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August 8, 2017 > Supervisor Report

Supervisor Report

Submitted By Dave Cortese

The eclipse is coming
Even though Santa Clara County wonÕt be in the path of a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, we will get to view a partial eclipse, with about 75 percent of the sun being covered. This is a rare and exciting event that you wonÕt want to miss. But please make sure you have the proper glasses; looking directly at the sun will injure your eyes. If youÕre looking through a telescope or camera, you will need a special filter.

The Space Science Institute is distributing more than 2 million pairs of eclipse glasses through libraries across the U.S., including County Libraries and City of San Jose Libraries. Contact your local library for information about when and where the glasses will be available.
There will be many areas for viewing in Santa Clara County, including San JoseÕs Hogue Park. The San Jose Astronomical Association is hosting a free viewing event from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, August 21, at Hogue Park in West San Jose. Visit for more information and to RSVP.

And hereÕs something you might not have thought about. In California, the eclipse will reduce solar energy supplies that help power the grid for more than two hours while the moon blocks the sun. The California Public Utilities Commission is asking all of us to conserve energy during the time the eclipse is expected to occur in California, from 9:02 to 11:54 a.m. Sunlight is one of our greatest sources of clean energy, and having less of it means we rely more on other more expensive and less efficient sources like natural gas.

Over the past few years, the County has been reducing power usage at its facilities through lighting retrofits and recommissioning its heating and cooling systems. Nonetheless, we will work with our departments and our employees to temporarily reduce energy usage even more at our County buildings like the County Government Center through lowering lights where possible, turning up the thermostat 2 to 5 degrees, not charging electronics and not using appliances.

You can do the same at home. You can pledge to replace lightbulbs with LEDs, turn off lights, not charge electronics, unplug appliances not in use and, if you have air conditioning, turn up your thermostat. The CPUC would like you to take an online pledge to Ògive the sun a break.Ó
Below are events, activities and programs you might be interested in.

Several local libraries are providing special presentations and watching parties:

Dr. Andrew Fraknoi, astronomy professor at Foothill College, will lead a discussion from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, at the Milpitas Library, 160 North Main Street, Milpitas. The library will also host a viewing event on the fourth floor of the parking garage, starting at 9 a.m.

Play and Learn at Milpitas Library
Play and Learn offers parents and children an opportunity to engage while playing with educational toys. It happens from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Milpitas Library. Every Tuesday evening starting at 7 p.m., children in grades K-4 can participate in a Story Time especially planned for them. These events will be taking place at the Milpitas Library, 160 N. Main St. Milpitas. For more information, call (408) 262-1171, extension 3617 or visit

If you have questions on any topic, please call my office at 408-299-5030 or email me at

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