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 Dear Friends,

During the 2017 wildfire season in Santa Clara County, communication towers were destroyed, evacuation alerts never reached residents and responders couldn’t communicate with each other as they battled the fires.

Communication during emergencies is a matter of life and death.

Before the end of the year, Santa Clara County will receive two Mobile Operations Satellite Expeditionary System or MOSES devices that, within minutes, can provide cell service or wi-fi to thousands of residents and emergency personnel.

And because they are mounted on small trailers, they can be towed to remote areas and set up for residents and emergency personnel.

Santa Clara County will be the first county in California to be able to use this system thanks to $4 million in state funding requested for us by State Assemblymember Evan Low.

And while we’re on the subject, please sign up for AlertSCC, 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.

For more information on this or any other topic, please call my office at 408-299-5030 or email me at

Below is information about events, programs and activities that might interest you.


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Upcoming Activities, Events and Programs

Spirit of ’45 Day & 1940s Dance Party
Join us at History Park San Jose on August 9 and 10 to celebrate The Spirit of ’45 and the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. From 8 to 11 p.m., on Friday August 9, there will be a 1940s Dance Party and fundraiser to support Spirit of ’45 Bay Area. From noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday August 10, History Park will be transported back to the 1940s with live big band music, swing dancing, fashion and car shows, a WWII tent city, homecoming parade, and activities for the whole family. Tickets for the dance can be purchased here​ for $15 or at the gate for $20. Admission to the Spirit of ’45 Day is $5, and veterans and children 5 and younger are free.

Seeking Vendors, Performers, Volunteers for Day on the Bay
Day on the Bay, our annual Multicultural Festival will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, at Alviso Marina County Park. If you’re interested in sponsoring the free event, having a booth or performing on one of the two festival stages, please visit our Day on the Bay page to register. For questions, please call staff member Vanessa Connell Turner at 408-299-5030 or email her at Vanessa.turner@bos.sccgov. org​.

Seniors Agenda Network Summit
The Seniors’ Agenda Network Summit will be 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, at the Orchard Banquet Hall, Campbell Community Center, 1 West Campbell Avenue, Campbell. This Summit’s keynote speaker is Tripp Mills, Deputy Director of Senior Services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Twice a year, the Seniors’ Agenda brings nearly 200 professional advocates and elected officials together to strengthen our community for older adults. The Seniors’ Agenda is a project of the County Department of Aging and Adult Services. Click here​ for more information and to register for this free event.

Have You Been Displaced from Your Home?
The City of San Jose invites residents to a series of forums on housing displacement in San Jose neighborhoods. The City would like to hear your stories if you have been displaced from a home you rent or own. The forums will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 15 at Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive, San Jose; 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 24, at Alma Community Center, 136 West Alma Avenue, San Jose; and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 7, at Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose. Translations in Spanish and Vietnamese will be available. For information, call Jacklyn Joanino at 408-794-7472 or email

Join Me at Gandhi: 150 Years and Beyond
Please join me on August 11, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the India Community Center as the Indians for Collective Action present Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebration at ICC Milpitas, at 525 Los Coches Street, Milpitas. The event will share views on Gandhi’s principles and teachings as well as nonviolence in today’s world. The program will also celebrate Gandhi’s legacy through song, music, and dance. Lunch will be served, and tickets are $5. For more information about the event or to register, visit here.

Kids Fun Festival Celebrates All Cultures
Kids Fun Festival is a multicultural celebration dedicated to children of all ages and backgrounds with activities, games, performances and international delicacies. Kids Fun Festival brings together more than 30,000 community members to experience the heritages of different cultures from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, at Cupertino Memorial Park. Visit Kids ’N Fun Festival for more details.

Dilli Haat Offers Indian Culture and Food in Cupertino
Dilli Haat Food and Folk Festival will be noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, at Cupertino Memorial Park, Stevens Creek Boulevard and Mary Avenue, Cupertino. Dilli Haat transports you to the world of Indian art and heritage presented through crafts, cuisine and cultural activities. There will be music and entertainment throughout the day and activities for children. The event is hosted by WomenNow TV.

PAC*SJ to Lead Tour of Eichler Homes in San Jose
Join Preservation Action Council San Jose for a tour through San Jose’s largest enclave of Eichler homes, a 1920s era model train scenario of Santa Clara County’s West Valley and shop in the Mid-Century Pop Up Shop. All are within walking distance. The event will be 10 a.m. to 2p.m. on Saturday, August 17. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Silicon Valley Pride Events
Silicon Valley Pride weekend festivities will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, at Plaza de Cesar Chavez with a Trans and Friends Rally from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by a Saturday Night Party from 6 to 11 p.m. with speakers and performers. The Silicon Valley Pride Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 25, along Market Street beginning at Julian Street, followed by a Day Festival from noon to 6 p.m. at Plaza de Cezar Chavez. To register for the parade, contact Amy Lanteigne with the Office of LGBTQ Affairs at Click here for more details.

Flag Raising Ceremony to Recognize Pakistani Community
Join me and community members for a Pakistani flag raising and reception from 6:15 to 8p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, in the James P. McEntee Plaza at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street. The flag raising will be followed by cultural performances and a reception. The event is sponsored by my office and the American Muslim Voice Foundation. For more details, call my office at 408-299-5030 or email Samina Sundas at

Register Now for Women’s Equality Day Luncheon
The Women’s Equality Day Luncheon 2019 will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, August 23, at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose. The event, which is sponsored by the County Office of Women’s Policy and the Commission on the Status of Women, promises a delicious, environmentally friendly lunch with local leaders dedicated to advancing the needs of women and girls. This year’s theme is Spectacular at Every Stage.

Click here to register and purchase tickets. For more information, call 408-678-1499 or email

BeautifySJ Grants Available to San Jose Groups
San Jose’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is accepting applications for the BeautifySJ Grant Program. Click here​ for more information and instructions on how to apply. The deadline is Tuesday, August 13.

14th Annual Golf Classic to Benefit Child Advocates
Swing into action and join the Golf Classic on Monday, August 26, at Los Altos Golf and Country Club. Besides the tournament contest, there will be dinner and an evening program with great auction items. All proceeds benefit Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. Click here for more information and tickets.

Celebrate Cambrian Festival at the Camden Community Center
San Jose City Council District 9 and the Camden Community Center present Celebrate Cambrian, a free family festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 25. Celebrate Cambrian features live music, entertainment, local food, bounce houses, a resource fair and a beer garden. This event will be at Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose.

Senior Safari at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Senior Safaris are monthly events for guests age 50 and over, from 9 to 10 a.m. with free admission and free parking at 1300 Senter Road, San Jose. Join the Safari on August 22, arrive before 9 a.m. and stay as long as you like after doors open to the public. For more information click here or call 408-794-6400.

Ujama Connects Parents to Parents
There is a free service for parents who are juggling many schedules and sometimes find it difficult to get kids to school, after-school events or summer camps and activities. Ujama will help you find other parents in your neighborhoods who are sending their kids to the same activities. With Ujama, an app available on an iPhone or android phone, parents can make new connections to start carpooling, arrange play dates or discover new enriching activities for children. Visit​ for more information and to sign up. Ujama is a Swahili word for extended family.

Reporting Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect
The Santa Clara County Social Services Agency’s Department of Family and Children’s Services has launched a 24/7 toll-free universal number to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect in the County: 1-833-SCC-KIDS (1-833-722-5437).

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.

CalFresh/EBT Is Welcome at Your Local Farmers Market
Farmers markets are a great place to buy produce and fresh foods, and many Santa Clara County farmers markets now accept CalFresh/EBT cards. Get up to $10 in free fruits and veggies through the Market Match program when you use a CalFresh/EBT card at a participating farmers market this summer. That’s a great deal for the family and for the farmer. Find a market at and click here for eligibility guidelines.

Save the Date

Special Hearing on Issues Affecting Older Adults
Please join me, Supervisor Cindy Chavez and the County Department of Aging and Adult Services for a special hearing on issues affecting older adults from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, in the Board Chambers at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose. Click here to RSVP.

Classic Cars Will Be on Display at Almaden Lake Park
Almaden Lake’s 4th Annual Graffiti Night will be 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 6, at Almaden Lake Park in San Jose. Enjoy the Classic Car Show-N-Shine along with music and food trucks. More than 60 classic and custom cars from all models and makes will be on display, including beauties from the 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond. Registration to display a car began July 20, and costs $20 before August 31. The event is free for all others. For more information, please contact Yazmin Rios at or call Almaden Lake Park at (408) 927-0868.

Hot San Jose Nights is Gearing Up for 11th Annual Event
Registration is also open for car and aircraft owners who want to join the 11th Annual Hot San Jose Nights, which will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, at Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose. There also will be food and live music and STEAM activities. The event, including parking, is free. Visit Hot San Jose Nights​ for more information. Thanks to Mike and Susan Hennessey who organize the event. I am a proud sponsor of the event. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Last updated: 8/13/2019 1:29 PM