Letters of Support

Let’s Keep the Shark Park

Honorable Mayor and Councilmembers, As a 20-year resident who came from the South Bronx NY, as a single mother to raise four children in this neighborhood of the Cadillac-Winchester, to give them a better and healthier life. I did not only had work to support my family, but I got involved in many different non-profit… Continue reading Let’s Keep the Shark Park

Letters of Support

Maria, the Natural Placemaker

More than anyone else, Maria Veliz deserves credit for the building of the Sharks Playground, which led to the new park at 3257 Payne Avenue. This is an article I should have written years ago that describes her efforts. The videos at the end of the article provide glimpses of her impact. https://puebloplay.wordpress.com/2020/10/25/the-real-community-champion-maria-veliz-team/ Maria, the… Continue reading Maria, the Natural Placemaker

Letters of Support

“Prominent Groups Ask for Delay”

Dear Neighbors,  On Tuesday afternoon (not before 5pm) SJ City Council has scheduled a vote to approve a Master Plan for how "Payne Park" at 3257 Payne Ave will be developed.   The City's Park, Recreation & Neighborhood Services's (PRNS) recommendation is to demolish the existing community built Sharks Playground, to develop the 1.9 ac parcel around an… Continue reading “Prominent Groups Ask for Delay”

Letters of Support

Those Are Brown M&Ms in My Candy Bowl

To: Honorable Mayor and City Council                 Date: 10/22/20 Subject: Delay the Vote - Re-Examine the Plan with Better Community Engagement, Council Agenda 10/27/20, Item 7.1, File: 20-1282 Honorable Mayor and Councilmembers, In the 1980s, the rock band Van Halen had a rider in their contracts with promoters… Continue reading Those Are Brown M&Ms in My Candy Bowl

Letters of Support

Where’s the Money for Maintenance or Staffing?

Dear City Council The District 1 Leadership Group is requesting a deferral vote on the future plans of the Phase 2 park upgrade at 3257 Payne Avenue. Our letter is attached. link I am very concerned when I see large amounts of money planned or appropriated for a capital improvement project but there is no money… Continue reading Where’s the Money for Maintenance or Staffing?

Letters of Support

D1LG Board Members – A $30M Community Center Doesn’t Make Sense in a Neighborhood Park

The D1 Leadership Group respectfully asks the Council to defer and reexamine the proposed Park Master Plan at 3257 Payne Avenue. There are many valid points made by community members as to why this plan should be deferred and reexamined and we request that you carefully consider those recommendations.  This letter will focus on one… Continue reading D1LG Board Members – A $30M Community Center Doesn’t Make Sense in a Neighborhood Park