Help save the Willow Glen Trestle!
See it for yourself:
· take a YouTube tour!
· Overview chart-set
· contact us.
This is it: our "Day in Court"!
Friday, July 18th, 10 AM
at the historic Santa Clara County Superior Courthouse at 161 N 1st St., Dept. 21.
The court hearing is open to the public, and you are invited.
Susan Brandt-Hawley, counsel for Friends of the Willow Glen Trestle, and Katie Zoglin, the City’s attorney, have filed legal briefs addressing the fate of the 1921 Willow Glen Trestle across Los Gatos Creek. Judge Joseph Huber will hear and decide the case.
He granted a preliminary injunction that stopped demolition of the trestle last month, and we are very hopeful that he will rule in our favor.
The legal issue is whether, in light of credible expert opinion that the trestle qualifies as a historic resource, the City of San José must set aside approval of demolition and prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to fairly analyze the historic status and the feasibility of the trestle's rehabilitation and reuse as part of the Three Creeks Trail.
We believe that an objective EIR process will establish both the feasibility and the great public interest in preserving the vintage trestle as an iconic element in the regional trail network.
Please join us in court!
have obtained a Preliminary Injunction:
see the Press Release, May 28, 2014
and also the Feb. 12, 2014 Press Release announcing the suit.
Thank you, Richard and
Deborah, for the fund-raiser of Feb. 22 to help save the trestle!
If you missed the event but still would like to help, you can! <link>
the “Initial Study and draft Mitigated Negative Declaration” (IS/MND)
officially explains how the Trestle it to be demolished, and what will replace it.
the City is basing the “non historic” statement on this "short-form" 2004 report by
and this State report based on it, and this Federal report based on that,
while ignoring all of the more recently uncovered and more interesting facts:
· LLA comments to the IS/MND (12/19/13)
· SJ Staff report & recommendations on IS/MND, based solely on comments received thru 12/16/13
· LLA letter to Council re: IS/MND, w/ history updates (1/7/14)
· Collection of letters to SJ re: IS/MND
· SBH letter to Council re: IS/MND (1/14/14)
· LLA comments to Council 1/14/14
· video of Council Meeting 1/14/14, agenda item 4.6
· LLA status update 1/22/14
please follow us on our Facebook page for latest updates: “Friends of WG Trestle”
And here’s an illustration
of how the trestle could be restored
and made into an iconic gateway to Willow Glen:
(Thnx, Jim Ammon!)
And a heartfelt thanks to all of you who wrote to support the trestle!
Over 120 emails were sent to the Council and others!
Many included poetic and profound comments
>here< for letter of support from Rod Diridon Sr. et al at CTRC – train advocates).
You have inspired us to continue the effort to save the trestle!
>> Next steps <<
If you’d like to help
financially, the San José Parks Foundation
has set up a fund to help with trestle preservation and restoration.
click >here< for photo album of trestle thru the years
The City’s own Engineering Study
the trestle is sturdy and readily adaptable to trail use.
See for yourself: take a YouTube tour!
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Read the Editorials in the SJ Mercury News
by L. Ames & H. Chapman (5/8/13), and
by SJMN Editor Barbara Marshman (5/10/13)
Contact us if you would like additional information
Larry Ames, Jan 24, 2014.
* my letter to Council in support of the trestle
* city agenda item 2.17 to fund the trestle removal, 4/9/13
* the Engineering Study commissioned by the City. The study describes the trestle repair in detail, but recommends the steel bridge based solely on a (somewhat faulty) trade matrix and without any consideration of public sentiment or historic value
* an evaluation of the Engineering Study and point-by-point rebuttal by L. Ames, a professional aerospace engineer
* and a YouTube video tour of the trestle from all sides by Dan and Helen Chapman
* representative diagram of trestle repairs (“bent 7”)
* diagram showing height of 100-year flood (“waist-deep”)
* diagram of 100-year flood zones in Willow Glen
* notes by J. Dresden on creosote timbers in creeks, and hazards involved in removing them (5/4/13)
* city memo on shift of BART alignment due to creosote bridge pilings (11/13/07)
* memo by Councilmember Liccardo on hazards of disturbing creosote pilings (11/30/07)
* memo from Councilmember Oliverio asking for a Council study session (5/9/13)
* Editorial in San José Mercury News by L. Ames & H. Chapman (5/8/13)
* Editorial in San José Mercury News by SJMN Editor Barbara Marshman (5/10/13)
* memo from City (Parks PRNS and Dept of Public Works) 5/17/13
* comments by L. Ames in response to City memo 5/30/13
* link to video of NBC-11 segment on trestle, featuring Councilmember Oliverio and WGNA’s Zappelli
* notes to the eList, 4/17/13
* notes to the eList, 4/20/13
* notes to the eList, 5/12/13
* notes to the eList, 5/15/13
* link to City’s presentation on trestle replacement 7/9/13 & 7/17/13
* notes and observations on City’s presentation to Save Our Trails, 7/9/13
* notes and observations on City’s presentation to WGNA, 7/17/13
* letter of support from Rod Diridon Sr., David Ginsborg, and the Calif. Trolley & Rail. Corp, 7/16/13
* editorial in the SJ Merc. News 7/16/13
* Council agenda item 2/22/11 to apply for SCVWD grant for restoration of trestle
* other sites along the Los Gatos Creek that need a bridge (LLA, 7/24/13)
* diagram of Confluence Point
* LLA letter to SJ Council 8/8/13
* LLA talk to SJ Council 8/13/13
* video of "approval of Rule Cmte Minutes" 8/13/13
* possible concept for completing the Los Gatos Creek Trail from Meridian to Lincoln.
* Sept. 9th presentation on replacement bridge
* letter from Campbell Historic Preservation Boardmember S. Blake 6/9/13
* letter from the Santa Clara County Historical Heritage Cmsn, 9/19/13
* Presentation to the San José Historic Landmarks Cmsn 11/6/13
* Official Synopsis of HLC mtg 11/6/13
The Three Creeks Trail, Lonus to Minnesota (including the Trestle?):
* City of SJ's Initial Study & Mitigated Neg. Declaration, 3/11/14
* LLA's first set of comments, 3/12/14
* Comment period extended and publicly announced, 3/28/14
* LLA's second set of comments, 4/8/14
last update: 6/8/14