Hi from SanJoseLady : )
Given that this is my first post on MetroBlogging, I would like to introduce myself to everyone. First of all I am, as my name implies, a 48 year-old woman who lives in San Jose with her family, a husband, 21 year-old daughter, a 16 year-old son and a year old cat named Roxy. For the last 13 years we have lived in the southern part of San Jose and before that our home was near the airport in an area called Rosemary Gardens.
I love San Jose, the people, the weather, the politics and the diversity here, and while San Jose is not the place of my birth, there is no other place I would rather be right now. Long ago, and not that far away, my life began in San Francisco. Occasionally my family would take a drive on a Sunday to the “country” (San Jose) where our extended family lived. I still remember driving down to San Jose before 280 was finished (yes, there was a time when 280 did not exist : ). We would arrive in San Jose and try to find our relatives who had just moved into a brand new development off of Blossom Hill Road. At the time Blossom Hill Road was lined with empty lots that displayed huge billboards advertising the new housing and my father would get confused and end up being lost almost every time we came down here. What is also embedded in my memories is the vision of one side of Blossom Hill Road being new houses and across the street rows and rows of orchards. Eventually those orchards gave way to more housing and Oak Grove High School.
While I grew up in San Francisco, the majority of my adult life has been spent in San Jose, 25 years to be exact. Over these years San Jose has become more then a place to live, it is home to my family. Currently I serve on a city commission as well as the Democratic Central Committee and I work part-time at our local YMCA as a fitness coach and aerobics instructor. Some, but not all, of my blogging here will be about local politics, and given that next year our city will be electing a few new council members, I will try to cover these local elections with information that you won’t find anywhere else.
Living in San Jose isn’t easy, the cost of housing is out of sight, traffic can be horrific at times and we don’t have near enough parks, libraries and community centers in our city. These issues effect our quality of life and from time to time I hope to blog on these issues. For instance, residents in the southern part of San Jose are very concerned about the proposed development in Coyote Valley, development at the old IBM site on Cottle and also have concerns about a proposed zoning change in Edenvale from commercial/industrial to residential. I hope that in the future we can discuss and learn from each other about the impact these changes will have on our lives (as well as find out how to voice our opinions to the powers that be.)
Besides politics and community involvement I also love to cook, garden, rubber stamp, craft paint, embroider, find a good bargain and meet new people where ever and whenever I can. San Jose is filled with unique and interesting people, and it is my hope to introduce a few of those individuals to you, one at a time.
Now that you know about me, how about you? Who are you? How long have you lived in San Jose? What part of San Jose do you call home? Where are you from? What do you do for a living? Do you love San Jose or hate it? Why?
I am looking forward to meeting you all and engaging in conversations about our wonderful city, San Jose.