Women’s equality, Housing our community, 2020 voting improvements, U.S. Census, Poet Laureate search, Free counseling
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Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman
Mike's Monthly Message
September 2019 Edition
99 Years Since the 19th Amendment
Supervisor Wasserman presenting certificate of commendation to Sophie and Ria
Last month’s Women’s Equality Day Celebration hosted by the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women bore witness to the triumphs and challenges women still face. It is staggering to think that 2019 marks the 99th year since the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting many women the right to vote. My office has hosted dozens of outstanding future women leaders as part of my student internship program that offers valuable, real-world job experience. A big thank you to Sophie and Ria, who completed their summer internships last month and who are now back in school. I am grateful to them for dedicating their time to serving the public and wish them all the best in their future endeavors! As a County, we continue to stand up for Women's Equality in numerous ways.
Housing Our Community
affordable housing rendering
(Photo credit: Jeff Peters, Vantage Photo)

In November 2016, County voters approved a $950 million Affordable Housing Bond to produce new affordable housing units and to assist first-time home buyers. To date, 1,900 new and rehabilitated apartments have been built or are approved to be built soon. For example, the County and community partners in August celebrated the first Grand Opening of an affordable housing development funded by the 2016 Affordable Housing Bond. The Veranda is a 19-unit new construction affordable housing development for seniors, with six units set aside for seniors who are disabled and homeless. But much more is needed. Also in August, the Board of Supervisors began discussing the potential of using County-owned land to locate new affordable housing. Several specific sites were discussed, including vacant land in Gilroy near the Valley Health Center and St. Louise Regional Hospital, as well as near the De Paul Health Center in Morgan Hill. I asked that we inventory the hundreds of County-owned parcels throughout all 15 cities. I believe that the best approach is to produce a comprehensive, countywide property inventory and then prioritize which properties would be best suited for affordable housing. Adding housing takes carefully planning and time, and it happens on a project-by-project basis throughout the region.

2020 Voting Improvements
Voters in 2020 will benefit from a new, modern and secure voting system that includes new ballot scanners, tabulators and ADA-compliant ballot-marking devices at Vote Centers. To ensure voting security, the new Dominion Voting System model has undergone one of the most exhaustive testing and certification programs in the nation. Prior to being certified for use, it received end-to-end testing, including functional testing, source code review, and red team security testing with experts trying to "break in." The machines are not connected to the internet and do not receive or transmit election data electronically through any type of external communication network. The new system will also enable a decentralized count -- remote tabulation at each vote center -- which is expected to expedite election night results considerably.
United States Census 2020
The U.S. Census Bureau will be canvassing Santa Clara County neighborhoods from now until mid-October to confirm addresses. We urge all residents to cooperate with Census workers to help ensure households are not overlooked in the counting process. Staff can be easily identified with U.S. Census Badges with a photo ID, as well as black canvas bags and laptops with the Census 2020 logo. The U.S. Census Bureau has contacted local law enforcement to make them aware of this effort. If you have any questions, please contact the County of Santa Clara Census team at (408) 678-1029.
Poet Laureate Search
Are you a poet? The Santa Clara County Library District and County of Santa Clara, in partnership with SVCREATES, are taking applications for the 2020–2021 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate. This honorary post serves to help elevate the awareness of County residents around poetry and to celebrate the literary arts. The application deadline is September 27, 2019, 5 p.m.
Upcoming Events
9/5/19 Morgan Hill: Economic Development
9/6 - 9/30/19 South County: Fall Passport at the Wineries
9/7/19 San Jose: Veterans Benefit "Remember When"
9/7/19 Morgan Hill: Brew Crawl
9/7/19 San Jose: 6th Annual Village Fest
9/7/19 Los Gatos: The 15th Annual Claws for a Cause
9/7/19 Morgan Hill: 50th Annual Founders’ Dinner
9/10/19 San Jose: County Board of Supervisors Meeting
9/10/19 Campbell Library: Master Gardeners – Growing Garlic
9/13/19 San Jose: A Night to Remember Gala
9/13, 9/20/19 San Jose: Mental Health First Aid Training (English)
9/13/19 San Jose: Moonlight Paddle
9/14/19 Morgan Hill: Get Fit Run and Family Fun Fest
9/14/19 Saratoga: Farm Bureau Harvest Dinner
9/14/19 Gilroy Library: Open Poetry Readings with the Garlicky Group of Poets
9/14/19 Saratoga Library: How to Become a U.S. Citizen
9/18/19 Morgan Hill Library: How to Respond Hate Speech
9/20 - 9/21/19 Morgan Hill: Family Overnight in the Park
9/21/19 San Jose: The Impact of Fire
9/21 - 9/22/19 Los Gatos: 2019 Fiesta de Artes
9/21/19 Gilroy: Chili Championship 2019
9/21/19 San Martin: Trash Bash
9/21/19 Santa Clara County: Costal Cleanup Day
9/21/19 Morgan Hill: 3rd Annual Latin Cultural Show and Outdoor Concert
9/22/19 Los Gatos: Climate Fair
9/22/19 San Jose: Bats - Superheroes of the Night
9/24/19 San Jose: County Board of Supervisors Meeting
9/24/19 Saratoga Library: Mandarin/English Storytime
9/24/19 San Martin: A Sunset Evening – Healthier Kids Foundation Benefit
9/25/19 Morgan Hill Library: Tomás and the Library Lady
9/25/19 Morgan Hill: Economic Development Speaker Series - Retail
9/28/19 Gilroy Library: Eating Disorder Expert Forum
9/28/19 Los Gatos: Eat Drink Los Gatos
9/28/19 Campbell: RES/RACES Countywide Communications Exercise
9/28 - 9/29/19 Morgan Hill: The 30th Annual Taste of Morgan Hill
10/1/19 Gilroy: National Night Out (Rescheduled)
10/5/19 San Jose: Martial Cottle Harvest Festival
10/5/19 Gilroy: Boots & Badges
10/5/19: San Jose: Fall Garden Market - Featuring Asian vegetable seedlings
10/9/19 Los Gatos: Free Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) class
10/10/19 Morgan Hill: Innovation & Manufacturing

Community Announcements
The County has awarded a grant to Parents Helping Parents (PHP), which will enable them to open a satellite office in Gilroy! There are over 4,000 individuals with special needs living in South County that now will be better served because of this support. PHP will be opening their new satellite office at the Greenhouse Coworking Space in downtown Gilroy in mid-September. They will have bilingual staff there 3 days a week to meet with families 1 on 1 and will be holding many of their typical workshops like Special Ed basics and how to apply for public benefits.

Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) is September 23rd. Help raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. Falls are NOT a normal part of aging and they are preventable! This award-winning video shows 6 simple steps to stay healthy and safe.

Doesn't Your Stuff Deserve a Second Chance? In recognition of the many benefits of reuse, Morgan Hill, South County and Gilroy will be holding their 17th Annual "Second Chance Week" event September 7-15, 2019. Starting with the popular Gilroy Citywide Garage Sale on September 7th & 8th, there will be a full week of events designed to give your stuff a "Second Chance!" The event ends with the Morgan Hill/South County Citywide Garage sale on September 14th & 15th. Find out more here.

The City of Gilroy is seeking five (5) youth ages 12-18 to serve two-year terms on the Gilroy Youth Commission, ending September 2021. All applicants must reside within the jurisdictional area of the Gilroy Unified School District. Applications are due on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by 5:00 pm. Applications may at: City of Gilroy website or by email to The City Council will interview applicants on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall in the City Council Chambers, 7351 Rosanna Street in Gilroy.

Caltrain to Adjust Gilroy Service. Effective Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, Caltrain will adjust its southbound Gilroy service based on feedback provided by the South Santa Clara County riders in a recent survey that indicated their preference to have an earlier train between the first two trains. Train 262 will provide service to all stations from Tamien Station to Gilroy Station. Train 262 will also stop at Lawrence Station. Train 274 will no longer serve stations south of Tamien Station and will terminate at Tamien Station. The last train to stations south of Tamien station will be Train 268. Northbound service from Gilroy will remain unchanged.

Hoping to reduce the chances of wildfire, State Fire Officials have begun work on a large project to thin brush, dead trees, and other vegetation along Highway 17.The project is expected to take up to four months and affect nearly seven miles of the winding mountain roadway linking Silicon Valley and the coast. Crews will work from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday until the end of 2019, but not at night, when tree trimming is more dangerous, or on weekends. will provide residents and drivers with information about what to expect around Highway 17 during the project.

As a reminder, Services and assistance available following the incident at Gilroy Garlic Festival are available. Victim Services does not ask about immigration status. All are encouraged to call!
  • For general services: Family Assistance Center Hotline: 408-209-8356
  • If you or someone you know was at the Gilroy Garlic Festival the day of the shooting, they and their family members qualify for Victim Witness Services: (408) 295-2656
  • If you or someone you know still need to retrieve property: Gilroy Police Department: (408) 846-0350
  • Anyone can dial 2-1-1 for access to County health and human services such as mental health counseling. It is a free non-emergency, confidential service that operates 24/7

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.

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