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San Jose Google Project Community Town Hall Meeting in Gardner raises serious questions about living wages, affordable housing, and community displacement

Neighborhood activists and residents met together at the Gardner Community center on Monday, 20th November to talk about Google’s proposed mega-campus in San Jose.  

Tuesday 21 November 2017 · Leave a comment

The Founding of the City of San Jose, Celebrating 240 Years at the Peralta Adobe & Fallon House

At the Peralta Adobe on Saturday, 19th November, the city of San Jose celebrated 240 years since the founding of El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe.  Considered the city’s birthday, the official date is technically on November 29, 1777.

Monday 20 November 2017 · Leave a comment

EAT HERE: A REVIEW OF THE FOOD, RESTAURANT & GROCERY SCENE AT DOWNTOWN WILLOW GLEN

Among its residents and daily visitors, San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood remains a perennial favorite, largely known for its familial, hospitable and casual character… plus, its many food service businesses and grocery stores.  Taking … Continue reading

Friday 27 March 2015 · Leave a comment

LINCOLN AVENUE “ROAD DIET” BEGINS 21 FEBRUARY 2015; San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood trials its “complete streets” project

The nation’s tenth largest city, San Jose, is putting more consideration into traffic calming and “sharable streets,” whereby safe and green spaces will be created for multiple modes of travel.  It’s … Continue reading

Saturday 21 February 2015 · Leave a comment

SJ TAMIEN STATION AREA PLAN BACK ONLINE WITH OUTREACH MEETINGS; QUESTIONS REMAIN

AFTER MANY OFF-AND-ON AGAIN SCENARIOS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, SANTA CLARA VALLEY TRANSIT AUTHORITY (VTA) IS RETURNING WITH PUBLIC OUTREACH MEETINGS THAT REGARD ITS TAMIEN STATION AREA PLAN, A TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT … Continue reading

Monday 18 August 2014 · Leave a comment

STAKEHOLDERS FOR A SAFE GREEN VILLAGE BRINGS BACK “BLIGHT TO BRIGHT” STREET-SCAPE CLEAN-UP PROJECT IN THE NORTH LINCOLN AVENUE CORRIDOR

RICHARD ZAPPELLI, FORMER PRESIDENT OF WGNA, WILL BE ORGANIZING A GROUP OF NEIGHBORHOOD VOLUNTEERS TO HELP CLEAN-UP A BLIGHTED AREA OF NORTH LINCOLN AVENUE, NEAR DOWNTOWN WILLOW GLEN. The work … Continue reading

Saturday 26 July 2014 · Leave a comment

HISTORIC BAKER RANCH IN ALMADEN MARKED FOR SALE, ADJACENT TO ABANDONED PARK & RIDE LOT

THE PROPERTY DESIGNATED AS THE “BAKER RANCH BUILDINGS” BY THE CITY OF SAN JOSE HISTORIC RESOURCES INVENTORY HAS A LARGE “FOR SALE” SIGN AT ITS FRONT LOT, EVEN THOUGH IT’S CURRENTLY OCCUPIED FOR … Continue reading

Thursday 24 July 2014 · Leave a comment

GUADALUPE RIVER — AT THE CROSS OF SAN JOSE DISTRICTS & NEIGHBORHOODS — SHOWS SIGNS OF DROUGHT AND BLIGHT FROM HOMELESSNESS

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 … Continue reading

Friday 18 July 2014 · Leave a comment

SAN JOSE SHUTS OFF “SPRAYGROUNDS” AROUND NEIGHBORHOOD CITY PARKS; WHILE “RAGING WATERS” THEME PARK STILL FLOWS AND LAKE CUNNINGHAM PARK SEEMS AT ODDS

POSTED AROUND THE CITY OF SAN JOSE AT ITS PARKS ARE SIGNS THAT SAY “ALL SPRAYGROUNDS WILL NOT BE FUNCTIONAL THIS YEAR” [2014]; WHICH IS A STARK CONTRAST TO PLACES … Continue reading

Friday 18 July 2014 · Leave a comment

“WILLOW GLEN NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2014,” SCHEDULED AT WILLOW ST./FRANK BRAMHALL PARK (AUG)

WILLOW GLEN RESIDENTS, SAN JOSE POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION AND SAN JOSE FIRE FIGHTERS LOCAL 230 INVITE NEIGHBORS OF WILLOW GLEN TO ENJOY A SOCIAL ICE CREAM AT THE PARK AS … Continue reading

Wednesday 16 July 2014 · Leave a comment

CENTURY 21 THEATERS, “SAVE THE DOMES,” BECOMES “ELIGIBLE” FOR NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

THE “CENTURY 21 THEATER,” NOW “ELIGIBLE” FOR THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES, IS CELEBRATED BY LOCAL GROUPS— PRESERVATION ACTION COUNCIL of SAN JOSE & CALIFORNIA PIONEERS OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY — AS ONE OF VINCENT RANEY’S … Continue reading

Monday 14 July 2014 · Leave a comment

SJ CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERS BAN of E-CIGARETTES (UNDECIDED); FOLLOWS COUNTY & OTHER CITIES

SAN JOSE COUNCILMEMBERS CONSIDERED BANNING E-CIGARETTES AT ANY BUILDING OWNED, LEASED OR OCCUPPIED BY THE CITY.   While a decision seems not to be concluded yet, the matter was mentioned in the … Continue reading

Wednesday 9 July 2014 · Leave a comment

LOWER GUADALUPE TRAIL, EXTENDED CLOSURE (AUG-OCT 2014)

THE CITY OF SAN JOSE ANNOUNCED AN EXTENDED CLOSURE OF THE LOWER GUADALUPE TRAIL, which concerns the Gold Street to Tasman Drive area.  Closure of the trail is required as … Continue reading

Wednesday 9 July 2014 · Leave a comment

STEVE HOLMES — CREEK & RIVER ACTIVIST — LAUNCHES FRIENDS OF GUADALUPE RIVER

STEVE HOLMES, FOUNDER OF FRIENDS OF LOS GATOS CREEK, IS NOW LAUNCHING A “FRIENDS OF GUADALUPE RIVER” Steve Holmes announced his plans back on 13 June 2014 at a Facebook … Continue reading

Tuesday 8 July 2014 · Leave a comment

CHANGES TO DOWNTOWN WILLOW GLEN’S STREET-SCAPE

Downtown Willow Glen’s streetscape has been showing changes over the last several years; but, it’s just over the last several months and into the Fourth of July 2014 weekend, that residents can … Continue reading

Monday 7 July 2014 · Leave a comment

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