Over the years neighbors expressed concern over criminals rifling through our mailboxes to steal documents and information used for IDentity theft purposes. If concerned, consider the following solutions:
1) strongly consider replacing your existing mailbox with one that is lockable (security mailbox). It permits USPS to deliver mail, but the mailboxes are designed to deter theft, vandalism, or fishing mail out through the mail slot. The only means to retrieve mail is through the locked access panel. Typically, these mailboxes are built with sturdy 14-16 ga steel and withstand high amounts of abuse, typically these cost ~$100
2) switch over to paperless billing with your various vendors, utilities, financial institutions, suppliers, etc. While this safeguards the bulk of your mail, you leave yourself exposed if you have an unreliable email provider, use simple passwords on your accounts, or have poor endpoint security (desktop computer, mobile device). This option is only as secure as your vigilance to practice good online/computing security, i.e. don’t resuse passwords across sites, don’t use easily guessable passwords based on common knowledge of you, your family, or lifestyle, and deploy a decent AntiVirus/AntiMalware solution.
3) make use of the USPS Informed Delivery Service. This is a FREEservice offered by the USPS that scans the exterior of daily delivered US mail to your address. You must sign up for an account and verify your identity. Once done, access the USPS website or use the Informed Delivery app (available on IOS and Android) to review the mail delivered to your home address on a daily basis, e.g. water bill, credit card bill, payments, financial statements. If the delivered contents do NOT match the electronic record, you know something is wrong immediately and can notify the USPS to determine the whereabouts of the lost mail.
There is no single end all be all solution to this problem, but a combination of these solutions, or all of them provides better piece of mind to the home owner.
The report of a fence going around the track/soccer field at Martin Murphy is true, and the project will be coming to implementation soon.
A meeting to inform neighbors about the project is set for June 17, at 6:00 – 7:00 pm, in the Martin Murphy iCenter (inside the school). The meeting will be put on by MHUSD.
Student safety is the prime driving force to this project. The project is complex since the School and the Park coexist in its usage. Students cross the Park many times during the school session. Decades of use of the fields and the track by neighbors and by soccer organizations should be considered in the design of the fencing layout and entrances to the fields, and to the times these entrances are open to the neighbors.
Plan to attend to give your input and ideas to this major project in the neighborhood.
See the flyer attached here for more information about this meeting, and contact information.
For those of you unable to attend the meeting, below are the video recordings for the May 23, 2019 meeting. It was a LONG meeting with the main presenters from the High Speed Rail Authority. The videos are broken into sections for easier consumption. The drawings provided by HSRA were photographed and provided here for the community to download and review.
00:00 Start of meeting, LPNA business housekeeping 02:24 Meeting Agenda 04:19 Volunteer recruitment for NNO / Art box update 06:00 Introduction of Captain Gina Tibaldi, SJPD of Southern Division and Crime & Safety update 20:45 Issa update on CALMS project
In case you did not read the letter issued by PG&E on 3/15, there is re-scheduled maintenance for the area on 4/4/19, due to the past storms prohibiting electrical work. Assuming mother nature cooperates, the following streets are affected:
Expect brief outages in the morning and afternoon during equipment replacement servicing our neighborhood. Outage duration may vary based on household address as detailed in the individual letters each household received regarding this scheduled maintenance . Please take the necessary precautions to safeguard refridgerated/frozen foods. If you have medical equipment requiring uninterrupted power, please take the appropriate measures to remain safe, and or notify PG&E customer service center at (800)743-5000
For those of you unable to attend the meeting, below are the video recordings for the February 28, 2019 meeting. A myriad of topics were discussed from an overview of 2018 to forthcoming projects in 2019, Art boxes, SJPD updates and a farewell to retiring Captain Johnson Fong, CHP updates, Crime Prevention representative introduction and update, D2 CALMS update, and the main presentations San Jose Climate Smart initiative and Clean Energy programs. The main presentations should be of interest to ALL in our neighborhoods. Learn about the San Jose Clean Energy offering consumers a choice of energy providers to your household (PG&E or SJCE). View the respective portions of the meeting. Below each video is a description of material with important timestamps to jump to the immediate areas of interest.
00:00 LPNA Business: 2018 year in review and plans for 2019 04:30 Art Box Projects 14:10 SJPD updates – Farewell to Captain Johnson Fong 22:30 CHP
00:00 CHP continued 06:20 D2 Office CALMS camera project update and other district 2 issues 22:00 Crime Prevention Unit update
00:00 Crime Prevention Unit continued 02:00 Climate Smart San Jose – Aaron Kinney
In case you did not read the letter issued by PG&E on 2/13, there is scheduled maintenance for the area on 2/27/19 affecting the following streets:
Expect brief outages in the morning and afternoon during equipment replacement servicing our neighborhood. Please take the necessary precautions to safeguard refridgerated/frozen foods. If you have medical equipment requiring uninterrupted power, please take the appropriate measures to remain safe, and or notify PG&E customer service center at (800)743-5000