10 years of Day on the Bay
Where can you watch traditional Mexican, Vietnamese and Indian dancers, take a ride in a kayak, eat a hamburger or veggie burger, claim a pumpkin and get a flu shot in one place on the same day? The answer is Supervisor Dave Cortese’s Day on the Bay, the annual multicultural and resource festival, at the Alviso Marina County Park. And it’s all free.
The fun actually starts before the event, with Bike to the Bay, an 8.5-mile community bicycle ride along the Guadalupe River Trail, which is organized by my office, the San Jose Bike Party and Community Cycles of California.
The event also offers a resource fair with more than 120 service providers and focused on healthy living. Thousands of visitors are be able to receive free vision and hearing screenings, blood pressure checks and flu shots and information on vital services.
Traditional Day on the Bay features include a large pumpkin patch, kayak rides on the waterway to the Bay, zucchini car races and free hamburgers and veggie burgers grilled by the Santa Clara County Firefighters.
Click here for a video of last year’s event.
Sacramento Bus Trip for Education
Supervisor Cortese’s annual Bus Trip for Education brings together public education advocates with state legislators who make decisions about our schools. Over the years, hundreds of high school students have joined the trip, along with parents, educators, elected officials and community leaders.
Bus Trip participants gain an in-depth knowledge of issues, ranging from grades K-12 to community colleges and four-year universities. Participants receive updates on current legislative proposals, a status update on school funding and other key public education efforts. There are also guided tours of the Capitol.
More importantly, Bus Trip participants have an opportunity to voice their interests and concerns directly to state legislators that represent Santa Clara County. Previous speakers have included Assemblymembers Kansen Chu, Evan Low, Ash Kalra, Anna Cabellero, Mark Stone, Marc Berman and Kevin Kiley; and Senators Jim Beall, Jerry Hill and Bob Wieckowski.
Click here for a video of last year's bus trip.
Pilgrimage to La Paz
Supervisor Dave Cortese annually hosts a free bus trip to the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument to commemorate the late labor leader's legacy. The bus trip includes a site visit to the memorial garden where Chavez is buried, an exhibit hall with photos and artifacts, and a stroll along the outdoor paths that surround the area.
Homeless Health Fair
Uninsured, low-income or homeless residents have been invited to Supervisor Cortese’s annual Downtown Health Fair for free health screenings, flu shots and connections to service providers. For the past 7 years, besides health screenings, flu shots and our service agencies, volunteers provide haircuts, winter clothing, foot baths, showers and lunch. Screenings include tests for glucose, cholesterol, HIV and dental checks.
Alviso Boat Tours
Rediscover the Bay in the South Bay
Did you know you can tour the wonders of the San Francisco Bay salt marshes and ponds right here in Santa Clara County for free?
In 2015, I created a pilot program, with the help of our Sheriff's Office and Parks and Recreation Department, for students to experience the Bay's natural history, shifting shorelines and the important role wetlands provide as protection from the effects of the changing climate.
Upon success of the pilot program, the County Board of Supervisors approved funding in 2017 to purchase a new 30-foot, 30-passenger pontoon-style catamaran.
There are two types of interpretive programs: one for school groups, and another for general public and community groups.
During my time on the Board, the Alviso slough has become a gateway to the Bay with the addition of boat launch ramps and two floating docks. In 2013, it was designated as the first site on the San Francisco Bay Water Trail and is used by hundreds of boaters and kayakers who navigate through the salt marshes to the open waters of the Bay.
Alviso, which was incorporated into San Jose in 1968, was the major commercial shipping point for the entire South County, transporting hides, redwood and quicksilver from the new Almaden mines all over the world until the railroads took over. Alviso was also a regular stop for steamboats and stagecoaches, and the town bustled with taverns, hotels and stores.
For more information contact my office at (408) 299-5030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.