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What’s Happening in California’s Oldest City?

Upcoming events for 2016

Spring Yard Sale -- 260 S. 13th St  --  Thursday - Saturday, April 21-22-23

Thursday and Friday - 8 AM - 6 PM,  Saturday - 8 AM - Noon 

  • Everything your heart should desire.  Antiques, furnishings and other treasures will abound.

6/11 - Members Only Naglee Park Centennial Homes tour

  • Two members of PAC*SJ have houses turning 100 years old. We’ll visit the homes in sequence and toast their preservation. Details available at sign-up.

8/12 8AM to 6PM & 8/13 8AM to Noon  -- Summer Yard Sale -- 260 S. 13th St.

  • More delights for the connoisseur and the bargain hunter.

2016 Walking Tours - Tickets and info here

April 16, 10:00 AM -- E. Santa Clara St. Urban Village

This corridor is being promoted for redevelopment. We’ll stop at places of historical and architectural interest. Some are gone but many remain. We’ll begin at City Hall and walk to Coyote Creek with some stops on the side streets.

May 14, 10:00 AM -- Lincoln Ave. Business District

We’ll see the oldest section of the district first, and then the areas developed after WWII. The walk will begin at the corner of Minnesota Ave. and Lincoln Ave and will go north to Los Gatos Creek or further if there is time.

June 25, 10:00 AM -- Hanchett Park

Hanchett Park was one of the first “suburban” developments near San Jose. This walk will look at the wide variety of sizes and styles of homes in a middle class neighborhood at the beginning of the 20th Century.

July 23, 10:00 AM -- East San Jose

Like Hanchett Park, East San Jose began as an unincorporated area, but it was a separate city for a time with its own business district. The walk will begin at Roosevelt Park and end in Little Portugal.

September 10, 10:00 AM -- Little Italy

The preservation of Little Italy was one of the earliest PAC*SJ endeavors. The tour will cover both history and architecture.

PACSJ 25th Silverrrr Anniversary 

On October 22, PAC*SJ celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala event at the San Jose Woman’s Club.  We honored our special Mateys, Jim and Suzanne Salata, owners of Buccaneer Demolition and Garden City Construction companies, who’ve been make’n significant efforts of all sorts, to be preserve’n San Jose.  

A hearty THANK YE to our stalwart and generous donors. We raise a glass to ye all!

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We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, Ellen Garboske. Ellen was a current Board member and a very active PAC-SJ supporter. In 2004 she was named a Preservation Heroine.  Here is the article about her from the Winter 2004 issue of our newsletter, Continuity. Ellen will be missed by all whose lives she touched. We extend our thoughts and sympathies to Ellen's family at this difficult time. Thank you for sharing her with us all these years.

Visual San Jose - Photo Contest 2015

The contest winner's photos were displayed at a Reception Party on June 16, which coincided with a "Closing Party" for Southern Lumber.  We will certainly miss Southern Lumber.   Awards included cash and products from our sponsors.  Winners in each of three categories — Youth (under 19 years old), Non-Professional and Professional — will appear in the June/July issue of Content Magazine.

We received a whopping 157 entries for this year's contest!  View the winning photos here.

Best in Show -  “Fade to Grey”  By Christina Warren


  • 1st – “Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum” by RonHorii 
  • 2nd – “Historic Willow Glen Trestle” by Lee Viray Cahili 
  • 3rd – “Sunset Vista Renaissance Revival” by Dennis Mellican 


  • 1st – “Yellow House, Little Italy” by Agnieszka Jakubowicz 
  • 2nd – “Willow Glen Trestle (1921-22)” by James Watkins 
  • 3rd – “Bridge Over Red Withered Chair” by Kymberli Weed Brady 


  • 1st – “My City, My World” by Cynthia Voly
  • 2nd – “Henry’s Hi-Life” by Sydney Martin 
  • 3rd – “Century Theater” by Samantha Ledbetter

Honorable mentions were also awarded to:  Basim Jaber, Emily Funkouser, Craig Scoffone, Alayne Yellum, Tay Othman, Edgar Ramirez, Edward Arroyo, Katherine McGowan and Alyssa Miller.

The subject of three winning photos from the Visual San Jose Historic Photo Contest 2015 was the Willow Glen Trestle. It is a wonderful example of HISTORIC San Jose and we fear it will be demolished soon, replaced by a boring ordinary steel bridge.

Visual San Jose is hosted by the Preservation Action Council of San Jose (PAC*SJ), the San Jose Historic Landmarks Commission and Content Magazine.  We want to thank and are grateful to the following for their sponsorship: Southern Lumber, Whole Foods, Content Magazine, Garden City Construction, Keeble & Shuchat Photography, Richard Dischler Photo Workshops, Bay Photo, Rocky Nook, SanDisk, San Jose Water Company, Schoennauer Company, Leah Toensikoetter and Big Dog Vineyard.

"It's About Time" San Jose Clock Tower Project

PACSJ board member and tireless Clock Tower spokesman was recently interviewed about the subject on Channel KMVT, community TV. View John's interview here.

The movement to restore the Clock Tower of the San Jose Museum of Art to its original height is picking up steam.  The clock and the tower of former San Jose Post Office building were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake.  The restoration, begun in 1908, intended to rebuild the original tower was cut short - A new clock was installed in a shorter tower but the full restoration of the tower's height was not completed.  Check out why the clock and the tower are so special to the history of San Jose, and what you can do to get involved.

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For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.   PAC-SJ is now an Amazon Associate.  PAC-SJ automatically earns a referral fee of 0.5% (or higher) on all products, including those sold by third-party merchants. 

Here’s how it works: Click this Amazon link. Select your items and complete your purchases as you normally would.

Thanks for your support!

Help save the Century Theater Domes! Sign the Online Petition!!

You may know that the Century Theatres on Winchester are at risk of being demolished as the City explores possibilities to redevelop the site.

Along with our friends at the Retro Dome/Guggenheim Entertainment, we have launched an online petition asking our City leaders to preserve one or all of the Domes and direct the new developer to incorporate the Dome(s) into any proposed development.

Join the many Silicon Valley residents in favor of preserving these historically significant venues. We believe the Domes should be saved and reused, and incorporated into any development proposal. One example of reuse would be preserving Century 22 to provide a home to The Retro Dome, which occupied a sister Dome on Saratoga Avenue but was recently displaced when plans were announced to demolish the former Century 25. A wonderfully historic building would be saved from the wrecking ball and The Retro Dome would be reborn and serve as a home to multiple Silicon Valley-based performing arts groups.

Sign the petition now:  Watch for more information as the campaign to Save the Domes moves forward.

Do you want to learn about what development is planned for your Council District?

You can sign up for email notifications on the city web site:

"The City of San Jose is committed to providing the information and opportunities to encourage residents and other interested parties to follow development activity in their community and to actively participate in the land use development process. To this end the City offers an email subscription service where by you can be informed of recently submitted development applications in your community. if you sign up for this service, you will receive an email informing you that the Planning Division has received a development or permit application located within a given geographic area that you select. This service provides notification on most planning permits. If you would like to be noticed via email, choose subscribe and it will take you to the registration process."

Here's the link:

Smokey says "You too can prevent Historic Structure Fires!"

OK, Smokey didn't say that.  But PACSJ may need a fire prevention mascot of its own soon.  Help prevent the loss of even more historic structures to fire and vandalism by helping the City enforce its Vacant Building Ordinance.  File an online complaint on the City's website. 

Start here:

On the left side under "Online Services" click on "Submit an Online Blight Complaint." From there fill out the appropriate information. If enough people file complaints maybe the City will pay attention and work harder to protect these historic resources.

San Jose Public Library Foundation presents SCAN JOSE - Grab your smartphone to learn about the history of San Jose!

Explore historical downtown San Jose  - One smartphone = 3 walking tours! SJPL has created three walking tours of downtown San Jose that you can take using your smartphone and your feet! Go to to see images from the California Room Collection while standing at the locations that the photographs were taken. Think of it as a time machine in the palm of your hand!

There are three tours to choose from:
A Walk Around the Plaza - takes you on a loop around Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Tragedies and Calamities - a no holds barred look at some of the tragic events in San Jose history
Old Santa Clara Street - highlights some of the great architecture that has sprung up and come down over the years.

PAC-SJ is looking for a few qualified applicants to be considered for openings on our Board. Help us pursue our mission of preserving the architectural heritage of San Jose and help educate homeowners, developers, and decision-makers about the importance of historic preservation