Fourteen years ago, the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) proposed bringing four BART stations to the San Jose area, including one to the Five Wounds Community, a neighborhood mostly of Portuguese immigrants that has few public transportation options. Since then, “Little Portugal,” as it is called, has spent over a decade preparing for the station by constructing an urban village plan residents are banking on to revitalize the area with hundreds of new housing units and thousands of new jobs.
But on Oct. 6, the Five Wounds Community received devastating news after a transportation blogger spotted a VTA meeting agenda online proposing removing the station from a federal funding application that was to cover the bulk of the construction costs.
Mary and I, along with other local neighborhood leaders were interviewed for the Stanford University newspaper. Surprisingly, it turned into a video report that has been posted at the university site.
Information has surfaced recently that VTA no longer plans to build the 28th street BART station behind the Five Wounds Church near 101. They are proposing to phase in the construction of the downtown stations, with the eastern most station being located “somewhere” near 23rd street! http://www.vta.org/sfc/servlet.shepherd/document/download/069A0000001eZysIAE Scroll down to Scenario B on page 17. The new VTA proposal completely ignores all existing city and community planning efforts and completely redefines the land use prospects for the eastern portion of District …Continue reading →
Mary and I became involved in Politics during Dr. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in 2008. He had a vision of return our nationing to its revolutionary roots — with Love as one of its key factors. His message resonated with a lot of people at the grass roots level and changed hearts. Mary and I always say “Dr. Paul cured our indifference.” After his campaign, we remained involved with the Republican Liberty Caucus of California for quite a while, until …Continue reading →