9-1-1 texting service, Content Magazine, Green power award, Cleaning San Martin, Los Gatos gives back, Adopt a shelter dog, Combating wage theft
Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman
Mike's Monthly Message
October 2019 Edition
9-1-1 Texting
911. Call if you can. Text if you can't.
I am pleased to announce the launch of 9-1-1 texting services throughout Santa Clara County. This new option will help those who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired and anyone who feels unsafe speaking over the phone. The County operates a consolidated (law, fire and medical) emergency communications center that is staffed by 130 employees, including 80 dispatchers who answer approximately 45,562 calls per month, 62 calls per hour, 1,497 calls in a 24-hour period (491 of them considered urgent or emergency calls), and 546,750 calls per year. Dialing 9-1-1 in an emergency is still the preferred way to request help, and the public is reminded to “Call if you can. Text if you can’t.” Texting is not always ideal because it takes longer than a voice call and does not provide the location of the texter. The service is currently available in the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County and all local jurisdictions, except for Campbell and Los Gatos, which are scheduled to offer the service by the end of the year.
Content Magazine
Mike featured in Content Magazine
My colleagues and I were featured in the September/October edition of Content Magazine. Published by SVCreates, this beautiful and unique publication showcases South Bay artists, creative entrepreneurs, businesses and other organizations that help define the unique life and style of San Jose and Silicon Valley. You can subscribe or follow Content to be a part of their movement to fuel local pride, spark exchanges of inspiration and information, and strengthen our local economy.
Green Power Award
Doing the right thing is its own reward, but recognition is always appreciated. As the Chair of the County’s Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation committee, I am proud to announce that the County has received a 2019 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for our progressive efforts to use renewable energy. EPA’s annual Green Power Leadership Awards recognize America’s leading green power users for helping to advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. This leadership award demonstrates that we can continue to get closer to achieving our environmental stewardship goals while being fiscally responsible.
Cleaning San Martin
Volunteers at Trash Bash
Last month, my office co-hosted another super successful Trash Bash in San Martin! Thank you, San Martin Neighborhood Alliance and GreenWaste Recovery for all your hard work to make this happen. It is always so encouraging to see residents, students and community leaders come out to support our efforts to beautify San Martin. If you couldn’t make it this time, we hope to see you in Spring 2020!
Los Gatos Art and Wine Festival
Many people know the Fiesta de Artes (now Los Gatos Annual Art & Wine Festival) for its art, wine, music and fun, but not everyone knows that the event is entirely volunteer-run and non-profit with 100% of proceeds benefiting the community. Since 1996, the Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos (of which I’ve been a member for 17 years) has organized this event, which raises money for local charities, scholarships and youth programs. The largest percentage of funds go to Turnaround Scholarships with more than $20,000 available for Saratoga, Los Gatos and Valor high school students who’ve overcome hardship, but need scholarships to move forward. Kudos to the many volunteers who make this charitable event the success it is!
Adopt a Shelter Dog
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) sponsors this event to promote the adoption of dogs from local shelters. According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and often abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home and their potential is limitless. I invite you to visit the County’s Animal Shelter in San Martin to see if you find a match for your family!
Wage Theft
Santa Clara County has the undesirable honor of being home to the largest reported incidences of wage theft per capita in the state of California. This pervasive problem disproportionately affects immigrants and low-wage workers. The County’s new Office of Labor Standards Enforcement and the Department of Environmental Health recently launched a Food Permit Enforcement Program that will enable the County to suspend food permits from businesses who have not paid their judgments. This new effort helps protect workers and gives an advantage to the majority of businesses who do follow the rules.
Upcoming Events
10/2/19 Gilroy: Community Plan to End Homelessness South County Summit
10/2/19 Morgan Hill Library: Round Table Discussion Group
10/2/19 Gilroy Library: Disaster Preparedness Workshop
10/5/19 San Jose: Martial Cottle Harvest Festival
10/5/19 Gilroy: Boots & Badges
10/5/19: San Jose: Fall Garden Market - Featuring Asian vegetable seedlings 10/6/19 Saratoga Library: The Valley of the Heart’s Delight
10/7/19 Gilroy Library: Adult & Teen Craft: Decorate a Halloween LED Box
10/8/19 Los Gatos: Toastmasters
10/8/19 San Jose: County Board of Supervisors Meeting
10/8/19 Saratoga Library: Paws to Read
10/9/19 Los Gatos: Free Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) class
10/10/19 Morgan Hill: Innovation/Manufacturing - Morgan Hill Speaker Series
10/10/19 Morgan Hill: Sue’s Story Project Dementia Awareness Film Screening
10/11/19 Gilroy: Mt. Madonna YMCA 2019 Fall-Anthropy Celebration
10/12/19 Gilroy Library: SAT Practice Test
10/12/19 Los Gatos: Creative Writers Group
10/12/19 Morgan Hill: Cioppino & Pasta Feast Fundraiser
10/13/19 Gilroy Library: Open Poetry Readings with the Garlicky Group of Poets
10/13/19 Morgan Hill Library: Repujado – Mexican Tin Art (all ages)
10/13/19 Countywide: All Libraries Closed for Columbus Day
10/16/19 San Jose: 2019 Healthy Aging & Wellness Expo
10/16/19 Morgan Hill Library: Paint Night for Adults & Teens
10/18/19 San Jose: Festiv'All: Multicultural Small Business Resource Fair
10/19/19 Gilroy Library: MaryLee Sunseri Family Literacy Concert
10/20/19 Los Gatos: Art Association’s Annual Members’ Show Reception
10/20/19 Saratoga Library: CoderDojo Coding Club
10/22/19 Los Gatos: Tech Class: Why is It Doing that?
10/22/19 Morgan Hill: SCCLD Distinguished Authors Series: Sonia Nazario
10/22/19 San Jose: County Board of Supervisors Meeting
10/22/19 Saratoga Library: Paws to Read
10/26/19 San Martin: South County Airport Pilots Association
10/26/19 Morgan Hill Library: Halloween Fun Fest
10/27-11/19/19  Saratoga: 28th Annual Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival
10/28/19 Morgan Hill: Tourism - Choose Morgan Hill Speaker Series
10/28/19 Morgan Hill Library: Steve Lin Live in Concert
10/29/19 Stanford: Positive Peace Conference 2019
11/2/19 Morgan Hill: Black, White & Bling Fundraiser
11/9/19 Livermore: Local Craft Competition
11/23/19 San Jose: Know-A-Vet Veterans Resource Tent

Community Announcements
Safe Storage of Firearms in Unincorporated Areas of the County.
California law does not have a universal requirement that owners of firearms store them safely, a law that would decrease the chance of unauthorized access or theft. In an effort to address this gap, the Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance requiring a person in possession of a firearm in a residence in the unincorporated area of the County to either safely store the firearm—by placing the firearm in a locked container, or by using a trigger lock—or having the firearm in their close possession and control.

Agriculture remains a strong economic driver in Santa Clara County.
Agriculture revenues exceeded $295 million and mushrooms ranked #1 for first time, exceeding $82 million. The County of Santa Clara’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency has published the 2018 Santa Clara County Crop Report highlighting agriculture production and revenues valued at $295,363,000.
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.

Office of Supervisor Mike Wasserman - County of Santa Clara
70 W. Hedding St.
East Wing, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
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