An age-friendly location is a place that enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities. It is a place that treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. It is a place that makes it easy to stay connected to those around you and those you love. It is a place that helps people stay healthy and active even at the oldest ages. And it is a place that helps those who can no longer look after themselves to live with dignity and enjoyment.
Today, many barriers persist in Santa Clara County. Some of these are physical, for example, poorly designed buildings or lack of transportation that prevents older people accessing the places they want to visit. But many barriers result simply from the way we think about aging and the way we view and treat older people. Through out the cities and county of Santa Clara, there are many people and agencies working to remove those barriers.
We established the Age-Friendly Santa Clara website as a place to gather information and documents related to the multiple activities of those efforts.
Another of my volunteer projects is a transportation advocacy site for a new BART extension in Santa Clara County. Patterned after the East Contra Costa BART Extension (eBART), the Silicon Valley VTA Sprinter project is a volunteer effort to help improve our transit system. The website is also a volunteer effort.
The proposal is for an eight station EDMU (Electro-Diesel Multiple Unity) train system. extending from the Blossom Hill Caltrain Station in the South, to the bay side community of Alviso in the North. This would provide a fast, clean transportation alternative between the large residential communities in South San Jose and the extensive business operations in North San Jose. Additionally, it would complement the existing Caltrain system, directly connect to the new BART extension at the Diridon station and supply a direct, high capacity feed to the entertainment facilities near the Great America station, such as the Levi Stadium.
The VTA Sprinter project is 100% the work of local, volunteer transportation activists.
My latest volunteer project was putting together a website for the Alum Rock Transit Village Advocates (ARTVA). Back in 2000, the Santa Clara VTA announced that it was going to build a new BART station, surrounded by a 17 acre parking lot, behind the Five Wounds Church at 28th street … Continue reading →