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August Newsletter

Published on: 4/25/2013 9:28 AM
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Contact me:

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

dave.cortese@bos.sccgov.org
www.supervisorcortese.org

Dear Friend,

Several months ago, I shared some exciting news in the world of transportation and transit.  This has been such a great year that I have lots more exciting news to share with you on this topic.  Below you will find updates on projects that will improve our system and get you to your destination a bit faster.  Although these are all local projects, they are being developed by various agencies, including Santa Clara County. 

Overall, I would like to say that I am very happy with the improvements we are finally going to see in our local transportation network and that I am grateful to have been involved in bringing these projects to life.  I have also included a bit of interesting information on upcoming events. 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about these projects, please don’t hesitate to contact me at dave.cortese@bos.sccgov.org or call (408) 299-5030.

Sincerely,

Dave Cortese
County Supervisor, Third District

Santa Clara County applies for Grants for local projects
The Board of Supervisors approved the submission of grant applications for some local projects including:

  • East San Jose Pedestrian Improvement Project – if our grant is approved, pedestrian improvements such as installing sidewalks will take place in San Jose’s East Side.
  • Shoulder and guard rail improvements along Uvas Road, Stevens Canyon Road and Clayton Road – those of you familiar with Clayton Road know that parts of the road are in great need of these improvements. 

Capitol Expressway Road Improvements
More good news: The Board of Supervisors recently approved some much needed repaving  work on Capitol Expressway between Silver Creek Road and Quimby Road.  This asphalt and resurfacing work will begin in September. 

Capitol Expressway/Yerba Buena Exit/Highway 101
If you have traveled down Highway 101 to the South Bay recently, you may have noticed that traffic flows very smoothly past the Tully exit now.  The current back-up is at the Capitol Expressway/Yerba Buena exit.  I am pleased to announce that a contract has been approved to make improvements to the Capitol Expressway exit and to build a separate exit to Yerba Buena Road.  I am very pleased that the lowest bid was nine percent under the estimated cost.  While savings like this don’t come directly back to Santa Clara County, project savings make it easier to ask for money in the future.  Construction should begin in September. Kudos to VTA, MTC and Caltrans on getting the final pieces of this together!  For more information on this project, please visit the VTA website at www.vta.org.

BART to Silicon Valley
This project broke ground last March.  Over the past few months, demolition work has taken place near the sites of the future BART stations in Milpitas and Berryessa.  In addition, some demolition work has focused on removing the old Union Pacific Railway track.  This work is expected to continue through October.  I want to thank those of you in the area for your patience.  Like you, I am excited for the work to be completed so I can start riding BART.  For more information on this project, please visit the VTA website at http://www.vta.org/news/factsheets/inprogress.html.

Express Lanes through Sunnyvale
VTA has recently received federal funding to design an extension of the SR237 express lanes through Mathilda Avenue in Sunnyvale.  This exciting project should improve travel times for both carpool traffic and solo drivers traveling along this corridor.  I will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Dumbarton Bridge Closure
The Dumbarton Bridge will be closed in both directions over the Labor Day holiday for seismic retrofit project work.  The closure will begin at 10:00pm on Friday, August 31st and the bridge will reopen at 5:00am on Tuesday, September 4th. 

Upcoming Events:

Want to Join the Great Race for Clean Air?
The Great Race for Clean Air is a friendly competition between Bay Area companies to reduce driving alone.  The competition will run from September 1 through October 31.  Participating businesses can compete by encouraging employees to carpool, bicycle, walk, or use transit to get to work.  Last year’s winners in Santa Clara County included Adobe, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and Aviat Networks.  For more information or to register for the Great Race for Clean Air, please visit their website at http://ow.ly/ciN6Q.

Interested in video making?
CreaTV has recently announced its 2012 CreaTiVe Awards.  There are a wide range of categories in which your video can compete.  The deadline for submission is October 22, 2012.  For more information on this video opportunity, please visit the CreaTV website at http://www.creatvsj.org.

Want to be a rung on the “Bridge to the Future”?
The San Jose/Evergreen Community College District is hosting its first annual fundraiser lunch titled “Bridge to the Future”.  This wonderful event will take place on August 16, 2012 at the Corinthian Ballroom in the San Jose Athletic Club.  It will begin at 12:30pm.  Proceeds will benefit the incredible students at San Jose Community College and Evergreen Community College.  For more information, or to register for the event, please visit the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District Foundation’s website at http://foundation.sjeccd.edu/bridgetothefuture/.

Interested in Italian American culture?
The 32nd Annual Italian Family Festa will take place on August 25th from 11:00am to 8:30pm and August 26th from 11:00am to 6:30pm at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens.  This event features Italian food and cultural performances.  Admission to this event is free.  For more information, please visit the Italian American Heritage Foundation’s website at http://www.italianfamilyfestasj.org/.

Save the Date: Carry the Vision Community Nonviolence Conference

This nonviolence conference will take place on September 29th from 9:00am to 4:00pm at Santa Clara University.  This conference is being convened once again by myself, Carry the Vision, Santa Clara University and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. It offers tools, support and inspiration for community leaders who are interested in the power of nonviolence to create positive change and a new way of living. The keynote speakers for the CTV 2012 conference are Dr. Lawrence Carter, Sr., the Chapel Dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Chapel at Morehouse College and Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers and 2012 Presidential Medal of Honor Awardee. For more information, visit www.carrythevision.org.

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 www.sccgov.org/dayonthebay.