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Board Meeting Minutes: December 7, 2010

posted Dec 5, 2010, 3:32 PM by Sun Secretary   [ updated Oct 18, 2011, 5:04 PM ]

All members of the SUN Board and Deborah Hudson were present.
  1. The San Jose City Council will vote on funding for the O'Donnell's Gardens Park on December 14, 2010. The Board acknowledged Walter Soellner's persistence over the past six years in bringing the Gazebo to this stage.
  2. On December 16, 2010, SUN will give 75 coats to the children of Lowell Elementary School. The coats, each valued at $100, were bought at a heavy discount with $1000 dollars raised by SUN and a $500 match from UNC. The coats will contain a tag saying 'A gift from the people of SUN'.
  3. The Landlord Committee Meeting will take place on January 27, 2011. The Committee wants to promote the idea to landlords that better maintained buildings increase property valiues and reduce street crime. The date and location of a meeting including landlords is to be decided.
  4. The Board approved SUN applying to Adopt-A-Highway for Northbound 280 from 5th Street to 3rd Street. If the application is approved, the SUN association will help organize volunteers to work on the adopted area. Suggestions included organizing a group who meet monthly (for example the first Saturday of the month) to work on planting or weed and litter control. Another suggestion was to make a community service program available for local high school seniors who need to fulfill their community service requirement to graduate.
  5. The Board plan to launch the SUN web site in time for the SUN General Meeting on January 18, 2010, and will try to obtain a digital projector to show the web site at that meeting. Before its launch, the web site needs Spanish and Vietnamese translation, and a page about current SUN priorities. The launch of the web site will include an email to the SUN mailing list, and possibly a distribution of fliers to neighborhood homes.
  6. The Board agreed to retire use of the Yahoo! SUN_SJ group, and replace it with a combination of a Gmail mailing list and a SUN Facebook page.
  7. The board agreed to promote the use of CitySourced. This is an application for iPhone, Blackberry and Android phones that allows residents to photograph and automatically report neighborhood problems. Problems reported withing SUN boundaries are emailed both to SUN and to the City of San Jose. The City then forwards the report to a department that can act on the problem (such as graffiti removal).