March 2024, Newsletter

March 31, 2024

Read about two housing developments to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, updates on the Lehigh Cement Plant and Quarry, and recognition for individuals making a difference in our community, plus a little 2015 Joe History.

The long goodbye to Lehigh Cement Plant and Quarry

March 26, 2024

Goodbyes are often hard. But there’s one goodbye Supervisor Joe Simitian is OK with – the day when we finally say ‘so long’ to the Lehigh Cement Plant and Quarry, a 3,500-acre property in the Cupertino foothills.

Board push to protect County residents from AT&T proposal to yank landlines

March 15, 2024

Board of Supervisors approved proposal from County Supervisors Joe Simitian and Cindy Chavez to formally engage the California Public Utilities Commission regarding AT&T’s application to withdraw as California’s “Carrier of Last Resort.” Fully wireless communications is not a perfect replacement, leaving communities with non-existent or spotty service at risk. County will explore all options, legal, legislative, and regulatory advocacy, to help preserve these lines of communication.

Supervisors “grow” Sanborn Park

March 11, 2024

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a 103-acre property in unincorporated Saratoga to expand Sanborn County Park. The acquisition provides an opportunity to create a new trail connection that will provide public access to a historic area of the park. 

Celebrating County Parks: a century of preserving open space

March 1, 2024

A century ago Santa Clara County acquired 400 acres of rolling foothills between Saratoga and Cupertino for the County’s first public park — Stevens Creek County Park. This laid the foundation for the modern-day Santa Clara County Parks system, which today includes 28 locations encompassing more than 52,000 acres set aside for recreation and habitat protection.

February 2024, Newsletter

February 29, 2024

Read about progress on climate change, teacher housing and a County health clinic in the West Valley. Save the Date for the annual Lehigh Southwest Cement Plant public meeting, Silicon Valley Reads events and a little 2014 Joe History.

County Supervisors recognize Vicki Reeder as ‘2023 Los Altan of the Year’

February 29, 2024

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors this week recognized Vicki Reeder for her many years of volunteerism in the City of Los Altos and the wider Santa Clara County community. County Supervisor Joe Simitian, who made the motion to honor Reeder, described her as a leader and staunch defender of women’s equality and women’s rights, and a passionate community activist in Los Altos.

Simitian calls on County to advocate on behalf of County residents on AT&T proposal

February 29, 2024

County Supervisor Joe Simitian previewed for his colleagues and County staff that he will be asking the County to take up the issue of “Carrier of Last Resort” (COLR) landline phone service at the March 12 Board of Supervisors meeting. Simitian’s effort is in response to AT&T’s application to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to relieve itself of its obligations as a COLR. Being a COLR is intended to ensure that everyone in California has access to safe, reliable, and affordable telephone service—meaning landline or plain old telephone service.