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In addition to representing the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, today’s speaker also has ties to Rotary through Janine Payton and David Keller. But we let her speak anyway!
Andrea Mackenzie is the General Manager of the SCC OSA.
Santa Clara County Open Space Authority is an independent special district – rather than a part of county government – and is governed by an elected board of directors.
Its jurisdiction is all of Santa Clara County with the exception of lands and communities within the boundaries of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the city of Gilroy. The cities of Milpitas, Santa Clara, Campbell, San Jose and Morgan Hill participate in OSA.
The purpose of the Open Space Authority is to preserve key portions of the natural environment in order to balance continuing urban growth. Buying land, acquiring easements, contributing funds to joint conservation efforts, and careful land management are OSA’s major preservation tools.
The Authority was created by the state legislature at the urging of community leaders who saw the importance of maintaining the ecological integrity of the region. A Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) continues to serve as a community liaison.
The Authority is funded primarily through a special benefit assessment. Grants and gifts are another source of revenue.
In conjunction with the City of San Jose’s Great American Litter Pickup and in honor of Earth Day, the City of Campbell will be hosting its tenth community cleanup on Saturday, April 21st, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at Los Gatos Creek County Park.
Our cleanup will focus on five locations, Los Gatos Creek County Park, the Los Gatos Creek Trail, the freeway on and off ramps at Camden and Highway 17, along the railroad tracks adjacent to Winchester Boulevard at Hacienda, and some graffiti cleanup in our City.
If you didn’t know that San Jose State University has a racing team, you do now!
SJSU Spartan Racing is the San Jose State University student chapter of the SAE International, formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Students accept the challenge of organizing a team to design, build, amrket and compete three different vehicles; Formula SAE, Mini Baja SAE and Formula Hybrid SAE (Electric). Their goal is to give members a chance to utilize the knowledge attained at SJSU and apply it in the “real world,” giving them the competitive edge when joining the workforce after graduation.
In addition to competing in SAE events, the racing club also works “outside the track” representing their club and supporting other racers in our community. They are the number one performing team in California (#1 in CA, #16 nationally, and 57th out of 481 teams in the World), and are working to help other teams improve their results.
We also heard from the Rotary Club of East Evergreen, which operates Elefante Blanco as a charitable arm of that club’s foundation. Check it out!