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County Update With Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman R esidents of Morgan Hill, Gilroy and San Martin not only live in California’s Historic Santa Clara Valley Wine Country, but also are in the southernmost part of Santa Clara County – America’s 16th largest county with 1.9 million residents. As your elected County Supervisor, I collaborate with regional partners to provide you with essential services, regional planning, and recreational opportunities. You may have read recently that regional open space and parklands are expanding locally. My colleagues and I on the County Board of Supervisors authorized the purchase of 2,748 acres that link Coyote Lake, Harvey Bear Ranch and Anderson Lake County Parks to each other, and also to Henry Coe State Park, the largest recreational land holding in the California Park System resulting in a potential future trail network linking these three parks. Several important South County land use proposals will ramp up in 2016. One is Morgan Hill’s 215-acre Southeast Quadrant (SEQ) project which is the area bounded by Condit Road and Highway 101 to the west, San Pedro Avenue to the north, Carey Avenue to the east, and Maple Avenue to the south. Another large project is Gilroy’s 721-acre North Neighborhood District which is located west of Monterey Road, north of the existing City limits, east of Santa Teresa Boulevard, and south of Fitzgerald Avenue. While both projects are under the jurisdiction of their respective cities and will require City Council approval, each will be vetted through the state-man- dated Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) which oversees the boundaries of cities to discourage urban sprawl and preserve agricultural and open space lands. I am one of seven elected officials and members of the public who serve on this Commission. Meeting schedules and agendas for 2016 are available at: The five elected members of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors hold public meetings twice monthly, on Tuesdays, beginning at 9:00 am at the County Government Center – 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose. The Board’s five standing Committees meet monthly: Children, Seniors and Families Committee (CSFC), Finance and Government Operations Committee (FGOC), Health and Hospital Committee (HHC), 26 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation Committee (HLUET), of which I’m Vice-Chair, and the Public Safety and Justice Committee (PSJC), which I chair. The County’s 2016 meeting schedules can be found at If you are curious about county services, public meetings, or special events happening in the community, then join the 25,000 others who receive my monthly newsletter by subscribing at: My staff and I are available to answer questions and connect residents with services. You can reach the District 1 Supervisorial office at 408-299-5010. Supervisor Mike Wasserman was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in November 2010, and re-elected in 2014. He represents District 1, which includes Gilroy, San Martin, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and portions of San Jose. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY OFFICE JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016