County Supe Mike Wasserman's February '13 Newsletter

If you are planning to get married in Santa Clara County on the 14th (or any other day), visit the County Clerk Recorder’s website to learn how to obtain your marriage license.

Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days for getting married. If you and your sweetheart are planning to get married in Santa Clara County on the 14th (or any other day), visit the County Clerk Recorder’s website to learn how to obtain your marriage license. In addition to licensing, the County Clerk Recorder also offers private marriage ceremonies Tuesday - Friday, 10:30 a.m.-3:40 p.m. by appointment.

I had a great time co-hosting the Older Driver Traffic Safety Seminar with the California Highway Patrol and the DMV in Morgan Hill last month. We debunked many of the myths surrounding older drivers and provided tips on how to compensate for age related change. Due to overwhelming demand, another seminar will be held on March 21, 2013. Call the Morgan Hill Centennial Recreation Senior Center at 408-782-1284 to register.

Homelessness is a complex issue to tackle. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions. Loss of employment, lack of affordable housing, mental health and substance abuse issues are just a few of the many circumstances that contribute to homelessness. Please take 10 minutes to watch this powerful video about how the Community Technology Alliance (CTA) supports government agencies and non-profit organizations as we work together to end chronic homelessness.

It is easy to equate Santa Clara County with high tech Silicon Valley, but we also have roots in agriculture. While my district is comprised mainly of San Jose, I am very proud to represent rural areas which are home to our agricultural heritage. I truly appreciate the recent guest column written by Farm Bureau President Pete Aiello for the Gilroy Dispatch and Morgan Hill Times recognizing some of the recent progress we’ve made.

Who speaks for you in federal, state and local government? Following the 2010 Census, redistricting in 2011 changed the boundaries of congressional, assembly, senate, county and city districts (for cities with districts). Additionally, the election of 2012 put many news faces in office. I often hear from Santa Clara County residents that they don’t know who their representatives are. Below are two helpful resources to help you find your current elected representatives.
2013 Elected Officials Roster
2013 District Look Up by Address

Apply today for the SCCGOV 101 Academy, class of 2013.
This 10-week program provides a comprehensive overview of county government, its role and responsibilities, as well as the programs and services offered by the county. The class is limited to 35 seats, distributed across the county by supervisorial district. Last year, more applications were received than slots available, so apply soon! Most sessions will occur 6-9 p.m. Tuesday evenings. The application deadline is Feb. 15 and the program fee of $30 can be waived in the case of financial hardship. Apply here: www.sccgov.org/sccgov101app
More information: SCCPublicAffairs@ceo.sccgov.org, or 408-299-5151

Volunteers needed! Santa Clara County has more than 60 volunteer boards and commissions that cover a broad range of issues including senior health, consumer affairs, youth, housing, mental health, watersheds and more. Meetings are usually held one evening per month or less. Required qualifications for each position vary. Please visit my website for the current list of vacancies.

As always, you can reach my office at 408-299-5010, or you can email me at mike.wasserman@bos.sccgov.org with your comments and concerns.

Mike Wasserman
Santa Clara County Supervisor, District 1

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