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April Newsletter

Published on: 4/24/2013 3:57 PM

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Supervisor Dave Cortese
70 W. Hedding St., 10th floor
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 299-5030

Dear Neighbor,

Wow, this year is passing quickly – I can hardly believe that May is upon us!  April’s showers have brought us May flowers.  Spring and election time are in the air.  On June 5th, Santa Clara County will hold its primary election.  I would like to encourage you to take the time to read up on the various measures and candidates on the ballot.  With the recent redistricting, educating yourself is more important than ever.  The candidate(s) you voted for in the past may not be on your ballot because you have been placed in a new district.  It is important for you to educate yourself before you head out to the polls.

I would like to encourage you to visit the Santa Clara Count Registrar of Voters website at  Here you will find a wealth of information about voting, updating your address, and voting by mail.  You can also learn more about redistricting, volunteering at the polls, and becoming an elections officer.

Most important, though, I would like to encourage you to exercise your right to vote.  Not every nation provides the opportunity for its citizens to make decisions on who should run its government or how the government should be run.  This opportunity should not be taken for granted.  Wars have been fought over the very freedoms, such as the right to vote, that we have in the United States.  Many Americans have served in those wars; many were lost in those wars.  With Memorial Day coming soon, you can honor those who have served by participating in the activities preserved through their sacrifices.  Please take the time to learn about the issues and candidates, then exercise your right to vote.

There are many upcoming events and information I would like to share with you (see below).  For additional events and information, please visit my website at  As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.  I can be reached by e-mail at or call my office at 408-299-5030.


Dave Cortese
County Supervisor, Third District

Save the Date for Day on the Bay!
My office will be hosting the 3rd Annual Day on the Bay Festival at the Alviso Marina County Park on Sunday, October 14 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  This FREE family event will have something that everyone in your family will enjoy.  For more information, visit my website at

Looking for a polling place or location to drop off your ballot?
The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters website can help you find your polling place.  The website also has a list of drop-off sites for mail ballot voters to deposit their voting materials.  This year, there will be an additional service offered – drive-thru ballot drop off.  Remember that vote-by-mail ballots need to be received by 8pm on June 5.  To find locations, please visit the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters website at

What is the quality of life in Santa Clara County?
Santa Clara County is updating its General Plan and needs your help.  We want to hear about the quality of life in Santa Clara County so we can include elements that will improve it in the future.  Please take a few moments to fill out the survey so we can address your thoughts, needs, and concern.  The survey may be found at

What can Santa Clara County do to promote job creation?
I invite you to attend an economic summit occurring this August. Held in partnership with Supervisor Wasserman, three sessions will feature expert panelists discussing how Santa Clara County can improve economic activity that will lead to business growth and greater employment. The focus of these three summits is the green economy, health care and small businesses. To receive further updates or to register for the summit, please click here.

Are you interested in serving on a Santa Clara County Board or Commission?
Santa Clara County has more than fifty Boards and Commissions.  These groups play an important role as advisors to the Board of Supervisors on various topics.  We currently have openings in a number of Boards and Commissions including, but not limited to:

  • Citizens Oversight Committee for Measure A
  • County of Santa Clara-Moscow Sister Commission
  • Board of Plumbing Examiners

If you, or someone you know, would like more information about Santa Clara County’s Boards and Commissions, would like to see what Board or Commission opportunities are available, or would like to apply to serve as a member, please visit my website at

Know a youth looking for a job?
Work2Future will be hosting a job fair for youth on June 6, 2012 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Campbell Community Center.  For more information on this event or for other youth employment information, please visit their website at

Want to laugh for a good cause?
The Alum Rock Comedy Festival is back this year and it’s better than ever!  This fundraising event will take place at the HP Pavilion on June 1, 2012 at 6:00pm.  Proceeds from this event will go toward the Alum Rock Youth Center, ViveFest, and San Jose Parks Foundation.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the San Jose Parks, Recreation, and neighborhood Department at 408-535-3750.

Looking for a great event the whole family can enjoy?
Come to the Festival in the Park at Hellyer County Park on Saturday, June 23 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.  This FREE fun-filled, family event is sponsored by the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department.  The event will feature kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, jump houses, rock wall climbing, and more.  Festival parking will be located at the Silver Creek Sportsplex, 800 Embedded Way, San Jose.  For more information, visit the Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation at