6:00 PM18:00

Franklin Street Option Agreement and The "Viso Project" at City Council This Tuesday 7/17 @ 6 pm

The City Council will decide on The Franklin Street Option Agreement and The Viso Project together this Tueday July 17th at 6 pm.  The two projects are now linked together and will only pass if both are approved at the same time.  

Thanks to all who attended the previous meetings and voiced their opinions on the projects.  The meeting this Tuesday will be the culmination of the many months of work we have all put into this opportunity.   

Please attend this meeting and voice your opinion one more time and let the City Council know what this opportunity of regaining the right of way to Franklin Street means to you.  

If you are unable to attend, please log in your opinions in the eComment section of the online agenda.  You can also send us a copy of your opinion and we can try to read it to the Council on your behalf. 

Where: Council Chambers, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara
When: Tuesday July 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm


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Old Quad Area Zoning Code Community Meeting
5:30 PM17:30

Old Quad Area Zoning Code Community Meeting

  • Santa Clara University - Charney Hall Law Building Room 106 (map)
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The City of Santa Clara is holding a meeting for the Old Quad neighborhood to seek input on any potential improvements that could be made to the Zoning code which may be considered as part of the City's Update of its Zoning Code.

The Zoning Code is Chapter 18 of the Santa Clara Municipal Code and specifies regulations on land uses and development.

Meeting Date, Time and Location:

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Santa Clara University
Charney Hall Law Building, Room 106

A campus map depicting the Charney Law Building can be found here:


For those driving, enter through the University’s Palm Drive entrance off El Camino Real, check in with the Visitor Station, and park in the parking structure. Refer to the campus map for the location of Charney Law Building, which is relatively close to the parking structure.

For more information please contact: Reena Brilliot, Planning Manager at (408) 615-2452 or email RBrilliot@santaclaraca.gov


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Franklin Street Easement Community Discussion
7:00 PM19:00

Franklin Street Easement Community Discussion

One of the issues near and dear to us is the development of Franklin Street and the Historic Santa Clara Downtown.  We will be holding an informational meeting and public discussion on the upcoming developments on Thursday, June 7th at 7 PM at the Senior Center. 

Preliminary Agenda:

  • Brief history of how we got to where we stand now
  • The new opportunity and how it evolved to the current deal
  • Details about the current deal
  • Next Steps

When:  Thursday, June 7th 2018, 7 PM
Where: Santa Clara Senior Center 1303 Fremont St, Santa Clara, CA 95050
Topic: Franklin Street Easement proposal


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    Nautical Family Fun Day & Open House at Harris-Lass House Museum
    10:00 AM10:00

    Nautical Family Fun Day & Open House at Harris-Lass House Museum


    This year the Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara is celebrating the 175th birthday of Captain Lass with a nautical and maritime-themed Family Fun Day!

    This is a free event with crafts and games for children including sponge painting, tying sailors knots, making sailor hats, face painting, a photo booth  and a chance to pick a surprise from the treasure chest. 

    Complimentary light refreshments.

    Docents will be offering free house tours featuring a special exhibit on Captain Lass’s seafaring years and related artifacts in the house. 

    The historian from the South Bay Yacht Club and South Bay Historic Restoration Foundation will have information on Santa Clara County's maritime history, the Alviso Marina and the local Sea Scout program.

    For more information, call the Harris Lass Museum message line at


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    Happy Hour Benefiting The Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends
    4:30 PM16:30

    Happy Hour Benefiting The Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends

    Come Join The Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends at Taplands on Tuesday May 8, 2018 from 4:30 to 6:30 for a Happy Hour benefiting the foundation!

    Our friends at the foundation will be there to chat about the ongoing Mission Library renovation and how you can help.  A percentage of all process at Taplands that day will be donated to the foundation. Come on by for a good time, support one of the great local businesses and help your local library!

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    Community Engagement for Issues Related to Levi's Stadium - Central Park Library
    6:00 PM18:00

    Community Engagement for Issues Related to Levi's Stadium - Central Park Library

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    Give Your Input on Levi's Stadium. Space Available in Two Special Focus Groups!

    The City of Santa Clara and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority recently initiated a transparent, independent and comprehensive engagement process to hear the community's views on a variety of issues related to Levi's Stadium. The Public Dialogue Consortium (PDC) has been hired to coordinate community engagement efforts to ensure impartiality as we gather input from the community.

    Good News! There is space available in two focus groups that the PDC is conducting. Please consider participating in one of them. The purpose of these focus groups is to hear the full range of perspectives on Levi's Stadium. Any and all views on the Stadium are encouraged and welcomed, including yours! Input from the focus groups and other engagement activities will be included in a comprehensive report that will be presented to the Stadium Authority Board to assist them in making policy decisions related to the Stadium.

    Here are the focus group days and times. Additional information about the focus groups is included on the RSVP links.

    Group 1: Monday, March 19, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

    Please RSVP to: https://levisfocusgroup3-19-18.eventbrite.com

    Group 2: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

    Please RSVP to: https://levisfocusgroup3-21-18.eventbrite.com

    Both focus groups will be held at Santa Clara City Hall in the City Hall Cafeteria, 1500 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95050

    Upcoming Community Engagement Meetings 

    • April 26, 6:00 p.m. Central Park Library, Redwood Rom, 2635 Homestead Ave

    Please RSVP to attend: https://levistadium4-26-18.eventbrite.com

    • April 28, 10:00 a.m. Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Boulevard

    Please RSVP to attend: https://levistadium4-28-18.eventbrite.com

    • May 9, 6:00 p.m. Northside Library Community Room, 695 Moreland Way

    Please RSVP to attend: https://levistadium5-9-18.eventbrite.com

    Provide your input on the Open City Hall Survey

    To take the short survey, please visit https://www.peakdemocracy.com/5959



    On October 17, 2017 the Santa Clara Stadium Authority voted unanimously to undertake a robust community outreach and engagement process related to identifying the community’s perspectives on issues such as noise, public safety, nuisances, parking, flyovers, crowd control, cleanliness, loitering, lighting, pyrotechnics/fireworks, performance curfew, and other items.

    We greatly appreciate the community’s interest in these issues and encourage the public to continue to visit this link for information about this project, the process, and how you can offer your input if desired.

    Project Objectives

    This Project’s objective is to implement a transparent, independent and comprehensive process to gather statistically valid public views on a variety of policy issues related to Levi’s Stadium, and to facilitate meaningful, robust qualitative input from stakeholders and the public on these issues.

    To gather as much meaningful input as possible, both quantitative and qualitative approaches will be utilized, including (quantitative) broad-based public opinion research polling and scientific focus groups, and (qualitative) one-on-one leadership and community interviews and organizational focus groups.

    These processes will touch hundreds of residents and stakeholders. The Authority is looking forward to further engaging the public on these issues, keeping the community informed, and collecting information that can form the basis for potential policy decisions moving forward if desired by the Board.

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    City-Wide Garage Sale
    8:00 AM08:00

    City-Wide Garage Sale


    Garage Sale 2018 Dates

    • April 21, 2018 - Registration opens on March 19, 2018
    • August 11, 2018 - Registration opens on July 9, 2018

    Why hold a garage sale?

    • Get rid of clutter and earn some cash
    • Find unexpected items at a reduced cost
    • Reuse items that would otherwise go to the landfill

    How to participate?

    Register online for individual, multi-family, or block garage sales. To search for Garage Sale locations, please refer to the map below.

    Tips for holding a garage sale:

    • Complete all information on the registration form.
    • Create a master list with the items for sale and their prices.
    • Post visible signs on private property only (no signs may be posted on utility or street sign poles).
    • Have change and petty cash available. Have plenty of bags and boxes available.
    • Donate usable items not sold.

    For more information, email us to Environment@santaclaraca.gov or call (408) 615-3080.


    Source: http://santaclaraca.gov/residents/events/city-wide-garage-sale


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    Free Friday Night Live Performance Feature Charged Particles at The Triton Museum
    7:30 PM19:30

    Free Friday Night Live Performance Feature Charged Particles at The Triton Museum


    Location:  Triton Museu
    1505 Warburton Ave
    Santa Clara, California 95050

    Celebrating their 26th anniversary, Charged Particles is hot on the jazz scene in the Bay Area, across the country, and internationally. Featuring the Bay Area's favorite Afro-Latin jazz keyboardist, Murray Low, along with the inventive and sophisticated acoustic and electric bassist, Aaron German, and fiery drummer Jon Krosnick (who has performed with Chick Corea), the band plays funky Latin jazz and more, brimming with remarkable virtuosity, powerful grooves, engaging arrangements with twists and turns, tightly synched ensemble playing, and a wide range of emotions. During the last year, the band has performed all over California, as well as in New York City, Washington, DC, Boston, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Cleveland, and Tarrytown, and the band’s international touring includes Sweden, Indonesia, Canada, and the UK. Of the band, reviewers have said: “Something special” (Downbeat Magazine), “An electrifying, push-the-limits performance style… A tight and enormously talented trio.” (Jazz Times Magazine), “Charged Particles is definitely dazzling.” (Jazz and Blues Report), “Fresh, energized contemporary jazz that showcases the trio’s individual technical mastery as well as a cooperative, refined approach to the art form.” (Jazz News Magazine), and “Tight interplay was the watchword as the threesome took difficult fusion themes and applied its own twists with spark and personal flair.” (Los Angeles Times). The band's CDs have received critical acclaim in many publications and have been aired on more than 200 radio stations world-wide. Their second CD, Sparks, was named one of the eight must-hear jazz releases of the year by The Other Paper, and the opening track from Sparks was included on the Jazziz on Disc sampler CD mailed to 85,000 subscribers of Jazziz Magazine.


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    District Elections Community Meeting - Central Park Library
    6:00 PM18:00

    District Elections Community Meeting - Central Park Library

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    April 12, 6:00 p.m.
    Central Park Library, Redwood Room
    2635 Homestead Ave., Santa Clara

    District Elections


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    What you need to know

    The City of Santa Clara is looking to place a ballot measure on the June 5, 2018 Special Election, changing the way City Council members are elected, from by-seat elections to by-district elections. Here are some important things to know about this change.

    Community Input - Get Involved!

    1) Which District would you designate as District 1 and District 2? Take the survey: https://www.peakdemocracy.com/6113

    To view public comments to date, please view the Survey Results

    2) Which Draft Council District Map do you Prefer? Take the community survey here at Open City Hall.

    To view public comments to date, please view the Survey Results

    3) To provide public input in writing, you may also email you comments directly to: districts@santaclaraca.gov

    It is expected that the Council will consider the recommendations of the Ad-hoc committee at a public hearing during the Council meeting of May 8, 2018.  

    Measure A on the June 2018 Ballot

    On March 6, 2018 the Santa Clara City Council voted unanimously to place the Santa Clara District Election and Voting Method Measure, known as Measure A, on the June 5, 2018 ballot. The Santa Clara City Council placed Measure A on the ballot following its review of the Charter Review Committee’s unanimous recommendations on how to update the manner in which local elections are conducted, and approval of the City Attorney’s proposed ballot language.

    If approved by voters, Measure A would update the way Santa Clara voters elect local officeholders as follows: 

    Establishes two voting districts, with registered voters electing three Council Members per district

    • A district boundary map will be recommended in the coming weeks following public hearings held by the Ad-hoc Advisory Districting Committee.
    • Candidates seeking election to the Santa Clara City Council are required to reside within the district they are running in and only voters residing in the district can vote on Candidates from the district.
    • The Mayor, City Clerk and Police Chief would remain elected Citywide

    Establishes a voting process known as “ranked choice voting” for all city candidates for office. 

    • The single transferable method of ranked choice voting would be implemented by ordinance.
    • The election by the most votes cast would continue to be used to determine the winner until the Registrar of Voters can implement the new voting method.

    Please continue to visit the Measure A website for updates and additional information.

    Questions / More Information

    For additional information or any questions, please contact the City Manager's Office at (408) 615-2210 or email districts@santaclaraca.gov



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    Wild Flower Day at Ulistac Natural Area
    9:00 AM09:00

    Wild Flower Day at Ulistac Natural Area


    Every year Ulistac Natural Area Restoration & Education Project (UNAREP) host a FREE celebration of nature and the environment at Ulistac Natural Area. Come and join us!

    We have plenty of booths lined up for your enjoyment, free tours, guest appearances from Smokey Bear, and live music from South Bay Folks!

    There will be plenty to keep kids and grown-ups entertained!


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    Heart & Soles Run
    6:30 AM06:30

    Heart & Soles Run



    6K and 10K Courses

    Starting at the historic campus of Santa Clara University/Mission Santa Clara, the course features a loop through Avaya Stadium, home to the San Jose Earthquakes! The event then returns to Santa Clara University where participants can enjoy a post race festival on Santa Clara’s Franklin Mall. The course includes The Health Trust 6K, San Francisco 49ers 10K and Sutter Health/PAMF Kids Fun Run with dash distances (ages 2 – 7). If you have not made it to the 6K/10K split by 9am you will be directed to run on the 6K course even if you have registered for the 10K. Map here.

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    Old Quad Residents General Meeting and Election
    9:00 AM09:00

    Old Quad Residents General Meeting and Election

    • Santa Clara Woman's Club Adobe (map)
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    The Old Quad Residents Association is pleased to announce the call for Board nominations for 2018

    Open positions for 2018 Board of Directors are:

    1. President

    2. Vice-President

    3. Treasurer

    4. Secretary

    5. Member at large - Neighborhood University Relations

    6. Member at large - Newsletter

    7. Member at large - Website / Social Media

    8. Member at large - Social Events

    9. Member at large – Political Action

    Remember, the deadline to submit nominations for the Old Quad Residents Association Board of Directors are due on or before February 1st, 2018 to the Secretary - contactoqra@gmail.com

    Annual General Meeting & Elections
    9:00 am
    February 24th, 2018

    Womans Club Adobe
    3260 The Alameda

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    to Jan 20

    Santa Clara Council Strategic Priority Setting meeting

    Dear OQRA Members,
                    This month the council will be sitting down for a Council Operational and Strategic Priority Setting Retreat.  During these meeting, they will prioritize what the city should be focusing on for the coming year and beyond.  City resources will be allocated to the highest prioritized items and once the resources run out the items below will be tabled for future years.
                    The downtown has been neglected for over 50 years.  It is time to make rebuilding our Downtown council’s top priority and table projects that have only come around more recently.  The time to be able to reclaim what the community once had is now.  
                    Please attend the retreat either day and have your voice heard about how important Santa Clara's Downtown is to the community!

    Adam Thompson

    01/19/2018 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    01/20/2018 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Location: Santa Clara Convention Center
    5001 Great America Parkway, Mission City Ballroom


    1/19/2018 – Council Retreat Agenda


    1/20/2018 – Council Retreat Agenda


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    7:00 PM19:00

    OQRA General Meeting

    We will have our general meeting Thursday Sept 21 at the Round Table Pizza restaurant near Santa Clara University (next to Safeway). Address is 2615 The Alameda. The meeting will start at 7 PM.

    We will be discussing 8 homes on Monroe next to "the Ant Park" and we'll be discussing plans for recreating our downtown. Related to that is the proposal to build 355 apartment units at the corner of Benton and El Camino Real. 

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    1:00 PM13:00

    Franklin Street Historical Walking Tour of Original Trolley Lines

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 1:00 PM

    Meet at Hungry Hound (1000 Lafayette St)

    Perhaps no street within the city of Santa Clara is more important than Franklin Street. As part of the original city grid laid out in 1847, it has not changed location in over 150 years. Shops, businesses, a trolley system, and residences depended on this roadway, and the town of Santa Clara literally grew up around it.

    SCU will be guiding the OQRA through an archaeological resource tour of the original trolley tracks recently uncovered on Franklin Street.  Take a last look before the trolley tracks are covered up again to create the new Franklin Street Mall.

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 1:00 PM

    Meet at Hungry Hound (1000 Lafayette St)

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    7:00 PM19:00

    Historic Preservation Ordinance at City Council Meeting

    The Historic Preservation Ordinance going before our City Council 7/18/17 is the result of a 3-year effort by many to provide a clear and consistent process for reviewing projects that involve historic resources. This will benefit the public, staff, the Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) and Council to protect buildings, sites and their use.

    In 8/13 the Santa Clara City Council created an ad hoc committee of 6 members, the Historic Preservation Ordinance Committee (HPOC), and charged it with creating this Ordinance to fairly and efficiently handle projects involving historic properties. Since Santa Clara is a Certified Local Government, any preservation ordinance requires approval by the State Office of Historic Preservation (OHP).

    After studying many jurisdiction’s preservation ordinances, following OHP’s guidelines and referencing the recently adopted County of Santa Clara’s Historic Preservation Ordinance, the HPOC completed their work 9/14. The draft ordinance was a comprehensive examination of historic preservation principles and practices where none formally existed. A Study Session with City Council was held after HLC and the Planning Commission provided input. The Council, while supporting preservation efforts, was concerned about its scope and complexity and directed staff to scale back the Ordinance and return it for review before submitting it to OHP at the end of 2015. The Ordinance was approved by OHP and is now scheduled for Council’s reconsideration on 7/18/17. 

    Since Santa Clara has significant historic resources, it is very important to have a Preservation Ordinance (see attached). It is also important that Council observe community support for this Ordinance via attendance at this City Council meeting at 7pm on 7/18/17 in the City Council Chambers - please attend and show your support.

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    6:00 PM18:00

    575 Benton Development Proposal Community Outreach Meeting

    • Santa Clara Senior Center -- Dance Theater (map)
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    The Prometheus Real Estate Group is hosting a community meeting to discuss the 575 Benton Development Proposal. This was formerly the Irvine Company Mission Town Center project.

    The development consists of 355 luxury rental apartments and approximately 22,000 square feet of retail on the approximately 5.8 acre property.

    This proposal is asking for 37 more units from the 318 that was approved last March when The Irvine Company was considering developing the parcel. This proposal is asking to allow the purchase of two streets, Fremont and Sherman, causing more of the original grid to be lost (Streets in Yellow). Prometheus is the current owner of the Park Central a residential development that currently covers part of Franklin and Washington (Streets in Red). The Franklin and Washington streets where Park Central currently resides are key pieces to the downtown development and this is a prime opportunity to negotiate with the developer to work out a property swap between the developer and the city. This is a very important project for the downtown area. This will be the 2nd and largest development in the downtown area in almost 30 years, and will be a crucial development in the overall plan on how the downtown area will be developed. Please come to support your community in making sure Santa Clara is developed in the best way possible for the residents.

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    11:00 AM11:00


    Saturday, April 8
    11am – 1 pm
    Fremont Park where the Senior Center is.
    1303 Fremont Street in Santa Clara

    All ages welcome and PLEASE bring your neighbors along!
    Seating is limited so bring a blanket/folding chairs

    Bring a dish to share

    Bring your basket for the hunt
    We look forward to seeing you there!

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    High Speed Rail presentation 6-8PM Santa Clara Women's Adobe addressing the San Jose to SF Corridor.

    High Speed Rail
    Your input Today will shape the future Tomorrow
    (NOW = tomorrow)


    Why should I care:  High Speed Rail (HSR) has funding to complete the environmental impact report (ERI) this year.  The decisions made this year will be valid for next 10 years even if the project is put on hold.    

    Issue:  60 FT elevated HSR running through Santa Clara (think of an elevated 60 FT concrete freeway running through the skyline of the Santa Clara Foothills) or the alternative “at Grade” (ground level).    

    • 60 FT elevation does not match the City’s high-density housing vision on undeveloped property near the site (high speed rail at eye level in a five or six story building? 
    • Obstructed views of the Santa Clara Valley Foothills
    • Possible noise impact to Santa Clara residents 

    Action Items: 

    • Attend the High Speed Rail presentation specifically addressing the San Jose to SF Corridor. 

    When: March 14, 2017 @ 6 PM – 8 PM
    Where:  Santa Clara Womans Club Adobe - 3260 The Alameda

    • Review previous presentations to have an interactive conversation at the HSR team on 3/14/2017

    Santa Clara Community Working Group presentation 1/31 on the High-Speed Rail
    Detailed diagrams/maps (which illustrates both long and short viaduct options
    Viaduct over north San Jose
    HSR Noise Dissipation

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    7:00 PM19:00

    City Budget presentation at CAC 7PM

    City of Santa Clara Finance Staff will present elements of the FY17-18 Santa Clara City budget at a special Monday Feb 13th meeting of the Santa Clara Citizen's Advisory Committee.

    The CAC is a 100% volunteer group that is interested in the betterment of the City. It meets monthly, typically the 4th Monday of the month at City Hall at 7 PM.

    This meeting will be in the Staff Conference room across from Council Chambers at 1500 Warburton Ave.

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    9:00 AM09:00

    OQRA Annual Meeting Coffee


    Join us for coffee and donuts before
    casting your vote for our 2017 Board of Directors (2017 paid members)


    Time:  9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Location:  Santa Clara Women's Club
                         3260 The Alameda

    Open positions for 2017 Board of Directors Old Quad Residents Associations:
    1.   President
    2.   Vice-President
    3.  Treasurer
    4.  Secretary
    5.  Member at large - Neighborhood University Relations Committee Chair (NURC)
    6.  Member at large - Newsletter
    7.  Member at large - Website / Social Media
    8.  Member at large - Social events
    9.  Member at large – Political Action Committee Chair

    - Board members are expected to attend monthly board meetings. 
    - All nominees must be current members of the Old Quad Resident Association. 

    Deadline to submit nominations for the Old Quad Residents Association Board of Directors are due on or before January 27th, 2017 to the Secretary, JanetStevenson – contactoqra@gmail.com

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