New Neighborhood Voice

April 4, 2004

University of California Cooperative Extension
Programs in Santa Clara County

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Sample letter to personalize and send to County Supervisors

Dear Supervisor _______________

Please do not cut the University of California Cooperative Extension Programs in Santa Clara County. They bring millions of dollars into the county through federal funding, university funding, grants and donated volunteer hours.

The proposed cuts would reduce the quality of life of residents of Santa Clara County who benefit from the volunteer efforts of the Master Gardener Program and the 4-H volunteers. In addition, the county would lose the benefit of the research, education and outreach of the Food and Nutrition Education Program serving low-income residents and the Natural Resources/Livestock Advisor and the Farm advisory programs serving our agricultural community.

(Personalize your letter by citing any particular services or benefits you have received or of which you are aware, and how they also benefit the county, such as the items below):

• Our Master Gardener hotlines in San Jose and Palo Alto which provide unbiased research based garden advice and plant problem diagnosis

• The Master Gardener volunteer training program (if you've gone through it and feel you've benefited and why)

• Our year round adult education classes at Campbell Community Center for people who work during the day

• Our urban gardening research which we publish in local newspapers, on our www.mastergardeners.org website (check it out!), and distribute from our office and at all the events at which we participate.

• Help with school gardens throughout the county

• Garden talks by Master Gardeners to community groups

• Up-to-date research based garden publications on dozens of topics (many of which are available on our website) specifically for Santa Clara County

• Tomato and other vegetable tastings to help folks determine varieties they'd like to grow in their own gardens

• Introduction of new or heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables for our County

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Your Signature
Your Address

Critical Contacts

We have made it through other budget crises and we should give it our best effort this time. Your voice counts. Let it be heard.

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

Web site: www.sccgov.org will get you to the county site where you can choose several options including "elected officials" and "BOS 2004 calendar of meetings"

To find out which district you are in and which supervisor to contact, go to www.sccgov.org/rov/district_form. Be sure to send copies of your communications to all the supervisors, however, and to the county employees listed here as well.

Supervisor Donald F. Gage, District 1
Santa Clara County
San Jose Office
Phone: (408) 299-5010
Fax: (408) 295-6993
70 West Hedding Street
San Jose, CA 95110
San Martin Office
(408) 686-8742
80 Highland Avenue
San Martin, CA 95046

Supervisor Blanca Alvarado - District 2
County Government Center
Tenth Floor - East Wing
70 West Hedding Street
San Jose, CA. 95110
Tel: (408) 299-5020
Fax: (408) 295-8642
Email Blanca Alvarado
www.blancaalvarado.org 

Supervisor Peter A. McHugh, District 3
Office of the Board of Supervisors
County Government Center, East Wing
70 West Hedding Street
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-5030
Fax: (408) 298-6637
Email: primo.mchugh@bos.co.scl.ca.us 

Supervisor James T. Beall, Jr., District 4
Office of the Board of Supervisors
County Government Center, East Wing
70 West Hedding Street
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone Number: (408) 299-5040
Fax Number: (408) 299-2038
Email Address: jim.beall@bos.co.santa-clara.ca.us 

Supervisor Liz Kniss, District 5
Office of the Board of Supervisors
70 West Hedding Street, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: 408-299-5050
or: 650-965-8737
Fax: 408-280-0418

Calendar of Meetings of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

April

Tuesday, April 6 - Board Meeting @ 9:30 am
Tuesday, April 20 - Board Meeting @ 9:30 am

May

Tuesday, May 4 - Board Meeting @ 9:30 am May 10, 11, 12 -
Budget Workshops @ 9:30 am
(Some evening sessions may be scheduled)
Tuesday, May 18 - Board Meeting @ 9:30 am

June

Tuesday, June 8 - Board Meeting @ 9:30 am June 14, 15, 16 & 18 -
Budget Hearings @ 9:30 am (Some evening sessions may be scheduled)
Tuesday, June 22 - Board Meeting @ 9:30 am
Wednesday, June 23 - Board Meeting @ 9:30 am
(Special Session to adopt Ordinance(s))

Santa Clara County Officials

Peter Kutras, County Executive
70 West Hedding St., East Wing 11th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 299-5119

Tim Chow, Director, Environmental Resources Agency
70 West Hedding St., East Wing, 11th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 299-5124

Greg Van Wassenhove, Director, Agriculture and Resource Management
1553 Berger Dr. Bldg 1
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 918-4646

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