Dumpster Day Success on 12/9/2017

Hello, neighbors.

Glad you were able to dispose of your unwanted materials last Saturday. The 5 dumpsters that were hauled away contained about 4 tons per dumpster (per the person who picked them up). That’s a total of ~20 tons or ~40,000 pounds.

They were hauled to a recycle center where they are sorted to different materials. Approximately 95% of the material will be recycled. It’s amazing! All the different types of materials get either shredded (clothes, mattresses), composted, ground, melted to make ready for another round of products.

Going forward, you can schedule free large item pickups, scheduled for pickup on your regular pickup day. You would place the large item per their guidelines at the garbage and trash can locations on your street. Get information and make arrangements at (408) 213-7800. See a flyer of the service, attached here. It shows the Holiday schedule, and a free Christmas tree pickup.

Thanks to the volunteers who pitched in to help make for a smooth operation, and thanks to the D2 office, for the outreach from Vanessa Sandoval and Laura Nguyen to LPNA, enabling this event to be held in the Los Paseos neighborhood. The volunteers were ebullient and happy to help as they worked throughout the day.

Check out some of our ambitious and hardworking neighbors who volunteered, and some who hauled by handcart some junk to be thrown away.

Greg Peck

Video of LPNA meeting 12/7/2017

For those unable to attend the our meeting, please feel free to view the recorded session below. Still ironing out the bugs to the process, and definitely need to remember to detach the monitoring headset when stepping away from the camera, or else everything tends to follow you around, literally. 😀 So apologies for that mishap, but otherwise, the recording is presentable. The audio was not cleanly processed as I like, but due to time constraints to make this information available prior to the 12/12 City Council meeting, it will have to do. 

The SPURS slide deck presentation is available for PDF download here

Christmas Tree Event

This is a Not For Profit Neighborhood Event

Please join us in decorating your lawn this year with a 4-5 ft Grand Fir Tree.

We are proud to present our 4th annual Holiday Tree Decorating event for your front lawn. A fun way to celebrate the holidays and bring joy to patients and families in need!

This year we are lucky to have collaborated with many noteworthy partners to make this year’s event extra special.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Los Paseos Neighborhood Association (LPNA)

Los Paseos Home Owners Association (LPHOA)

Los Paseos Fire Station 27


Join your neighbors in picking up your tree at the Los Paseos HOA/Swim Club this year on 12/3 from 11:00 – 3:00pm in the parking area. Bring your friends and family to enjoy Santa, Hot Coco, and much, much more! The holiday party is free, with refreshments provided by our very own Los Paseos Neighborhood Association!

To make a tax-deductible donation to Packard Children’s, visit:

Trees cost $17.50 each and Rebar is $4.75 (used to hold up the tree on the lawn – sold separately).

Deadline to order/pay for your tree and rebar is 11/14

HOA Members: For HOA members, please drop off Checks/Cash to Lisa, and make checks payable to Franklin Mata

For those not associated with Los Paseos HOA, please send a check or cash to the following address with your order details and request: Please make checks payable to Franklin Mata

107 Plympton Ct.

San Jose CA 95139

Money/Check must be collected before an order for a tree can be made. There will be no orders accepted after 11/14

If you have any questions regarding ordering, please contact: Frank Mata


Call (408) 768-6617

Here is a youtube video with more information regarding the Fun Fund; the fundraising event for the Packards Children

Thank you for being wonderful neighbors and for your support!


Greg Peck

Holiday Train

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Dec. 2 and 3, 2017

Celebrate the season with the Holiday Train! This beloved Bay Area tradition features a glittering train, a community toy drive and fun characters that delight families at train stations from San Francisco to Santa Clara.

Glowing with thousands of lights and holiday decorations, the Holiday Train will stop at nine train stations over two nights. During the 20-minute station stops, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and the gang will get off the train to greet children and spread holiday cheer. Bring the family to join in the fun, and bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Holiday Train Toy Drive.

Open link below…

D2 Bernal to Bailey PB Round 2 update

The PB projects that won Round 2 were announced back on 8/24. A status update of the projects can be found at the city website (link below)

Round 2 project updates

The money for the local schools, Martin Murphy Middle School and Los Paseos Elementary, was completed.

The Paseo Lighting upgrade to LEDs for Paseo #2 (Los Paseos neighborhood) and Paseo #3 (Avenida Espana neighborhood) was completed.

The Park related upgrades (Shade structures and lighting) and Beautification of Santa Teresa projects are scheduled for completion in June / July of 2018.

Women in the Trades

The Trades Orientation Program is now accepting applications for its 2018 classes.

Women are highly encouraged to apply. Please help us spread the word to potential applicants to this intensive career exploration program for the cutting-edge Silicon Valley construction industry.

Two special “Women in the Trades” orientation sessions will be held on Dec. 5 and Dec. 11.

Sign up here:

General orientations open to both men and women will be held from Dec 4 – 14.

Individuals who are homeless, in transitional housing, CalFRESH recipients, or U.S. military veterans may be eligible for priority admission.

There is no cost to students for this nationally certificated, 130-hour career training program.

Participants will learn what it takes to successfully apply to become a working apprentice in the trade of their choice, such as Carpenter, Electrician, HVACR Tech, Roofer, Pipefitter, Plasterer, Ironworker, Sheet Metal, and more.

To reserve a spot for orientation, interested applicants can visit or call Ari at 408-809-2113.

If you have questions or are interested in a presentation to your community, please contact Louise Auerhahn at


This program is supported in part by the Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing and by Prop. 39 pre-apprenticeship funding from the California Workforce Development Board.

Highway 85 Community Meeting on 11/9/2017

For those of you unable to attend the Highway 85 Community Meeting held on 11/9. You can view it here to catch up on discussion topics:

You can learn more about the study here at

You can provide the VTA insight by completing a survey on how you use Highway 85 here at