Sheltering pets, budgeting for the future, CalFresh news, Day on the Lake, Summer photo contest, Happy 4th of July
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Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman
Mike's Monthly Message
July 2019 Edition
Sheltering Pets
Supervisor Wasserman at Animal Services Center Groundbreaking
I was thrilled last week to launch construction of the County’s new Animal Services Center in San Martin! I have participated in many groundbreaking events for new libraries, parks, housing, health clinics, and other civic institutions, but – as a longtime advocate and animal lover whose family was blessed for many years by several rescue pets – this one was extra special to me. I am so proud that this Center will be a landmark facility and an inspiration for other animal care facilities across our state and country. This state-of-the-art Animal Services Center is scheduled to open in mid-2021 and will include an adoption area, animal holding and housing areas, spay and neuter clinic, veterinary medicine and support areas, administrative areas and a community multi-use center. The 37,000 square foot one-story building will also be a hub for South County activities, providing a much-needed community meeting space for up to 300 guests and will be available for public use. I believe that the new facility will enhance animal welfare and benefit our community as a whole. Watch a short video about the new center here.
Budgeting for the Future
Last month, my colleagues and I on the Board of Supervisors approved a budget that accommodates new projects including affordable housing and adding two hospitals to our system but also prepares us for inevitable economic downturn. We are seeing revenue growth slow while both the demand for County services and the cost of delivering those services is expected to increase. Funding threats are expected from the state and federal governments. One of the specific projects that I advocated for included money for agricultural preservation through the Santa Clara Valley Agricultural Plan to support our local farming community. I also sponsored one-time payments of $50,000 for the South Santa Clara Valley Memorial District Veterans Hall renovations and $75,000 for the YMCA of Silicon Valley’s Project Cornerstone to support anti-bullying and violence prevention in 72 schools.
CalFresh News
Farmers' markets are a great place to buy produce and fresh foods, and many Santa Clara County farmers' markets now accept CalFresh/EBT cards. Participants can get up to $10 in free fruits and veggies through the Market Match program when they use a CalFresh/EBT card at a participating farmers' market this summer – a win-win for families and for farmers. Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is for people with low-income who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget for healthy and nutritious food. The program is federally funded and administered by counties.
Day on the Lake
Supervisor Wasserman in Canoe at Day on the Lake
Last month I spent a beautiful morning at Vasona Lake County Park for "Day on the Lake!" Hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and the Valley Medical Center Foundation, this event makes water-related activities more accessible and inclusive for persons with disabilities. Past and current patients of VMC’s outstanding Rehabilitation Center, their families, staff and members of the disabled community were in attendance. The day was a huge success thanks to all of the top-notch organizations who participated. Thank you all!
Summer 2019 Photo Contest
Supervisor Mike Wasserman's Summer Photo Contest
Don’t forget to submit your favorite summer photo for my photo contest! Simply email your photo (1 per person) to along with your name, address and where in our County you took the photo before the Friday, July 26, 2019 deadline. More information on the photo contest – including rules and photos of past winners – can be found on my website.

Upcoming Events
Saturdays, July, Los Gatos: Vasona Vibrations
Fridays, July + August, Morgan Hill: 2019 Free Friday Night Music Series
Tues & Thurs, July, San Martin: Lunch at the Library
Mon - Fri, July, Morgan Hill: Lunch at the Library
7/3 - 7/4/19 Morgan Hill: Freedom Festival
7/4/19 Los Gatos: 4th of July Symphony in the Park
7/4 - 7/7/19 Gilroy: Gilroy Garden’s
4th of July Weekend BBQ
7/4/19 Gilroy: 4th of July Fireworks Show
7/4/19 San Jose: 4th of July Family Fun Festival and Firework Show
7/4/19 San Jose: July 4th Fireworks 2019: Discovery Meadow
7/5 - 7/6/19 Gilroy: A New Leash On Life – Dog Hike
7/6/19 Saratoga: Protecting Your Privacy: The California Consumer Privacy Act

7/10/19 Morgan Hill: An Evening of Music with the South Valley Brass Quintet
7/13/19 Morgan Hill: Historic Downtown Walking Tour
7/13/19 Gilroy: Mini Maker Faire
7/15/19 Morgan Hill: "The Wizard of Oz"
7/16/19 Morgan Hill: Game Night at the Community Center
7/18/19 Los Gatos: Summer Block Party
7/19/19 Morgan Hill: Resident Free Day at the Morgan Hill Aquatics Center
7/20/19 Saratoga: Hawk Walk
7/20/19 Gilroy: Paint Party (adults only)
7/20/19 Morgan Hill: Community Picnic
7/27/19 Saratoga: 7 Scientific Reasons to Meditate
7/27/19 Morgan Hill: Parents Night Out
7/27/19 San Jose/Morgan Hill: San Jose Earthquakes Game
7/31/19 Gilroy: Trivia Team Challenge (adults only)
8/1 - 8/4/19 San Jose: Youth Shakespeare
8/1/19 Mountain View: 9th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit
8/10/19 San Jose: Veggie Fest 2019

Community Announcements
Report illegal fireworks in Gilroy. The Gilroy Police Department has announced its partnership with "Nail 'Em," a free smartphone app that allows for real-time, instant communication with Gilroy PD officers who are assigned to work illegal fireworks enforcement. Citizens are encouraged to download this free app and use it to report illegal fireworks on July 4th, between 7:00 p.m. and midnight. The application will only be monitored during this time period. To report illegal fireworks outside of this time period please call the Gilroy Police Department Non-emergency number at 408-846-0350.

Report illegal fireworks in San Jose. San Jose's online reporting form serves to map where fireworks are being used and, with accurate information, may result in the issuance of citations to fireworks users. Using the form will not result in enforcement officers being immediately dispatched to the scene. It should not be used to report an emergency. Learn more here.

Weigh In on Voters Choice. The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters (ROV) is encouraging residents to offer their thoughts and opinions on how the new ‘Voters Choice Act’ model of voting can better serve our diverse community. Visit the ROV website to join a committee or provide online feedback. ROV wants you to know you will no longer be able to cast a ballot at a traditional polling place, but instead will either vote by mail or at one of the Full-Service Vote Centers throughout the County.

Hey Garlic Lovers! The Gilroy Garlic Festival is just around the corner (the last weekend of July). We know and love it, but did you know that the festival is largely run by local volunteers? They earn money for their favorite local non-profits by working various shifts throughout the weekend event. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit the Garlic Festival Website or talk with your favorite local non-profit or school group.

I wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. Please visit my events calendar for some local listings of family-friendly celebrations. As always, you can reach my office at (408) 299-5010, or you can email me at

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Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman is an elected official representing District 1, which includes Gilroy, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, San Martin, parts of San Jose, and surrounding unincorporated areas.

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