5492 Castle Glen Avenue, San Jose, CA 95129

The General meeting was held, April 27, 2005, at Lynbrook High School cafeteria.

Meeting was called to order at 7:33 p.m. by President Steve Chell. President Steve Chell welcomed new members and introduced the board and committee chairs in attendance. Thank you to block captains for distribution of flyers and to Mark Burns, Liz Tadman and Gloria Radam for special treats at meeting.

Old Business

  1. Traffic Committee –Mori Mandis and Cheryl Pace will meet with the PTSA and Liz Tadman (PTSA president) to discuss concerns of traffic and student crossings at Lynbrook High School. Create “Windows of Opportunity” for crossings and traffic back-up on Johnson Ave. Harli Rabow will step down as co-chairman with Judy Boehm, due to a new job and will continue to help on committee. The committee will be seeking to find a co-chairmen. Continuing discussions on possible traffic calming on Wunderlich, Huntingdon, Castle Glen and Kimberly.
  2. Treasurers Report: total to date $898.62
  3. “First Saturday” program will begin on May 7, 2005. Check out announcements and advertising on web.
  4. Neighborhood Watch - Larry Murchan purchased parcel maps of the area in order to locate member’s homes. Will recruit captains to start program. Charles has organized Neighborhood Watch Program for the last 3 years. He will assist residents to start procedure of block watch. To contact committee chairs or to get more information go to:
  5. Grant request and committee accepting volunteers, by Trixie Johnson. Committee will come up with ideas to present to general membership in July. Grant writing will begin in the summertime.
  6. Web-site: check it out: HOT NEWS articles, newsletter and Ads. Request of finding banner for meetings.
  7. Murdock Park will have signage to encourage groups to move around in grassy areas to help with dying grass. Successful tree planting in neighborhood, a total of 14 street trees. Thank you volunteers and members.
  8. MNA Picnic June 18th, Margie Murchan will seek volunteers and donations for picnic. See more details in newsletter. Festival in the Park, District 1 picnic to be held on September 17th between the hours of Noon – 4p.m. Picnic will be held at the San Tomas Park near Harker Academy. Check for more details on Council member Linda LeZotte’s web-site.

Speaker: Council member Linda LeZotte from District 1 spoke on the budget crunch in San Jose, the possible reduction of library services and other impacts to the district of 20% in some services. If you are interested in the budget reviews which will begin on May 2, 2005 be sure and check City of San Jose web-site.

New Business:

  1. Adopt-A-Trail and Adopt-A-Creek: Bob Fanjoy will complete the paperwork and head-up the adoptions of both the new trail and creek for MNA. Trail not to re-open until October, due to lapsed permit by city of San Jose. Creek will require 2 clean-ups per year. Several members questioned the delays, Linda LeZotte said she would check on the delay.
  2. Request to have a representative from the Cupertino Union School District to explain the differences in elementary schools. Steve Chell will approach principal Leslie Mains from our own Murdock-Portal Elementary School to hold an open-house and lead the discussion on the different programs in the school district.
  3. Resident Paul Boehm received information from PG&E about making our homes more energy efficient. PG&E will come to your home and make recommendations. Some residents may qualify for “free” programs. If interested contact: Susan Cullen at 408-246-0234.

Meeting adjourned at 9:13 p.m. Next Board meeting on May 11, 2005, residence of Mori Mandis.

Respectfully submitted by Mori Mandis, recording secretary

NOTE: General Meetings to be held on the 4th Wednesday, once per Quarter. 2005 dates: April 27, July 27 (exception for Saturday picnic), and October 26. Board Meetings to be held monthly on the 2nd Wednesday.
NOTE: Next General Meeting on July 27th TBA. (hopefully Murdock-Portal Elementary School).

Check out web-site for more details on “First Saturday” and advertising: