Cambrian Resident

May 22, 2015

Cambrian Resident

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 Volume 8, Issue 32 May 22, 2015 177 $1.00 BY LEETA-ROSE BALLESTER The San Jose City Council has voted for a fourth time to remove the Willow Glen Trestle, a wooden railroad relic nestled at the junction of Los Gatos Creek and the expanding Three Creeks Trail, and replace it with a steel bridge. Despite a showing of dozens of residents who support a May 6 recommendation by the Historic Landmarks Commission to nominate the trestle for historic designa- tion and postpone demolition pending a determination, the council voted 7-2 Tuesday to go with a new bridge that has already been funded and is partially built. The city has poured $1 million toward the new bridge and grants totalling $1.8 million could expire if the proj- ect is halted, according to Matt Cano, interim assistant director of the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Ser- vices Department. Completion of the Three Creeks Trail junction, which has been in the works since 2004, also weighed heavily in the decision to move forward with demolition. San Jose anticipates completing a citywide, 130-mile trail system by 2022 and is hoping to finish the new bridge by October. "We have gone to great lengths to cobble money to- gether for this trail," Mayor Sam Liccardo said. "But it's not just about money. We finally aligned an awful lot of work toward completing the trail that has been an aspi- ration for so many communities." The completed Three Creeks Trail would provide resi- dents access to bike and pedestrian pathways through Los Gatos Creek Trail, Guadalupe River Trail, Highway 87 Bikeway and Coyote Creek Trail, connecting western and eastern San Jose. Advocates for keeping the trestle said it's a remnant of San Jose's history and pleaded for its pardon. "As soon as you remove those visual reminders of the past it is just like any other city," resident Jack Nadow said. Pressed by District 9 Councilman Don Rocha, the coun- cil discussed possibly using pieces of the trestle in the new design as a compromise, but were told by the public works department that it wouldn't be possible to place the creo- sote treated lumber in areas where it would be exposed to residents because of concerns about toxicity. COUNCIL VOTES TO RAZE THE OLD WILLOW GLEN TRESTLE DESPITE PLEAS TO PRESERVE IT It will be replaced by new steel bridge Highway 85 Revisited: San Jose contingent says it's all for adding toll lane to ease tra!c ... page 5 Introducing the Bike Club: Group on a mission to get free bicycles for needy students at Gardner Academy ............................................ page 6 A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BYCATHY GERTH Ambassador Giselle Contreras, 3, from Willow Glen plays in the sand at the Courageous Kids Day held at California's Great America on May 10, Mother's Day. Profiles in Courage Profiles in Courage Courageous kids enjoy a 'cancer-free' day at Great America America page 10 Trestle, page 7

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