Public safety policies, fighting fraud, loving libraries, seeing strokes, saluting Spring, and more
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April 2019 Edition

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Mike Wasserman
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 1
Public Safety Policies
In the wake of the tragic death of Bambi Larson, many in our community have raised questions about the County’s policies related to cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The County’s current policy does not reflect recent changes to state law and rulings from federal courts about the U.S. Constitution, both of which completely prohibit the County from honoring detainer requests from ICE. The County currently does—and has always—honored judicial warrants from ICE and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Judicial warrants allow the County to directly transfer an individual to ICE in handcuffs.

I will be proposing a change to the County’s policy at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, April 9.  This referral asks County Counsel to update the County’s current policy to reflect the current law on detainer requests, to reaffirm that the County has and will honor all judicial warrants, and to allow notification to ICE of those individuals who have been convicted of serious or violent felonies as defined by state law.

Back in 2013 and 2015, there was support to notify ICE regarding these particular convicted serious or violent felons. While there was debate regarding other categories or crimes, this was the criteria that had broad-based support, and it makes sense to move forward with these categories rather than divisively debating dozens of other categories. I think this is common sense and would better protect public safety while abiding by the Constitution and state law, and we can get it done now.

Fighting Fraud
More than 100 Seniors, caregivers and other residents attended our South County Fraud Prevention Seminar at the Gilroy Senior Center last month. Led by experts from the District Attorney’s office, the seminar covered various insurance fraud schemes impacting our County, how to avoid being a victim, as well as how to detect and report fraud. Learn more about some of the fraud schemes targeting Seniors, including insurance fraud, elder abuse, and resources for where to get help if you are the victim of fraud on the District Attorney's Website.
Loving Libraries
I am pleased to announce that the Gilroy and Campbell Libraries will now be open on Sundays. This means that all County libraries (Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and Woodland Branch) are now open seven days a week. Libraries are powerful community conveners, offering a safe place for teens after school, social interaction for Seniors, free classes for all interests, free computer use, meeting space, and of course books and other lending materials. As the chair of the Santa Clara County Library District, strengthening these vital public institutions has been a longstanding priority of mine and with the help of the outstanding library administrative staff, we are making this happen! I encourage all residents to visit a County library and experience everything that these “Palaces for the People” have to offer. Learn more on the Library District Website.
Seeing Strokes
Do you know the symptoms of a stroke and what to do? Thanks to organizations like the Stroke Awareness Foundation (SAF), more and more people can quickly identify when someone is having a stroke and call 911. Stroke is an emergency and it can happen to anyone, at any time, and at any age. Stroke is the #1 cause of adult disability and the #5 killer in the United States. Additionally, 1:5 men and 1:6 women will suffer stroke in their lifetime – that’s nearly 795,000 people each year. Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds, and every 4 minutes someone dies from it. To learn about the signs and symptoms of a stroke and what steps to take, please visit the Stroke Awareness Foundation website and/or download SAF’s FREE Lifesaving App and you might help save a life one day.
Celebrating Youth Sports
For 25 years in a row, I have attended Opening Day for Los Gatos Little League and it never gets old! Also in attendance this year were (left) Councilmember Rob Rennie, Board Member Philip Knopf, Police Chief Peter Decena, Councilmember Marcio Sayoc, and Mayor Steve Leonardis. Los Gatos Little League's mission is to develop fundamental baseball skills, while positively reinforcing lessons in teamwork, respect, and sportsmanship, both in victory and in defeat. These skills will help players throughout their lives. Thank you to everyone who helps makes this community league a success!
Please join me for the Martial Cottle Park Spring Celebration on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at Martial Cottle Park in San Jose. You will experience Santa Clara Valley's agricultural past, present, and future on land the Cottle family farmed for more than 150 years. Come enjoy local arts and crafts, farm animals up-close, urban forest demonstration, antique autos and vintage farm equipment, gardening demonstrations, spring planting activities, kids’ activities, fresh organic produce, garden workshops, Jacobs Farm tours, live music and more! And please join Supervisor Dave Cortese and me at 11:30 am for the Community Garden Dedication Ceremony in honor of Rusty Areias, former State Assemblyman and former Director of California Department of Parks and Recreation, to be held in the Martial Cottle Park Teaching Pavilion. Visit the County Parks website for additional information.
Upcoming Events
4/12/19 Campbell: Child Abuse Prevention Council Symposium
4/13/19 San Jose: Martial Cottle Park Spring Celebration
4/13/19 San Jose: Great American Litter Pick Up
4/14/19 Los Gatos: Spring into Green
4/16/19 Saratoga: Crochet Coral Reef Project
4/18/19 Morgan Hill: Earth Day Celebration
4/22/19 San Jose: Community Meeting: A Discussion on Public Safety
4/23/19 San Jose: Board of Supervisors Meeting
4/23/19 Morgan Hill: Coyote Valley Landscape Linkage Project
4/26/19 Gilroy: Legislative Summit
4/27/19 San Jose: Walk, Run, Fun! Sister County 5K
4/27/19 San Jose: 10th Annual International Children’s Festival
4/30/19 Saratoga: Current State of Real Estate & Stock Markets
4/30/19 San Jose: 8th Annual Business Summit
4/30/19 Gilroy: Hora de cuentos en español (Spanish Storytime)
5/4/19 Los Gatos: Wine Walk
5/4/19 Morgan Hill: Cops & Robbers Ball
5/4- 5/5/19 Santa Clara Valley: 2019 Going Native Garden Tour
5/10/19 Mountain View: Silicon Valley FACES - Build A Future Luncheon
5/18/19 San Martin: Aviation Day
5/18/19 Gilroy: 13th Annual Hearts of Gilroy Women’s Luncheon and Auction
5/29/19 San Jose:  Healthier Kids Foundation's Annual Symposium

Community Announcements
Accepting Internship Applications (now through May).  My office is looking for a spring and/or summer intern. High school, college, and graduate students as well as non-students are encouraged to apply. While working, interns can expect to learn about how a County Supervisor's office operates. The ideal candidate will possess strong communication skills and an interest in local government. Visit my website for more information and to apply: Supervisor Mike Wasserman - Intern with Mike.

The County of Santa Clara announces the release of the Historic Grant Program. The Board of Supervisors established the Historic Grant Program (HGP) in 2018 with the purpose of celebrating history in Santa Clara County with a preference for Projects that acknowledge and celebrate untold stories and/or underrepresented/disadvantaged communities. This can include, but is not limited to, the history of women, Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Italian Americans, Native Americans, LGBTQ, viticulture/viticultural communities, agriculture/ agricultural communities, individual communities, technology, and politics and government. $5 million in available funds / $1 million in each Supervisorial District. For more information, download the Historic Grant Program Procedural Guide.

Fourth of July Fireworks Grant Funding Opportunity. Government agencies and nonprofit organizations planning to hold 2019 Fourth of July fireworks events in Santa Clara County may benefit from the County's grant program established to fund safe and legal fireworks displays. The County is allocating a total of $25,000 to sponsor up to two fireworks events in each of the five supervisorial districts ($5,000 per district). Interested organizations must complete an application. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., April 5, 2019. Fireworks Events must be open to any resident in Santa Clara County, be family-friendly, and consider public/fire safety educational elements. A County panel will review and evaluate submissions. The Board of Supervisors will review the panel's recommendations in May 2019. Sponsorship recipients will be notified and receive funds following Board approval. Apply here.

Linda L. Lester Scholarship Fund is a program of the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau, in cooperation with American AgCredit. Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to 2019 recipients. The scholarships are for local high school seniors and college students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better and plan to major in agriculture, such as agricultural business, forestry, viticulture, animal science, crop science, environmental science, agricultural engineering, agricultural education, agricultural communications, food science, and others. The Deadline is Friday April 19. Apply here.  

The County of Santa Clara launched a House Sharing program in partnership with Catholic Charities to provide residents with more affordable housing options. The program is simple: people willing to rent a room in their home are matched with people seeking affordable housing. Catholic Charities is the trusted matchmaker to ensure that room providers and renters are screened and compatible. House Sharing is an arrangement by which two or more unrelated people share a home. This could be a homeowner or renter (House Provider) renting out vacant bedrooms to a person (or persons) seeking housing (Renters). Catholic Charities will be hosting weekly office hours at the Morgan Hill Centennial Recreation Center to better assist the South County clients. Individuals interested in participating in the House Sharing program should call (408) 325-5134 or email For more information, please visit

Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance Available to Santa Clara County Taxpayers. Low income, elderly, disabled, and limited English-speaking taxpayers in Santa Clara County can once again seek tax preparation assistance through VITA, the free nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program coordinated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and United Way Bay Area. This year, VITA tax preparation services are temporarily offered at nearly 40 sites, including two County libraries in Cupertino and Milpitas, and the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency CalWORKs Employment Connection Center in San Jose.

SCCLD Libraries to Waive Fines and Fees in Exchange for a Food Donation. Food for Fines program forgives up to $100 per account during month of April Starting on Tuesday, April 2, the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) is offering Food for Fines for a second time, a program in which patrons can waive up to $100 in fines and fees in exchange for a non-perishable food donation of any amount. In its initial month-long offering in 2018, the equivalent of nearly 30,000 meals were collected for the food insecure in partnership with Second Harvest of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

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