LNA Accomplishments

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Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) has been in existence as an established neighborhood association since June 1999 and since that time we have had many successes. Among these successes are:

November 2011: Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) worked with the Office of District 5 Councilmember Xavier Campos to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to 10 families in need.

August 2011: Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) held our first ever National Night Out event. Approximately 200 adults and kids participated.

April 2011: Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) held our annual Family Night Out. Approximately 200 adults and kids participated.

January 2011: Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) sponsored Rocky Hernandez to be a community representative and student in the Court-Community Leadership & Liaison Program. Rocky will provide monthly updates to LNA and outreach to both the Lyndale Neighborhood and our surrounding communities.

December 2010: Together with City of San Jose Strong Neighborhoods Initiative staff, LNA arranged for free Christmas trees for 9 Lyndale Neighborhood residents in need.

November 2010: Together with City of San Jose Strong Neighborhoods Initiative staff, LNA arranged for free Thanksgiving turkeys for 11 Lyndale Neighborhood residents in need.

October 8, 2010:  Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) distributed LNA’s annual survey at a Clean-Up. LNA strives to maintain a clean, safe, and well-organized neighborhood and the Clean-Up opportunity helps LNA achieve our goal. It helps us maintain a clean neighborhood by allowing neighbors to dump items that could otherwise end up sitting on someone’s porch, front yard, or possibly dumped on the street and that pose a danger to kids. It helps us maintain a well-organized neighborhood because LNA used the opportunity to have our annual neighbor surveys completed, which allowed us to add 20 brand new emails to the LNA eList. The survey results provide LNA with information that allows us to plan meetings and activities for the following year. The surveys also provide us with contact information for Lyndale neighbors. This year, over 60 surveys were completed and 20 of those neighbors newly joined the LNA eList. As a result, our neighborhood is even more connected and our ability to organize via email has increased.

July 7, 2010: Lyndale Neighborhood Association received a framed Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Census Bureau for being a 2010 Census Proud Partner. Per the accompanying letter, “As a census partner, you can take pride in knowing that your organization helped ensure that the communities you serve a accurately represented in Congress and eligible for the funding needed for importan community programs, services and facilities.”

May 11, 2010: Lyndale Neighborhood Association received a Unity in Diversity Achievement Award from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. The Unity in Diversity awards are presented to individuals and organizations in Santa Clara County who excel in building the bridges of trust between diverse communities. LNA is honored to receive this recognition. The other four recipients this year were: Family Wellness Court, Vivian Freliz-Hart, Betty Barajas, and Faith in Action Rotating Shelter.

April 21, 2010: Our FAMILY NIGHT OUT 2010 was a great success. Over 200 participants, including kids, had a great night.

November 7, 2009: LNA, in partnership with the local US Census Office, held a block party at Lyndale Elementary School. Over 100 people participated.

October 24, 2009: The LNA Board and volunteers held our annual neighborhood clean-up, which included two waste dumpsters, two wood bins, one e-waste recycling bins, and one metal recycling bin.

August 2009: Anna Rodriguez arranged for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to clean up debris and weeds at the Alum Rock Light Rail Station.

August 2009: Anna Rodriguez arranged for the City of San Jose to clean up the island located at Capitol Ave and Highwood. The City cut the weeds, took down a steel tower, and took down the large bulletin sign (approximately 5 feet by 7 feet) that was a graffiti target.

August 2009: Bob Dolci and Alvin Silva coordinated the creation of two signs and two banners to announce Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) meetings on a monthly basis. The signs are strategically placed throughout the neighborhood on the morning of an LNA meeting date. The signs serve as a follow-up reminder to the paper newsletter that is delivered to residents a few days prior to the meeting.

November 2001:Lyndale Neighborhood Association sought funding for a crossing guard for Lyndale Elementary and County Supervisor Blanca Alvarado approved funding.

Ongoing and Prior Accomplishments:

  • Hold at least 7 meetings per year;
  • Hold annual volunteer recognition events and Family Night Out events;
  • Publish and translate monthly English and Spanish newsletters and deliver them via neighbors who volunteer to do so;
  • Sustained collaborative working relationships with public officials: Sheriff, Police, District Attorney, City Council Person, County Supervisor and school personnel;
  • Recruit new board members each year;
  • Hold annual clean-ups and conducted surveys asking participants’ input on neighborhood concerns;
  • Held our 3rd annual and highly successful family night out in April 2009 that was attended by over 250 people with 15 volunteers;
  • Carried out special activities: health fair, neighborhood yard sale, local business nights, holiday decoration contests; annual Books-4-Kids Literacy Project; and candidate forums;
  • Completed special projects: sidewalk repairs, installation of traffic signal and solar radar traffic-calming signs; and
  • Obtained, managed and completed Community Action and Pride, Community Foundation Silicon Valley and Traffic Safe Community Network grants totaling over $59,000.

All of these activities have enabled us to: understand, address and resolve community concerns (such as gangs, graffiti, code violations, and blight), educate residents on issues affecting them, sustain good participation in our meetings, and recruit good leaders that sustain the Lyndale Neighborhood Association.

Questions or suggestions?  Would you like to become involved in Lyndale Neighborhood Association? Please contact lnaboard@district5united.org or 408-910-5966.