The late Vice Mayor of San Jose, Pat Dando, commemorates a statue

Pat Giving She wore many hats during her lifetime and served on the San Jose City Council for a decade from 1995, including two years as Vice Mayor, director of the San Jose / Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, and one year in the administration of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She led the campaign to build the San Jose Arena in 1988 and was a co-founder of the Stroke Awareness Foundation and the Almaden Valley Youth Counseling Center.

But education was her consistent passion, be it as a teacher at Schenectady. NY or as president of the PTA of her children’s school in Almaden Valley. So it makes perfect sense to place a statue commemorating Dando, who died of lung cancer in 2017 at the age of 71, at the entrance to the Almaden branch of the San Jose Public Library on Camden Avenue.

“She was all about youth and community,” said Bill Baron from Brandenburg Properties, a longtime friend of Dando who led the efforts of the Pat Dando Legacy Endowment Fund. “Her upbringing made the learning of children and children very important to Pat. Being an elected official was one thing, but Pat was really about caring, compassion, and fellowship. “

The bronze sculpture, in which Dando is sitting on a bench and Shel Silverstein reads “The Giving Tree” in front of two children, will be unveiled on December 19th as part of a livestream ceremony. On a separate plinth next to the sculpture is a bronzed open book with details of Dando’s life and career as well as acknowledgment from donors. For details on observing the 2 p.m. ceremony, which is expected to include comments from San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and former Mayor Tom McEnery, please visit the Pat Dando Legacy website at patdandolegacy.org.

The design was created with Pat Sunseri, a graphic artist at De Mattei Construction, and the sculpture itself was created by the Napa artist Mario Chiodo. A group of nearly two dozen family members, friends, and heads of state raised more than $ 350,000 for the project, and the balance – the exact six-figure figure will be announced on the 19th – will create a foundation for the San Jose Public Library Foundation to fund of the children’s program.

The original plan was for the sculpture to be completed and inaugurated in the spring, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed everything back. Still, Baron said completing the project adds a silver lining to a year filled with darkness. “Life is about inspiration, and it is these moments in life that give you reason to move on and get involved,” he said. “I think that’s a truth – as challenging as the times are to be able to reveal this public art and the meaning behind it is a beautiful tribute to Pat.”

CHANGES IN THE YWCA IN ADVANCE: After nearly seven years as CEO of Silicon Valley’s YWCA Tanis Crosby has announced that she will be moving from this position to lead an as-yet-announced nonprofit in the area.

“My time at YWCA has been a journey of learning, growing and witnessing our strength and resilience,” she said in a statement. “I am so proud of our team and all we could achieve to move the needle on social justice, eradicate violence, and make our community the best place to educate the next generation.”

While a search for a new CEO is in progress, Adriana Caldera BorofficeThe organization’s current program director will take over the helm in the meantime. “Adriana’s strong leadership in key roles over the past decade at your YWCA prepares us for a smooth transition. I couldn’t leave the agency in better hands, ”said Crosby.

CONNECTION OF THE SAN PEDRO SQUARE: The San Jose Downtown Association presented their Golden Nail Element of Distinction Award on Friday not to a new or redesigned building, but to the space in between: The new alley that leads through San Pedro Square and San Pedro Street and Almaden Avenue connects. The award was accepted by Don Peterson from Mill Creek / Modera, the on-site housing development, and Rob Steinberg by Steinberg Hart, who designed the room.

In the alley, bars and restaurants such as Farmers Union, Britannia Arms and Five Points were able to set up terrace areas in front of the new paseo. Another bonus is that it finally has a visible entrance for the Tabard Theater Company, which for years practically had to hand out tickets so newcomers could find their box office.

Earthquakes shake things: The San Jose earthquake may have had a disappointing end to a memorable season this year, but the team is still scoring goals in its off-the-field efforts to tackle food insecurity in South Bay. You may recall that in July the team launched Pledge 74, an 18-month initiative to raise and donate $ 740,000 to food banks and other related agencies, and 740 hours of volunteering from the organization’s players and staff to collect.

The results look pretty good after just five months. More than $ 200,000 has been contributed, the team has poured money from its marketing budget into promoting food insecurity on billboards, and the Quakes use the team’s website and social media channels to highlight local heroes in the community. And those 740 volunteer hours are already in the books.

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