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Summit Produced Solutions




Dear Friends,


I’ve always said, and will continue to say, that the best ideas that make their way to government leaders come from the community.


I was reminded of that when the Board of Supervisors approved creating a new Homeless Task Force to focus on short-term shelter and transitional housing for the 9,000 unsheltered residents in Santa Clara County, most of whom sleep outside every night.


This idea, and many others that the County is looking at, came out of conversations at the Community Summit on Homelessness that I convened last September. Nearly 250 people attended, including 60 participants who knew a lot about the topic. They were among the thousands who live here as our neighbors but don’t have permanent housing.


They will have permanent supportive housing as the many Measure A projects are finished, 21 to date, but we need to find ways to provide shelter and temporary housing now.

That will be the focus of the Task Force, along with looking at new ways to provide other services that unhoused residents need, such as physical and mental health care, transportation, addiction treatment and job training.


In the meantime, we need to step up our efforts to provide shelter and interim housing for our residents who are struggling to survive on the streets. The solutions might include tiny home villages, government-supported camps, more shelters or a significant increase in shelter beds, or all of the above. The Task Force will need a sharp focus on what we can do now to alleviate the misery suffered by thousands in our community.


I invite you to take time to read the report from the Community Summit on Homelessness, which provides summaries of the conversations and a list of other recommendations. Let me know what you think.


If you want to be on the Task Force, please contact the Office of Board President Cindy Chavez at 408-299-5020. You can always reach my office at 408-299-5030 or email me at


Please check out the other activities, programs and events below. If you have questions, please call my office at 408-299-5030 or email me at       




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       Programs, Events and Activities     







Programs, Events and Activities

Events Honoring Cesar Chavez


  • Celebrating the 19th Annual Cesar Chavez Scholarship Breakfast at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 27, at the Fairmont Hotel, 170 South Market Street, San Jose. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Chavez Family Vision website or call 408-518-2565.
  • The Cesar Chavez Commemorative March will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, at San Jose’s Roosevelt Park, between 19th and East Santa Clara Streets. The march will end at Plaza de Cesar Chavez with a short rally with the community, Chavez family members and other dignitaries. For information, click here or call 408-518-2565.
  • The United Farmworkers Flag will be raised at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, in front of the San Jose City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose.


Public Safety Meeting in East Foothills

Please join me, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, the San Jose Police Department and the California Highway Patrol at a public safety meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16, at the Foothill Presbyterian Church, 5301 McKee Road, San Jose. For more information or questions, contact my office at 408-299-5030 or email

Strong Girls Strong Women Conference

The County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy will host the 8th Annual Strong Girls, Strong Women Leadership Conference for high school girls and adult allies. The free conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose. The event is free and open to all high school girls in Santa Clara County. Click
here for more information and to register.

Multifaith Justice Seder

On March 30 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice will host a celebration of shared values of justice and liberation for the Jewish Passover Seder. Click
here for more information and details about the event.

Tea-Talk with the Persian Community

Join me and the Iranian Federated Women’s Club on March 5 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for the Persian Community’s 24th Tea-Talk, focusing on “Dignity, Respect, Equality and Justice for Women.” The meeting will be at the Main Street Cupertino Loft in the Lounge Room at 19550 Valco Parkway, Cupertino. Visit for more information.


Saratoga Foothill Club Garage and Treasure Sale

Please join the Saratoga Foothill Club at their Garage and Treasure Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 and from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 8. All the funds raised will support the Exterior Preservation Project of the Clubhouse, 20399 Park Place, Saratoga. Please reach out to Dianne Priest if you have any questions at 408-599-9940.

Assyrian New Year Celebration

The Assyrian American Association of San Jose will celebrate the Assyrian New Year with a variety of events. On March 28, an Assyrian New Year Celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Santa Clara Marriott. Click
here to register A flag-raising ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. on March 20 at San Jose City Hall. Visit the Assyrian American Association of San Jose Facebook page for more information.

County Library Events

Throughout March, the County Libraries are hosting a wide variety of family-friendly events. Activities range from knitting to Tai Chi and ballroom dancing. Click
here to check schedules or call 408-262-1171.

Register Now for Our Free Bus Trip for Education

Registration is open for our 18th annual Bus Trip for Education, which will be on May 20. Our annual visit to Sacramento connects residents and youth with State Legislators who make decisions about our schools and how they are funded. Legislators who represent Santa Clara County meet with our group to give updates on what they are working on and take questions on a variety of topics. The daylong event includes a light breakfast and lunch, as well as a tour of the Capitol Building. Click
here to register.

Applications Sought for New Americans Fellowship Program


The County Office of Immigrant Relations invites current DACA recipients to apply for a 10-week paid internship with the New American Fellowship program during the summer of 2020. The deadline to apply is April 1. Click here for more details and to download and application.

Florence Young Entrepreneurs Technology Grant

The County of Santa Clara/Florence, Italy Sister County Commission is accepting grant applications for young entrepreneurs who participate in recognized incubator or accelerator programs in the Santa Clara County. The deadline to apply is on April 30, 2020. Click
here for more information.

Santa Clara PARTI Biz Camp

The PARTI (Positive Alternative Recreation Teambuilding Impact) program is hosting an event from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at 2805 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, to provide information for scholarships, internships, and volunteering opportunities for youth at the Biz Camp. If you are interested, email to register.

Bay Area Older Adults Events

For the month of March, the Bay Area Older Adults organization is hosting an event called the “Aviation History Buffet,” including a one-hour private tour of the Moffett Field Historical Society Museum, followed by lunch. Click
here for more information about Bay Area Older Adults and to register.

Sign up Now for Spring Rebuilding Day

Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley brings together a network of volunteers and professionals to provide critical home repairs and resources to the community. Spring Rebuilding Day is on Saturday, April 25, and you can click
here to volunteer. No experience is necessary; the organization will train you. Email if you want to learn more, or call 408-578-9519 x 1004.

Special Exhibit Celebrates Women’s Suffrage

The Euphrat Museum's special exhibit, Women Pathmakers, is in recognition of the 100-year anniversary of the American women’s right to vote. It will be on display through March 12 at the at the museum, 21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino. Regular museum hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit

Growing Up Asian in America Art, Essay and Video Contest

The Growing Up Asian in America contest is celebrating their 25th anniversary by creating a contest for young Asian Americans to be awarded a cash prize and a chance to appear on NBC Bay Area. This year’s theme for the contest is called “Why I Count!” and is aimed at K-12 students in Santa Clara County. Entry for the contest ends March 6. To learn more or to enter your submission, click


Free Tax Aid Available for Basic Returns

Earn It, Keep It, Save It! EKS is a coalition of Bay Area organizations that provide free tax preparation to households earning less than $56,000 a year. United Way Bay Area partners with the Internal Revenue Service, churches, nonprofits, AARP and other organizations to scale the free tax preparation effort across the region. Certified bilingual volunteers are trained to help prepare basic tax returns at neighborhood centers, libraries, schools and shopping malls. Click here for more information, and click here for a list of sites in Santa Clara County.

Vacancies on County Boards and Commissions

Santa Clara County would like you to consider applying for a seat on one of our Boards or Commissions. For residents of District 3, there are vacancies on the Moscow Sister-County Commission. Click
here for more information on this commission and other vacancies, as well as application forms.

Register Now for Summer Camps at the Tech

Registration is open now for summer camps at the Tech Museum for children who will be entering 4th to 8th grades in the fall. The camps for budding engineers, scientists, designers and makers will be June 8 to August 14. Click here for more information and to register.

One-on-One Tutors for Reading

Reading Partners is seeking volunteers interested in one-on-one tutoring for local elementary school students who are struggling with reading. If you think you can help make a difference in a child’s life, please reach out to Hadya Amin at 408-945-5720 or


County Mobile App Helps You Report Problems

The County has a Mobile Citizen App to help you report illegal dumping, graffiti, problems with streetlights or traffic signals and other service requests to the County Roads and Airports Department. Click
here to find out how to download the app. For illegal dumping complaints, you can also call the hotline at 408-299-5770 or call our office at 408-299-5030.


Sign Up Now for County Alert System

ReadySCC is a County emergency warning system that can send messages directly to your cell phone, mobile device, email or landline in case of flooding, wildfires and other disasters. Click
here for more information on how to sign up.

Census Bureau Needs Workers for the 2020 Count

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of temporary workers to fill 2020 Census jobs in Santa Clara County and elsewhere. The jobs are mainly for clerical and census-taker positions, but also include a few supervisory and recruitment outreach positions. In Santa Clara County, 2020 Census jobs pay from $27 to $30 an hour. Click
here for details.

Last updated: 5/27/2020 9:11 AM