JUST SAY NO TO PLASTIC STRAWS Mark your calendar: Saturday, February 17, 2018 is the next Adopt-A-Highway Litter Pickup on Highway 280.
JUST THE FACTS:
Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018.
Location: Highway 280 NB between Meridian Avenue and Saratoga Avenue
Time: About 3 hours – 9:15 AM -12:15 PM.
Participants: 9 volunteers. I was joined by veteran volunteers Crista, John, Pam, Marty, Charlie, Agnes, Diana and her son. Sabine was absent again, visiting her mother.
Did you make a resolution to get more exercise this year? Did you make one to do something positive for your community once a month? Well, you can take care of BOTH of those resolutions this coming Saturday, January 6
Come get your exercising filling some Adopt-A-Highway trash bags with me, and make our part of the world a little cleaner!
This month the Adopt-A-Highway Litter Roundup on Highway 280 is scheduled for Saturday, January 6, 9:00-12:30.
If you are planning t
A FREEWAY GUARDIAN ANGEL:
John’s Cribbs has worked for years with an Adopt-A-Highway group along Interstate 280 near San Jose City College when in June he stepped on a log causing him to fall and breaking his elbow and wrist.
He missed only one litter pickup in July. Then he went above the call of duty. He picked up the tab for lunch at Coco’s for the 11 volunteers recently.
“John received a nice year-end bonus and decided to treat us,” said Loui Tucker, the group leade
A note from Mr. Roadshow: I love getting monthly emails from Loui Tucker, the San Jose woman who has led an Adopt-A-Highway cleanup crew on Interstate 280 and I-880 near Valley Fair mall for 11 years. Read on for the latest from her.
Q Two weeks ago we found three checks totaling over $20,000 from the Santa Clara County Assessor near an onramp. The envelopes had been mailed 10 days earlier.
We returned them to the address listed. The man who answered the door said someone
Q I am at my wit’s end with Caltrans over the graffiti problem on Interstate 280 between Highway 87 and Lawrence Expressway. I have emailed the Adopt-a-Highway program and put in several maintenance requests through the Caltrans website over the past two months. Tags are on every vertical surface — the support columns, the underside of the overpasses, the brick walls, the on-ramps, everywhere. The tags are stacking up and multiplying daily. Some of them are 8 feet tall!
Used diapers. A full can of beans. Batteries. Wadded-up toilet paper. Food-caked takeout containers. Greasy pizza boxes. “It’s trash,” says Corona, the chief operating officer of California Waste Solutions(CWS), which picks up about 75 percent of the San Jose’s curbside recycling. “We aren’t equipped to deal with this much of it.” Some of the worst things people have chucked in recycling bins, he says, include dead animals, hypodermic needles—some of which have punctured work
When it comes the garbage services, residents have two simple requests: 1. Pick up the garbage every week in a reliable manner; 2. Do it in the most cost-effective way possible. Easy enough, right? Well, no. Potentially higher costs for garbage services were the topic under discussion at the last City Council meeting. In my opinion, cost increases can be avoided by systemic streamlining, and by structuring the payment for services in a way that is more efficient than the stat
Why would anyone stand on the shoulder of a freeway with cars and trucks whizzing by at 65 mph, or faster, to pick up plastic bags, cigarette butts, beer bottles and trash?
For Loui Tucker, it’s about making a difference.
For Carlo Pedron, it’s the challenge of making it happen every month. For John Cribbs, it’s the feeling of accomplishment.
And for Jim Schallau, it’s knowing that something has to be done and a willingness to do it.
They’re all part of the Caltrans A