Voter’s Choice Act, crime and safety, healthy nail salons, fungus guessers and super youth
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Mike's Monthly Message
May 2019 Edition
Voter’s Choice Act
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Big changes are coming to Election Day. Last month, my colleagues and I on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved the implementation of the Voter’s Choice Act, which is modernizing voting and providing voters with greater flexibility and convenience.

Beginning with the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election voters will:

  • Receive a Postage Paid Vote-By-Mail ballot starting 29 days before Election Day.
  • Can vote at any of the Vote Centers in Santa Clara County.
  • Have approximately 25 Vote Centers open on Election Day, as well as 10 days prior.
  • Have approximately 100 Vote Centers open for 4 days, including Election Day - for a total of 125 Vote Centers throughout the County.
  • Have Vote Centers that offer more space, additional services and new enhanced voting equipment.
  • Have more options and get to choose WHEN, WHERE, and HOW to vote!

While I am sure that I am not alone in feeling nostalgic about traditional neighborhood polling places being replaced by Vote Centers and Vote-By-Mail ballots, the new system will make it more convenient for our 900,000 registered voters to cast a ballot and is anticipated to increase voter participation. Public meetings will be held to receive feedback from interested citizens or groups regarding the creation of the County’s Election Administration Plan. For questions, contact the Registrar of Voters’ Office at (408) 299-VOTE (8683).
Public Safety Community Meeting
I appreciate the nearly 300 San Jose residents who made the time to attend Councilmember Pam Foley’s Public Safety Community Meeting on April 22nd in response to the tragic murder of Bambi Larson. I was invited to the meeting to provide an update from the County. I am in favor of removing undocumented individuals who have committed serious and violent crimes, and have been convicted of doing so, from our communities however and whenever possible. This is why I proposed a change to the County’s policy to reflect the current law, to reaffirm that the County has and will honor all judicial warrants, and to allow notification to ICE of those undocumented individuals who have been convicted of serious or violent felonies as defined by state law. In the next 60 days, county staff will examine the notification process further, and then bring their findings back to the Board of Supervisors. Bambi Larson’s murder stunned and terrified our community. Our hearts go out to Ms. Larson’s family, friends and neighbors. My proposal will improve public safety in Santa Clara County and I look forward to its implementation.
Healthy Nail Salon Program
Last month, Supervisor Cindy Chavez and I kicked off the Healthy Nail Salon Program, a free and voluntary program for the 850 nail salons in Santa Clara County that employ more than 5,000 nail technicians. Every single day, nail salon owners and workers endure prolonged exposure to low levels of toxic products such as solvents, glues, polishes, and unsafe practices that may lead to an increase risk of cancer, allergies, respiratory, neurological and reproductive health issues. In a joint effort with the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, Santa Clara County is implementing the Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program to protect the health of nail salon workers and customers. A recognized Healthy Nail Salon offers safer products, safer practices, and proper ventilation to reduce exposure to more toxic products. While this pedicure experience was my first and will probably last me a lifetime, I am proud that our new program will help protect my family, friends, community members and salon workers from toxins.

You can get involved by encouraging your salon to join the program today!
  • Tell your local nail salon about this free program.
  • Encourage your nail technician to protect his/her health by using gloves, masks, and safety glasses.
  • Look for the Healthy Nail Salon logo before using a nail salon's service.
Mushroom Guessing Winners from the Spring Celebration
Congratulations to the winners of the Mushroom guessing game at my Martial Cottle Park Spring Celebration booth: Dr. Chandra Mouli and Jordan Hankoff correctly guessed that there were 104 Morgan Hill mushrooms in the jar! Notable mentions are Orion Willey (103), Divya Shenoy (105) and Cindy Dihn (105).

Despite being home to Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County is also home to a hardworking and productive agriculture and wine industry. May is the perfect month to explore and enjoy local farms, markets and wineries. Let the Farm Bureau’s County Crossroads map be your guide for agritourism adventures, check out the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail, the Silicon Valley Wine Trail, or stay closer to home and visit your local Certified Farmers Market.

Santa Clara County Youth Task Force
I was delighted to speak to the Santa Clara County Youth Task Force Commission (YTF) recently about public service. The YTF is an appointed body of 16 high-school aged youth who serve as an advisory body to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. YTF members are involved with making policy recommendations concerning youth in the County and work to find solutions that will make improvements to the lives of young people in our community today. I am so impressed with this group of bright and engaged individuals who work with elected officials, community leaders and other organizations to create more opportunities for young people in Santa Clara County. Learn more about the Youth Task Force and how to apply here.
Upcoming Events
5/4/19 Los Gatos: Wine Walk
5/4/19 Gilroy: Balanced Life, Balanced Mind Fair
5/4/19 San Jose: What To Do When Cattle Come To You
5/4/19 Morgan Hill: Cops & Robbers Ball
5/4 - 5/5/19 Santa Clara Valley: 2019 Going Native Garden Tour
5/6 - 6/17/19 (Mondays) Gilroy: Restore Life Skills Program
5/6/19 Gilroy: Free Citizen Workshop
5/7/19 San Jose: Board of Supervisors Meeting
5/8 - 5/14/19 Los Gatos: Wildfire Preparedness Community Meetings 2019
5/9/19 Santa Clara County: Bike to Work Day
5/10/19 Mountain View: Silicon Valley FACES - Build A Future Luncheon
5/11/19 Gilroy: Introduction to Ayurveda
5/11/19 San Jose: Life on the Farm
5/11/19 San Martin: Day Out on the Ranch
5/14/19 Gilroy: Spanish Story Time
5/17/19 Gilroy: Operation Freedom Paws Golf Tournament
5/18/19 San Martin: Aviation Day
5/18/19 Morgan Hill: Fishing for Kids
5/18/19 Gilroy: 13th Annual Hearts of Gilroy Women’s Luncheon and Auction
5/18/19 Morgan Hill: Minding your Stress
5/21/19 San Jose: Board of Supervisors Meeting
5/28/19 Saratoga: Paws to Read
5/29/19 San Jose: Healthier Kids Foundation's Annual Symposium
5/31/19 Gilroy: 9th Annual Youth Scholarship Golf Tournament

Community Announcements
Request for Proposals. Census 2020: Everyone Counts! A fair and accurate Census count is essential to numerous aspects of civic life and California faces several unprecedented challenges to a complete and accurate count. To minimize the undercount in our region, The Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative will soon be accepting proposals to support Census education and outreach efforts. Learn more & sign up for information session here.

Program 2-Round 2 of the All-Inclusive Playground Grant Program (AIPG) is now open. The Board of Supervisors welcomes applicants from supervisorial districts one, two, and three to apply. The City of Morgan Hill in collaboration with the Magical Bridge Foundation was one of the County’s Program 1-Round 1 grant recipients and are currently working on an All-Abilities Playground. Check out their latest update on the progress.

Friends of Martial Cottle Park wants to recruit you! As a member of FOMCP, you will be helping to support projects that directly impact Martial Cottle Park and the people it serves. Visit the FOMCP website for more information.

Sewer Spill Email Notifications Available. Email is the fastest way for the City of Morgan Hill to communicate directly with San Martin neighbors at any time of day or night. Sign up to receive emails from the City of Morgan Hill regarding the status of the wastewater trunk line.

The City of Gilroy and the Gilroy Arts and Culture Commission are hosting an Art Logo Contest. The winning design will be used in commemoration of the City’s 150th birthday through various mediums and at various celebratory events throughout the year. Official Contest Rules and Online Entry.

Stay in the know by checking my website for important local resources and following me on Facebook or Twitter. As always, you can reach my office at (408) 299-5010, or you can email me at with your comments and concerns.

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 South San Jose, and surrounding unincorporated areas.

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