Officals Support National Gay Blood Drive Day
Supervisor Dave Cortese joined Congressman Mike Honda and Campbell City Councilman Evan Low at a news conference to call for an end to the ban against gay men donating blood. Also at the July 7 news conference at the County Government Center were Lynn Walden, whose gay son cannot donate blood for his ill brother, and Ryan Yezak, spokesman for the National Gay Blood Drive.
New Demonstration Garden Opens in San Jose
The County of Santa Clara and the University of California Master Gardeners celebrated the opening of their first demonstration garden on County property at 1553 Berger Drive, San Jose, on June 27. Residents can take classes in the fall to learn how to grow backyard gardens while conserving water.
VMC Foundation Launches Campaign for New Center
On June 25, the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Foundation kicked off a $25 million campaign to create a new Women and Children's Center on the VMC campus. Supervisor Cortese and the other board members celebrated the announcement that $6 million has already been pledged to the campaign.
Safe Summer Kickoff
The Safe Summer Kickoff on June 22, provided a resource fair, entertainment and a safe place turn in unwanted medicine to the Sheriff's Department. Supervisor Cortese joined the community gathering at Emma Prusch Park in San Jose.
Dia de Portugal
On June 14, Supervisor Cortese presented a resolution to the Portuguese Community at the annual Dia de Portugal at San Jose History Park in San Jose.
Orchard Supply Hardware Grand Opening
On May 31st, Supervisor Cortese joined the community in celebrating the grand opening of a new Orchard Supply Hardware store on Royal Avenue in San Jose.
Santa Clara County Small Business Summit
On May 30th, over 300 small business owners participated in a small business summit hosted by Supervisors Cortese, Wasserman, and the Small Business Development Center. The summit featured panelists from the county and provided information to attendees regarding permitting and tax credits.
Latino Community Forum on Disparity & Disproportionality
On May 29th, Supervisor Cortese attended and spoke at a community forum on disparity and disproportionality in the Latino community.
Senior Nutrition Press Conference
On May 22, Supervisor Cortese participated in a press conference regarding his proposal that the County invest additional budget dollars so that food can be cooked on-site at the senior centers that have kitchens. The proposal will be heard at the Children, Seniors, and Families Committee meeting on May 29, 2014 and then again during the Santa clara County Budget Hearings in June. Click here to read more.
Santa Clara County Fallen Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony
On May 16th, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office hosted a fallen officers memorial ceremony to honor officers and deputies who have fallen in the line of duty.
Bus Trip to Sacramento
On April 30th, over 120 concerned parents, teachers, students, and residents joined Supervisor Cortese on the annual Bus Trip to Sacramento to advocate for education funding. At the State Capitol, we met with various legislators including the State Superintendent, who gave us an update on current bills and legislation related to education. We were so fortunate this year to have been joined by a large representation of students this year from Santa Teresa and Oak Grove high schools!
Alum Rock Bus Rapid Transit Groundbreaking
On March 21, Supervisor Cortese attended a groundbreaking ceremony at the Mexican Heritage Plaza for VTA's new Bus Rapid Transit Project - the first in the Bay Area. The seven mile long Santa Clara - Alum Rock line BRT will connect east San Jose to downtown. Buses will run every 10 minutes and is scheduled to be in service next year.
Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council Citizen of the Year Celebration
On March 10, Supervisor Cortese attended the Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council's Citizen of the Year celebration. Members and attendees enjoyed traditional dance performances and a presentation on the Potuguese culture. Berryessa Business Association President, Frank Cancilla, was honored as the association's Citizen of the Year.
Silicon Valley Kids Climate Club Presentation at Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
On March 5 & 6, Supervisor Cortese visited the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and spoke to students about local government and how to reduce carbon footprint and become environmental superheroes. .
Westfield Oakridge Winter Walk for Seniors
On February 28, Supervisor Cortese joined Councilmembers Ash Kalra, Donald Rocha and Johnny Khamis, and dozens of seniors in the community for the 7th Annual Westfield Oakridge Winter Senior Walk and Resource Fair.
Board of Supervisors Meeting Honoring Gwen Ford
At the February 25 Board Meeting, Supervisor Cortese and the Board of Supervisors honored Gwen Ford for her many years of service as Executive Director of Project HIRED.
Willow Glen County Expressways Public Meeting
On February 24, Supervisor Cortese and the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association held a County Expressways Meeting at the Willow Glen Community Center to gather community input on the County's Expressway Plan 2040
Water Unit News Conference
On February 24, Supervisor Cortese held a press conference with Jessie Singh, President and CEO of BJS Global Inc., in Milpitas, CA to unveil new technology to combat drought. Powered by electricity, the BJS-300 removes moisture from the air and condenses it into pure, drinkable water. The moisture to drinking water technology is being used in countries around the world to ease water shortages caused by climate or natural disasters. Supervisor Cortese would like the County to explore its use in combatting the current drought and easing water shortages during emergencies.
Gapbusters News Conference
On February 19, Supervisor Cortese attended the Gapbusters bus tour stop press conference in San Jose. The Gapbusters tour was a three-day, seven stop tour that began Feb. 18 in San Diego, and ended Feb. 20 in Sacramento. Its primary focus was to highlight the uniquely powerful roles that early childhood education and care play in preparing California’s kids for school and closing the achievement gap.
Hsinchu Commission/Association of Northern California Chinese Schools New Years Art Exhibit Opening
On February 19, Supervisor Cortese joined the Santa Clara County/Hsinchu, Taiwan Sister County Commission and the Association of Northern California Chinese Schools in congratulating the Year of the Horse art contest winners. Winning art work will be displayed in the County Government Center (70 W. Hedding, San Jose) Breezeway from February 19th-28th.
Evergreen/East Valley Real Estate Marketing Group
On February 18th, Supervisor Cortese was the guest speaker at Evergreen/East Valley Real Estate Marketing Group's monthly meeting.
Wage Theft Ordinance Press Conference
At a news conference on Thursday, February 13, Supervisor Cortese said he will ask the County legal team to consider an ordinance to protect workers against “wage theft,” which is happening to low-wage earners in service industries across the nation and in Santa Clara County. Supervisor Cortese’s request will be reviewed by the Board of Supervisors at the February 25 Board of Supervisors meeting.
VACNORCAL Lunar New Year Flag Raising
On Sunday, February 2, Supervisor Dave Cortese and VACNORCAL held a Lunar New Year Flag Raising Ceremony at the County Government Center. Supervisor Cortese was accompanied by his wife Pattie and presented a resolution on behalf of the Board of Supervisors to VACNORCAL.
On Saturday, February 1, Supervisor Dave Cortese joined thousands in celebration the Lunar New Year at the Tet Festival held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Supervisor Cortese was glad to have been a co-sponsor of this festival, which featured live music and cultural performances, a resource fair, games for kids, and much more.
Teen Challenge Dedication
On January 30, Supervisor Dave Cortese joined over 50 supporters at Teen Challenge Alum Rock Women and Children’s Center of San Jose's dedication ceremony. The center received a kitchen and 5 bath remodel thanks to support from HomeAid Northern California and builder captains Brookfield Residential and Standard Pacific Homes.
Canoas Garden Neighborhood Association Meeting
On January 28, Supervisor Dave Cortese spoke with neighbors at the Canoas Garden Neighborhood Association's Annual Meeting.
Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley's Freedom Train
On Monday, January 20, Supervisor Cortese welcomed hundreds of passengers boarding the 30th Annual Freedom Train to San Francisco to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Click here to view more photos from the Freedom Train.
South Bay Mentoring Coalition Mentoring Conference
On Saturday, January 25, Supervisor Cortese and the South Bay Mentoring Coalition hosted a Mentoring Conference at the County Government Center. Over 100 residents interested in becoming mentors to youth in Santa Clara County attended the conference, and gained valuable information about what it takes to become a mentor. We were fortunate to have had Will Lopez of Homeboy Industries as our keynote speaker. Click here to find out more about the South Bay Mentoring Coalition.
San Jose Taiwan Sister City Association Meeting
Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese attended a meeting of the San Jose Taiwan Sister City Association on Saturday, January 18, at the Taiwanese American Center in San Jose. The organization will be part of the 58th annual Sister City International Conference in San Jose from July 31 to August 1, 2014. San Jose and Tainan City have been sister cities for 37 years. Click here to view the news article in the Epoch Times (Chinese).