San Jose Group Briefs for the Week of February 12th – The Mercury Information

Library lending tech

While vaccines are slowly being rolled out, many San Jose residents continue to work and study from their homes, meaning that reliable access to technology at home is still a critical issue. To do this, the San Jose Public Library lends residents free AT&T hotspots that offer wireless Internet. Request one online at

The library also borrows laptops and tablets. Loans are for library members only, but residents can sign up for a library card online. More information is available at

Help planting day

Our Urban Forest, a local non-profit organization focused on the urban environment, is asking volunteers for the upcoming Bare Roots planting days. Volunteers take newly delivered trees that our municipal forest keeps in its nursery and pot them so that they can put down roots.

The nonprofit is running shifts between February 23-27 and March 2-6 so groups can stay small and COVID-19 safe.

To volunteer, visit

Race and health

Santa Clara County is launching a new advisory group to address the racial health inequalities in the community, which have gotten great relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, who represents West San Jose, helped establish the Community Board in 2020.

Applicants should have a history of being a patient in the county health and hospital system. To apply, send an email to Ellenberg at [email protected]

Happy Hollow is reopening

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo was due to reopen on February 10th. To prevent overcrowding, the park allows visitors to find a predetermined route through the zoo after a virtual tour guide.

All households should make reservations in advance at as admission is limited. Masks and health checks are required for entry.

Main search forum

The search for the new San Jose Police Chief will continue on February 13 at 10 a.m. with a candidate forum. Residents have asked questions of the candidates and the event will be streamed on YouTube and local channel 26. To view them on YouTube, visit

Lunar New Year

The San Jose Museum of Art is hosting a virtual Lunar New Year Community Day on February 13th, where viewers can watch cultural performances and usher in the New Year from home. The event takes place from 10:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To register and view an event schedule, visit

Neighborhood notes

CAMBRIAN PARK >> The owners of Cambrian Park Plaza have officially submitted a new draft of their redevelopment plans. The new plan includes single-family homes, a retirement home with independent living, and cosmetic design changes to some of the building’s exterior areas. Visit to view the new plan along with sketches of the proposed project.

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