Community Vigil Tree
In remembrance of the victims of the tragedy in Connecticut, Supervisor Cortese’s office has partnered up with community leader Megan Williams, the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations, the Office of Women’s Policy, the Human Relations Commission, American Muslim Voice Foundation, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley, and the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council to create a Community Vigil Tree. The
tree was placed in the lobby of the County Government Center from December 20th-31st. Beside the tree, paper ornaments and pens were available for community members to write and share their thoughts and hang them on the tree. On Thursday, December 20th, a brief memorial ceremony was held.
December BCAC Meeting
On December 10, 2012, Supervisor Cortese attended the December meeting of the Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council as the featured speaker. Supervisor Cortese gave the members a brief update on the state of Santa Clara County and shared his family's stories growing up in Berryessa.
Women's Council of Realtors Installation Celebration
On December 5, 2012, Supervisor Cortese joined the Women's Council of Realtors as it celebrated the installation of its 2013 Board, including incoming President Melanie Holthaus and President-elect Marie Pham.
December 4, 2012 Board of Supervisors Meeting
Santa Clara County Peer Court Anniversary Celebration
On November 27, 2012, the Santa Clara County Peer Court celebrated its 1-year anniversary. Created by Supervisor Cortese, the peer court provides an educational experience for both juvenile offenders and teen volunteers. It enables young people to challenge themselves by taking responsibility for self government and responsible citizenship.
Since it started, the program has heard 23 cases. That means 23 youth have assumed responsibility for their behavior and accepted the consequences of their actions. Additionally, 80 teen volunteers have participated in the process.
Low-Income Health Fair
On November 15, 2012, Supervisor Cortese along with Low-Income Self-Help Center, CHAM Deliverance Ministry, St Joseph Cathedral, and Gardner Health Care for the Homeless sponsored a free health care and community discussion on how to fight for health care for everyone, regardless of age, income, employment, immigration status, or pre-existing condition. Free flu shots, glucose and cholesterol screenings, free blankets, socks, toiletries, and eligibilty screening for benefits were provided to over 500 residents.
City of Milpitas Veterans Day Parade
On November 11, 2012, Supervisor Cortese joined the City of Milpitas in honoring our veterans at the annual Veteran's Day Parade.
LACY Awards Luncheon
On November 9, 2012, Supervisor Dave Cortese was honored for his work with children at the Legal Advocates for Children and Youth Luncheon.
Be Our Guest
On October 25, 2012, Supervisor Cortese joined the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits for their 5th annual "Be Our guest" event. This event featured a luncheon where public servants and other local personalities “served” the community in a whole new way! Lunch was served with style by local celebrity wait staff, and pumpkins decorated by the celebrities were auctioned off.
Day on the Bay
On October 14, 2012, Supervisor Dave Cortese and the Santa Clara County Parks Department held the third annual Day on the Bay: A Multicultural Festival. 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. Free food was provided to the community and prepared by our Santa Clara County firefighters and free pumpkins were given away to kids. We had some great live entertainment, fire trucks, kayak trips in the Alviso Slough, rock climbing, zucchini car races and much more! We were amazed to see over 8,000 people in attendance and are already looking forward to next year's event!
On September 27, 2012, Supervisor Cortese participated in the College Day kick-off event at San Jose State University and presented a proclamation on behalf of the Board of Supervisors proclaiming September 28, 2012, as College Day in Santa Clara County. College Day is a community-wide college-going effort spearheaded by the volunteer-led First Generation College Attainment Coalition. The goal of College Day is to create a college-going culture in Santa Clara County and help our children and youth plan and design their path to college. This happens when educators, youth workers, parents and other adults engage children in conversations, lessons, and other college-promoting activities.
Capitol/Yerba Buena Groundbreaking
Coastal Creek Cleanup Day: Guadalupe Slough
On September 15, 2012, Supervisor Cortese's office joined the Santa Clara Valley Water District and the City of Sunnyvale at Coastal Creek Clean-up Day, a state-wide effort to beautify our community. We joined over 50 volunteers in cleaning up the Sunnyvale Slough, and we were definitely surprised at some of the items we found!
9/11 Peace Picnic
On September 11, 2012, Supervisor Dave Cortese and the American Muslim Voice Foundation hosted the 9/11 Peace Picnic at the County Government Center. This was a day to remember those who are no longer with us and was also an opportunity to meet neighbors and friends and share in good company.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Peace Mass
On August 23, 2012, Fr Jon Pedigo, the new Pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, announced that the day's weekday Mass would be converted to a Peace Mass. A brief vigil and march was held in response to a recent string of violence in the community. Supervisor Cortese and members of the community attended to send messages of peace.
San Jose Pride Festival Opening Ceremony
August 17, 2012 marked the opening ceremony of the San Jose Pride Festival, a weekend-long event that celebrates diversity in our community.
"One American hurt, we All hurt!" Community Peace Rally
In response to a terrible tragedy which occurred at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, members of the Bay Area Sikh community and members of the multi-ethnic Coalition 2020 came together to express messages of peace, honor religious freedom, and remember the victims of the Oak Creek attack as well as all victims of intolerance. Supervisor Cortese's office, along with the office of Congressman Mike Honda and San Jose City Councilmember Ash Kalra and leaders from the Bay Area Sikh community, co-organized “One American hurt, we all hurt!” a celebration of unity and diversity on Thursday, August 9, 2012.
Sikh Gurdwara Vigil
On August 8, 2012, the San Jose Sikh Gurdwara Temple held a vigil in honor of the victims of a shooting which occurred at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
Gardner Health Ribbon Cutting
Santa Clara County Economic Summit
National Night Out
On August 7 and 9, 2012, the cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Milpitas observed National Night Out, a nation-wide initiative aimed to strenghthen neighborhood spirit and raise crime awareness. On these days, neighbors hosted block parties, BBQs, and potlucks and mingled with neighbors and local law enforcement officers.
Third Annual West Coast Disability Pride Parade & Festival
On July 21, 2012, the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC) and the Office of Supervisor Cortese held the 3rd Annual West Coast Disability Pride Parade & Festival in Downtown Mountain View. The event traditionally celebrates the historical significance of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and coincides with many Disability Pride celebrations happening around the world.This fully-inclusive event reflected the themes of disability justice, inclusion, diversity, and the independent living philosophy which supports empowerment of individuals with disabilities to make choices and manage their own lives.
Supervisor Cortese with his wife Pattie.
Armed Forces Day
On June 17, 2012 the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors proclaimed the month of June as 'Armed Forces Month' in honor of the sacrifices of those who served in the Armed Forces of the United States and the Republic of Vietnam.
Tully Road/101 Completion Ribbon Cutting
June 15, 2012 marked the completion of the U.S. 101/Tully Road Improvement Project. Through collaboration with Caltrans, VTA, and the City of San Jose, this highly anticipated project will help relieve chronic traffic jams on U.S. Highway 101 and Tully Road.
On June 9, 2012, Supervisor Cortese joined Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves, Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, and other elected officials and community members in celebrating the contributions of our Filipino-American community in Santa Clara County.
Dia de Portugal
On June 9, 2012, Dia de Portugal was celebrated at History Park in San Jose. The day was full of festivities which promoted the rich culture of Portuguese-Americans in Santa Clara County.
On June 9, 2012, BAPS Charities held its annual Walk-a-Thon at Lake Elizabeth park with the mission of raising funds for various community service organizations in Santa Clara County. Supervisor Cortese, along with Union City Mayor Mark Green, presented commendations on behalf of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and the Union City Council to BAPS Charities for their philanthropic services to the community.
Festa Della Repubblica
On June 4, 2012, Santa Clara County celebrated Festa Della Repubblica, in commemoration of the institutional referendum of 1946 when Italy became a Republic after the Second World War. Held in partnership with the Italian American Heritage Foundation of San Jose, Festa Della Repubblica was celebrated with a flag raising ceremony at the County Government Center.
Bambu Store Grand Opening
On June 2, 2012, Supervisor Cortese joined in celebrating the grand opening of the New Bambu Store in Milpitas.
Oak Hill Memorial Day Ceremony
On May 28, 2012, Supervisor Cortese attended The United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County's Memorial Day Ceremony held at Oak Hill Memorial Park. Supervisor Cortese joined hundreds in honoring and remembering our veterans and those who have served our Country.
SCCGOV 101 Academy Graduation Ceremony
On May 22, 2012, SCC GOV 101 ACADEMY held its graduation ceremony in conjunction with the Board of Supervisors meeting. The SCC GOV 101 Academy is a 10-week program for County residents designed to raise public awareness of County roles and services, promote engagement and understanding of the County, and encourage participation in advisory boards and commissions and volunteer opportunities.
Veteran's Appreciation Day
On May 18, 2012, Supervisor Cortese joined the San Jose Vet Center in celebrating Veteran's Appreciation Day.
Bay Trail/Adobe Creek Overcrossing
On May 16, 2012, Supervisor Liz Kniss announced her proposal grant funds for the completion of the Dumbarton Link to the Bay Trail and for the completion of the Adobe Creek overcrossing of Hwy 101.
Latinas Contra Cancer Mother's Day Walk
On the morning of Mother's Day, May 13, 2012, Latinas Contra Cancer held its major annual fund raising event, the Walk Against Cancer, to raise awareness in the Latino community around issues of cancer.
rryessa Art and Wine Festival
On May 12, 2012, Supervisor Cortese attended the annual Berryessa Art and Wine Festival, San Jose’s oldest and largest neighborhood festival. Hosted by the Berryessa Music Boosters, the festival has been raising funds to keep music programs available to all Berryessa Unified School District students for over three decades.
Dependency Advocacy Center's Giving Back Benefit Luncheon
On May 7, 2012, Supervisor Cortese joined the Dependency Advocacy Center in celebrating the 12th Anniversary of the Center's Mentor Parent Program, a program which pairs successful drug court graduates with participants in Santa Clara County’s two therapeutic dependency drug treatment courts.
Conference Call with President Obama
On May 7, 2012, Supervisor Cortese brought together local college students from National Hispanic University, San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, Stanford University, and Evergreen Valley College as well as students from the Santa Clara County Youth Task Force to discuss the concerns about rising student loan interest rates with President Barack Obama by conference call. President Obama spoke with students from around the Country about how they can make higher education more affordable.
Prusch Farm Cinco De Mayo Celebration
On May 5, 2012, Supervisor Cortese attended and participated in Emma Prusch Farm's Cinco De Mayo Parade and Festival.
Unity in Diversity Day
FAF Solar Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
On April 28, 2012, a ceremony and concert was held at the County Government Center in remembrance of the soldiers who fought and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War.
On April 6, 2012, 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 Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Cortese presented a proclamation declaring April 6, 2012 as Tartan Day in Santa Clara County.
On March 30, 2012, Supervisor Cortese spoke to the students of Bellarmine College Preparatory about immigration in Santa Clara County and the effects of Arizona's SB 1070 on the community.
Unity Day II: A Pilgrimage Towards Peace
Unity Day II is organized as part of the Corazon Project, a youth leadership program aimed to transform young people into leaders and turn frail neighborhoods where gang violence is pervasive into communities of strength. On Saturday, March 24, 2012, the youth from the Corazon Project will hosted Unity Day II, a Pilgrimage towards Peace. Over a hundred youth, community members and faith leaders attended to march for peace. Following the march, community members returned to Most Holy Trinity Church for free entertainment, free food, and a weapons and gang color turn in.
Our City Forest Alum Rock Neighborhood Tree Planting
On March 24, 2012, Supervisor Cortese helped to plant trees in the Alum Rock Neighborhood with Our City Forest volunteers. As part of the County's new environmental goals, over 1,000 new trees will be planted each year.
North Valley Little League Opening Day
Supervisor Cortese welcome the athletes and families of the North Valley Little League at the 2012 Opening Day Celebration.
Great American Litter Pick-Up
On March 17, 2012, Supervisor Cortese joined with San Jose Councilmember Kansen 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.
Berryessa Little League Opening Day
On March 17, 2012, Supervisor Cortese congratulated the members of Berryessa Little League on their opening day and presented a commendation to Little League President Karen Walters in recognition of the league's 20th anniversary.
Dr. Seuss Reads Across America
On March 2, 2012, Supervisor Cortese visited the students of Santee Elementary School to share some classic Dr. Seuss tales.
Taiwanese Spring Lantern Festival
On February 11, 2012, Supervisor Cortese joined in the celebration of the Taiwanese Spring Festival & re-election of Taiwan Pres. Ma Ying-Jeou. To see more photos from the Spring Festival by photographer Ben Huang, click here.
VTA Express Bus
On February 8, 2012, Supervisor Cortese rode the new Express Bus Line 183 from Evergreen to the Fremont BART Station to raise awareness of this important new line.
February 7, 2012 Board of Supervisors Meeting
At the February 7 Board of Supervisors Meeting, the Board honored Eros Correa, a recent graduate of Overfelt High School and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trial Finalist for his talent and dedication to the sport of boxing.
pervisor Cortese joined the Bay Area Chrysanthemum Growers Association in celebrating the Lunar New Year on February 4, 2012. Supervisor Cortese 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.
Santa Clara County Association of Realtors Installation Celebration
On January 26, 2012, Supervisor Cortese joined the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors in congratulating the newly elected officers and directors.
January 24, 2012 Board of Supervisors Meeting
At the January 24th Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Cortese presented a resoluton on behalf of the Board of Supervisors proclaiming the week of January 23-27 as National Earned Income Tax Credit Week. Supervisor Cortese also honored Fred and David Spitalere for their philanthropic contributions to the community.
Lunar New Year Artwork Unveiling
On January 23, 2012, Supervisor Cortese joined the Hsinchu Sister County Commision in celebrating the Lunar New Year with an unveiling of student artwork displayed at the County Government Center. Each year, the Northern California Chinese Schools Association holds an art contest among its students. This year's contest theme is in celebration of the Year of the Dragon, and will be the first time the winners of the contest will have their artwork displayed at the County.
Youth Task Force Swearing-In Ceremony
On January 12, 2012, Supervisor Cortese, Supervisor Wasserman, and County Executive Jeff Smith swore in 16 members to the Santa Clara County Youth Task Force. These newly appointed students, who reside all over Santa Clara County, will serve as advocates for youth in their districts as well as advisors to the Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Cortese with District 3 representatives:
Johnson Tran, Rebeka Dawit, Liliana Nguyen,
Jessica Alvarez, Brenda Mercado
January 10, 2012 Board of Supervisors Meeting
On January 10, 2012, Supervisor Cortese ended his term as President of the Board of Supervisors and passed the role on to Supervisor George Shirakawa, who will serve as President of the Board for 20
Meet and Greet with Evergreen Valley College Students
On January 10, 2012, Supervisor Cortese met with a group of young leaders from Evergreen Valley College and spoke with them about his role as an elected official and steps they can take to become leaders in their community.