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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
INVITE:
Topic: LPNA Zoom Meeting May 14, at 7:00 pm
Time: May 14, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

FAQ for Emergency Interim Housing

The City put together a FAQ from many of the emails they received regarding the subject matter (Interim Housing sites at Bernal/Monterey and Rue Ferarri/101). See the pdf file here.

If your questions are not addressed within the FAQ, or at the city website, here , please be sure to make comments at the meeting tonight.

Reminder: Zoom Town Hall tonight at 6;00 p.m. re subject matter.

Bridge Housing Community Locations

In reference to the Zoom Town Hall meeting on April 27, 2020. The topic of discussion is the Emergency Interim Housing Development located within District 2. Both sites are relatively close to our neighborhood as depicted below in a snapshot of Los Paseos marked in green. The proposed sites at Bernal/Monterey and Rue Ferrari/101 are marked in red.

Zoom Town Hall Monday 4/27/2020

Message extracted from a D2 email issued on Sunday 4/26/2020…
This is most likely the last opportunity for residents to provide public comments on the matter concerning Emergency Interim Housing residing within D2 at Bernal and Monterey or Rue Ferrari and 101.
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Please join Mayor Liccardo, City staff, and Sergio Jimenez for a meeting on Monday 4/27/2020 about interim housing development in District 2:
Monday, April 27, 2020
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
During this meeting they will present the most up-to-date information on site plans and management, answer questions, and share information on how you can be involved in this monumental effort to protect the health and safety of our City.
They will also let you know as soon as a website, FAQ sheet, and additional contact information is available.

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.

Prevent Plumbing Problems

To avoid sewer pipe issues, flush only toilet paper down the toilet. Everything else goes into the trash!

Here are some common non-flushable items that can cause pipe backups and hazardous sewer overflows, or end up at the San José -Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. Instead of flushing these items down the toilet, here are ways that residents can help not clog up the sewer system:

    • For wipes (even ones labeled flushable), paper hand towels, rags, feminine hygiene products,  and most items, dispose of them in the trash.
    • For pharmaceuticals, take them to a drop off bin. Here is a list of drop off pharmaceutical containers in San José (Set items aside until the shelter-in-place order is lifted) 
    • Items that cannot go into regular garbage, recycling, or compost because they are hazardous waste or contain hazardous materials
        • electronics
        • paints
        • motor oil
        • pesticides
        • batteries
        • mercury containing items like thermometers and light bulbs

should be disposed of at County Household Hazardous Waste. (Set items aside since HHW has suspended drop-offs and events in response to COVID-19.)

If these items do not clog your pipes and somehow manage to make their way to the waste treatment facility, the risk of clogging or damaging the processing equipment is probable. It requires intensive labor resources to monitor and clean debris away from machinery, or repair equipment. Let’s all do our part to minimize these problems during the pandemic.

Silicon Valley Strong

#SiliconValleyStrong: Help for those in need & a centralized location for critical resources
A Community Response to COVID-19: SiliconValleyStrong.org
As the response to this public health emergency escalates, many residents will feel direct economic impacts from business closures, event cancellations, and layoffs.
We’re doubling down on mitigation to protect our community–slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and reducing the number of people infected.
Silicon Valley Strong calls on the community to stay informed and look out for each other. This landing page serves as a hub with critical updates and resources for vulnerable neighbors–accepting tips for additional information at mayoremail@sanjoseca.gov. This page is updated daily and is currently being translated into Spanish and Vietnamese.
We seek community members interested in lending a caring hand. Sign up to volunteer with assistance and recovery efforts through Silicon Valley Strong SiliconValleyStrong.org

COVID-19 Resources

Need more information about what is happening regarding COVID-19?

The City of San Jose publishes notifications on a daily basis on their website. On this page, you can sign up with the City to receive these notifications in your email, as well as review past notifications within their archive.

City of San José Facebook: facebook.com/CityofSanJose
City of San José Twitter: twitter.com/CityofSanJose
Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations
 
– General Inquiries about City Facilities/Operations: 3-1-1 (408-535-3500)
– San José City Hall, located at 200 E. Santa Clara St., is closed to the public.
All Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) facilities, including community centers, are closed to the public and therefore all programming is suspended until further notice. For updates on PRNS closures and cancellations, please visit: bit.ly/prnscancellations
Public Meetings: City Council meetings and Rules and Open Government Committee meetings will continue as planned. The Planning Commission will be held virtually, as needed. All other Council Committees, Commissions, and Board meetings are cancelled through May.
– Eviction Moratorium sanjoseca.gov/evictionmoratorium provides residents relief from evictions for nonpayment of rent due to impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Get Business Support by emailing Covid19SJBusiness@sanjoseca.gov for businesses, employers, workers, owners, and managers who need business-related information or support during the COVID-19 crisis.
Department of Transportation Parking Compliance is suspended. Downtown parking garages will continue to operate, with limited staffing, allowing the public access to essential services, such as restaurants with take-out options.
– The Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County (Spanish video, Vietnamese video) continues its operations and stands ready to protect community members targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Call 408-290-1144 immediately for assistance from Rapid Response volunteers and immigration attorneys.
SANTA CLARA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT 
Frequently Asked Questions about “Shelter in Place” order 
 
Additional resources from the County:

 

If you prefer to receive County updates, sign up to their AlertSCC program for alerts sent directly to your cell phone or mobile device, landline, or email. Alerts can include:

    • Fire
    • Earthquake
    • Severe weather
    • Crime incident that affects your neighborhood
    • Instructions during a disaster​
County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Facebook: facebook.com/sccpublichealth
County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Twitter: twitter.com/HealthySCC
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
California is issuing daily updates on COVID-19. To see the most recent update, visit the CDPH News Release page and the California Department of Public Health website.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Visit the hhs.gov website to learn more about: The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines, HHS COVID-19 News, the Federal Government Response to COVID-19, and more. 
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION 
Visit the CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) website for more information about: What You Need to Know, How to Protect Yourself, Resources for the Community, Information for Healthcare Professionals, Latest Updates, and more.
FREE MEALS FROM LOCAL SCHOOLS
Local schools are providing free to-go meals for all children ages 1-18, regardless of what school or community you live in. CHILDREN MUST BE PRESENT.
– For more information, times, and locations at Oak Grove School District sites, visit ogsd.net
– For more information, times, and locations at East Side Union High School District sites, view this document on their website
KAISER PERMANENTE
Visit the link above for information about: What you need to know, Getting care in Northern California, Protecting yourself and your family, Kaiser Permanente preparedness and response, General COVID-19 information
VTA
Visit VTA’s website for updates about what VTA is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as updates to paratransit: vta.org/covid-19 
OPEN SPACE
The Open Space Authority will be closing its office, administrative staff are working from home, and all docent-led and volunteer stewardship events are canceled through April 30, 2020. 

This post will update as more resource information becomes available.