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The Cottle-to-Lean Neighborhood Association (CLNA) fits within the boundaries of Blossom Hill Road to the north, Beswick to the east, Highway 85/Herlong to the south, and Lean Avenue to the west. Within those boundaries are over 1,000 houses, and nearby, a large new shopping mall, Village Oaks. Many other conveniences are within one mile including a hospital, buses, light rail station, and Miner Park. Anderson Elementary School is located in the center of the Neighborhood.

Many of the houses date from the mid 1960’s, with several original residents. CLNA was founded in January 2015 to create an increased sense of community and to foster neighborhood input into strategic planning.  A monthly newsletter keeps residents informed.

CLNA is a volunteer organization and is currently led by a 3-member Executive Board. Community meetings are held 8 times a year at the Santa Teresa Library where guest speakers are invited to discuss issues relevant to the neighborhood. 

Since its beginning CLNA has been assisted by our City Council member. Our goal is to be an active, thriving organization for the Neighborhood.  We have had speakers from the San Jose Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit, The Anti-Litter and Graffiti Program and have submitted a traffic calming proposal to San Jose’s Department of Transportation.  We established a liaison with Anderson Elementary School’s principal and have met with the Superintendent of the Oak Grove School District concerning updates to the area schools. 


CLNA plans activities and events to help foster a sense of community. In addition, CLNA has received BeautifySJ grant monies from the City of San Jose to assist in making our neighborhood a place to be proud of. The Beautification portion of the 2017-18 grant was spent on replacing 13 trees on Beswick Drive and painting the utility box at the corner of Beswick and Bangor. The scene depicts the farm originally located on Makati Circle.  In addition, a marker identifying our Neighborhood, was placed at the corner of Blossom Hill and Beswick. The Neighborhood activities, funded by the 2017-18 grant have included driveway parties (weather permitting) and National Night Out at Southside Community Center.

Executive Board Members

Carla Davis

Carole Holcomb

Mila Healey

Janet Walde

Quarterly Report

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