.
Sept. 13, 2010 Ira Ruskin, State Assembly A review of his time in office. Mr. Ruskin is terming out this year.
July 12, 2010 Mr. Balagso, head of San Jose's Parks & Recs. The impact of fiscal woes on his department's operations in general and for the Almaden parks specifically.
June 14, 2010 Harry Mavrogenes, San Jose Redevelopment Agency How the RDA works and copes during challenging financial times
May 10, 2010 Kim Walesh, Chief Strategist, City of San Jose Changing Forces, Changing City
Mar. 8, 2010 Chief Rob Davis, Chief of Police, City of San Jose Budget Cuts in the Police Department
Feb. 8, 2010 Pat Sausedo, Vice President of the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Public Policy and Communications
Jan. 11, 2010 Dolores Carr, Santa Clara County District Attorney Interaction and Affect of the Office of the District Attorney on the Almaden Valley
Dec. 14, 2009 Leslie Reynolds, San Jose Unified School District Board of Education President & Ann Jones, SJUSD Chief Business Officer Schools in the Almaden Valley area: SJUSD, private, and charter schools, school funding, Questions & Answers
Nov. 9, 2009 Thomas Ferguson (& Monica Delgado), San Jose Department of Transportation Maintenance Manager of Landscape, Trees, and Sweeping Service
Oct. 5, 2009 Don Gage, Santa Clara County Supervisor, representing Almaden Valley Budget, Parks, Transportation, Questions & Answers
Sept. 14, 2009 Nancy Pyle, District 10 City Councilmember, representing Almaden Valley San Jose Economy, Budget, Transportation
Aug. 10, 2009 Zoe Lofgren, Representative in US Congress, representing Almaden Valley US Economy, Climate Change, Health Care Legislation, Immigration, Questions & Answers
July 13, 2009 John Weiss, San Jose Assistant Development Director & Leland Wilcox, City Manager's office Diridon Station & planned developments in the area: BART extension, High Speed Rail, and a possible "major league" ballpark
June 8, 2009 Laurel Prevetti City of San Jose's Lang Range Plans
May 11, 2009 no guest speaker

April 13, 2009 Carol Lathrop, Sandy Mory, and Martha Beattie from League of Women Voters Propositions 1A through 1F on the upcoming ballot
March 9, 2009 no guest speaker

Feb. 9, 2009 Ira Ruskin, Member of the California State Assembly, representing Almaden Valley
&
Nancy Pyle, San Jose City Councilmember, representing Almaden Valley, & Emy Mendoza, Zero Waste Planner, San Jose Environmental Services Department
California budget, cuts to education, Questions & Answers


San Jose's Proposed Fees on Plastic and Paper Bags

Jan. 12, 2009 Kitty Monahan, member of the Citizen's Advisory Committee of the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority & Bern Smith, South Bay Area Ridge Trails Council Staff Member East Bay, Mid Peninsula, and Santa Clara County park and trails systems (Kitty) & Bay Area Ridge Trail (Bern)
May-Dec. 2008 Minutes are missing on Web site  
April 14, 2008 Nancy Pyle, San Jose City Councilmember & Don Gage, Santa Clara County Supervisor SAVUR (South Almaden Valley Urban Reserve), Traffic on Graystone Lane, Boulder Ridge Event Tent request, Questions & Answers
March 10, 2008 Stan Ketchum, San Jose City Planner
&
Bill Shoe, Santa Clara County Planner
SAVUR (South Almaden Valley Urban Reserve), San Vicente Development

County planning for homes in Almaden county area.. if San Jose informed, etc.
Questions & Answers

Feb. 11, 2008 Dave Fadness, engineer, volunteer in San Jose planning
&
Jerry Strangis, real estate agent, lobbyist, owner of a real estate company
How to go about planning for a city's general plan, sustainable city

SAVUR development, Questions & Answers

Jan. 14, 2008 Beth Shafran-Nukai, Strong Neighborhoods Initiative Project San Jose's proposed Neighborhood Commission: mission, how members to be chosen, timeline
Dec. 10, 2007 no guest speaker  
May-Nov. 2007 Minutes are missing on Web site  
April 9, 2007 Don Gage, Santa Clara County Supervisor, representing Almaden Valley
&  Dan Collen, Santa Clara County, Deputy Director, County Roads
Don Gage:  Questions & Answers
&
Dan Collen:  Monitoring of Expressways

March 12, 2007 Rich Dressler, San Jose International Airport Public Information Officer
&  Joanne Sanfillippo, San Jose Airport Ombudsman
San Jose Airport's Expansion Plans
Feb. 12, 2007 Rene Cordero, Manager of Project Development, City of San Jose's Department of Transportation How to address project ideas along Camden Ave. and Trinidad Drive/Crown Blvd. corner
Jan. 8, 2007 Len Remilo, San Jose Department of Transportation, Traffic Management Division, Traffic Calming Questions & Answers about several areas in Almaden Valley, traffic calming, possible stop signs and U-turn permissions
Dec. 11, 2006 Don Gage, Santa Clara County Supervisor, responsible for Almaden Valley Mt. Umunhum, Coyote Valley, Quicksilver Park entrance, etc., Questions & Answers
Nov. 13, 2006 Michele Young, City of San Jose's Environmental Services Department Garbage collection, street sweeping. New trash collection companies.
Oct. 16, 2006 Judge Dolores Carr and Chief Assistant District Attorney Karyn Sinunu Santa Clara Valley District Attorney Forum
Sept. 11, 2006 Sally Zarnowitz, San Jose Historic Preservation Officer How City Landmarks are determined and who may apply for landmark status
Aug. 14, 2006 Detective Robert Dillon, ICAC Task Force, Child Exploitation Detail Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)
July 10, 2006 speaker cancelled too late to schedule another speaker  
June 12, 2006 Kim Bomar, Board Member of Stanford Campus Residential Leaseholders (SCRL) Santa Clara County Historical Preservation Ordinance
May 8, 2006 no guest speaker  

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