Parents, Environmentalists Oppose SJ Development
According to the article, Brookside Estates would include 94 houses along Guadalupe Creek, which is part of the Almaden Valley in San Jose. However, environmental groups complained that the project does not comply with the city’s policy that development be at least 100 feet away from the edge of the creek. Some of the houses are only 30 feet from the water, which means some of the trees along the creek may need to be cut back.
Alos, there are at least three endangered species in the water that could be affected by the development.
Chinese-American parents are worried that the new development will bring more children into the community and strain existing school districts. Currently, the Los Gatos Union School District and Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District serve the student population.
Wang Junzhi, resident of the Campagna of Almaden Valley development, and a father of a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old, said the schools are already operating at full capacity, and additional students would be a burden.
Because Almaden Valley is located on the periphery of two districts, parents worry that the overflow of students could prompt the city to redraw district lines, excluding the community from the two best school districts in the South Bay, which could affect property values in the area.