Stakholders SGV issues Position Paper on “Support Teacher Housing”

Update on Willow Street-Bramhall Park at the next WGNA Meeting, Thursday 12 July 2018

Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village will make an update and presentation on Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park at the next meeting of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

Two years ago, in WGNA’s July 28, 2016 Board Meeting, issues relating to Bramhall-Wilow Street Park were presented by Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village, then with a follow-up walk-through of the park happening that August.  By November 2016, Dave Mitchell from San Jose’s Department of Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services (PRNS) visited WGNA’s Board Meeting for a response and presentation.  This July 2018, we will now review the issues from the last two years, give updates on the progress, and engage feedback on current and future needs in the park.

The Willow Glen Planning Area is one of fifteen large sub-areas in the City of San Jose’s “Greenprint“.  The Planning Areas are used by the city in a number of ways, including how the Planning Division or the Parks Department monitors the supply and absorption of vacant land and to track and forecast development activity.

The Greenprint, in itself, is “a long-term plan that sets goals and strategies for how San José’s parks, trails, and community centers will change over the next 20 years.  City staff and policymakers use the Greenprint as a guide as they explore the ways the parks system can help people in San José be healthier and happier.  The City is working on a major update of its existing Greenprint, which was accepted by the City Council in 2009. The new Greenprint Update is expected to be complete in Spring 2018.”

The 2009 version of the Willow Glen Planning Area and “Greenprint” is what defines the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association’s area of membership and advocacy, as noted in our Bylaws and Policies.  See the “Planning Maps” page of our website, and an annotated 2009 Willow Glen Planning Area here.

Earthquakes Soccer Invitation to WG Schools

Several students at our Willow Glen Neighborhood Schools will receive prize tickets to the soccer game — The San Jose Earthquakes versus Los Angeles FC at the San Jose Avaya Stadiumscheduled for June 9th, 2018 at 7:15 PM.
Participating schools include:

Willow Glen Elementary
River Glen School K-8
Ernesto Galarza & Hammer Montessori
Gardner Academy

The game tickets are courtesy of Stakeholders for Safe Green Village(SGV), purchased by the co-sponsorship of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association(WGNA); Willow Glen Business Association(WGBA); and the Table Restaurant.

We also thank the Earthquakesfor their free giveaways, school assembly demonstrations, mascot appearances, etc.  Together, we have promoted Safe Routes to School, and community pride.  We invite you to enjoy “Willow Glen Neighborhood Night” with the Earthquakes!  And enjoy your end-of-year summer vacation!

If your family is gifted the tickets, this means that your child is one of ten students from your school who has received an invitation to appear at the game with one parent or responsible chaperone.  Each student and chaperone receives two tickets, extended to ten families or parties from your school.  Look for fellow students and family members in nearby seats.

PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE ALL THE INFORMATIONAL REQUIREMENTS.  School staffers and Parent-Teacher associations have received forms at your school in a prior email and correspondence.  The name of each student (child) must be stated on this form including that child’s parent (or another responsible guardian) who will be in attendance for the duration of the visit to the stadium.  The staff from the SJ Earthquakes will contact the schools and families about their visit to the stadium.  Also feel free to call them.

We are open to any age level in the student body, as kids ages 4-8 will be given a Quakes school supply pack at the game since they are too young for the Center Circle Banner midfield experiences.

Avaya Stadium is locatedat 1123 Coleman Ave, San Jose, CA 95110.


For questions or help, please contact any of the following:

Mark Raney & Francis Lopez, San Jose Earthquakes, 408.556.7777, email or

Willow Glen Neighborhood Association,
David Zappelli, Stakeholders for Safe Green Village, at email





Tree removal & mitigation, tennis court damages, as of 09 Feb 2018  

From: Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village <>
Subject: Willow Street-Bramhall Park; tree removal & mitigation, tennis court damages Date: February 9, 2018

To: Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services (PRNS), City of San Jose

On Wednesday 07 February 2018, some issues advanced when the city came out to Willow Street-Bramhall Park to remove a tree in front of the tennis court. This particular tree that was removed is in front of the tennis court, on Willow Street, near the walkway and gate to the tennis court at the Glen Echo, also near the Bocce Ball court.

As maybe you already know, the workers cut down the tree at about 3:30 PM, when it then fell on the fence that encloses the tennis courts. Now two or three of the vertical poles on the fence needs to be repaired, as well as its upper horizontal bar. This section of the fencing is now warped or out of shape.
People who regularly use the court already complain that the pavement is cracked in several areas, although I understand that the city is considering repaving the court in the near future if the budget schedules allow this. Unlike any other feature in the park, the tennis court is probably the most popular of the park’s amenities other than the children’s playground. It has constant use on a daily basis, and throughout the entire year, including holidays. It also has a regular following of users that have cared for the court for decades… quite literally. We actually recognize many of these people, because they are that regular, generational, and dedicated.
What is the schedule for repairing the fence? Beyond that, what’s the schedule for repairing the entire court itself, such as the pavement? You can see photographs of the damaged fence attached to this email, as well as in the attached link to Google Photos (shared online)
Now that this tree is removed, you will now notice that there are only four full-grown trees fronting Willow Street and the tennis court, where there was originally seven just two years ago. In addition to the photographs in this email, also see the attached photograph album at the Google Photos link here:
  • Bramhall-Willow Street Park Tree Mitigation,
    from 23
    July 2016 to 08 February 2018
    : Willow Street, from Glen Eyrie Avenue to Glen Echo
    (Aside the tennis courts, from north of Glen Eyrie gateway path, towards Glen Echo walkway, at Bocce Ball Bowl) See photograph album at Google Photos link here:
Status as of 08 February 2018: One Red Oak tree towards the front of this attached picture has since fallen although its roots are still embedded in the ground. Behind that is another variety that has also fallen, although it is regenerating from its stump. Down the line, there are now only four trees remaining in front of the tennis courts at Willow Street; whereas, two years ago, there were originally seven trees here.
What’s attached here in this email is a small sample of what we have found all over the park, just over the last two years. In actuality, there are hundreds of trees in the park that are in need of attention. We would like to meet with you again to discuss the mitigation of trees and other landscaping in Willow Street-Bramhall Park. It is my understanding that the new Concession Building is scheduled to be completed and opened as of this summer, while the improved Bowling Green is already in use. While there are other improvements required in the park, we would like to discuss how best to prioritize the various options on the budget schedule, as well as how to best improve the ecology of the park. Many trees are showing signs of sickness, well beyond the ones fronting the tennis court on Willow Street. How can we begin to address this problem, and what are our options?
We also think it’s time to start creating a plan for the environmental conservation and green print, beyond the structural and built improvements, use contracts, and so on. Here’s an idea of the kind of discussion that needs to take place:
  • How can we reverse the environmental degradation?
  • How can we regenerate the arboriculture (trees) and other vegetation?
  • How will we choose the preferred greenery? Can we replace them with new, healthier, and stronger varieties?
  • What is the rate of sick and dying trees in need of mitigation? How soon can these trees be replaced, and how long will new trees and plants take to mature?
  • Can we increase the greenery? And how can we maximize those plantings for the best outcome?
  • Can we have trees donated? What’s the best process for this? And how will they be planted, and maintained?

Washington Elementary Fundraiser

A FUNDRAISER & FIESTA for AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS include the National Safe Routes to School “WALK & BIKE to SCHOOL” program at WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (San Jose).

Washington Elementary STH & SGV Fundraiser SR Walk Bike School.jpeg
JOIN THE RAFFLE! Two students will win a Trek (brand) bicycle as part of the National Center for Safe Routes to School‘s “Bike to School” program, locally promoted by Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village (a.ka.a. Stakeholders SGV).

Special thanks and appreciation goes to Maria Marcelo and the “Mamas Unidas” at Washington Elementary.

The Walk and Bike to School return every year. This national event is organized locally by Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village (SGV) in partnership with the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Support Teacher is a co-sponsor for this year’s event at the Washington Elementary School campus.

The Walk and Bike to School return every year. This national event is organized locally by Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village (SGV) in partnership with the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Support Teacher is a co-sponsor for this year’s event at the Washington Elementary School campus.

Join children & adults around the world to celebrate the benefits of walking & biking:
— Encouraging a child’s next stage of independence
— Physical activity
— Teaching safe pedestrian & bicycling skills to children
— Awareness of how walkable & bikable community improvements can be made
— Concern for the environment Reducing traffic congestion, pollution & speed near schools
— Sharing time with community leaders, parents & children
— Creating joy and fun!
— Promoting psychological well-being and alertness
— Fostering maturation and responsibility
— Creating habits of activity, empowerment and thinking differently

#WalkToSchool #SafeRoutes #VisionZero #SchoolZone #BackToSchool#StakeholdersSGV #SupportTeacherHousing #WGNAsj #SanJoseCA #SanJose#WillowGlen #LincolnAvenueSJ

NOTE: Other Willow Glen Schools will be participating in a separate event on Wednesday 11 October.

Position Paper in favor of “Support Teacher Housing”

Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village

Position Paper

On Support Teacher Housing

Monday 31 July 2017


San Jose, the nation’s tenth largest city, is known as the “Capital of Silicon Valley” and even “America’s richest city”  In this region of technological expertise and innovation, it’s education, research, and development that drives smart growth.

But, not everyone easily benefits from the vast wealth, know-how, and the opportunities that are available here.  That’s especially if they’re not directly part of the tech sector economy.

How unaffordable has San Jose and the Silicon Valley region become FOR the rest of the population, and the area’s supporting economies?

According to a popularly cited study by the  Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, ”San Jose is the most ‘unaffordable major city” in the U.S. & one of most unaffordable in the entire world – only behind Hong Kong, Sydney, Vancouver, & Auckland.”

There’s an ongoing challenge to our core municipal services, as well as the fundamental needs of our least wealthy citizens.  Added to this dilemma, we are seeing an increasingly divided and unequal city.  Education and teachers are now at the heart of that.

Teacher salaries in San Jose, Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area region are not compensating for the general cost of living, and they are part of a less competitive sector of the economy that’s not commercially based like the rest of the region’s job market.  The very teachers that guide us on the path to higher education, the higher skilled jobs, and the highest paying salaries are the ones that cannot afford to live in Silicon Valley themselves — independently.

Retaining a diverse teacher’s Workforce that can afford to live here…

is one way that we can help close the academic achievement gap and ensure sustainable development for our community This helps develop the general population in our region and boost its collaboration, creativity, and global competition.  This sustains our economy and workforce without having to expend ourselves with substantial labor import and turnover.

When the people that live here are the same people that are teaching here, educated here, and working here, that’s how we develop a civic culture that’s well rooted, world class, and an example of pride and leadership.  Our citizens develop a profound sense of care and understanding of the community when the personal investment made in their education is realized in their daily lives.  This way, the Capital of Silicon Valley truly embodies the application of learning and innovation.

In both public or private schools, even if we attract and recruit talent, we must retain it

Whether we choose private or public schools, it’s the cost of land development; the building of new schools; and the quality of that education (in of itself) that are all becoming greater challenges.

The California Teacher’s Association notes that “California is already ranked dead last (50th) in student-to-teacher ratios, and would need 100,000 additional teachers right now just to bring that ratio to the national average.

Opportunities to create strong neighborhoods with good schools — plus exceptional teachers and student bodies— varies between the city’s districts.  Commuting to the best schools across (or out of town) is not feasible for everyone. We need “missing middle housing” nearby our schools, where teachers work, and where they are close to the “main street” areas.  The project by Support Teacher Housing maintains the San Jose Metropolitan area’s status relative to the other major cities in our region, the state, and the nation.

This is a replicable model, niched right in the neighborhood itself, and servicing its connected area…

This is a more appropriate model for San Jose (and the county) because of our city’s far reaching geography, its ever growing population, and its numerously diverse neighborhoods.

San Jose’s neighborhoods and districts are competing with each other; as well as with the other cities in our metropolitan area and region.  Notwithstanding, we’re responsible for the equal and balanced development of our neighborhoods, as much as for our upcoming youth, and our aging population.

According to the The National Education Association (NEA), there are four main factors affecting teacher recruitment over the next decade:

(1) a shrinking teaching force; (2) a growing student population; (3) lack of diversity among teachers to match the diversity of students; (4) a need for teachers in specific types of schools, geographic locations, and subject areas. [see here]

Nationally, it’s estimated that half of our teachers will either retire or leave in the next five to seven years, and the turnover factor is greater among newcomers. The numbers are worse in urban areas. [ibidem]

It’s more than a question of how many teachers will leave, versus staying local in San Jose’s neighborhoods and the metropolitan area.  It’s more of a growing realization that many of teachers are leaving the state of California, altogether.

Hypothetically, if a teacher’s average salary is near $70,000 in San Jose, then the take-home pay after taxes is a mere $50,000 by most estimates.  (Indeed, some estimates are lower: $45,000 to 57,000 salaries!)) Where is the incentive and dignity of work in that?  Where’s the incentive to stay in San Jose, aside from the feasibility?  Even if two teachers joined together, they still wouldn’t be able to buy a home in San Jose, because the median 20% down-payment is $192,320.  To add some perspective, “that’s median nationwide value of an entire house: $192,500.”  There’s less choice, diversity, and empowerment in that when a teacher would need to partner with someone who earns nearly double their own salary (or more), just to be able to buy a home here and to make the best of their life’s plan. [Mercury News, Jan. 16, 2017].

“Only 1% of housing built since 2015 is for the Missing Middle…

(ie. moderate-income households) in the Silicon Valley.”, as pointed out in Sarah’s presentation at the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association – WGNA Board Meeting on 13 April 2017.  Plus, “88% of Silicon Valley’s residential units permitted thus far in the 2015-2023 RHNA cycle were in the Above Moderate (120%+ of the Area Median Income) category.” [Source: Association of Bay Area Government (ABAG). Analysis: Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA)]

Unlike other proposals, Sarah’s model is genuineMissing Middle” housing.  It gives teachers the need help to afford living here, approximate to where people choose to work, live, and relax. Complete and livable communities provide us the “work-life balance of living free of the burdensome expense of long and difficult commutes; making for a decreased carbon footprint in the urban region; and, liberating us for social and participatory activities in the neighborhoods where we live.  This is the desire of the younger Millennial Generation, as much as it falls into the aging in place mindset.  In today’s world, as people age, couple-up, start families, and make lifetime plans, etc., they can use a bolster or jump-start to get on the right track towards sustaining themselvesIt’s the circle of life, as we press on to invest and capitalize on the community, and even care for aging parents, etc.

The cause for Support Teacher Housing meets San Jose’s long-term goals for the Envision 2040 general plan, & Economic Development…

In view of the salaries that are less competitive and market-driven —especially here in Silicon Valley — this fulfills a regenerative need.  This plan is a replicable and sustainable teacher housing model that benefits San Jose’s core municipal services, and it’s on privately owned land without expense to taxpayers and government funds.  This is innovative social entrepreneurship at work with green, high-quality, low-cost technology.

To the contrary, this is not a “zero-sum game”.  San Jose and Santa Clara County should no longer be building in the traditional mindset of urban versus suburban communities, no more than it should be placing the housing market against retail, or the commercial and jobs market.  This project recognizes the necessity for each of our neighborhoods to become dynamic, mixed, complete, and self-sustainable.  It builds harmony.

The region is moving towards the New Urbanism” paradigm.  Lincoln Avenue is the very axis on which the urban village and the main street commercial district is balanced.

The city has already allowed new mid-rise buildings on Lincoln Avenue and the surrounding area, in addition to other land use exceptions that are made for the public good.  Likewise, the City of San Jose can benefit its residents by doing the same for a small, private developers who are proposing a comparatively modest project for teachers and, possibly, entry-level government employees.

After all, this parcel — with its size, and its location — is more conducive to Sarah’s plan for a mixed-use, multi-modal, complete and livable design.  This is more feasible than a forced and unconventional retail concept, which really has no guarantee of success and profitability, especially given the realities of the parcel, and this part of Lincoln Avenue’s surrounding strip.

What’s the sense of advocating for business and retail development in a community, if the very people that service the residents and the main economy cannot afford to buy, aside from meet their own basic needs?  This is not just an unsustainable trend for teachers and the people that provide us our community’s supporting services.  It’s also a problem for the people that rely on this labor, and these services, in order to maintain greater economic development.

Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village supports Sarah Chaffin’s plan for affordable teacher housing at 2119 Lincoln Avenue…

assessor’s parcel #439-08-059, and San Jose General Plan project file #GP17-005. We urge Mayor Liccardo and the City Council to approve this project as it progressed with the San Jose Planning Commission’s recommendation and support.


David J. Zappelli


Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village (SGV)

PDF formatted document: Stakeholders SGV Position Paper on “Support Teacher Housing” (Monday 31 July 2017)

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Teacher HousingToday the San Jose Planning Commission will decide whether to approve or deny our teacher housing project.

Thank you for offering to include your voice in our coalition of teachers, parents and local families that are standing up for our teachers.
We’ll be at San Jose City Council Chambers, 200 East Santa Clara Street from 6:00PM.
The Commission meeting starts at 6:30PM sharp, and we are first on the agenda so please get there as early as possible.
Remember to wear pink! So all the commissioners know we’re coming!
We will have talking points available at the hearing for anyone who needs a helping hand with their comments.
If you have any questions feel free to call, text or email.
See you tonight!
Israel Molina
Support Teacher Housing




Support Teacher Housing is an organization working to build affordable, teacher housing. Our mission is to help teachers live where they work, help schools recruit and retain teachers, and create a model that other towns and cities can replicate.

HOWEVER, the San Jose City Planning Commission intends to vote against our project at the Planning Commission Hearing on Wednesday, May 24.

Parents, teachers, and community members overwhelmingly support this project. We must make it clear to the Planning Commission that affordable, teacher housing is good for San Jose and good for the Bay Area – we need your help to drive this point home.

Join us at the Planning Commission Hearing on May 24th and show your support for teacher housing.


Wed, May 24, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

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Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park: budget approval for the bowling green renovation project goes before City Hall on Tuesday 13 December 2016

Renovation of the lawn bowling green at Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park has been given to Goodland Landscape Construction and its contract proposal shall come before the San Jose City Council for a vote of approval on Tuesday 13 December 2016.

See item 2.39 of the City of San José City Council Meeting Agenda, “Report on Bids and Award of a Construction Contract for the 7267 – Bramhall Park Lawn Bowling Green Renovation Project”.

(a) Report on bids and award of a construction contract for 7267 – Bramhall Park Lawn Bowling Green Renovation project to the low bidder, Goodland Landscape Construction, Inc. for the base bid in the total amount of $1,104,350 and approval of a five percent contingency in the amount of $55,218; and
(b) Adopt the following 2016-2017 Appropriation Ordinance Amendments in the Subdivision Park Trust Fund:
(1) Increase the Bramhall Park Lawn Bowling project to the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department by $455,000; and
(2) Decrease the Future PDO/PIO Project Reserves by $455,000.
CEQA:  Exempt, Section 15301 Existing Facilities, File No. PP15-065.  Council District 6.  (Public Works/Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services/City Manager)

It was back on 10 November 2016 that Dave Mitchell made a presentation at the board meeting of Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA), responding to park issues.   Mitchell is the Planner/Project Manager for Frank Bramhall-Willow Street Park at the Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services of the City of San Jose.

Mitchell stated that the cost for the renovated bowling green will now be  “$1,104,350 + $110,435 + $410,215 = $1,625,000”.  That’s almost double its initial estimate, and subject to approval from city council on the 13th December.

While the Lawn Bowling Green Renovation remained in waiting from August to this Tuesday 13 December 2016, money originally scheduled in the budget for the bowling green had been traded to the new concession building project, therein increasing the original cost of the concession.

In the original information shared with Stakeholders SGV and WGNA, it was stated by PRNS in the mini-plan set and budget schedule of the Bramhall Park Lawn Bowling Green Renovation project that the initial cost would be $850,000.  See here on pages 64 to 73 of the Stakeholders SGV presentation (July 2016) for earlier details.

If the decision is passed at City Hall on Tuesday 13 December 2016, the budget for the Lawn Bowling Green Renovation will be increased by $775,000.  That’s just $75,000 short of doubling the original cost (estimated at $850,000).

The city has proposed going forward with a Lawn Bowling Green Renovation project after the new concession building is finished in the park.  Construction of the new Restroom, Concession & Storage Building Project started breaking ground on Columbus Day (Monday, October 10, 2016).  Mayor Liccardo and San Jose City Councilmembers voted in favor of Agenda Item 5.1: “Report on Bids and Award of Contract for the 7855 – Bramhall RestroomConcession-Storage Building Project” at the San Jose City Council Meeting for August 9, 2016.
It was stated by PRNS in the mini-plan set and budget schedule of the Bramhall Park Restroom and Concession Building project that its initial cost would be $1,200,000 (see the presentation here on pages 38 to 54).  But, as of 10 November 2016, Dave Mitchell stated in his presentation to WGNA that the revised cost of the new concession building will now be “$1,116,524 + $111,652 + $415,824 = $1,644,000”.

So, the total cost of all current projects and renovations in Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park for the year of 2016 — which includes the bowling green and concession building improvements — will be for a revised total of approximately $3,269,000.  ($1,625,000 + $1,644,000 = $3,269,000)

Looking back through July and August 2016, the initial estimate was $1.2 million for the concession, plus $850,000 for the bowling green, which means that the total of cost of the two projects, as originally planned, was $2,050,000, as stated back in July 2016.

Notwithstanding, in the earlier planning dates, an estimated amount was not stated for the requested repairs that have since been made on the roof of the old field house, which is situated at Willow Street at Glen Brook Avenue.  The old field house was built in the 1950s and is located approximately 550 feet from the new concession building that’s currently underway near the amphitheater, situated at Willow Street and Glen Eyrie Avenue.

At the WGNA board meeting on Thursday 10 November 2016, Dave Mitchell stated that the new roof to the older existing building will cost $30,000, contracted to California Roofing Company.   That job was completed in mid-November 2016 (about a month ago).

Adding this roof to the total cost of improvements, as originally planned, it then amounts to $2,080,000.  ($1.2 million + $850,000 + $30,000 = $2,080,000)

As of December 13th, increases to the runing costs will include $1,625,000 + $1,644,000 + $30,000, which brings the total amount to $3,299,000.

So, overall, when the mayor and city council vote, the running costs are expected to be about $1,249,000 over the original plans and estimates.   ($3,299,000 –  $2,050,000 = $1,249,000).  


Excerpt from Dave Mitchell’s presentation to WGNA
Excerpt from Dave Mitchell’s presentation to WGNA

Related: memorandum-wsp-bowling-green