RECAP – BCA General Meeting – July 19, 2017

Special thanks to our General Meeting attendees from the community and the our roster of presenters. What follows are an overview of the items discussed and any related information that might be useful to those that were not able to attend the meeting.

1) A Representative from the Burbank Sanitary District notified the community that they are actively looking for people interested in joining their Board of Directors. For more information feel free to contact one of the BSD Directors for more information.

2) Main Topic – Waterwise Gardening
Speaker: Rene Prupes, Master Gardener
a) Reviewed some best practices:
– Soil care – using compost/mulch to help keep plants healthy and retaining water in the infamous clay soil that is common in the area. Dr Steven Andrews had some good things to say about compost/mulch strategies to keep soil healthy
– Stressed the importance of looking at plants above and below the soil to better gauge health.
– Drip irrigation is key to focus watering efforts and also make sure to water early in the morning to minimize evaporation and water loss.
– When managing your garden, use the “hydra zoning” technique – group plants by water usage and leverage other plants to shade more water-needy plants.
– Give seasonal planting a try – don’t think that fruits/vegetables only grow in the spring/summer – try looking at fall/winter planting for more variety.
– Rene also reminded attendees about the Master Gardener program local in San Jose where there a variety of services available.

Speaker: Patty McInturff, Burbank Gardeners Group
b) Patty gave an overview of her approach to gardening and especially her system for using rainwater in her yard.
– One key was connecting rain barrels together to capture water from a single downspout, but ensure that it filled up multiple barrels.
– With rain barrels – being aware of mosquito control is important – so ensure that you take that into account so your irrigation water doesn’t introduce pests.
– One strategy shared for integrating water barrels was a downspout diverter – this allows for the barrel(s) to fill and if they hit capacity, the overflow goes down the downspout with any back flow issues.
– For using the water in your yard, you will typically prefer a pump or some way to get the water out of the barrel into your irrigation system/hose.

3) Community Update – Santa Clara County Sheriff
a) We had a brief presentation session on the roll out of body cameras to the approx 1200 Deputies in Santa Clara County. They have about 50% deployed and have taken almost 36,000 videos since the program started.
b) Reminded residents to please continue reporting any incidents or needs – if issues are not reported, the Sheriff’s office can’t allocate resources reliably!
c) Reminder regarding Neighborhood Watch programs and to contact the Sheriff’s office for more information on starting a program on your street
d) National Night Out is August 1!  If you would like a visit to your local celebration fill out the request form.

4) Community Update – County Supervisor’s Office
a) VTA Bascom Corridor Complete Streets Study is ongoing –
b) There has been positive movement on designating the Burbank Theater marquee to have historical importance as part of the Burbank community.
c) With the closing of Time Deli, options are being explored to see if the Time Deli clock marquee may also be considered historically important.
d) Senior Scam Stopper Seminar: August 21, 11AM to 1PM at Rose Garden Library Community Room. Get more information on how to prevent being a victim of fraud.

5) Community Update – District Attorney’s Office
a) Time Deli closure was prompted by a lawsuit brought about for lack of compliance with ADA disability access standards for the restaurant. Before the building is leased again, it will require renovations – this will naturally delay the availability of the building to a new tenant.
b) Tip Top Liquors has made numerous updates to their storefront area to help reduce the consumption of liquor on the premises. Thanks to the DA’s office and the Sheriff’s office for working together with the store owner and the building owner to find creative ways to decrease loitering and other infractions.
c) The DA’s office is co-hosting with SJPD a series of community workshops on burglary prevention. If you can’t make one of the workshops – here is a PDF of burglary prevention tips.

BCA General Meeting on July 19, 2017!

Burbank residents are invited to our next BCA general Meeting to be held on July 19th, 2017 at 7pm in the Rose Garden Library Community Room. Please park on the street as the Rose Garden parking garage will close at 7pm!

Address: Rose Garden Library, 1580 Naglee Ave, San Jose CA 95126

Water-wise gardening tips and tricks from local gardening experts
Burbank area updates from:
– Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office
– Kieran Kelly (Office of County Supervisor Ken Yeager)
– Alisha Schoen (Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County)

Thank you to our July Flyer Sponsors: West San Carlos-Midtown Business Association, Antiques Colony and Sterling’s Barbers and Stylists!

BCA-July-2017-FINAL (PDF here)

See you on the 19th!

The BCA Board

BCA General Meeting on March 22, 2017!

Burbank residents are invited to our next BCA general Meeting to be held on March 22nd, 2017 at 7pm in the Rose Garden Library Community Room. Please park on the street as the Rose Garden parking garage will close at 7pm!

Address: Rose Garden Library, 1580 Naglee Ave, San Jose CA 95126

Anti-Grafitti and Anti-Litter Resource Presentation by the City of San José.
Burbank area updates from:
– California Highway Patrol
– Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office
– Kieran Kelly (Office of County Supervisor Ken Yeager)
– Alisha Schoen (Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County)

Thank you to our March Flyer Sponsors: Calderon’s Tires, Pho Lynn and ZIP2Print!

BCA-March-2017-FINAL Download PDF here

See you on the 22nd!

The BCA Board

BCA Update – Posting of Bylaws and Standing Rules [UPDATE]

For Dec 1, 2016, we are formally posting the Burbank Community Association (BCA) Bylaws and Standing Rules in process.

Thank you to all who provided feedback, while updating these “behind the scenes” policies and procedures were time consuming, they are key to helping the BCA maintain relevancy to the community we represent.

[UPDATE] June 15, 2017: Please note that per our March 22 General Meeting, the BCA Bylaws and Standing Rules were approved. PDF link is below.

BCA Bylaws and Standing Rules (PDF)

The BCA Board

Special thanks to Santa Clara County Sheriffs for Neighborhood Watch presentation

Saturday’s “How to start Neighborhood Watch in your area” presentation by the Santa Clara County Sheriff was really helpful. Primarily focused on areas of the Burbank area without Neighborhood Watch programs in place, it was a good reminder that the first step to any community empowerment starts with just asking the right questions and having the power of the community to back it up. The presentation from the Sheriff’s deputies focused on how to be safer and set up Neighborhood Watch programs.  The attendees gained useful information and were able to meet members of their community and get to know their neighbors.


If you would like more information on how to participate in an existing Neighborhood Watch program, or would like to start one in your area, feel free to contact the BCA and we can make sure we get you to the right person.

-The BCA

BCA General Meeting – September 21, 2016 – Recap!

Thank you to the Burbank residents that were able to attend and our guest speakers. We will be hosting our next meeting on March 22, 2017 – stay tuned for guest speakers and more information int he New Year!

To recap some of the main areas of our guest speakers, we have provided some links to the relevant information:

Silicon Valley Clean Energy –
Notices will be heading out to residents in the selected areas in January 2017 with a service launch date of April to October 2017. Their expectation with this change is to increase the level of sustainability in the power generation side, but still leverage PG&E’s infrastructure for power delivery. There also appears to be a concerted efforts to make sure the pricing stays competivie with PG&E. Note that this program will be sending out notices in early 2017 – so keep an eye out!
For a PDF of the program information go here.

Our City Forest –

Get information on getting a tree to plant in your area:

Visit the Community Nursery to select plants/tress to plant in your yard:

If you have at least 500 sq ft of contiguous lawn and want to explore replacement options – check out the Lawn Busters program. Check out the page for more details and to see if you qualify:

And of course – feel free to get more information on volunteering with OCF!

BCA General Meeting on September 21!

Burbank residents are invited to our next BCA general Meeting is on September 21st, 2016 at 7pm in the Rose Garden Library Community Room. Please park on the street as the Rose Garden parking garage will close at 7pm!

Address: Rose Garden Library, 1580 Naglee Ave, San Jose CA 95126

1. BCA Bylaws update (PDF)
2. Silicon Valley Clean Energy ( Santa Clara County is exploring programs around municipal utilities, come and get some information about how other communities have used these resources to lower utility costs in their areas.
3. Our City Forest ( Learn about City/County programs for increasing urban gardens/forests and cost effective options for drought tolerant/native gardening to reduce water consumption and support native fauna.
4. Kieran Kelly (Office of County Supervisor Ken Yeager)
5. Alisha Schoen (Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County).

Thank you,

The BCA Board

KQED – Bay Curious – Why does San Jose have so many urban islands?

Special thanks to KQED’s Ericka Cruz Guevarra for a great overview of urban islands in San Jose. As part of their Bay Curious segment, a listener requested some details on the history of urban islands in San Jose. As Burbank residents, we have some insight on this as we get to live the island dream every day. Some members of the BCA were fortunate enough to meet Ericka in person for an interview and answer some questions first hand. Check it out!


Why Does San Jose Have So Many Urban Islands?



BCA General Meeting – July 20, 2016 – Recap!

After General Meetings, the BCA Board will be posting recaps of the meeting content for anyone that couldn’t attend in person.

First, a big thank you to all of the speakers and residents for providing useful questions for discussion. The BCA launched it’s Summer Newsletter (PDF) at the meeting in addition to the usual updates.

Mark Ruffing, Code Enforcement Manager for Santa Clara County, shared some information on the process changes happening behind the scenes on the Code Enforcement team. They are getting some more personnel onboard later this year, but are taking advantage of that time to improve their internal processes for reporting, follow up and tracking. Currently there are many manual processes, so their goal is to improve various aspects of code enforcement duties and have been working with other Code Enforcement groups to see what works (and what doesn’t).

Mark also shared some information for residents to report code matters more efficiently:

  1. The first step to reporting something is knowing the jurisdiction. Here is the link to look up an address and determine if you should contact the city of San Jose or Santa Clara County for reporting violations.
  2. The system works best, when you contact the right department. Mark provided us with a handout for various contact groups within the Code Enforcement area (PDF).

Alisha Schoen, Community Prosecutor the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, gave us an update on her teams continued efforts to liaison with other government, legal and community groups. The efforts of this task force have been helping close down illegitimate massage parlors in the area. She also mentioned some upcoming events.
THIS WEEKEND! July 23, 2016 – Back Alley Block Party behind Time Deli from noon to 3pm (More info)
August 2, National Night Out
September 18, Viva Calle

Kieran Kelly, Policy Aide to Supervisor Ken Yeager,  also spoke for a bit on some of the local real estate efforts:

1. Western Funding Building (Business Circle): The Developer is awaiting permit approval for demolition of the building. Since there is also going to be a bit of an expansion into the parking lot, these required a bit more leg work than if the building were being remodeled as-is.

2. Another lively topic was Hustler opening a retail establishment in the old Bank of the West building in Business Circle. While it was helpful to discuss what was happening, since Business Circle property is under the direct control of the City of San Jose (District 6), the County has limited insight. He recommended that we reach out to the Councilperson for the district if we have direct questions or concerns. Since the District 6 seat is also coming up for election in November, he recommended voicing concerns with District 6 candidates as well to ensure that momentum is not lost with the outgoing councilperson.

Please note the next BCA General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept 21, 2016. It will be held at 7pm in the Rose Garden Library Community Room (1580 Naglee Ave, San Jose, CA 95126). We will post an update once the event agenda and speakers have been finalized!