This past weekend, I hosted Day on the Bay, a multicultural festival at the Alviso Marina County Parks – it was so much fun! Thanks to the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department and a host of other sponsors, the event was a huge success. Throughout the day, some 8000 members of the community had the opportunity to get a free pumpkin, enjoy a free hamburger or hot dog, take a kayak ride on the Bay, learn about local resources, hear local entertainment, sample food from local restaurants and more. New to our event this year were a rock climbing wall and zucchini car races. I want to thank those of you attended the event. This is an annual event so, if you didn’t make it out this year, please join me next year! Photos from the event can be seen on my website at www.supervisorcortese.org.
While I was walking through the festival this weekend, someone stopped me and was telling me about his recent experience registering to vote using the new California Online Voter Registration System. He completed the whole application and was registered within four minutes! There have been a number of positive changes taking place with respect to registering to vote, getting information such as your polling place and voter pamphlet, and turning in mail-in-ballots. I wanted to take a moment to share this information with you as well as information on upcoming pre-Halloween events and a volunteer opportunity.
Important Voter Information:
Registering to vote
The deadline to register to vote in the November 6 election is October 22. You may register to vote in person through the Santa Clara County Office of the Registrar of Voters. Their normal business hours can be found on their website at http://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Pages/Search.aspx?svtyp=Contacts. On October 22, there will be three locations that will be open for voter registration from 8pm to midnight:
- Office of the Registrar of Voters: 1555 Berger Drive, San Jose;
- Community and Cultural Center, Madrone Room: 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill;
- Community Reformed Church: 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
You may also register to vote through the California Online Voter Registration System at http://registertovote.ca.gov/.
Additional voter information and questions
The Registrar of Voters has expanded the information that is available online. Information on polling places, voter information pamphlets and more can be found through their website, simply follow the appropriate link.
A new mobile app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android through the APP Store on your mobile device. This app will link you to information on your polling place, your Voter Information Pamphlet, and more. Download this APP once and stay connected during the election cycle. For more information on this APP or for download instructions, visit the Santa Clara County website http://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Voter%20Education/Pages/Mobile-Apps.aspx.
Drive-thru Mail in Ballot Drop-off sites:
This very popular option for returning your completed ballot at no cost started this spring and has been expanded due to popular demand. You may drop off your mail in ballots at the drop-off sites whose hours and locations are listed below. Staff and/or volunteers will be present to accept voted ballots. Replacement return envelopes will be available (but not replacement ballots).
Saturday & Sunday, October 27–28, 10 am to 3 pm
Saturday & Sunday, November 3–4, 10 am to 3 pm
Monday & Tuesday, November 5–6, 7 am to 8 pm
Morgan Hill VTA Station
169 W. Main Avenue, near Hale Avenue, Morgan Hill
Lucky 7 Supermarket Parking Lot
1675 Tully Road, San Jose
Registrar of Voters’ Office
1555 Berger Drive, Building 2, San Jose
Westgate Mall Shopping Center
1600 Saratoga Avenue, parking lot on Hamilton, Saratoga
Mayfield Soccer Complex
El Camino Real at Page Mill Road, Palo Alto
UPCOMING EVENTS and VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Looking for a great pre-Halloween event for the kids? There are two fun events coming up…
Spooky Halloween & Haunted House
On Friday, October 19, there will be a Spooky Halloween & Haunted House at the Berryessa Youth Center (1970 Morrill Avenue, San Jose) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. This FREE event, co-hosted by Councilmember Kansen Chu, the East Valley Family YMCA, and me, will feature Halloween games, prizes, and snacks. As a co-host of this event, I have provided FREE pumpkins for the Pumpkin Patch. For more information on this event, please contact Lara McCabe in my office at 408-299-5030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunnyhills Community Meeting and Pre-Halloween Party
On Saturday, October 27, there will be a Community Meeting and Pre-Halloween Party co-hosted by the Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association and me at Augustine Park (Coelho Street, Milpitas) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Come out to learn more about the Neighborhood Watch program, enjoy great entertainment, and share games and activities for kids. For more information, please contact The-vu Nguyen in my office at 408-299-5030 or email@example.com.
Looking for a great benefit shopping event? There are several coming up…
SCS Holiday “Affaire” and Quilt Raffle
Sunnyvale Community Services is hosting is annual holiday fundraising event on October 20 from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Stop by to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts, holiday decorations, jams, and baked goods. Raffle tickets for the quilt may be purchased in advance or at the event. Proceeds will benefit Sunnyvale Community Services, a nonprofit organization that serves low-income individuals and families in the Sunnyvale region. For more information on this event or the quilt for raffle, please visit their website http://www.svcommunityservices.org/events-holiday-bazaar.html or call 408-738-4321.
Parking Lot Sale
Westminster Church is hosting a huge Parking Lot Sale to benefit their women’s retreat. This event will take place on October 27 from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Stop by to shop for new and gently used items. Space is available for $20. Donations may be dropped off at the church on October 21. For more information on this event, please contact the church office at 408-294-7447.
Looking for a good volunteer opportunity?
The Tax EZ program is looking for volunteers to help community members file their taxes during the upcoming tax season. Through this incredible program, low-income community members receive assistance in filing their taxes. This is an opportunity for them to get a refund that they can use to support their families. FREE training is provided to volunteers. Volunteers are needed across the county for this program. For more information, please visit their website at firstname.lastname@example.org.