BCA Elects New Board at Feb 24 Meeting
The membership of the Burbank Community Association elected three new Board members in its meeting on February 24 at the Hotel Valley Park. The three replace Board members who resigned at the beginning of the year.
The newly elected Board members are Ken Colson, Brian Leipzig, and Dmitriy Afanasyev.
After elections, the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) presented an update on the I280/I880/Stevens Creek project. The project is expected to be completed in May. Significantly for the Burbank community, the north sidewalk of the new Stevens Creek over-crossing will open late March. The over-crossing will have 8-foot wide sidewalks with signal-controlled pedestrian crossings at all access points except the north bound 880 on-ramp. The entire south sidewalk will have pedestrian controlled signals. A bike lane will be striped on the over-crossing as far as the project limits – DiSalvo to Monroe. View the VTA's webpage on this project.
A representative from San Jose's Anti-Graffiti and Litter Program gave a presentation outlining the work of this city agency and highlighting the role of volunteers in keeping our community clean and litter-free. Burbank residents can participate as volunteers and are reminded that some areas within the Burbank Community Association are actually within San Jose City, particularly the businesses on West San Carlos. Therefore the City Anti-Graffiti task force is the appropriate agency to call when you see graffiti or litter there. The City maintains a 24 hour hotline, 1-866-249-0543. There is also a smartphone App, SanJoseClean to report graffiti in real time. To learn more about the program call 408-975-7233. For graffiti on County property email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, in a class by itself, go to www.recyclestuff.org to learn how to recycle unusual items. On the home page, don't miss the painting done entirely with bottle caps,
Caps Seurat, 2011.
Supervisor Ken Yeager's policy aide, Alex Shoor, announced that the County's Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission is in contract talks for a new waste hauler. It is expected that Burbank will now have two "dumpster days" per year, with the first one tentatively set for September. The new waste hauling will include compostables and "limited household waste". Those living in the Burbank Sanitary District will have a separate dumpster day schedule. Finally, the Burbank Theatre was expected to be auctioned on February 25, but has been postponed until March 27 at 10 AM at the Superior Court, 190 North Market Street.
BCA Board Elects New Officers
The BCA Board elected its new officers on March 8, 20215. The new officers are Jimmy K Lew, Jr, President, Brian Leipzig, Vice-President. Anthony Sacco continues as Treasurer, and Susan Bradley retains her role as Secretary.
The new board's goals for the BCA in the coming year include increasing community participation, greater engagement from Burbank residents and businesses, and increasing revenues that will enable the BCA to function more effectively in preserving and enhancing the quality of life for the Burbank community.
- Establish a sound financial footing by increasing new and renewal memberships.
- Establish a closer connection to the local business community through increased business membership and participation.
- Increase member participation to leverage the efforts of the Board and increase the BCA's impact on the community.
- Increase communication with the community with a hand-delivered printed newsletter.
Existing BCA members are encouraged to renew their annual membership and to volunteer for special projects such as the creation and distribution of the newsletter.
Next BCA Meeting Tues June 2, 6:30 PM
Rose Garden Library Community Room
Save the date: the next meeting of the Burbank Community Association will take place Tues June 2, 6:30 PM, at the Rose Garden Library Community Room. Located at Naglee and Dana. Find out what's going on in your community, voice your concerns, and hear from our elected representative and law enforcement officials.
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, Zero Freitas), the Holland Shop, Time Tunnel Toys (now at 1583 Meridian Ave), 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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