Thirteen people attended the Aug 8th meeting at the Garden Theater from 10am to noon. On Wednesday July 8th 2009, the San Jose Planning Department approved the erection of a canopy by Stucco Supply Company, which has purchased a portion of the former railway line. This would effectively block the trail right-of-way. Discussion on Aug 8th centered entirely on the appeal against the canopy, and raising awareness among residents, non-profits, and community organizations.
The appeal will be heard on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at San Jose City Hall. The more people who can come to the meeting and/or write letters, the better.
Send a letter by August 26 to Sylvia Do firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference Stucco Supply Site Development Permit Appeal H 09-009. Copy email@example.com. Send snail mail to: Planning Division – City of San Jose, 200 East Santa Clara Street, Third Floor Tower, San Jose CA 95113-1905.
Last night many members of Save Our Trails attended the Greenprint Task Force meeting. Our intention was to demonstrate to city staff that residents care about the Three-Creeks Trail, and that a bike lane on Alma does not constitute a reasonable replacement.
The entire City (staff, councilmembers, planning commissioners, and more) is now well aware of the 3-Creeks Trail!
Excellent public comments from Save Our Trails members, and other members of the community; Members of the Task Force made strong argument for connected network of trails, and spoke against the Alma bike lane being an acceptable alternative to the Trail;
Much discussion from the full Task Force about not wanting to dream small, and not precluding the future visions; even a pointed mention of the approval of a structure that would sever the trail.
There was a discussion about a “Central Park” for SJ, someplace w/ public venues, zoo, etc. Discussion went on that it didn’t need to be all at one place: it could be distributed. Think Guadalupe Park (Arena Green; Discovery Park) + Kelley Park (Happy Hollow, Tea Garden, History Museum), connected by 3-Creeks Trail. Wasn’t explicitly mentioned, but I think it was in their minds by that point.
Well done, all!