Presidential Primary Election voting information, Creating safe places, New library website, Silicon Valley Reads 2020 in Los Gatos, Gilroy Resiliency Center
Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman
Mike's Monthly Message
February 2020 Edition
Your Vote
New for 2020 Elections - Your new voting experience
The March 3 Presidential Primary Election is right around the corner! The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is modernizing and providing voters with greater flexibility and convenience.

What's changing? Every registered voter will receive a Vote-By-Mail ballot starting now! Residents who have registered to vote by the February 18 deadline can cast their ballot at any of the 110 Vote Centers, which will be open for multiple days prior to the election. Voters get to choose WHEN, WHERE and HOW to vote!

Important Dates for the Presidential Primary Election
2/3/20 – 3/2/20    Early voting period at the Registrar of Voters Office
2/18/20                Last day to register to vote
2/22/20 – 3/2/20  Vote Centers open to all registered voters
2/25/20                Last day to request a Vote by Mail Ballot replacement by mail
3/3/20                  Election Day. All Vote Centers and ROV Office open
                            from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
4/2/20                  ROV deadline to certify election results

Creating Safe Places
According to the 2019 homeless census count, more than 3,600 people live in cars and RVs on the streets throughout our County, even though many of them are employed and sending their kids to school. To help address this crisis, the Board of Supervisors last month approved a proposal from Supervisor Joe Simitian to expand the County’s current investment in safe parking programs, providing people a safe and legal place to park at night. The primary goal of County and non-profit housing partners is creating affordable housing – something that is being accomplished in part through Measure A investments. While safe parking programs are not long-term solutions, they offer safety and stability at night for car and RV residents while they seek permanent housing. These safe parking initiatives are underway in numerous cities.
New Library Website
Meet Our New Website!
I am proud to announce that the Santa Clara County Library District launched a completely redesigned website to kick off 2020, including a new URL: In addition to the new design, the website offers features such as an online digital library card registration, which enables residents to immediately receive a library eCard account to access the entire online library! And the platform has been custom designed to allow all household members to be able to receive their own eCard accounts in a single registration transaction. To our knowledge, this is the first and only public library to offer this unique and convenient feature.
Silicon Valley Reads 2020 in Los Gatos
Join Friends of the Los Gatos Library for a special event on February 8th with “Silicon Valley Reads 2020” selected author Julian Guthrie, an award winning journalist who will speak on her bestselling book Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took On Silicon Valley’s Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime. Guthrie follows the careers and lives of four entrepreneurial women in the venture capital world who were instrumental to the rise of such companies as Sales Force, Tesla, Oracle, Imperva, Trulia and Facebook.
Gilroy Resiliency Center
Gilroy Strong
The South County Youth Task Force – a public safety collaborative that I’m honored to chair – recognized our community’s need for a designated place where people can go for support, services and to start to heal from the trauma of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting. I am very proud of the teamwork led and funded by our District Attorney’s Office that pulled together to create the “Gilroy Strong Resiliency Center,” which provides evening services at The Neon Exchange located at 7365 Monterey Road in Gilroy. The Center provides the public with a vast array of both in-person and online services to help victims build strength and resiliency in the aftermath of the traumatic incident. The Center is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Expanded hours will begin in April.

And mark your calendars for “El Festival de Resiliencia” – a bi-lingual, family-friendly event offering workshops, music, Youth Resilience Awards, lunch and a keynote speech by Father Greg Boyle, the celebrated Jesuit priest and founder the world's largest gang-intervention and rehabilitation program, Homeboy Industries. For more information on the Gilroy Strong Resiliency Center and El Festival de Resiliencia, please contact Bernice Aguilera Toney, South County Youth Task Force Program Manager at (408) 846-0337 or

Upcoming Events
2/5/20 Gilroy Library: Maker Drop-in - Valentine Creations for Teens and Adults
2/6/20 Morgan Hill: “Pre-Chill Out” Empowerment Group
2/6/20 Los Gatos: Annual Awards Gala – Hometown Heroes
2/7/20 Morgan Hill: Youth Mental Health First Aid
2/7/20 Gilroy: Mardi Gras Paws – Bunco Night
2/7 - 2/8/20 Gilroy: Little Shop of Horrors - Final Weekend
2/8/20 Los Gatos: Silicon Valley Reads 2020
2/8/20 Gilroy Library: Adult and Teen Craft: Valentine’s Décor
2/8/20 San Jose: Chinese Lunar New Year Living History Day
2/9/20 Morgan Hill Library: Dungeons & Dragons for Teens
2/10/20 Morgan Hill Library: Make-it Monday
2/10/20 Morgan Hill Library: Krav Maga Self Defense for Teens and Adults
2/11/20 San Jose: County Board of Supervisors Meeting
2/12/20 Saratoga Library: Magnetic Slime Fun for Grades 4-8
2/12/20 Morgan Hill: Empower Homebuyers in Santa Clara County Workshop
2/12/20 San Jose: Discover Animal Tracks at Rancho San Vicente
2/13/20 Morgan Hill: Youth Mental Health First Aid
2/13/20 Los Gatos: Wine Benefit for Australian Fire Relief
2/14/20 Saratoga Library: Movie Raging Grannies - The Action League (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
2/14/20 Cupertino: Valentine's Day at the Euphrat
2/15/20 Gilroy Library: The Life of Georgia O’Keefe (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
2/15/20 Los Gatos: Los Gatos Lions Annual Cioppino Dinner and Auction
2/16/20 Gilroy: Lumos: Magical Circuit Wants for Kids (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
2/16/20 San Jose: Birding Across Parks
2/18/20 Gilroy: WE2020 All Women Count! Census in South County
2/19/20 Gilroy Library: Film Screening - Harriet
2/20/20 San Jose: Tobacco Use Prevention Education (Brief Intervention Training)
2/21/20 San Jose: Winter Walk & Senior Resource Fair
2/21 - 3/14/20 Morgan Hill: Community Playhouse – Rock of Ages
2/22/20 Saratoga: How to Become a U.S. Citizen
2/24/20 Morgan Hill Library: Black Cedar Trio
2/24/20 Saratoga Library: Film - Hidden Figures (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
2/25/20 San Jose: County Board of Supervisors Meeting
2/25/20 Gilroy Library: Author Visit - Catherine Chung (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
2/26/20 Gilroy: Waterways Walk at Coyote Lake
2/24/20 Gilroy Library: Silicon Valley Reads Celebrity Storytime
2/29/20 Gilroy: Film Screening - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
3/5/20 Gilroy: State of the City (Sponsored Event)
3/5/20 San Jose: Scientific Research on the Antarctic Ecosystem
3/7/20 Gilroy: State of the City (During Conversation & Coffee)
3/14/20 Los Gatos: Police Officers Ball
3/18/20 Campbell: A Breakfast to Benefit Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley
3/20/20 Morgan Hill: Community Solutions’ 17th Annual Helping Hands & Healing Hearts Awards
3/29/20 Morgan Hill: 37th Annual AAUW Wildflower Run
3/31/20 Santa Clara: 2020 Project Cornerstone Asset Champions Awards Breakfast

Community Announcements
As part of the commemoration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage movement, the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy (OWP) will offer $75,000 in mini-grants to Santa Clara County residents who want to organize their communities to promote civic engagement and participatory democracy in honor of the legacy created by the women who fought for the 19th amendment. Deadline: February 28, 2020.

In March 2020, Gilroy will celebrate a major milestone, the 150th anniversary of its incorporation as a city, also known as Gilroy's Sesquicentennial. This milestone event will be celebrated with fun community activities including a Gilroy 150 Chamber Mixer on March 12th and a Gilroy 150 Family Fun Day on March 14th.

Call for Makers – Open! Showcase your talent at the Gilroy Maker’s Faire 2020 on Saturday May 2nd at the Gilroy Library. They will be accepting applications until March 1st.

Supervisor Mike Wasserman is the Vice-President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
He represents District 1, which includes Gilroy, San Martin, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and portions of San Jose.

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

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