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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

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

POLITICS of SAN JOSE’s “PUBLIC SAFETY” ISSUES, COLLIDES WITH WILLOW GLENS’s “ROAD DIET” PROJECT

It’s approaching two weeks since San Jose’s neighborhood retail strip, Lincoln Avenue has been temporarily painted-up and reconfigured for its “road diet” (also known as a “lane reduction”).   In of that, … Continue reading

Thursday 12 March 2015 · Leave a comment

LINCOLN AVENUE “ROAD DIET” TRIAL NOW INSTALLED; Willow Glen gets information and feedback

Lincoln Avenue has now been temporarily painted-up and reconfigured as of Friday morning 27th February.  Because of an expected rain storm, the road diet jumped ahead of schedule by a day or … Continue reading

Friday 27 February 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

SAN JOSE DIVIDED: POST-ELECTION RESULTS & DOUBTS HIGHLIGHT CITY ISSUES; NOVEMBER 2014 MIDTERM ELECTION DRAGS-ON

A FEW DAYS AFTER SAN JOSE’S MIDTERM ELECTION FOR NOVEMBER 2014, SOME MATTERS REMAIN QUESTIONABLE, WHILE OTHERS APPEAR TO BE REVEALING.  THAT’S INCLUDING A CLOSE U.S. CONGRESSIONAL RACE AND A MAYORAL ELECTION … Continue reading

Saturday 8 November 2014 · Leave a comment

ASSYRIAN & ITALIAN FESTIVALS: THIS WEEKEND 23-24 AUGUST

THIS WEEKEND, THE “ASSYRIAN FOOD FESTIVAL” AND THE “ITALIAN FAMILY FESTA” ARE UNDERWAY IN SAN JOSE, CONTINUING FROM SATURDAY 23 TO SUNDAY 24 AUGUST 2014. If you are planning to … Continue reading

Sunday 24 August 2014 · Leave a comment

SAN JOSE’S MAYORAL CANDIDATES SCHEDULED FOR NEW DEBATE AS OF 2nd OCTOBER AT WILLOW GLEN

SAN JOSE MAYORAL CANDIDATES DAVE CORTESE and SAM LICCARDO ARE SCHEDULED TO DEBATE IN WILLOW GLEN, MODERATED BY  LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY. INFORMATION FOR THE MAYORAL ELECTION DEBATE:  Day: 02 October 2014 Time: 6:30pm Place: Starlite Banquets Facility, 680 Minnesota Avenue, … Continue reading

Thursday 21 August 2014 · Leave a comment

STUMPY’S BURGERS FRIES & DOGS OPENS AT LINCOLN AVENUE, WILLOW GLEN

STUMPY’S BFD OPENED LATE THIS MORNING, WEDNESDAY 20 AUGUST 2014, FOR LUNCH SERVICE. Below are some scenes of patrons enjoying their fist meal here at the Garden Theater Building at Lincoln … Continue reading

Wednesday 20 August 2014 · Leave a comment

CAMPBELL’S FARMER’S MARKET CONTINUES TO SHAME NEARBY WILLOW GLEN’S, BRINGING FORTH A CORNUCOPIA OF OTHER ISSUES

THAT TIME OF YEAR HAS ARRIVED FOR WILLOW GLEN’S FARMER’S MARKET IN SAN JOSE; BUT DESPITE TIRESOME PROMOTION THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER AND THE YEARS, IT HAS YET FADED INTO THE BACKGROUND, … Continue reading

Sunday 10 August 2014 · Leave a comment

LOU’S VILLAGE IN WILLOW GLEN NEGOTIATES WITH OPA! RESTAURANT

RUMOR IS SPREADING FAST AROUND LINCOLN AVENUE IN WILLOW GLEN THAT LOU’S VILLAGE RESTAURANT — A LONGTIME SAN JOSE TRADITION – IS ABOUT TO TRANSITION OUT FROM ITS LOCATION AT … Continue reading

Friday 8 August 2014 · Leave a comment

PROPOSED BICYCLE LANES & SHARROWS ON WILLOW GLEN’S LINCOLN AVENUE ARE TOPIC OF SAN JOSE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MEETING, 13 AUG

IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME IN THE PLANNING, WHEREAS THE CITY OF SAN JOSE IS NOW COORDINATING A PUBLIC MEETING FOR “FUTURE BICYCLE PROJECTS” WHICH CONCERNS IMPROVEMENTS AT WILLOW GLEN’S LINCOLN AVENUE. The … Continue reading

Thursday 31 July 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

A PLAY OF “POOHSTICKS” AT WILLOW GLEN’S GUADALUPE RIVER BRIDGE, NOT THE USUAL

A POPULAR CHILDREN’S GAME —INSPIRED BY THE STORY OF WINNIE-THE-POOH —WOULD HAVE A SURPRISING REALIZATION AT WILLOW GLEN’S BRIDGE OVER THE GUADALUPE RIVER. “Poohsticks” as you may recall, is a kind … Continue reading

Friday 25 July 2014 · Leave a comment

UPDATE: BIKE CORRAL ADDED TO SIDE PARKLET AT LINCOLN AVE GARDEN THEATRE

BICYCLE CORRALS ARE BEING ADDED TO THE SIDE OF LINCOLN AVENUE’S NEW PARKLET FOR CURBSIDE DINING, AS SEEN WEDNESDAY 23 JULY 2014. This new feature was included in a story … Continue reading

Wednesday 23 July 2014 · Leave a comment

SJ CITY COUNCIL RECOMMENDED TO DECREASE WILLOW GLEN’s FIRE STATION 37 RESERVE BY $350,000; PLANS TO POSTPONE INDEFINITELY

LAST MONTH, BEFORE A VACATION FROM SESSION, SAN JOSE CITY COUNCIL RECOMMENDED TO DECREASE WILLOW GLEN’S FIRE STATION 37 RESERVE BY $350,000; THAT IS, WHILE CONTINUING DELAYS ON BUILDING THAT STATION … Continue reading

Tuesday 22 July 2014 · Leave a comment

REVIEW: VIN SANTO RISTORANTE IN WILLOW GLEN, STIRS THE POT — THE “PAIOLO,” FOR POLENTA! CHEF RETURNS FROM ITALY WITH SUMMER “AL FRESCO” DINING AND MORE TO SHARE

CHEF UMBERTO PALA IS APPROACHING HIS SEVENTH YEAR IN WILLOW GLEN, WELL SITUATED IN ONE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD’S MORE HISTORIC BUILDINGS, SERVING CUISINE WITH A LOCAL AND AUTHENTIC TOUCH. Reading … Continue reading

Saturday 19 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

“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

STUMPY’S BURGER, FRIES & DOGS DEBUTS MENU, POSSIBLY OPENING OVER WEEKEND

STUMPY’S BURGERS, FRIES AND DOGS SHARES A DEBUT OF ITS MENU, AS THE RESTAURANT AT WILLOW GLEN’S LINCOLN AVENUE PREPARES TO OPEN (POSSIBLY) AS OF THIS WEEKEND. Prices seen on this … Continue reading

Tuesday 15 July 2014 · Leave a comment

DROUGHT CONDITIONS IMPACT LOS GATOS CREEK & OUTLYING AREAS

A TOUR OF LOS GATOS CREEK PROVIDES EVIDENCE OF CALIFORNIA’S SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS, as they were evoked by Governor Brown’s “Proclamation of a Continued State of Emergency,” aside from Santa Clara Valley Water District’s neighborhood updates, stream alerts and … Continue reading

Saturday 12 July 2014 · Leave a comment

SJ WILLOW STREET PARK CONTRASTS BLIGHTED COMPONENTS WITH BRIGHT IMPROVEMENTS

  Over last year, Willow Street Park (aka Frank Bramhall Park) has received many improvements — and there may be a few more — but, there’s still a few things that … Continue reading

Thursday 10 July 2014 · Leave a comment

TOP NOSH & STUMPY’S TO FEATURE “CURBSIDE DINING” AT WILLOW GLEN’S GARDEN THEATER

    DOWNTOWN WILLOW GLEN IS JUST ABOUT READY TO SET THE TABLE FOR IT’S FIRST “CURBSIDE DINING” improvement, which will be an added feature for two foodservice establishments that are … Continue reading

Wednesday 9 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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