Los Paseos Neighborhood Update – July 16th, 2020

Dear Neighbors,

Would like to give you an update on projects and issues in our neighborhood.

Shade structure at Los Paseos Park – Shade over the playground area is under construction and should be completed by September. Since the playground has been closed it has been easier to get this project done. This is the last project funded by the District 2 Participatory Budget Process. See D2 Participatory Budget Process winners

Doggie Bag Dispensers in Los Paseos Park. LPNA now supplies doggy bags for the dispensers for pet waste pickup. In the event you mistakenly leave your home without doggy bags, please make use of these to help maintain the cleanliness of our park area. Due to City budget cuts, PRNS no longer stocks the dispensers. It is the pet owner’s responsibility to pick up after their pets and properly dispose in a waste can. Leaving bags of waste for PRNS to pick-up is unhelpful and poses a health risk if others stumble upon it.

Los Paseos Park Grass Watering. PRNS has informed us they will reduce the watering of grass areas due to budget Los Paseos Park Grass Watering. PRNS has informed us they will reduce the watering of grass areas due to budget help of Our City Forest. LPNA volunteers will hand water the trees if necessary.

National Night Out (NNO) has unfortunately been canceled for August 4th. LPNA members have enjoyed putting on this event to get the neighborhood together and celebrate our diversity and community. More information may follow as the pandemic and the guidelines published by the CDC and local authorities continue to evolve. We look forward to getting the community together at such events in the future.

CALMS Camera Project (update in bold)  – Phase 1 is just about completed. Many neighborhood Courts and Streets are now covered. Several recent incidents have been covered and addressed as a result.  Homes that are in front of streetlights are considered phase 2 of the project and will begin installing at these locations soon. If you are interested in getting cameras for phase 2, go to SaferSJ and click the Request for More Information link on the home page.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a volunteer organization that trains and supports the community during emergencies. Several LPNA members are part of this team. CERT Training description: Community Emergency Response Team Training
If you have interest in being trained or helping the Los Paseos community, please contact Herb Bowen

August LPNA member meeting. We are working on putting together our quarterly LPNA member meeting in August. Based on the success of our Zoom meeting in May, we will be using the same virtual format. Stay tuned for the details.

We also have been working with our neighborhood businesses to support them. In an effort to support their businesses, we partnered with some of them. They have agreed (at the current time) to give a discount to our members for service or food items. If you mention “LPNA” at the following stores, you will get a discount (cannot be combined with any other store offers or coupons).

    • Jennifer’s Cleaners (Santa Teresa/Bernal)) – Dry clean: 10% discount; Laundry: 1 shirt free if 15 shirts laundered
    • Five Star Pizza (Bernal Road only) – 10% discount

Contact LPNA if you have any questions or concerns.

Please enjoy our lovely area of the City this summer. LPNA will continue to support the neighborhood during the changing times.

Video of LPNA meeting on May 14th, 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing Shelter-In-Place (SIP) order issued by the Santa Clara County Health Department, this meeting did not occur in person at Los Paseos Elementary School. Instead, this was our first virtual meeting using Zoom conferencing. Hopefully, we can incorporate this technology in future meetings for those unable to attend meetings in person due to work, family, other commitments etc. If you cannot participate virtually, fear not! We have the recording here for your consumption to keep abreast of events impacting our community.

00:00 SJPD update
11:03 SJPD update after audio edit
18:10 National Night Out update
20:00 CERT Program and training
28:50 District 2 update – Vanessa Sandoval – Bridge Housing
50:20 D2 update – High Speed Rail (HSR)
1:00:00 Misc questions and issues


Second General Meeting of 2020

Hello, Neighbors. 

Due to the current COVID 19 crisis and the Santa Clara County shelter in place order to curb the spread of the disease, the May 14th meeting will be a Zoom video conference in order to maintain social distancing. DO NOT congregate at the school community meeting room! It is locked, and no one will open it for this meeting due to the shelter in place order. Instead, LPNA members were notified with the zoom link and password in order to attend the virtual meeting. (Check your email/spam folder for meeting information or contact Greg Peck for details).

See the meeting agenda:
    1. SJPD update – Captain Elle Washburn (if available)
    2. LPNA update
      • National Night Out update
      • CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) project for Los Paseos Neighborhood
    3. District 2 update – Vanessa Sandoval
      • Bernal Road/Monterey Road housing
      • High Speed Rail
      • Other
Topic: LPNA Zoom Meeting May 14, at 7:00 pm
Time: May 14, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Scam prevention

Expect to receive a flyer in the US mail today, April 25, 2020, from the US Postal Inspection Service. It is a PSA regarding scams related to the pandemic, but also references other scams related to stimulus checks, tax filings, etc. It is of special interest to the USPIS if any scams use the postal service to perpetrate these scams. The link on the flyer, https://www.uspis.gov/coronavirus/, provides PSA videos, and links to resources on how to identify, avoid, and report these scams.

NOTE: The page is slow to load due to heavy system load. It is not your Internet connection, or your PC experiencing issues. It is their site inundated by requests.

Tele-Town Hall on COVID-19 in Santa Clara County

Received an email today from Zoe Lofgren’s office regarding a Teleconference Town Hall on COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. The relevant portions of the message are detailed below:


On Tuesday, March 24, I will be hosting a Telephone Town Hall on COVID-19 with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) and Reps. Eshoo, Khanna and Panetta. We want to facilitate an open and honest conversation about how COVID-19 is impacting our Santa Clara community.

WHAT:     Telephone Town Hall on COVID-19

WHEN:    Tuesday, March 24 2020 — 1:00pmPT

WHO:      Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18)
Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17)
Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)
Santa Clara County Public Health Department

JOIN:      Call 855-962-1194 at the time of the event

If you have questions about the event itself, please call my office at (408) 271-8700. We will be collecting your questions about COVID-19 in our community during the call itself; we will not be collecting questions ahead of time.

If you need help with an emergency health matter, including regarding COVID-19, please call SCCPHD at (408) 885-3980.

Zoe Lofgren
Member of Congress

Updated mobile App for San Jose

The mobile device app, My San Jose, used to report issues to the city has a new name, look, and features. It is now called San Jose 311 and offers the additional following features:

    • Quicker access to paying bills
    • Clearer instructions to help you describe the issue
    • Updated map to make it easier to choose a location
    • Improved user experience and simpler language
    • Modern look and feel

Get San Jose 311 at the App Store, Google Play

Do not use this App for actual emergencies! For actual emergencies or crimes in progress, dial (408)277-8911 for direct access to  SJ emergency dispatch for police, fire, or medical response. Dialing 911 from a mobile device is first routed to CHP and then back to San Jose delaying response times.

Video of LPNA meeting February 20, 2020

For those of you unable to attend the meeting, below is the video recording for the February 20, 2020 meeting.

00:00 LPNA Business
Barbara Canup – LPNA finance overview
Native Plant Garden
Crime Update by Captain Elle Washburn
Vanessa Sandoval – D2 Updates
Environmental Services Department – Linden Skjeie Recycling presentation

First General Meeting of 2020

Hello, Neighbors. 

Our first meeting of 2020 is next week, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Again, we are holding the meeting in the gym building of the Los Paseos Elementary School – a close walk-to place, or a quick drive-to place. Check our meeting agenda, with lots of new information for you!

  • An update from SJPD on current Crime Stats in our neighborhoods
  • An update on the CALMS camera project – discuss the good, accumulative effectiveness of the program so far
  • An update from District 2 Office on upcoming events, completed projects, plans for the future
  • San Jose’s Environmental Services Department – residential recycling.  Recycling markets have changed, prompting questions and some confusion around current practices. The presentation covers how to recycle properly, new tips and information, and how San José is responding to global shifts in recycling markets, particularly China’s National Sword policy, which restricts imports of certain recyclables.  
    • What goes where… Bring items of which you have questions
See the meeting agenda

Video of LPNA meeting Nov 14, 2019

For those of you unable to attend the meeting, below are the video recordings for the Nov 14, 2019 meeting. The videos are broken into sections for easier consumption. Unfortunately, the main presenter requested that their portion of the meeting not be recorded. We honored that request, and apologize to the members unable to attend.

00:00 Call to Order
01:10 LPNA Business – Election of Board Members
04:50 San Jose Spotlight

00:00 San Jose Spotlight (continued)
00:20 SJPD update
09:15 CHP update

00:00 CHP update (continued)
07:15 D2 updates – Vanessa and Sergio
14:00 Photo presentation of Coyote Valley wildlife and fauna

00:00 D2 updates (continued)
08:45 CALMS update

Identity Theft

As we enter into the holiday season, it is sad that we must remind folks that grinch package thieves are on the prowl. More so than other times of the year. Along with these actions are mail theft, as well as ID theft. Regarding ID theft, I came across this article worthwhile sharing, Clues to look for if you suspect ID theft

Earlier in the year I also suggested to sign up for the USPS informed delivery service. If you haven’t done so, get on it and strengthen your oversight of mail delivery to your home address. Alternatively, research locked mail boxes, or a PO Box at the USPS, Postal Annex, or similar stores offering mail reception services.