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Accomplishments

It has been a pleasure serving you for the psat 5 years. I am committed to building a healthy, safe, and sustainable community for the residents of District 4.  The following is a summary of projects I have been working on, many with you, to improve our community. I have organized the following into neighborhood areas. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions at district4@sanjoseca.gov.

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  • Green Building Policy
  • Plastic Bags Ordinance
  • Tobacco Retail Policy
  • Automatic External Defibrillators
  • Suicide Prevention Resolution
  • Healthy Living and Active Living
  • California Disclosure Act

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District 4

Public Safety:

  • Hosted multi-lingual Public Safety Forums with San Jose Police Department, Independent Police Auditor, County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, and San Jose Public Dispatchers.
  • Brought Crime Prevention experts and hosted Neighborhood Watch Meetings throughout District 4.
  • Regularly sponsor First Aid & CPR Trainings with American Red Cross.
  • Periodically host multi-lingual Emergency Preparedness Training with Office of Emergency Service’s San Jose Prepared!
  • Partnered with the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation to host monthly public community safety and social awareness workshops.
  • Sponsored Safe Neighborhoods Workshop in collaboration with San Jose Police Department, Berryessa Branch Library, Berryessa Union School District, East Side Union School District, District Attorney, and County Sheriff.
  • Upgraded and relocated Fire Station 19 (Piedmont and Sierra) and Fire Station 25 (Alviso) to improve service delivery.
  • Coordinated Gang Prevention and Parent Awareness Forums with San Jose Police Department and Safe School Campus Initiative. 
  • Annually work with neighborhoods to organize National Night Out throughout District 4 to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood building for a safer community.
  • Hosted the District 4 Public Safety Resource Fairs in collaboration with City departments, the County of Santa Clara, and local non-profits.
  • Continue to advocate for sufficient funding for Crime Prevention resources, Safe School Campus Initiative, and park rangers.

 

Economic Development:

  • Established the Berryessa Business Association to create opportunities for business owners to have a platform to improve businesses in our community, attract new businesses, and create a friendly and attractive area for businesses to grow.
  • Regularly visit local businesses in District 4.
  • Meet with developers on a regular basis to ensure community needs are met.
  • Hosted North San Jose Business Appreciation Events. 
  • Spearheaded the North San Jose Taskforce of stakeholders after the City’s approval of North San Jose developments create a North San Jose Neighborhood Plan to ensure thoughtful planning of amenities such as community centers, libraries, and parks to North San Jose.
  • Brought in retail space in Berryessa and North San Jose to the following locations: @First, Pepper Lane, Brokaw North, Fox Property, and former Century Theatres.
  • Partnered with community organizations to educate entrepreneurs at the Free Business Start-Up Seminar and Resource Fair.

 

Transportation:

  • Continue to work collaboratively with VTA and the Department of Transportation on the BART Silicon Valley Extension to ensure minimal impact to residents. Worked with VTA to ensure a seamless Light Rail and Bus connection at the Milpitas station.
    • Negotiated with Flea Market Developers to widen Old Oakland Road/101 connection overpass as well as Commercial Street/Berryessa in anticipation of increased usage and congestion of these arterial streets.
    • Will continue to work with VTA and our State agencies to make sure there is a Taylor Street intersection at Highway 101.
    • Continue to work collaboratively with VTA and the Department of Transportation on the BART Silicon Valley Extension to ensure minimal impact to residents. 
    • Worked with VTA to ensure a seamless Light Rail and Bus connection at the Milpitas station.
    • Negotiated with Flea Market Developers to widen Old Oakland Road/101 connection overpass as well as Commercial Street/Berryessa in anticipation of increased usage and congestion of these arterial streets.
    • Will continue to work with VTA and our State agencies to make sure there is a Taylor Street intersection at Highway 101.
  • Traffic and Safety Improvements:
    • Installed Traffic Signal at Piedmont Road and Hostetter.
    • Installed pedestrian crosswalk and signal light at Penitencia Creek Road and Viceroy Way.
    • Installed pedestrian crosswalk and signal light at Jackson Street and Mossdale Way.
    • Installed flashing yellow beacons and pedestrian signage along North First Street in Alviso.
    • Installed crosswalks and restriping of various intersections in District 4. 
    • Installed new speed limit signs throughout District 4.
  • Continue to work with the County of Santa Clara to oversee Montague Expressway widening project which will mitigate traffic impacts.
  • Continue to work with schools and the Department of Transportation to ensure traffic safety during the school year by promoting the City’s Street Smarts Program.
  • Continue to address concerns regarding street safety and street improvements.
  • Promote bicycle safety and education to residents.
  • Continue to advocate for sufficient funding for school crossing guards.

Education:

  • Continue to stay engaged with schools, attend PTA meetings, and fostering partnership opportunities.
  • Continue my school site visits, a tradition I started as a school board member.
  • Continue to attend award ceremonies and school graduations.
  • Continue to provide grant funding to support our local schools.
  • Continue to advocate for the arts in our schools through the Annual Photography Contest.
  • As an appointed representative of the League of California Cities to the County City School collaboration, I’ll continue to fight for more local control for local schools.
  • Bring resources to support school beautification and litter pick-up efforts at our schools.
  • Continue fundraising efforts to support sports and music programs for our students.
  • Continue to advocate for the arts in our schools through the Annual Photography Contest.
  • Co-sponsored the Berryessa Art and Wine Festival to support the Berryessa music programs.
  • Supported school measures.

 

Neighborhood Services:

  • 6 New Parks in the Pipeline
    • Berryessa
      • Commodore Park
      • Dog Park
    • North San Jose
      • Irvine/River Oaks
      • Novellus/Vista Montana
      • Riverview Park
      • Essex Park
  • Recreation Improvements & Renovations:
    • Penitencia Creek Park Playground renovations
    • Cataldi Park Playground renovations
    • Flickinger Park Field Improvements
    • Berryessa Community Center Facility renovations
    • Berryessa Community Center Parking Lot restriping
    • Alviso Pool renovation
    • Renovated Berryessa Creek Park (the City’s first fully accessible park)
    • Gran Paradiso Neighborhood Park
  • Trail Developments:
    • Coyote Creek Trail (237-Story Road)
    • Highway 237 Bikeway Trail (from Zanker Road to Coyote Creek Trail)
    • Bay T rail Reach 9B
    • Lower Guadalupe River Trail
    • Penitencia Creek Trail Reach 1
  • Library Improvements: 
    • Expanded the parking lot at the Berryessa Branch Library
    • Re-build of Educational Park Branch Library
  • Community Center Facility Reuse:
    • Brought Boys and Girls Club to operate Alviso Youth Center
    • Brought East Valley YMVA to operate Berryessa Youth Center
    • Opened the Veterans Supportive Services Agency at Noble House and Modular
  • Continue to advocate for sufficient funding for libraries and community centers.

Capital Improvement Projects:

  • Alviso
    • Installed 6 solar power systems (20kW) in 2009, funded by Community Development Block Grants, on City buildings with the Alviso Library being the first of six to go green.
    • El Dorado and Gold Street Storm Sewer Improvement projects
    • El Dorado Street - Storm Sewer Improvement
    • Gold Street - Storm Sewer Improvement
    • Spreckles - Main Supplement and Pump Rehabilitation
    • Nortech Parkway East Loop Main
    • North First Street/Grand Boulevard Storm Drain Improvement Project
  • Berryessa
    • Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation  at Cropley Avenue
    • Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation at Lariat-Boulder
    • Sanitary Sewer Drain Improvements at Morrill Avenue/Sierra Road
  • North San Jose
    • Charcot-Zanker Storm Sewer Improvement Project
    • Sanitary Sewer D rain Improvements on Old Bayshore
    • Zanker Sanitary Inceptor Improvements
    • Storm Drain Improvements at Charcot/Zanker
    • Installed 200 LED Streetlights in North San Jose industrial area.

Building a Stronger Community Through the Following:

  • Annual District 4 Events & Activities:
    • Berryessa Farmers Market to provide healthy eating and active living.
    • National Night Out Events throughout District 4 to connect residents with the San Jose Police Department and neighbors.
    • Summer Movie Nights at Noble Park, Townsend Park, Flickinger Park, and Berryessa Community Center
    • Great American Litter Pick Up Events with local schools, religious organizations, non-profits, and Boys & Girls Scouts
    • Family Day at the Berryessa Farmers Market with Berryessa Union School District
    • Santa Visits Alviso in collaboration with the Santa Visits Alviso Foundation.
    • Neighborhood Clean Ups throughout District 4
    • Donation & E-Waste Drives with HOPE Services held at PHHS, Northwood, and Brooktree
    • Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Berryessa Branch Library
    • Walk-A-Loozaa to support Berryessa schools
    • Breakfast with Santa in collaboration with the Berryessa Center Advisory Council, Piedmont Middle School Leadership Class, and volunteers from Independence and Piedmont Hills High Schools.
    • Day on the Bay at the Alviso Marina in collaboration with Supervisor Dave Cortese
    • Neighborhood watch meetings in District 4
    • "Beautiful Day" events in District 4
    • Disability Parade and Festival in North San Jose
    • Santos Family Car Show in Alviso
    • Attend and support Berryessa Little League, North Valley League, and North Valley Youth Soccer Leagues
    • Volunteer and community recognition events
    • Berryessa 5K
    • First Aid and CPR Training with the American Red Cross
    • Invite local students and community groups to perform invocation at City Council Meetings and showcase their talent.
  • Special Events:
    • Latinas Contra Cancer Mother’s Day Walk in Alviso
    • Ignite Our Future: Small Business Start-Up Seminar
    • Tax and Resource Seminar for Non-Profits, Faith-Based, and Tax Exempt Organizations with State Controller John Chiang
    • District 4 Community Emergency Response Training
    • Mobile Home Town Hall Meetings
    • Vietnamese Health and Resource Fair

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