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San Jose neighborhoods participate in National Night Out 2009

police carTuesday August 4 is the 26th Annual National Night Out.

So, what the heck is National Night Out?

It is America’s night out against crime, a way to strengthen community partnerships with local police and to create a united front to combat crime and drugs.

It is designed to:

Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;

Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;

Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and

Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Scheduled participants include Mayor Chuck Reed, Vice Mayor Judy Chirco, San Jose Councilmembers Pete Constant, Ash Kalra, Sam Liccardo, Kansen Chu, Nora Campos, Pierluigi Oliverio, Madison Nguyen, Rose Herrera, and Nancy Pyle, Police Chief Rob Davis, along with community members throughout San Jose.

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
4:00 pm to 10:30 pm (times vary by location)

Participating San Jose Neighborhoods

Willow Glen In Motion


To learn more about the community which is Willow Glen, take a look at a site created by Kevin Swanson.

Willow Glen In Motion lets us look and listen in on what makes this neighborhood tick.

View it on your computer or Comcast. The current episode can be seen on Comcast channel 15 on Wednesdays at 9:30pm.

Team Willow Glen in the Avon Walk- SF

Elva, CJ and Janet crossed the finish line! on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

I’m team captain for Team Willow Glen in the Avon Walk-SF again this year. This is an event that is very close to my heart, and though I’m not looking forward to the blisters and exhaustion of last year’s experience (it was my first 39 mile city hike) I am looking forward to the amazing camaraderie and the feeling that I too can make a difference.

If you’ve never done this kind of walk before, let me tell you, it’s exhilarating, exhausting, agonizing and one of the most moving experiences you will ever have. People line the streets to cheer us on, give us water, even say thank you, and everybody who is walking is supportive, encouraging and as excited as you are. As you walk you hear the stories of people who have overcome amazing odds, the doctors walking for their patients, the families walking together for a loved one and it’s truly un-forgettable.

The bicycle cops come up from San Jose and encourage, cajole, entertain, coddle and above all, keep us safe. In 2000 the walk started in San Jose and the bicycle cops escorted the walkers. Now-even in San Francisco- they volunteer their time to participate and they really do San Jose proud.

So here we are, ready to shlog another 39 miles over some of San Francisco’s most treacherous hills (can’t avoid that now can we?) with several thousand men, women and children from all over the world. Are you thinking about walking? Why don’t you join us? The Avon support teams have lots of training info and we will be doing some team training walks as well.

If you can’t walk with us, support us. Pick one of the walkers and donate directly to them. We’ve also got a number of fundraising events coming up. Elva’s Coffee Stop is hosting a silent auction for the team and it’s Elva’s second year with the team. Donate an item for the auction or chip in with a bid! Cindy Sanders, owner of It’s A Girl Thing is offering us 10% of her sales on Saturday May 30. Shop the store and make a donation!

If you’ve got fundraising ideas we’d love to hear them. If you want to walk with us we’d love to have you come and be part of this amazing experience. If you want to know where the money goes, check out this link. The money raised for San Francisco goes to some amazing local organizations that help people who might not otherwise get the treatment they need.

San Jose Celebrates César Chávez

César Chávez was born in Arizona March 31, 1927, however his family later lived at 53 Scharff Ave, here in San Jose.

At 8:30 AM tomorrow  morning, March 28, a celebration of this American hero begins at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. The walk will be followed by a festival at the Plaza de César Chávez.

EveryBlock: Police blotter info for San Jose neighborhoods

Ever wonder what’s really going on in your neighborhood? You may not want to know.

But for those of you who do, try this: Type in your zip code, your address, the name of your neighborhood, whatever, into EveryBlock in San Jose. It will tell you all the crime reported in your area, the real estate for sale, the news items posted recently about your neighborhood, restaurant inspections, recent Yelp! reviews… and it’ll even have detailed maps to spell it all out for you. Sheesh. That’s a lot of information. Scary, scary information.

But… oddly… helpful.

You can decide whether you want to be creeped out by the number of burglaries by your house by signing up for email or RSS notifications, constantly reminding you what life would have been like if you were only richer.

The best way to use the site is just to enter where you live, but you can still see some city-wide statistics, categorized into zip code or neighborhood. Some of the highlights of what you can dig up:

  • The charts for police calls for service pit neighborhoods against each other. As of today, downtown has the most, but Willow Glen comes fourth. Go figure.
  • Check out the city council agendas and see if there’s any items hidden in them with an address near you.
  • Get all your building and housing information here. What property is for sale? Any foreclosures? What about building permits nearby?
  • Have a lot of restaurants around your block? See if anyone’s been messing with the food inspectors here or are planning to change their liquor licenses here. Or just check out what your neighbors are saying about them here.
  • Seeing your zip code repeatedly in the Merc is never good. So find out what the news is saying about where you live here. (Plug: if San Jose Metblogs posts about an address in your area, it’ll show up there too. Don’t make us mad.)
  • Sometimes geotagged photos pulled from Flickr and Panoramio may be more telling than any visit for prospective homebuyers.
  • Zip codes may not accurately break down your neighborhood, so browse through this list and see if that works any better. Or if you’re more daring, browse by street.

Willow Glen Artist on HGTV

Tomorrow morning (Jan. 22nd) the work of hometown artist Amy Brown will be featured on That’s Clever – HGTV.

Set your DVR: 8:00 am on Comcast Channel 67.

Fine Art of Amy Brown

SJ Real Estate searches on the rise?

Sue McAllister of the Merc’s Silicon Valley Real Estate Blog reports that searches for San Jose real estate rose 73.7%, according to data released by

Almost all of the cities where search traffic increased 50 percent or more are in California or Florida. Which could indicate that a lot of buyers who hope to get steals in places where home prices are under (downward) pressure are keeping an eye on the market

Home buying is down and many of us have certainly noticed the abundance of houses on the market for months— something not only apparent by the length of time in real estate databases, but also by their accompanying brown lawns. While the financial crisis and constant coverage of sub-prime lending problems are the second most talked about topic these days, many of us might be lost in the wall of terms and information flooding our brains.

Have you actively searched for the value of houses in your neighborhood? Are you looking for investments or are you curious how low a neighborhood home’s asking price has fallen? Or do you know of people from out of state looking for a great deal in our fair valley?

Leave a comment below!

San Jose: In Your Neighborhood

We at Metroblogging San José write about what’s happening in the greater South Bay area. If you take a look at our blogroll – bottom of the page – you will notice that we link to several local neighborhood and community sites. A visit to them will take you back to the days of chit-chat over the garden fence.

Northside Neighborhood Association 

Willow Glen Extra

Willow Glen 2.0 is proclaiming: Help Your Neighbor Day.


Do you have a local neighborhood-community site or blog?


From the groups July 13 performance at the San Jose Obon Festival.

From the group's July 13 performance at the San Jose Obon Festival.


Hi everyone!

I’m Sarah, a new author for the San Jose Metblog. I’m very excited to contribute and to start off, I’d like to tell you a bit about myself (it’ll be short – I promise!)

– Journalism was my first love. I studied Journalism at SJSU, graduated with a degree in the fabulous subject in 2005, worked for local weekly newspapers for two years, then decided to leave the business. Not because I didn’t love reporting, but because I figured I should get out while I still had the choice. Anyone who’d like to have a conversation about the current state of Journalism in the Bay Area is absolutely welcome to leave a comment and let me know. :)

– I’m currently back at SJSU in the teaching credential program to be a high school English teacher. Yes, I left a poverty-inducing career where getting laid off is a possibility, to enter another poverty-inducing career that is also in danger financially. But what isn’t these days?

– And last, I love photography. I take photos around San Jose all the time, so I’m making it a mission to bring photos to each of my entries, starting with this one!

OK, enough about me. What I really want to tell you all about is the Spirit of Japantown Festival that is planned for next Saturday, Oct. 4. As a Japantown resident, I love telling people how much I love it here and how they should come by and check out some of the delicious food. Sushi Maru is my personal favorite, but Japantown has lots to offer.

The Spirit of Japantown Festival will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the heart of Japantown (Jackson and Fifth streets) and will be packed with activities for people of all ages. Shoppers will enjoy the Main Street full of Japanese fine arts, crafts, food for sale, as well as wares from other local merchants. Festival-goers will be able to enjoy entertainment that ranges from a hula to bellydancing on the Main Stage (Jackson Street between Third and Fourth streets), as well as Martial Arts demonstrations, free Anime movies, and other activities for kids. The San Jose Taiko group is scheduled to perform on the Main Stage, and I have to say they are a must-see. I’ve watched the group perform at the last two San Jose Obon Festivals and they are phenomenal.

While there is usually plenty of street parking in the area, during festivals, the streets fill up fast. However, those who are lightrail savvy will be interested to know that the Japantown/Ayer stop is just a few blocks away from the action. The stop is on First street near Jackson, so just a quick walk and riders can be in the heart of the action.

So if you’re interested, I’m sending you a personal invitation to my neighborhood to enjoy all it has to offer. See you at the festival!

For more information about the Spirit of Japantown Festival, visit their website.

Red-Light-Runner in Willow Glen

Last Saturday a pedestrian was struck down in the crosswalk on Pine at Hicks. This afternoon a red-light-runner caused this mess at the same intersection. As bad as the rolled van looked, the occupants did not seem seriously injured.

San Jose District 6 City Council member Pierluigi Oliverio (blue shirt) arrived at the scene. He was talking of ways to make the streets of Willow Glen safer – – possibly red-light violators could be caught on camera.

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