Animal Services Center Topping Off Ceremony, Serving Seniors, Census 2020 Jobs, Holiday Giving
Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman
Mike's Monthly Message
December 2019 Edition
Animal Services Center Topping Off Ceremony
Mike signing beam at Animal Shelter Construction Site
November 22 was a beautiful day to attend the “Topping off” Ceremony for the new Santa Clara County Animal Shelter in San Martin - a monumental construction milestone. When I first set foot in the existing 70-year-old County Animal Shelter as a newly elected County Supervisor, I vowed then and there to help build a new and improved one. I am so proud that after years of planning, our new LEED Silver certified Animal Services Center is on track to open in 2021!

The 37,000 square foot facility will include:
  • Modern dog dorms that allow dogs indoor and outdoor access,
  • An open air outside park for dogs to interact with potential forever owners,
  • Free-roam cat condos with climbing structures,
  • A 10-stall barn and pasture,
  • Two surgical clinics to service our growing animal population, and
  • A community space that will accommodate up to 300 people at a time.

We must still raise funds to complete critical infrastructure inside this state-of-the-art facility, and I hope that you will consider supporting local animals with a tax-deductible financial contribution. If you are considering making a holiday donation – please keep this in mind! Donate online at or call 408-918-4643 to discuss strategic opportunities that match your wishes.

Serving Seniors
Mike at Los Gatos Lions Club for Thanksgiving Luncheon
Friends, food and fellowship – who could ask for more? Kudos to the Los Gatos Lions Club for providing and serving a delicious Thanksgiving Luncheon to 200 community seniors on the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day. A big thank you to the Lions and their Leos, as well as Los Gatos Meats, the Senior Commission, Mayor Jensen and volunteers, including students from Los Gatos High School and CT English Middle School for putting big smiles on many faces.
Census 2020 Jobs
Count Me In -- 20220 Census -- Everyone Counts -- County of Santa Clara
The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring individuals to help with their 2020 Census efforts. Various temporary positions are available starting in 2020 that pay from $24 - $42.50 / hour. The 2020 Census is constitutionally required to count everyone living in the United States. Our congressional representation is based on the Census, as are significant amounts of funding; nearly $2,000 per person each year in federal money comes into California based on census-derived data. In 2010, the Census Bureau undercounted every racial demographic except for Caucasians, and also undercounted other groups such as renters and young children. Be a part of the count for 2020. Volunteer opportunities will be available, too.
Holiday Giving
We all have different ways of giving back around the holidays. If you are looking for ways to give, I invite you to read about some of the families and groups on the Mercury News Wishbook giving website that are currently facing significant challenges in our community. I wish you and your families happiness, good health and prosperity for 2020.
Upcoming Events
Through 12/31/19 Gilroy: Gilroy Gardens Holiday
Through 1/5/19 San Jose: Christmas in the Park
Through 1/12/19 San Jose: Downtown Ice

12/10 - 12/30/19 Los Gatos: Fantasy of Lights Drive-Thru
12/6/19 Saratoga: Sue’s Story: Dementia Awareness Film and Discussion
12/6/19 Gilroy: Gilroy League of Writers (GLOW) for Pre-teens and Teens
12/6/19 Los Gatos: Holiday Tree Lighting
12/6 - 12/8/19 San Martin: Sip and Shop Weekend
12/7/19 San Jose: San Andreas Regional Center Holiday Craft Fair
12/7/19 Morgan Hill: Winter Magic Show
12/7/19 Gilroy: Pup Pictures with Santa Paws & Doggie Dress Up Contest
12/7/19 Los Gatos: Children's Christmas/Holidays Parade
12/7/19 Gilroy: Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
12/7 - 12/8/19 Morgan Hill: Guglielmo’s 31st Annual Christmas at the Winery
12/8/19 San Jose: Mindful Walking in Nature
12/8/19 Campbell: Ethan Bortnick’s “We’re All Family” Holiday Concert
12/9/19 Gilroy: Beginner Block Printing Make Holiday Cards (18+)
12/9/19 Cupertino: LGBTQ Community Listening Forum
12/10/19 San Jose: County Board of Supervisors Meeting
12/11/19 Gilroy: Fair Housing and Community Development Forum
12/11/19 Morgan Hill: Teen Sewing Project: Emoji Keychains (ages 13-18)
12/11/19 Campbell: SCCLD Distinguished Authors Series: Susan Orlean, Author of The Library Book
12/12/19 Gilroy: Preschool Story Time
12/13/19 San Jose: Holiday Appreciation Party
12/14/19 Gilroy: Breakfast with Santa
12/14/19 Gilroy: South County Gun Buyback
12/14/19 Los Gatos: Wreaths Across America Ceremony
12/14/19 Gilroy: Open Poetry Readings with the Garlicky Group of Poets
12/14/19 Gilroy: South Valley Symphony Presents Spirit of Music
12/14 - 12/15/19 San Jose: Holiday Craft Fair
12/14/19 Morgan Hill: Holiday Hustle 8 – 5K, 10K
12/15/19 San Jose: Santa Run Silicon Valley
12/15/19 San Jose: Victorian Holiday Living History
12/17/19 San Jose: County Board of Supervisors Meeting
12/17 - 12/23/19 Los Gatos: Carriage Rides
12/18/19 Saratoga: The Science Behind Periscopes (for grades 3-7)
12/20 - 12/22/19 Saratoga: Nutcracker Ballet
12/21/19 San Jose: The Martial Cottle Park Experience
12/21/19 Morgan Hill: BikeMobile: Free Bike Repairs!
12/21/19 Morgan Hill: Starry Nights Star Party
12/28/19 San Jose: Quicksilver History Hike
12/28/19 Morgan Hill: Parents Night Out
1/23/19 San Martin: Town Hall Meeting
Community Announcements
County of Santa Clara Receives Recognition for Procurement Excellence
The County of Santa Clara Procurement Department and Office of Countywide Contract Management have been awarded the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2019 from the National Procurement Institute! This award is earned by demonstrating a commitment to procurement excellence which Santa Clara County has done through exemplarity organizational leadership, a commitment to excellence in contracting, and a collective pledge to continuous improvement in ensuring high quality, best value contracts which work to serve our residents. Learn More

First Installment of Santa Clara County’s 2019/2020 Property Taxes Due
The County of Santa Clara Department of Tax and Collections has mailed out the 2019 – 2020 property tax bills to all property owners at the addresses shown on the tax roll. Tax payments are due starting on Friday, November 1, 2019 and unpaid property taxes will become delinquent if not paid by 5 pm on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. There are free and easy options for making property tax payments such as using the SCC DTAC mobile app on the County of Santa Clara Department of Tax and Collections website. Learn more

Groundbreaking of First Vietnamese American Service Center in the Nation
The Vietnamese American community in Santa Clara County joined county leaders for a historic groundbreaking of the Vietnamese American Service Center (VASC) in the nation. The Center, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2021, will be a model for other major counties serving vulnerable populations. The construction of the VASC is a pivotal moment for Santa Clara County and its Vietnamese residents. Learn More

San Jose Art Museum Docent Recruitment
San Jose Museum of Art is recruiting for its 2020 “Let’s Look at Art” docent class. Give back to your community in a meaningful way by becoming a part of the largest arts education program in Santa Clara County. Docents are trained to take portfolio art into K-5 classrooms or digital art into 6-12 classrooms and give FREE presentations that foster communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. No previous art experience is required. Email for more information or call 408-291-5393.

Gilroy Student Selected to Help Governor Light Capitol Christmas Tree
Nayeli Lemus, a 10-year-old girl from Gilroy who receives services from one of California’s 21 regional centers will help Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom light this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree. Nayeli, who has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, was selected by the San Andreas Regional Center and California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to represent more than 340,000 individuals from across the state who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and receive services from the state’s regional centers and state-operated facilities.

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.

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San Jose, CA 95110
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