San Jose: Cambrian Park carousel sign granted historic status

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Recent events offer encouraging signs that Silicon Valley has the ability to forge the future and preserve its past at the same time.

There was last week’s opening of the Roberto Adobe on Lincoln Avenue as a new historical museum, allowing public access to an important piece of San Jose’s often-overlooked 19th century history. And this week, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to designate the Cambrian Park Plaza carousel sign as a county landmark.

“This would not have been possible without all of the outpouring of support from residents both in Cambrian Park and throughout the West Valley,” Supervisor Ken Yeager said in a Facebook post celebrating the decision.










Close-up of the carousel that sits atop the Cambrian Park Plaza sign in San Jose.


Close-up of the carousel that sits atop the Cambrian Park Plaza sign in San Jose. (Jacqueline Ramseyer/Bay Area News Group)

Yeager was the driving force behind the vote and deserves a great chunk of credit for protecting the whimsical sign, even though it was not in immediate danger from development planned at the West San Jose shopping center.

But he’s right about the importance of community support. That’s why it’s been good to see a lot of comments on the draft environmental impact report for the proposed Santana West project on Winchester Boulevard. Many individuals, as well as the Preservation Action Council, expressed their concerns over the plan to strip the Century 21 dome, a city landmark, of its exterior covering and leave its bare structure as part of a park. Even the California Department of Transportation weighed in, suggesting that the cumulative impact of removing the theater might be understated.

And it’s that kind of input that can persuade elected officials that it’s possible to keep community history intact without impeding progress.

SUCCESS STORY: For the fourth consecutive year, Cancer CAREpoint’s annual Garden Party raised more than $500,000 — with this year’s donations surpassing last year’s total.

Maureen Machado and her husband, John, welcomed a generous crowd of more than 350 people to their Los Gatos home on Sunday. Sheri Sobrato Brisson shared the story of her personal cancer journey and the importance of support programs like the ones that Cancer CAREpoint provides to Silicon Valley cancer patients and their families.

Lynn Fisher and Allison Jones Thomson led a small group of volunteers putting together the party, and their work sure paid off. Community and corporate leaders filled the guest list, including LinkedIn CFO Steve Sordello, former Cisco VP and last year’s Garden Party host Wim Elfrink, Lisa and Matt Sonsini, John and Timi Sobrato, Case and Linda Swenson of Swenson Builders, Linda Lester of Lester Investment Properties and Patty Nation of Xilinx,

DINING DELIGHTS: More than a dozen new restaurants and wineries — including David Kinch’s The Bywater, Presidio Social Club, Monterey’s 1833 Restaurant and Mount Eden Vineyards — have joined the already sumptuous lineup for the Sept. 11 Food and Wine Classic at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.

Tickets are available for $250 a person or $375 for a VIP package. Get all the details at www.montalvofoodwine.com.

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Facebook.com/mercurynews.aroundtown and Twitter.com/spizarro.



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