Gilroy shooting, wildfire safety, earthquake preparedness, Photo Contest winners, County meetings
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Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman
Mike's Monthly Message
August 2019 Edition
Supervisor Wasserman at Animal Services Center Groundbreaking
Last month’s shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival was a senseless tragedy that has rocked our community and shocked the world. Six-year-old Stephen Romero, 13-year-old Keyla Salazar and 25-year-old Trevor Irby were killed and 15 others were injured. My heart goes out to the families affected and I am grateful to all our first responders and law enforcement personnel for their quick actions. I commend Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee and the Gilroy Police officers whose rapid response limited the casualties. Mayor Roland Velasco, Vice-Mayor Marie Blankley and the members of the Gilroy City Council have exhibited strong leadership and been a source of strength for a community that is still in shock. I am deeply grateful to the thousands of local firefighters and law enforcement, EMS, physicians, nurses, medical personnel, emergency management staff, volunteers and community members who sprang into action during this crisis. When I visited VMC following the shooting, four individuals who suffered gunshot wounds shared their breathtaking stories with me. Few people will ever know the trauma these people are suffering but we can all offer words of encouragement and support. I also got to meet many of the dedicated VMC staff who dropped everything and worked long past their shifts ended to provide world-class care for the victims. Following a tragic event, it is common for people to experience anxiety, sadness, and fear and may benefit from counseling support. The Santa Clara County DA’s Office’s Victim Services Unit, the American Red Cross and the County’s Behavioral Health Services have opened a Family Assistance Center at Rucker Elementary School in Gilroy to assist those people affected by the shooting. Additionally, the Victim Services Unit San Jose office is located at 70 W. Hedding St., West Wing, San Jose. Contact the Family Assistance Center at 408-209-8356 for more information. Additionally, anyone can dial 2-1-1 for access to health and human services such as mental health counseling. It is a free non-emergency, confidential service that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For those who wish to help monetarily the Gilroy Foundation has set up a donation page that will directly benefit victims and their families.
Wildfire Safety Funding
Throughout my time in office, I have been working on improving Wildfire safety and I am proud to announce that Santa Clara County is the first county in California to receive $4 million from Sacramento for wildfire preparedness funding. Communications are critical for emergency notifications and coordination of resources. During last year’s Camp Fire in Butte County, compromised telecommunications infrastructure made it very difficult to notify residents of the need to evacuate. We must do better. The money will be used to purchase two Mobile Operations Satellite Emergency Systems (MOSES), designed to ensure that firefighters and residents can maintain communication with one another if internet service providers’ systems break down.
Earthquake Preparedness
July’s 7.1 Ridgecrest earthquake and aftershocks serve as important reminders of the importance of earthquake preparation and safety. I remember the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake vividly: My wife Kim and I had been living in our home for 5 years and our two children were still babies. I was on a ladder doing home repair when the 6.9 quake sent me crashing to the ground. The left side of our brick home came crashing down. Thankfully, none of us were injured. The following days and weeks were a blur of neighbors camping on our lawn, assessing damage to our home, cleaning up debris and living without running water and electricity. While earthquakes are unpredictable, we can all secure ourselves and our loved ones. Begin by familiarizing yourself with this earthquake safety checklist prepared by the Red Cross to learn what steps to take before, during, and after an earthquake. Also, be sure to sign up for the County’s free ALERT SCC system, which will notify you when an emergency occurs in your neighborhood.
Summer Photo Contest Winners
Supervisor Wasserman in Canoe at Day on the Lake
Summer in Santa Clara County means different things for different people. I am proud to announce the three winning photos from my 2019 Summer Contest are Randy Monges – Paraglider and Tree, Vincent Foster – Mt. Umunhum, and Randy Vitale – Big Bob Cat. Our diverse County covers 1,312 square miles and is home to 2 million people who speak more than 100 languages. To put this in perspective, Santa Clara County is roughly the geographic size of Rhode Island and has a population greater than 14 U.S. States! In addition to being the heart of Silicon Valley, our County is home to 28 county parks, three exceptional universities, two award-winning wine regions, professional sports teams, amusements parks, museums, theaters and music venues.
County Meetings
As your County Supervisor, I want you and your families to enjoy living and prospering in this beautiful region. The high cost of living, transportation challenges and housing shortage can make it very difficult to live and work here. The County Board of Supervisors meets these challenges head on by making tough choices and always looking to the future. There are no simple solutions, but there are always paths forward. The County Board of Supervisors holds regular public meetings with the agendas posted in advance. Please click on the link below to view agendas, videos, and minutes of the Board of Supervisors regular meetings and the following Board Policy Committees:
Children, Seniors and Families Committee (CSFC)
Finance and Government Operations Committee (FGOC)
Health and Hospital Committee (HHC)
Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation Committee (HLUET)
Public Safety and Justice Committee (PSJC)

Upcoming Events

8/24 - 8/25/19 San Jose: Silicon Valley Pride Festival and Parade 2019
8/24/19 San Jose: Burn Survivor Picnic
8/24/19 Campbell: 2019 Los Gatos Creek Cleanup
8/25/19 San Jose: 14th Annual Celebrate Cambrian Festival
8/26/19 San Jose: March/ Rally for 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote
8/26 - 8/31/19 Morgan Hill: Women’s Week
8/27/19 San Jose: Board of Supervisors Meeting
8/31/19 Morgan Hill: Blues Festival
8/31/19 Gilroy: Bystander Intervention Training
8/31/19 Morgan Hill: Parents’ Night Out
8/31/19 Morgan Hill: Night Hike on the Farm
9/6 - 9/30/19 South County: Fall Passport at the Wineries
9/7/19 San Jose: Veterans Benefit "Remember When"
9/13/19 San Jose: A Night to Remember Gala
9/13 - 9/20/19 San Jose: Mental Health First Aid Trainings (English)
9/21 - 9/22/19 Los Gatos: 2019 Fiesta de Artes
10/1/19 Gilroy: National Night Out (Rescheduled)
10/9/19 Los Gatos: Free Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) class
10/27 - 11/19/19 Saratoga: 28th Annual Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival

Community Announcements
Voting Plan Released. The Registrar of Voters has released a draft Election Administration Plan (EAP), which outlines how the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) will be implemented. The draft plan comes after a series of community meetings to gather feedback on the new voting model coming to Santa Clara County starting in 2020. The document -- available for review at -- covers topics including how the process will change for voters, with extensive information about the operation of the new Vote Centers that will replace traditional Polling Places. It also outlines details about the Vote-by-Mail process – under the new model, all voters will receive a ballot in the mail – as well as ballot drop-box options.

Recycle Right
. It's more important than ever to put only the right stuff into your recycling cart here in Santa Clara County. And it's equally important to keep out the things that can't be recycled. When the recycling is full of trash, the recyclables can't be processed into new products...what a waste! Think you an expert on your city’s recycling program? Click here to see if you are "recycling right."

California’s three largest energy companies have announced a coordinated wildfire safety and awareness campaign to prepare Californians for the threat of extreme weather and power outages during times of increased wildfire danger. The statewide Power of Being Prepared campaign is being led jointly by San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison (SCE) and PG&E, at the direction of the California Public Utilities Commission. The multimedia and multilingual campaign includes radio ads, preparedness resources and a new website, It is a call to action for all Californians to take important steps to get ready before the 2019 wildfire season, such as creating a thorough emergency plan and updating their contact information with their energy company.

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.

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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