5492 Castle Glen Avenue, San Jose, CA 95129

A regular Board meeting was held, January 12, at the residence of Mori Mandis. Attendees: Bob Fanjoy, Larry Murchan, Doris Livezey, Steve Chell, Judy Boehm, Harli Rabow, Siggy Illes and Mori Mandis.

  1. Meeting was called to order at 7:45 p.m. by President Steve Chell.
  2. Old Business
    1. Traffic Committee Update: Original Traffic Committee to convene in January. Judy Boehm and Harli Rabow to conduct meeting before general meeting. (Meeting is scheduled for January 19 at Judy Boehm’s home. Members to discuss and identify specifics of traffic concerns for the neighborhood. Update on traffic comments and concerns to be given at general meeting on January 26, 2005.
    2. Request committee chairs to attend board meetings. Notices to be sent before board meetings.
    3. January 26th meeting to include speakers from: Comcast: Comcast representative, Eddie Garica, and Kim Gaddis, from San Jose Police Department, Crime Prevention. She will speak on how to get started on a Neighborhood Watch Program.
      1. Comcast concerns from neighbors:
        1. Construction in the street
        2. Time schedule, when and where repairman will be there
        3. Clarification of new channels
        4. Ordering new digital, broadband, special packages
        5. New green boxes, who will get them
        6. Service call policies (why three people before repairman will come out)
        7. Bill charges (itemized)
        8. No communications to neighborhood residences
        9. Improve communications
    4. Flyers to be distributed to neighborhood residents as to general meeting date, time and location. (Suggestion made to ask Judy Carr for housing signs to display meeting notice a few days before general meetings.)
    5. Web-site: Photos of holiday lights: Festival of Lights and Christmas displays. Suggestions: photos of new signs and curb painting near Murdock-Portal Elementary School. San Jose District 1 will add MNA web-site to their links.
    6. Larry Murchan will ask Charles Jones to help him with the Neighborhood Watch Program.
    7. Bob Fanjoy will discuss information on Tulip trees. The following information was in the MNA newsletter:

      (We can get a neighborhood group discount with Pied Piper Exterminators if approximately 50 people participate .The cost is about $180 for a one-time treatment. Our neighborhood cost will be about $90 per tree, based on a 2-foot diameter tree. This is a treatment for scale organisms that cause the sap dripping. They recommend that the treatment be done by the end of February. They inject the tree around the circumference of the trunk about 10 inches from the ground. It only takes about 10 minutes per tree. If people are interested in participating, they should contact the MNA (email, phone, or mail) or check the MNA website for further information.)

      Comment from Steve Allen ( MNA member):

      In January of 2003 there was an article in the SJ Mercury News regarding treating the trees for the bugs that create the sticky mess by Bob Chapman in which he recommended treating the trees in the early spring before the buds swell - NOW _ with Bayer Tree and Shrub Insect Control - a systemic insecticide. He said to mix the insecticide with water and pour over the soil under the tree. This needs repeating annually. I tried it that year and the usual mess was completely gone! The only tree on our street (Oak Knoll) without the dark sticky circle under it! Windshields were perfectly clean! Last year our tree had grown lots more and I used just one bottle in spite of it saying if the trunk is over 36" around to use more - and there was just a tiny bit of sticky - so this year I'm using two. This product is available at Home Depot for $9.98 per bottle.

      Doris Livezey reports on replacement city trees:
      TREES ARE A WISE INVESTMENT “A million people, a million trees,” mantra for the City of SJ
      Trees save energy; they cool hot cities; they are good for our health, they make our cities beautiful, they increase our property values, they help reduce effects of carbon dioxide emissions, they conserve water and reduce soil erosion, they help wildlife and plants, they have social and educational value. The City of San Jose has stated that each home shall have a street tree. For residents in the Murdock Neighborhood Association, representatives from Our City Forest will be offering a tree planting this spring to replace parking strip trees that have died or otherwise been removed. We will not be removing any trees. The date will be determined when we know how many homes will be participating. We can obtain free trees. People will need to fill out an application and agree to sponsor the tree that they receive, which means watering, pruning, staking and other general maintenance. They also will be asked to participate with the planting. Applications will be available at the General Meeting on January 26. Our City Forest MNA Representative, Doris Livezey: 255-0605; Our City Forest: 998-7337

    8. Board members to bring water and refreshments to meeting. Hospitality chairmen to be asked to assist in future meetings.

    NOTE: General Meetings to be held on the 4th Wednesday, Quarterly. Year 2005 dates: January 26, April 27, July 23 (exception for Saturday picnic), and October 26. Board Meetings to be held monthly on the 2nd Wednesday.

  3. Meeting adjourned at p.m. Next Board meeting on February 9th, residence of Larry Murchan at 7:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Mori Mandis, Recording Secretary