UPDATE (Oct 23, 2011) :
Kirk presented at the Santa Calra City Council meeting on Oct 11, 2011. This slide and the following comments were shared:
1. Kirk clarified the Public Works statement about costs for the development (not revenue as previously stated) by displaying the Agenda Report from November 11, 2008 showing that: "There will be additional cost to the City for providing services to the added residential units that will not be completely offset by additional tax revenue." This directly conflicts with the statement put out by the SummerHill and the Developers (in fact they campaigned on this) saying, "[the Development] creates an annual revenue surplus of approximately $73,000." Just another one of dozens of examples where SummerHill skillfully misled the public to win the vote.
2. Kirk asked how much the development will cost the City since it will come out of the General Fund (based on the above statement)
3. Requested clarification from the City Manager since she stated all the money needed for the housing development is available today and the Mercury News stated: "The builders of the senior project, Charities Housing and Santa Clara Methodist Foundation, will have to apply and compete with other nonprofits for the dwindling affordable housing funds."
The City Manager and Director of Public Works were pretty much non-responsive to the question of cost to the City. The City Manager did say that all the money for the Senior Housing portion is available and the above statement did not apply to this matter. Kirk sent a follow-up email to the City Council and City Manager asking again: How much will the development cost the City? No response to date.
SummerHill has started the process of grading the land. Here are a couple of pics: Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4.
Video of SummerHill's destruction vehicles, making the last farmland in Santa Clara extinct.
- The San Jose Mercury News publishes an article on Oct 4, 2011.
- On September 27, 2011, the following 2-minute video was presented to the Santa Clara City Council. Also, the following document was submitted to the record. Basically, it states that the two developments do not address current trends/needs, better solutions exist, and for SummerHill Homes to come up with a price to sell the land. It asks for the opportunity to buy the land from SummerHill.
- SummerHill sent a letter out to the neighborhood that they plan on beginning the grading process on the property as early as Monday, September 19, 2011.
- Based on a written petition filed with the City of Santa Clara this week, the City Council WILL have an agenda item for Tuesday, September 27, 2011. It is Item 7a. Here is the Agenda Report. Additional clarification comments/requests were made.
- On Friday, September 16, 2011, someone from the Department of General Services posted a Notice of Non-Responsibility for work that SummerHill is planning on doing. Page 1. Page 2.
There is a City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 (this Tuesday). If anyone wants to share their opinions, they can do so during the Public Comment period only (since it is not on the agenda). The council is not obligated to speak to any comments (and usually do not).
SaveBAREC appeals the CEQA case. Conrad, of the Silicon Valley Business Journal, writes that SummerHill optimistically stated it could delay the development up to a year. We are going for a bit longer than that. See the article here. Other sources are now picking up this story. KLIV ran this story.
The CEQA lawsuit is filed against the City of Santa Clara and all interested parties (the developers and the State) for approving a faulty EIR (Environmental Impact Report).
Unfortunately for everyone, the vote was lost by SummerHill's $900,000+ deceitful campaign. Additionally, the CEQA Lawsuit was denied by the judge. We will keep you posted on additional updates.
In a completely seperate legal claim, a lawsuit is being filed by the residents surrounding BAREC against the State of California, the UC Board of Regents, the California Department of General Services, and others. The Santa Clara Weekly wrote this story.
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Well, we did it!!!! We got the needed valid signatures in three weeks!!! We averaged almost 2,000 signatures a week for three weeks (actually 4,000 signatures a week since there were two petitions) for a total of more than 12,000 signatures! The City Council voted unanimously to put the two measures on the ballot on February 5, 2008 for you to vote on. Thank you!
||SaveBAREC at Full Circle Farm, Sunnyvale, groundbreaking celebration - September 27, 2007! Click here to see photos of our booth and click here to see the Full Circle Farm site.
SaveBAREC held its Board of Directors elections on October 11, 2007 at 6:30pm.
A short video clip that ABC 7 News ran on Wednesday, July 18, 2007. Click here.
On August 22, 2007, NBC11 interviewed Sharon McCray, the BAREC historian and former employee for UC at BAREC about the history and future opportunities for the property.
San José Mercury News
June 20, 2007 - Santa Clara Council Approves Housing Project for Its Last
Farmland. Click here.
June 21, 2007 - Activists Lose Battle for Santa Clara's Last Farmland. Click here.
July 2, 2007 - Santa Clara Zoning Dispute Begets Petition. Click here.
July 19, 2007 - Open Space Advocates Turn in Signatures. Click here.
July 27, 2007 - Former Farm Site Project on Ballot. Click here.
July 29, 2007 - Internal Affairs - Bribery?. Click here.
August 14, 2007 - Santa Clara activists sue to stop housing near Valley Fair. Click here.
Santa Clara Weekly
June 21, 2007 - Council Votes to Go Ahead with Development Plan. Click here.
July 25, 2007 - BAREC Dispute May be Headed to Voters. Click here.
July 27, 2007 - BAREC Question Headed to Voters. Click here.
August 1, 2007 - BAREC Question Likely Headed to Voters. Click here.
September 5, 2007 - Former Council Member Asks SaveBAREC "Where's the Beef?". Click here.
Silicon Valley Metro
July 25, 2007 - Hot Zone - Santa Clara residents have a different reason for opposing development in
their back yards—they say it's a toxic disaster. Click here.
August 8, 2007, - The Fly - Report on success of petition drive. Click here.
Rose Garden Resident
June 29, 2007 - Group submits petition to reverse the
rezoning of BAREC site. Click here.
July 27, 2007 - Open space activists plan to stop approved
rezoning of BAREC site. Click here.
Press Conference, Wednesday, July 18 2007 announcing our successful submission of over 12,000 signatures to the Santa Clara City Clerk. Here are the statements from O'Neill, Vartan, and McCray read to the press.
Press Conference, Friday, July 27, 2007 announcing the validated referendum petitions. Here is the statement read to the press.
Santa Clara City Council unanimously agrees to place the referendum resolutions on the ballot on February 5, 2007. See our press release and statement.
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!!!
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