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BCA General Meeting, Tuesday February 24, 2015. 6:30 PM. There will be nomination and election of 3 new Board members. New location:  Hotel Valley Park, MacArthur and Stevens Creek. See story at left.

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First Tech Credit Union closes West San Carlos branch. See story at left.

Bascom Business block shuttered See story at left.

Minutes of BCA meeting Jan 27. Download in PDF.

Save the Burbank Theater!

Once a thriving community entertainment center, now just a relic. Undone by the construction of the 280 freeway, this community icon is now threatened with foreclosure and possible destruction or indefinite mothballing. The Studio Sharise tenant is trying to gain control of the building, hoping to restore or expand the retail areas and enhance the current art and dance studio. Read how you can help Save the Burbank.

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BCA Meeting Tuesday Feb 24, 6:30 PM

Hotel Valley Park, 2404 Stevens Creek, at MacArthur

The BCA will convene its next general meeting on Tuesday February 24, 2015 . The meeting will be at Hotel Valley Park, starting at 6:30 PM. The main business will be the nomination and election of board members to fill three vacancies on the board of directors.

A message from our Vice-President, Jimmy K Lew Jr:

"The BCA currently has THREE board vacancies. If you are interested, we will be accepting nominations for the rest of the month until the BCA nominations/elections meeting on Tuesday, February. 24 . You can also nominate someone at the beginning of this meeting, after which we will have elections. Email your nomination or expression of interest directly to Jimmy.

"The BCA serves as a unified voice for Burbank residents in matters that impact our neighborhood. We strive to foster relationships between our community and local government agencies and representatives in order to retain the flavor of this neighborhood, and to preserve the quality of life here. If you're interested in having more of a direct impact, we encourage you to get involved!"

Agenda items

  1. Nominations and election to the BCA Board of Directors
  2. Stevens Creek/280/880 Interchange Project, status update (Ethan Winston, VTA)
  3. Anti-Graffiti/Litter Program (Marta Dominguez, city of San Jose)
  4. Bascom Business Block and Business Circle updates
    (Jimmy K Lew Jr, BCA)

First Tech Credit Union Closes

The West San Carlos branch of First Tech Credit Union closed its branch at 1570 West San Carlos at the end of the day, January 8, 2015. First Tech opened a new branch in the North San Jose/Milpitas area, 181 E Tasman (at Zanker Rd). First Tech CU was the BCA's bank, and we regret losing this valuable community member and the friendly and convenient services they provided us.

First Tech CU members can make some transactions, including deposits and ATM, at the Patelco CU, 1790 S Bascom Avenue (at Campisi), or at The Golden 1 CU, 185 Park Avenue, or they can visit the Cupertino branch at 19960 Stevens Creek Blvd.

Bascom Business Block Shuttered

All the businesses on Bascom Avenue in the block north of Basile were evicted from their shops.

The entire block of business was shuttered at the end of January, and fenced off by the beginning of February.   Among the evicted business were Burbank favorites, including the Apatzingan Market (now at 901 N. 13th St.), Space Cat (moved to 1415 W. San Carlos), Big Al's Record Barn (collection sold to a Brazillian mega-collector), the Holland Shop, Time Tunnel Toys, and other unique shops.

At the time of the BCA's last meeting on January 28, County officials said that the property had not yet been sold. Burbank residents curious about the block's fate must wait until it is sold and a permit sought for demolition or repair.

In a reply to a resident's concern, Supervisor Yeager's policy aide, Alex Shoor, said of this issue:

If this property gets purchased and there is a new use of the existing building or a new building altogether gets built ... it will automatically “trigger” annexation into the City of San Jose. This property may then become part of San Jose’s “urban village”* plan for the West San Carlos area. As such, San Jose’s Planning Department would receive the initial paperwork before the County.

* Webmaster's note: This area would probably be treated as a "Commercial Urban Village" under the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan.

Although the physical premises were somewhat dilapidated, the businesses in this block were truly unique and valued by many Burbank residents. We shall miss them, and to those who survive in new locations we wish the best of luck.

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