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March 2019 Edition - Learn about the future of St. Louise Hospital, the Parent Project, a new public health campaign, and more!
 
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County Supervisor Mike Wasserman
 
Mike's Monthly Message
March 2019 Edition

Hello Community Member,

 
I hope you find this newsletter informative. As always, if you have any questions or concerns you can reach my office at (408) 299-5010, or you can email me at district1@bos.sccgov.org.
Mike Wasserman
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 1
Saint Louise Hospital Saved!
We did it! The sale of Saint Louise and O’Connor hospitals (as well as De Paul Health Center) to the County is complete. It’s chilling to think how close we came to not having a hospital in South County. The threat of these hospital closures would have been devastating, particularly to the 100,000 South County residents who depend on a local hospital with life-saving services. Last month, Judge R. Gary Klausner denied California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s emergency motion to stay (halt) the Bankruptcy Court’s order authorizing the sale to the County. This means that the owner (Verity Health System) and the County can complete the sale that includes 451 hospital beds and affects nearly 2,000 hospital workers.

I am relieved that we will be able to continue offering high-quality, critical health care services to all Santa Clara County residents. Thank you to everyone who rallied to save the hospitals by speaking up, contacting our elected officials in Sacramento, and attending rallies to help save the hospitals.

The Parent Project
As Chair of the County Library District, I am proud to announce The Parent Project - a 12-week program in the Gilroy Library funded by the Santa Clara County Library District, the District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Family & Children’s Services’ Prevention Bureau, and the Gilroy Police Department. This program was created to improve relationships between parents and teenagers to prevent truancy or other delinquent activities. This free class will run from March 6 to May 22 and will be conducted in Spanish.

I understand that many parents find it difficult to communicate with their sons and daughters, particularly when dealing with complicated problems like teenage delinquency. However, The Parent Project teaches fundamental lessons that parents can use to better understand their teens and to establish a better form of communication, which can ultimately improve their lifestyles. Through enough public support, my wish is that these young individuals receive the Real.Life.Help. that they deserve.

If you would like to register for this Spanish taught class or a future class in another language, please contact Project Director, Gloria Maturino at: (408) 808-3794 or parentproject@da.sccgov.org.

A Helping Hand for Teens in Need
One significant reason why Santa Clara County is one of the most outstanding Counties in the nation is because of its proactive method of addressing several health crises. For example, as more awareness grows about the use of marijuana among teens, the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department has already received national recognition for their Wasted on Weed campaign, designed to inform teens and parents about the consequences of smoking marijuana.

The campaign’s goal is to promote science-backed claims that marijuana can adversely affect brain development among teens, thereby potentially lowering a teen’s IQ and ability to land a good job. By realizing such consequences, I hope that more teens can make the decision to stop or avoid smoking marijuana. If you or anyone you may know would like to learn more about this campaign and the steps you can take to address this issue, please visit www.wastedonweed.org.

Strong Girls, Strong Women in the County
The Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy is hosting the 2019 Strong Girls Strong Women Conference for high school girls and adult allies on Saturday, March 9. The purpose of the Strong Girls, Strong Women (SGSW) high school girls’ leadership conference is to empower, inspire and enrich high school girls and their allies to be strong members and committed leaders of their communities. Workshops will focus on health, economics, education, healthy relationships, personal safety, art and leadership. There will be a Networking Fair with community resources and volunteer opportunities, as well as free drawings and giveaways for all participants. The Strong Girls, Strong Women leadership conference is FREE to all attendees, including workshops, photos, gift bags, breakfast, lunch & parking.
Upcoming Events
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March 1-31, 2019 - South County: Wineries Spring Passport Weekend
3/7/19 - Gilroy: Supervisor Wasserman Reads at Storytime
3/9/19 - San Jose: Hop 'N Vine 2019
3/9/19 - San Jose: Strong Girls Strong Women Conference
3/12/19 - San Jose: Board of Supervisors Meeting
3/12/19 - Morgan Hill: Planning Healthy Meals
3/14/19 - Gilroy: South County Senior Fraud Prevention Seminar
3/15/19 - Morgan Hill: 15th Annual Helping Hands & Healing Hearts Awards Luncheon
3/16/19 - San Martin: Trash Bash (Volunteers Needed!)
3/18/19 - Saratoga: Family Stories: A Workshop in Ancestral Writing
3/19/19 - San Jose: Board of Supervisors Meeting
3/24/19 - Palo Alto: Racing Hearts 5k/10k Challenge
3/26/19 - Saratoga: Paws to Read
3/30/19 - San Jose: Nature Journaling Hike
3/31/19 - Morgan Hill: 36th Annual AAUW Wildflower Run
April 3-7, 2019 - Morgan Hill & Gilroy: Poppy Jasper International Film Festival
4/6/19 - San Jose: Fundraiser for Foster Children

Community Announcements
Intern with Mike - 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.

Have you seen the latest edition of Access Magazine? It’s the best place to find the resources and tools to start, grow and build a strong small business. Check out the Winter 2018-2019 edition here. Gain access to free workshops and training events, to business capital/funding, to government contracting, to the restaurant program with tips for success, and to free one-on-one confidential counseling. Access Magazine is published by the Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center and they are here to help YOU grow your small business! For more information visit their website.

Have you ever thought about becoming a successful Firefighter/EMT candidate? Local Fire Departments are seeking more men and women who better represent our diverse population. This effort includes people of all backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations. The fire service and emergency response careers offer great benefits and retirement programs. Firefighter’s ABC can help you get there. Their free online internship program helps build a strong foundation for interviewing, testing, and presentation skills. This program is ideal for 9th – 12th grade students, college and post college students, active service members, and those wanting to start a new and exciting career. The sooner you start learning about the qualifications required for a career as an emergency responder, the more prepared you will be as a candidate. For more information, please visit: www.FirefightersABCs.com.

#PixInParks Challenge! Start the new year by getting out of your routine and try a new trail (or seven). With 28 regional parks encompassing 52,000 acres, Santa Clara County Parks is full of hidden hiking gems. Enjoy magnificent hiking adventures and experience new terrain and spectacular vistas. Hike all seven selected County Park trails and take a photo at the designated spot. To entice you to hike the Magnificent 7, a commemorative t-shirt or bandana awaits those who complete the #PixInParks challenge! Learn more at the County Parks website: www.parkhere.org.
 
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