SAN JOSE’S GUADALUPE RIVER CROSSES THROUGH SAN JOSE AT THE INTERSECTION OF OLD ALMADEN ROAD & THE CAPITOL EXPRESSWAY/HILLSDALE AVENUE CORRIDOR; WHERE AT, SIGNS OF DROUGHT AND BLIGHT FROM HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS ARE BECOMING EVER MORE EVIDENT.
This area is the cross of four San Jose Council Districts and Planning Area neighborhoods. The area surveyed was from Capitol Expressway at Almaden Road to where Almaden Road merges into Almaden Expressway at Koch Lane. Within this stretch, Guadalupe River traverses along side Almaden Road. The river crosses from south Willow Glen and Edenvale Planning Areas, then into north Willow Glen and out to downtown San Jose, Alviso and eventually the San Francisco Bay. Also in this stretch, the river borders the Capitol Expressway Auto Mall from within the South San Jose Planning Area.
The crossroad of Almaden Road and Capitol Expressway/Hillsdale Avenue is the quadripoint at which four planning areas and council districts meet. The Guadalupe River flows under that bridge.
In the last few years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed excavation and construction of channels, erosion control structures, irrigation systems and so on at the stretch north of Foxworthy Avenue to Wren Avenue and Koch Lane. This area is known as the Upper Guadalupe River – Reach 10B by the Santa Clara Valley Water District and it is part of th Guadalupe Watershed.
This was known as the Upper Guadalupe River Flood Protection Project and it seemed to drag out, probably due to budgeting and other factors.
In a past press update, its said that “The US Army Corps of Engineers and the Santa Clara Valley Water District have partnered to fix the channel, which suffered severe erosion from the downpour of rains in late 2009 and early 2010”; however, as of summer 2014, that condition has completely reversed. Currently, this portion of the River obviously seems to show signs of severe drought. There is no water flow, it’s completely dry and there is no longer downpour from rainwater. Four years later, this river bed is all dried out and has become the encampment of homeless people. With the homeless encampments has come waste and other types of pollution.
To the northwest is the Willow Glen Panning Area and District 6, represented by Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio. This district and area runs north along old Almaden Road and the Guadalupe River; bordered by Hillsdale Avenue going west from (Capitol Expressway).
East of the Guadalupe River and north of Capitol Expressway is the South San Jose Planning Area and Council District 7, represented by Vice Mayor, Madison Nguyen. Through the center of District 7 is Monterey Highway, traversing north-south. It also includes Seven Trees, a stretch of Highway 101, Stonegate and other a few other niche neighborhoods.
To the southwest is Councilmember Don Rocha’s District 9, as when going south of Hillsdale Avenue and west of Almaden Road/Guadalupe River. By the way, Councilmember Rocha also represents the southern part of Willow Glen Planning Area, as well as that his Council District extends into the Cabmbrian/Pioneer Planning Area, southwest of Hillsdale Avenue. Rocha’s District 9 meets Oliverio’s District 6 in the Willow Glen Planning Area, where the two council districts are bordered by approximately Curtner Avenue, Booksin Avenue, Koch Lane, Hillsdale Avenue and Almaden Expressway.
To the south-east of Guadalupe River and Capitol Expressway is the Edenvale Planning Area, of which this portion is within Councilmember Johnny Khamis’ District 10. Through the rest of this district runs the south-easter stretch Highway-85, as well as Santa Teresa Boulevard and the southern portion of Monterey Highway.