National Guard Armory Holiday Luncheon
On December 3, 2011, Supervisor Cortese attended the National Guard Armory's Holiday Luncheon. Supervisor Cortese joined San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore and high-ranking Army Officials in serving food to our soldiers and their families.
10th Anniversary Celebration of the Children's Health Initiative
On November 30, 2011, Supervisor Cortese attended a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Children's Health Initiative, which strives to provide all children in our County with adequate medical, dental, and vision coverage.
Supervisor Cortese with Fr. Rock.
Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
On Thanksgiving morning, Supervisor Cortese participated in the 10k run at the annual Turkey Trot, a charity event benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank, The Housing Trust, and The Children's Health Initiative. At the end of the race, Supervisor Cortese and Supervisor Ken Yeager presented a proclamation to Applied Materials, proclaiming November 24, 2011 as the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot Day.
Carry The Vision Forum
On October 17, 2011, Supervisor Cortese, along with the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment held a community meeting to invite community activists and leaders to participate in the pre-planning meeting for the annual Carry the Vision Conference, a conference aimed to promote nonviolence and positive change in our community.
Tuskegee Airmen Honors
On October 11, 2011, Supervisor Cortese joined the Regency of Evergreen Valley Senior Living in honoring the World War II Tuskegee Airmen.
(left to right) WWII Tuskegee Airman Lt. LeRoy Gillead, WWII Tuskegee Airman Capt. Les Williams, Supervisor Dave Cortese, WWII Tuskegee Airman 2nd Lt. Burl Smith,WWII Tuskegee Airman Lt. Colonel, Harold Hoskins
AB1288 Press Conference
Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park) alongside County Supervisors Dave Cortese (Santa Clara County) and Adrienne Tissier (San Mateo County) hosted a press conference on the passage of AB 1288, legislation that addresses financial abuses that typically occur before dependent adults are placed under conservatorship by the Probate Court. AB 1288 closes a loophole in the current probate code by expanding the scope of the Public Guardian to include assets that are held in financial trusts. Additionally, this bill extends the number of days in which the Public Guardian can take temporary possession of property from 15 to 30 days. The additional 15 days will allow time for Public Guardians to locate and secure assets, as well as obtain a hearing date for the conservatorship petition.
(left to right) Supervisor Adrienne Tissier, San Mateo County, Lisa Mancini, Director of Aging and Adult Service San Mateo County, Lee Pullen, Director of Aging and Adult Service Santa Clara County, Assemblyman Rich Gordon
Day on the Bay
On September 17, 2011, Supervisor Cortese hosted the Second Annual Day on the Bay: A Multicultural Festival. Held in partnership with the Santa Clara County Parks Department, Day on the Bay is a celebration that brings people together to enjoy activities, rich in diversity and talent, and abundant in ethnic expression. More than that, Day on the Bay is also an informational fair where the local community can meet non-profit, government, and community-based organizations to learn about their services. The event featured free food and pumpkins, many community groups that provided ethnic food booths, arts and crafts and live entertainment on two stages, as well as face painting, fire trucks, kayak trips in the Alviso Slough, girl and boy scout troops, and much more.
Santa Clara County September 11th Memorial
At the September 13th Board Meeting, Supervisor Cortese along with the Board of Supervisors and the Santa Clara County Sheriff Honor Guard and the Santa Clara County Fire Honor Guard held a special memorial event to remember the victims of September 11th and to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
East Side Union High School District VPA Welcoming Celebration
On Friday, August 19, 2011, Supervisor Cortese joined with teachers, parents, and the Vietnamese Parents Association (VPA) to welcome and congratulate the first Vietnamese-American principal of East Side Union High School District.
Thank You America Committee Meeting
On Sunday, August 21, 2011, Supervisor Cortese joined the Thank You America Committee and the Vietnamese American community in helping to coordinate the upcoming "Thank You America" event aimed to show appreciation for our soldiers and those who fight to preserve democracy in our country.
Little Italy San Jose Banner Ceremony
On Sunday, August 21, 2011, Supervisor Cortese along with the Little Italy San Jose Foundation congratulated the Little Italy San Jose banner recipients and the day of August 21st was proclaimed "Little Italy San Jose Day" in Santa Clara County.
San Jose Salsa Festival
On Saturday, August 20, 2011, Supervisor Cortese joined hundreds of attendees at the San Jose Salsa Festival, one of the largest salsa festivals in the region. This renowned family-friendly event, co-sponsored by the Office of Supervisor Cortese, featured dozens of exciting performances and activities for everyone.
Manuel Romero Summer Love Concert: A Tribute to Richard Chavez
On Friday, August 5, 2011, San Jose’s own Manuel Romero, dubbed one of Silicon Valley's "Most Influential Latinos," performed at a free, outdoor concert for Santa Clara County families at the James McEntee Plaza, marking the first time a concert was held at the County Government Center, providing an opportunity for families from all over the Valley to meet their neighbors while enjoying a fun and safe, free family event. Co-organized by Supervisor Dave Cortese, the bilingual performance concert gave local residents an opportunity to celebrate the life of Richard Chavez, who worked tirelessly to assist his older brother, Cesar, in establishing the UFW and demanding rights for the farm workers of our country.
Corazon Youth Roundtable : Gang Violence in Schools
On Thursday, June 23, 2011, the Corazon Project youth, after gathering input from their peers, communicated their recommendations regarding violence in their neighborhood to local officials, education leaders, and law enforcement. On hand to listen to their advice and give their input were Supervisor Cortese, San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore, ESUHSD Board of Trustees Vice-President Frank Biehl, Deputy District Attorney Chris Arriola, and Sgt. Davis and Lt. Peters from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department.
The Amanda Network Invocation
On Tuesday, June 21, 2011, Ann Solorio and the youth from the Amanda Network presented the invocation at the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors meeting. The Amanda Network is an anti-bullying campaign whose goal is to bring more awareness and education on the issue of bullying. The Amanda Network is named in honor of a local teen who tried to take her life in a bathroom at Del Mar High School due to the bullying, sexual bullying and cyber bullying she endured through MySpace, Facebook, AIM and the 3500 text messages she received the month before her suicide attempt.
Facilities and Fleet Solar Groundbreaking
On June 17, 2011, Supervisor Cortese joined with Supervisors Mike Wasserman and Ken Yeager, as well as the County’s Fleet and Facilities Department in celebrating the groundbreaking of the County’s Generating Green Initiative which includes the installation of 3.8 megawatts of solar panels at four County owned sites. Funded by Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds, this project will create 92 jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save taxpayer dollars.
Elder Abuse Awareness Day
On Wednesday, June 15, Supervisor Cortese joined with Lee Pullen, Director of the Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services in holding the Elder Abuse Awareness Day to remind the community that elders in Santa Clara County are valued members of society who have contributed to our County’s social and economic well-being and have the right to live free of abuse and neglect.
Philippine Independence Day Flag Raising
On Tuesday, June 14, Supervisor Cortese joined with the American Legion, Post 858, in celebrating the Philippine Independence Day with a flag raising ceremony. On behalf of the entire Board of Supervisors, Cortese presented Penny Aguila and Justo Duldulao with a resolution proclaiming the month of June, 2011 as Philippine Independence Day Celebration & Fil-Am Friendship Month.
United Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony
Supervisor Cortese joined with the United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County to honor and remember those who have served to protect and preserve democracy and freedom in our Country.
Santa Clara County Older Adult Summit
Supervisor Cortese, along with the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department and Mental Health Board, co-sponsored a summit which brought together senior service providers, consumers, family members and advocates to focus on the mental health needs of seniors in Santa Clara County.
Festa Della Reppublica
On Thursday, June 2, Supervisor Dave Cortese, President of the Board of Supervisors, and the Italian American Heritage Foundation hosted the Festa Della Repubblica Italiana and Italian Flag Raising at the County Government Center Plaza to celebrate the Italian Culture and recognize the numerous contributions that Italian-Americans have made in Santa Clara County. Supervisor Cortese presented a resolution from the entire Board of Supervisors proclaiming June 2, 2011 as the Festa Della Repubblica Italiana Day in Santa Clara County to Silvia Raviola, Honorary Vice Consul of Italy in San Jose and Ken Borelli, President of the Italian American Heritage Foundation.
Rethink Your Drink Campaign
Sacramento Bus Trip
Supervisor Cortese and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation co-sponsored a bus trip to Sacramento on May 16, 2011, and joined with community activists, students, teachers, and parents to protest further cuts to education and to speak to our legislators about the importance of education and our after school programs.
Armenian Genocide and May Day
Supervisor Cortese along with his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors observed Genocide Remembrance Day on April 24th, commemorating the victims of the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to 1923 in Armenia.
May Day March for Worker & Immigrant Rights
Supervisor Cortese joined with immigrant rights groups and the workers of Santa Clara County in a march supporting the rights of all workers and immigrants in our community.
President Obama's Facebook Townhall Meeting
Supervisor Cortese with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and Cindy Chavez at a town hall meeting held by President Barack Obama at Facebook’s headquarters in Palo Alto.
Pacifica Institute Community Meeting
At the Pacifica Institute community meeting, Supervisor Dave Cortese spoke to residents about the importance of cross-cultural awareness within our diverse communities.
Sikh Temple Grand Opening
Supervisor Dave Cortese joined thousands of colorfully dressed attendees, and along with Governor Jerry Brown, extended congratulations on behalf of the Board of Supervisors at the grand opening of the newly expanded Sikh Gurdwara Temple in San Jose.
Supervisor Cortese with staff member Lara McCabe, his wife Pattie, and Governor Jerry Brown.
2011 Office of Human Relations Awards
Supervisor Dave Cortese joined with the rest of the Board of Supervisors and the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations in honoring the 2011 Human Relations Awardees. The District Three Honoree is Judge Katherine Lucero, the supervising Judge for the Juvenile Dependency Court, for her work both inside and outside the courtroom for the children and youth of Santa Clara County.
District 4 Family Day
At the District 4 Family Day and Berryessa Farmers Market, Supervisor Cortese joined with Councilmember Kansen Chu and Sheila Ngo from the Office of Assemblymember Nora Campos in honoring Berryessa Union School District Superintendent Marc Leibman on the eve of his retirement.
IAHF Una Storia Segreta
On Sunday, April 10 Supervisor Cortese joined the Italian American Heritage Foundation for "Una Storia Segreta," an open forum on the history of the evacuation and internment of Italian Americans during WWII.
Left to right: Supervisor Dave Cortese, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Former Assemblyman Dominic Cortese, Congressman Mike Honda and Senator Joe Simitian.
Northwood Elementary School Walk-a-Thon
Supervisor Cortese joined with the San Jose Fire Department at Northwood Park to welcome the participants of the annual Walk-a-Thon, a school fundraising event put on through the hard work and dedication of the Northwood PTA.
Supervisor Cortese welcomes the participants and with the help of the San Jose Fire Department, cut the starting line ribbon to begin the walk!
Supervisor Cortese joined with the South Bay Scottish Society in celebrating Tartan Day with a flag raising ceremony at the County Government Center. On behalf of the entire Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Cortese and Supervisor Mike Wasserman presented a proclamation declaring April 5, 2011 as Tartan Day in Santa Clara County to Andy McFarlin, President of the South Bay Scottish Society.
The Scottish American Military Society (SAMS), Post 1921, provided the Color Guard Honors. Members of the San Jose School of Highland Dance provided entertainment
Berryessa Little League Opening Day Ceremony
Supervisor Cortese and Councilmember Kansen Chu welcome the athletes and families of the Berryessa Little League at the 2011 Opening Day Celebration.
Great American Litter Pickup 2011
Supervisor Cortese joined with San Jose Councilmember Kansen Chu, Berryessa Union School District Board Member Linda Chen and Board Aide to Supervisor George Shirakawa, Daisy Chu in welcoming and thanking all the volunteers who gave their time to help beautify the Berryessa neighborhood as part of the Great American Litter Pickup.
Supervisor Cortese and Councilmember Kansen Chu thank members of the Tzu Chi Foundation
for volunteering their time.
Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council Citizen of the Year Awards
The Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council (BCAC) selected Supervisor Dave Cortese as their 2010 Citizen of the Year. The BCAC is a Neighborhood Association that is dedicated to the enrichment of the Berryessa Community in North San Jose. BCAC was formed in 1973 by Al Garza, San Jose City Council Member; Bill Hughes, President of the Piedmont Hills Homeowners Association and Frank Kadlacek, President of another neighborhood association, as a way to create a partnership between the city, the school district and the residents of the Berryessa area.
On hand to help celebrate the award were Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Member Richard Santos, Marc Liebman, BCAC President and Superintendent of the Berryessa Union School District, San Jose Councilmember Kansen Chu, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Chuck Weiss, East Side Union High School District Superintendent Dan Moser, and Berryessa Union School District Board Members Khoa Nguyen and David Cohen.
AlertSCC Press Conference
Supervisor Cortese joined with Supervisor Liz Kniss, San Jose Councilmember Nancy Pyle, Former Consul General of México in San José David Figueroa Ortega, and Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Jack Chiang in announcing a new texting feature for the AlertSCC Emergency Alert Program. To sign up for AlertSCC quickly and easily, text 32075 with the following information: "AlertSCC", "your street name", and "your zip code". You will receive a confirmation message.
Supervisor Cortese with Director General Jack Chiang, Councilmember Nancy Pyle, Supervisor Liz Kniss and County Executive Jeff Smith (left). Cortese also joins with the County staff that made this program possible: Kirstin Hofmann, Director of the Office of Emergency Services, Ken Foot, AlertSCC Program Manager, Gwen Mitchell, Director of Public Affairs, Miguel Marquez, County Counsel, and Marty Fenstersheib, Public Health Officer.
Master Composter Graduation
Supervisor Cortese joined with the Santa Clara County Department of Agriculture and Environmental Health in celebrating the graduation of the 2011 class of Master Composters. As part of the Home Composting Education Program, these volunteers teach free composting classes to residents of Santa Clara County at locations throughout the County. These 2 hour workshops teach basic composting information in a simple to understand lecture format.
Also recognized at the event were Franci and Noel Card who received the 2011 Volunteer of the Year award for volunteering a total of 58 hours in 2010 for a combined grand total of 936
hours since their graduation from the Master Composter Program in 2005.
North Valley/Milpitas Bobby Sox Softball League Opening Day Ceremony
Supervisor Dave Cortese joined with Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves, the Milpitas Fire Department and the Milpitas Police Department to celebrate the Opening Day Ceremony of the North Valley Milpitas Bobby Sox Softball League.
Dr. Seuss Read Across America
In celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, on March 3, 2011 Supervisor Cortese visited a Headstart classroom and read some classical Dr. Seuss stories to the students.
Bay Area Chrysanthemum Growers Assoc. Lunar New
Supervisor Cortese joined the Bay Area Chrysanthemum Growers Association and the General Consulate of China in celebrating the Lunar New Year on February 13, 2011. Supervisor Cortese and Supervisor George Shirakawa presented a resolution on behalf of the Board of Supervisors commending the Chrysanthemum Growers for their support of the business and Chinese American community in Santa Clara County.
United Soccer League Opening Day
On February 12, 2011 Supervisor Cortese participated in the opening day ceremonies for the United Soccer League and delivered the first kick of the season.
Tully Road and Highway 101 Interchange Improvements Groundbreaking
On February 4, 2011, Supervisor Cortese joined with Caltrans and Congresswoman Lofgren to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Tully Road and Highway 101 Interchange Improvements Project. This project will add merging lanes and a revamped interchange to ease traffic congestion and increase vehicle and pedestrian safety.
Florence Commission Renaissance Evening
On February 2, 2011 Supervisor Cortese joined with Supervisor Ken Yeager to welcome the crowd at the Florence, Italy Sister-County Commission Renaissance Evening dinner.
Supervisor Cortese with his wife Pattie and Supervisor Ken Yeager.