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September 2012

 

Dear Friend,

What Great Streets We Have -- the Return of Healthy Communities! 

Healthy Communities Forum

After a summer break, our Healthy Communities Forums return this October. The Healthy Communities Forum series brings leaders and community members together to share strategies and learn about innovative solutions to making our communities greener, healthier, and more vibrant places to live. Join the next forum for a discussion on what we can do to make our streets great places for all!

Great Streets: Building healthy communities one block at a time -
with Professor Allan Jacobs
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Bascom Community Center and Library; Multipurpose Room,
1000 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose
Free and open to all, light dinner and refreshments provided.
Register now! 

HCF LogoJOIN US for the next Healthy Communities Forum to learn more about the world’s best streets, and the physical, designable characteristics that make them great from Allan Jacobs, Professor Emeritus of City & Regional Planning and Urban Design at UC Berkeley. This is timely as San Jose is embarking on urban village planning and focusing on streets like West San Carlos, South Bascom and The Alameda. Streets are places for interaction, opportunity, celebration and commerce. When a street is designed well, the neighborhood thrives. Come learn and share your ideas about how San Jose can become a city with great streets for all! No charge, open to the public, refreshments provided.

Visit the Healthy Communities Forum Website to register now!

Organized by Greenbelt Alliance and the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter

Loma Prieta Action Alerts

San Mateo Residents! - Leaf Blower Community Workshop II

Monday, September 24, 2012, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
San Mateo City Hall, Council Chambers - 330 W. 20th Avenue San Mateo, CA 94403

Join City staff and your neighbors for a discussion about the recommendations for an updated leaf blower ordinance. This policy will impact you, your neighbors and your community! For more information visit the City of San Mateo website. 


Sunnyvale Residents! - Foam Food Container Ordinance Public Input Meeting

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7 p.m.
Sunnyvale Community Center, Neighborhood Room
550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale 

The City of Sunnyvale is conducting a study issue on banning the use of foam food containers (expanded polystyrene) from food establishments. Come learn how a polystyrene ban can impact you! For more information go to Nofoam.inSunnyvale.com or call (408) 730-7262 or TDD (408) 730-7501.


Adopt-A-Station and make your neighborhood train station a vibrant place!

With recent funding for electrification, Caltrain will be able to run electric trains that will improve service and help keep the environment cleaner! Join a team of people in your city to "Adopt your Station" and learn about Station area planning efforts in your area (currently going on now in Bayshore/Brisbane, South San Francisco, Belmont, San Carlos, San Antonio, Sunnyvale, Lawrence, and others!). Take action to improve your station neighborhoods now! For more information or to sign up go to Adopt your Station or subscribe to a Calendar of Events for Caltrain Modernization and Station Area Planning.

Other Happenings in Your Area

PARK(ing) Day 2012 - San Jose 

Friday, September 21, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  
Corner of Santa Clara St and San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose. 

Come join San Jose Cool Cities and other Sierra Club allies to transform parking spaces into parklets! For more information visit SPUR's website, watch a short StreetFilms video, or visit the Parking Day website.


Silicon Valley Watershed Summit 

Saturday, September 22, 8:30 a.m. 
Foothill College Cafeteria, 12345 El Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 

Take steps to improve our local watersheds in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Learn skills that YOU can implement in your watershed and community! For more information visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/256652


National Plug-In Day - Silicon Valley

Sunday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
De Anza Community College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA

National Plug-In Day is the nation's largest grassroots EV event. Over 60 cities will participate with EV celebrations. The Cupertino Plug In Day event will feature a large display of plug-in cars, free rides in plug-in cars, test-driving, vendors, and food. For more information and to RSVP visit the National Plug-In Day website.


Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Stevens Creek Tour 

Wednesday, September 26, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Tour starts and ends on Santa Clara Street at Second Street in downtown San Jose. 

Join VTA to envision how BRT on Stevens Creek can provide world class transportation and a safer and more vibrant environment for all! To RSVP, contact VTA's transit planner Jody Littlehales at 408.321.5769 or jody.littlehales@vta.org. For more information visit http://www.vta.org/brt/sc/index.html or contact Jody Littlehales.


Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan Informational Session presented by The Bay Area Air Quality Management District 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
De Anza College - Automotive Technology Department, Building E1 
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 94014 

The Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Readiness Plan is a project co-sponsored by the United States Department of Energy and the California Energy Comission to identify systems and resources needed to support PEV deployment, infrastructure, investment, and readiness in the region. For more information and to register, please see Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan.


The Road to Net-Zero Energy Solar Homes Tour 

Saturday, October 13, 2012, 1 – 4 p.m.
Information Session & Registration: 11:30 a.m.

1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, Lou Henry Hoover Building by EcoHome 
A fully Net-Zero Energy home produces as much energy through solar as it consumes in electricity at night and in the winter over the course of the year. Come view homes with energy efficiency features that dramatically reduce energy consumption. For more information see the Acterra calendar or contact Mike Balma, mike@sunwork.org, 650-969-7353.


The Jobs, Housing and Traffic Connection

Thursday, October 18; 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, 570 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 

Vu-Bang Nguyen, Land Use and Housing Coordinator for Urban Habitat, discusses the how the shortage of housing for our expanding workforce impacts congestion, social equity, the environment, and quality of life. Discussion to follow. Hosted by Sunnyvale Cool; made possible with a generous grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Co-sponsored by the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, Acterra, Transition Silicon Valley, Greenbelt Alliance. Visit The Heritage Park Museum or http://sunnyvalecool.org/node/244 for more information.

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