San Jose Community Briefs for the week of May 21 – The Mercury News
Fire preparation for houses
Santa Clara County officials have started pushing residents to prepare for the looming wildfire season in northern California. In recent years, wildfires have threatened the state earlier than usual, with dry weather, high winds and breakdowns of utility equipment fueling the danger.
The county participates in the national “Ready, Set, Go” emergency preparedness program, which emphasizes the importance of prevention efforts and investments in survival supplies. In San Jose, Fire Chief Robert Sapien, Jr. has warned residents to forgo fireworks this summer.
For more information on the Santa Clara County Fire Department’s “Ready, Set, Go” program, visit sccfd.org/rsg.
Santa Clara County is holding vaccination events for residents between the ages of 16 and 19, as vaccination rates in this age group lag behind in the county. May 21 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and May 27 from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., teens can attend Gilroy High School, 750 W. 10th St., to receive a free walk-in vaccine. .
Auto thefts in San Jose increased last year, up nearly 50% from the previous year, according to the San Jose Police Department. Investigators found no more vulnerable geographic area, but found that the majority of thefts took place on public roads.
The police department has stepped up efforts to track car thieves in the city, stepping up patrols and using license plate technology to identify and track stolen vehicles.
ROSE GARDEN / WILLOW GLEN >> On Saturday, May 29, the city is hosting a Cahill Park clean-up event, where residents can help rid the park of litter and make sure it is ready for visitors this summer. Clean-up will begin at 8:45 am All volunteers must wear face masks and provide a completed Volunteer Agreement Form on or before the date. To find the form, visit https://tinyurl.com/SJParkAgreement.
ALMADEN VALLEY >> The San Jose Police Department recently announced that Captain Jason Dwyer will take over the head of the department’s southern division, which includes the Almaden Valley. Dwyer will replace former South Division chief Elle Washburn, who has been promoted to deputy chief.