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June 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 Friend,

Summertime is finally here!  This is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the sunshine and warm weather.  No time to get away?  The Bay Area boasts some of the best opportunities for outdoor fun.  Take a walk or go for a hike in one of our county parks.  Get close to nature by sleeping under the stars or rent a yurt in a county campsite.  Keep fit by biking or walking in your own neighborhood.  Host a backyard barbeque.  It is a great way to socialize and get to know your neighbors.

Are you going to get away on a vacation?  Take steps ahead of time to help keep your home safe.  Unwanted guests may discover you are not home because of newspapers or mail piled up at your house.  It is a good idea to have these items put on hold while you are away.  Contact your local newspaper office to have your newspaper stopped while you are away.  You can have your mail put on hold by contacting the US Post Office’s website  Although it is not a good idea to broadcast that you will be away to the whole neighborhood, it may be helpful to ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your home while you are away.  You can prevent water accidents by turning off the waterline to your refrigerator.  You might consider turning off the gas to a gas grill, as well. 

Whatever you do this summer, please take the opportunity to relax, enjoy, and revitalize.  I have more activities, events, and information listed below.  As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me at


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 on the Bay.

Need to get away but don’t have the time or means to travel far?
Try getting out to one of our county parks.  These 28 different parks are hidden gems in Santa Clara County with a host of events and activities sure to appeal to all members of the family.  Want to take a moonlight stroll, learn more about the stars, taste something unusual like an acorn?  They offer just about any activity you can imagine – hiking, camping, fishing, boating, and more.  Please visit the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation website at for more information and a complete listing of events and activities.

While you are there, be sure to check out the FREE upcoming Festival in the Park on June 23rd from 11:00am to 4:00pm at Hellyer County Park…

Want to keep the kids engaged in learning this summer?
Ride up to your local library!  Libraries a great place to stay cool during the hot, summer days.  They offer a wide variety of opportunities: books of all kinds, movies, and computers to keep the kids entertained and their brains stay active during the summer off.  Many of the libraries offer special groups and activities to keep your kids connected with other neighborhood kids.  For more information on your local library, visit their website:

Interested in volunteering for 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

Trying to stay healthy but need a helping hand?
Step out to Sunnyvale Community Services (725 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale) on June 16th from 10:00am to 2:00pm for “Healthy Eating, Healthy Living”, a community Resource Fair.  This fantastic event will host a number of organizations who will share information on how you can stay healthy.  For more information, please visit the Sunnyvale Community Services website at

Enjoy good music for a good cause? 
The United Farm Workers of America is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and is hosting a benefit concert at the San Jose Civic Auditorium staring Kris Kristofferson and Friends.  This event will be held on June 22 starting at 8:00pm.  Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster through their website

Need a place to go where there are activities for the whole family?
Come one come all to the 10th Annual Family Carnival from June 21 to June 24 from 10:00am to 10:00pm in the parking lot at McCarthy Ranch at 301 Ranch Dr. in Milpitas. This event features carnival rides, games, and refreshments. Hosted by the Milpitas Rotary, proceeds from this event will benefit Milpitas Rotary Community Fund, Youth Leadership Camp, and Milpitas Rotary Youth Scholarships. Presale tickets are available at the Milpitas Chamber of Commerce for $20 and are on sale at the carnival for $25 during operating hours. For more information, call 408-582-3782 or email
Love a good, old-fashioned car show?
Put the pedal to the metal and drive to Evergreen Valley High School (3300 Quimby Road, San Jose) on July 28th from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. This fabulous car show is hosted by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. It is a family friendly event with lots to do - live entertainment, food trucks, and other activities. For more information, to volunteer or participate as a vendor, please contact Brian J. Hom at (408) 887-1939 or

Looking for a place to celebrate the July 4th holiday?
Join friends and neighbors at 10:00am on July 4th at the Rose, White, and Blue Parade!  This old fashioned family-style parade winds through the Rose Garden neighborhood ending on the grand avenue of the The Alameda. This homespun parade features live bands, dance groups, home-made floats, kids on bikes, antique cars, and more. Following the parade attendees will enjoy the picnic on The Alameda.  For more information about this event including parade schedule and route, please visit the Alameda Business Association website at

In other July 4th news…
ABC 7 has posted a fabulous listing of fireworks and celebrations.  To view the list, please visit their website at

What can Santa Clara County do to promote job creation?
I invite you to attend an economic summit occurring this August and held by the Board of Supervisors. Organized by my office and the office of 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 visit