North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association
Word of Faith Church
February 24, 2004
7 9 pm
1. Call to Order and Welcome Tom Smith
2. Gang Awareness and Education Lt. Art Munoz
The presentation included a primer on recognizing gang members, gang
habits, graffiti and warning signs of gang activity. Most chilling
were videotapes of gang vs. gang violence in SJ restaurants - patrons
and restaurant staff pretty much looked the other way.
3. Fuller Park Conceptual Plan update Tom and Board
Tom displayed the conceptual plan and explained the park's
design (primarily a passive space with grass areas for general purpose
use). Tom invited those with comments or questions to attend the public
meeting, to be held: Monday, MARCH 22nd, 7pm at the
Pensione Esparanza, 598 Columbia Avenue, corner of Columbia and
4. Neighborhood Service Day Dan
Dan announced our first NSD, to be held on Saturday, March 13th.
He urged people to look for our North Willow Glen Neighborhood
Association banners, to be posted at the meeting place (Hummingbird
Park, corner of Bird and Fisk Avenues). Volunteers are to meet there
at 9 am. Tasks: weed Fuller Park, tended the Hummingbird Park color
spot and Atlanta gateways.
5. Street Trees Ken
Ken talked about the Spring push for street trees in North Willow
Glen... it's a special opportunity for those who have concrete park
strips in front of their house (a grant may pay for concrete removal).
He said he had about ten trees and was hoping for more. He also was
looking for volunteers tho help plant the trees in April.
6. Palm Haven front loader house update Dan
Palm Haven was applying pressure to prevent the owner of the last
vacant lot in Palm Haven from building a non-conpatible "front
loader" house (house with garage at streetside). Palm Haven eventually
was able to reach an agreement with the property owner and get the
garage relocated to the back.
7. Membership Mike
Mike spoke on the need to "get the word out" - to be more
aggressive in promoting the neighborhood association. He suggested
that people be more active in talking about the association to their
neighbors, and to help recruit volunteers for service days and events.
He said that too much association work was done by just a few people.
8. Land Use Actionable Items Harvey
Harvey spoke about developments going on in the areas near North
Willow Glen, and how people could find out more and let their opinions
be known. He mentioned some specific developments, but (no fault of
his) my mind was wandering off to sunnier, less complicated climes,
and I failed to note what developments Harvey named.
9. 4th of July ****Neighborhood Emergency**** Tom
The heroic organizers who put on our great Fourth of July block party
and ice cream social last year declined to do it again this year...
so the event is in imminent peril of not happening. Mike Gaines and
Marc Bauman stepped forward to take charge and prevent the event from
10. New Business
Tom called for any new business to come forward. I don't think there
was any, but my mind had wandered back to Tahiti and so I can't be
11. Meet your neighbors, make some new friends and connections,
discuss some neighborhood business.
That's all, folks!