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Newsletter (January)

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

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Contact me:

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

Dear Neighbor,

I hope the holidays treated you well. We are at the start of another busy year. According to the Lunar New Year, it is the Year of the Dragon. I have been told that since it is the Year of the Dragon, it will be a year of good fortune.  I would like to bestow that fortune on you, your family, friends, and all in Santa Clara County. This year I will be continuing to monitor the progress of the initiatives I started last year. I recently had the honor of hosting a swearing-in ceremony for the students who will be serving on Santa Clara County’s Youth Task Force. During the year, I will also be working on several new projects and initiatives that I will outline in a later report.  For now, I wanted to share some important local and community information with you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns that you may have. I may be reached at or you may call my office at (408) 299-5030.


Does your home need some rehabilitation or improvement work?
Santa Clara County’s County Housing Rehabilitation Program provides low-income residents in unincorporated areas in Santa Clara County with financial assistance for home improvement or rehabilitation projects. This is a great opportunity to fix-up your home so it is code complaint, energy efficient, and accessible. For more information on this program, eligibility requirements, loan limits, or to apply, please visit the Office of Affordable Housing.

Have you ever lost a pet? Do you know what to do if your pet gets lost?
Losing a pet is a horrible experience. Many of us don’t think about what we would do until we are faced with this situation. The Santa Clara County Animal Shelter has put together a simple set of steps to follow if you lose your pet. They recommend that you:

  1. Check with your local animal shelter. Look at the photos of the lost animals they have online and then call to speak with a shelter representative. An in-person visit to the shelter is also very important;
  2. Call the monitoring company for information if your pet has a microchip in place;
  3. Post pictures in your neighborhood. This will alert others who see your pet in the area that your pet that is not a stray or abandoned pet; and
  4. Post internal photos of your pet. If your area has an e-list, post photos to reach those who miss or don’t read posted signs.

For more information on lost pets, adopting a pet, other pet services, or a list of local shelters, please visit the Santa Clara County Animal Shelter website at

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:

  • Plumbing Examiners Board;
  • County of Santa Clara-Moscow Sister Commission; and
  • Mental Health Board.

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

Yikes! Tax Season is right around the corner! Want to get yours done for FREE?
United Way has partnered with the IRS to bring FREE tax filing services to low income residents in Santa Clara County. This fabulous program may help you get back some of the money you paid in taxes this year. There are many sites located throughout Santa Clara County with many sites offering FREE tax services in a variety of languages. This is a great opportunity to get back the money you earned! For more information, please contact the United Way by visiting

Need a better way to get to the Fremont BART from the East Side of San Jose?
VTA has started an Express Bus from the East Valley to the Fremont BART Station. Once there, you can connect to Oakland, San Francisco, and many other parts of the North Bay. Save yourself the time, expense, and hassle of driving and ride in comfort. The Express Buses have reclining seats and wireless access on-board! Express buses conveniently stop at:

  • White Road and Aborn Road;
  • Eastridge Transit Center;
  • Capitol Expressway and Story Road;
  • Alum Rock Light Rail Station; and
  • Hostetter Light Rail Station.

For more information on this Express Bus or other bus routes and schedules, please visit the VTA website at

Would you like to see the Jade Buddha for Compassion?
A ceremony for greeting the Jade Buddha of Compassion in San Jose will be held at 10AM on March 3, 2012 at Unify Center, 675 Story Road in San Jose, CA. This ceremony will feature the world-acclaimed Jade Buddha for Compassion, which is the largest Buddha carved from gemstone-quality jade in the world. The Jade Buddha is a solemn and prayerful symbol of compassion, empathy, love and peace. It will be in San Jose for the first time. For more information, please contact The-Vu Nguyen in my office at (408) 299-5030 or