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September Newsletter

Published on: 4/24/2013 3:57 PM
Dear Friend,

Last month I had the pleasure of co-organizing a three-part economic summit with Supervisor Wasserman on behalf of the Board of Supervisors. The summit was a series of events that focused on what the county can do to promote job growth in various emerging industries: green business, healthcare, and small business. It was a great opportunity for the Board members to hear the views of leaders in the community. If you would like to know more, I invite you to watch the events on video or read the transcripts online by following the link for the appropriate industry:

Please feel free to share your ideas or comments on ways in which Santa Clara County can promote job creation by e-mailing me at or phone at 408-299-5030.

Below I have some additional information that I thought might be useful to you about voting, foreclosure relief, and the new area code as well as some interesting upcoming events.
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
Do you know someone who wants to register to vote or has voting questions?
The November election is coming. The deadline to register to vote is October 22, 2012. If you are not registered and have questions about registering to vote or you want to register, please visit the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters website. This website is also useful for those who are already registered but would like to update their address or have questions about their ballot and voting.

Would you like to meet our new Registrar of Voters?

Barry Garner, Santa Clara County’s new Registrar of Voters, is the person in charge of our elections. Many people have questions about what happens behind-the-scenes of an election. Barry Garner will be holding a meet and greet session on September 29 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Registrar of Voters Office, 1555 Berger Drive building 2, San Jose. It is an opportunity for you to learn more about election rules and ask questions. For more information, please visit the Registrar of Voters’ website.

Have you heard about the new area code for parts of our region?
Some areas of Santa Clara County will soon be getting new area code: 669. Starting October 20, residents in the 408 area code will need to dial the area code plus the phone number in order to make a call. This means that your automatic dialing lists may need to be updated in your devices such as phones, computers, fax machines, and security alarms. Starting November 20, new phone lines may be assigned to the new area code. For more information on the new area code or dialing regulations in Santa Clara County, please visit the California Public Utilities Commission website at or contact Lara McCabe at my office by calling 408-299-5033.

Are you, or is someone you know, at risk of losing a home due to foreclosure?

The Housing Trust of Santa Clara County has started a new program with assistance on foreclosure relief. Through this program, you will learn valuable information about foreclosure, and how to avoid foreclosure scams. For more information, please visit the program’s website at or call the Housing Trust at 408-293-6000.

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:

  • Child Abuse Council
  • Commission on the Status of Women
  • County of Santa Clara Moscow Sister-County Commission
  • Health Advisory Commission
  • Hsinchu County, Taiwan, Republic of China Sister-County Commission
  • Roads Commission
  • Social Services Advisory Commission

    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 or call Michael Franzino in my office at 408-299-5030.

    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 speaker for the CTV 2012 conference is Dr. Lawrence Carter, Sr., the Chapel Dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Chapel at Morehouse College and Dolores Huerta, Medal of Freedom Awardee and civil rights leader. For more information, visit

    Save the Date: BJ Hom Memorial Fun Run in Lake Cunningham Park
    This event will take place on October 13th from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Cyprus Pavilion in Lake Cunningham Park, San Jose. It begins with a fun run around the lake followed by live entertainment and activities for kids of all ages. It is an opportunity to have fun and learn more about food allergies. For more information on this event, please visit the FAAN Walk for Allergies website at