Great Time Walking!

The walking group had a great time strolling and talking through the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery last Saturday.  We even learned a bit about some of the people buried there.  One person's stone that's pointed out on the map is Maria Soledad Ortega de Arguello. 

"Granddaughter of Sergeant Jose Francisco de Ortega, the discoverer of the Santa Clara Valley, Dona Soledad was California's 'first lady' when her husband, Don Luis Arguello, was California's first governor under Mexican rule.  The Arguello Family's vast Rancho de las Pulgas covered most of what is today's San Mateo area."

Source: Santa Clara Mission Cemetery Map

SLB: Mission City Creamery

Thanks to those who came out to Mission City Creamery last night!  We had a great time sharing stories over yummy handmade ice cream! 

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Thank you Second Harvest Volunteers!

Thank you to everyone who participated at Second Harvest last month!  We had a great time sorting food and getting to know each other better.  Because of volunteers, 95 cents of every $1 donated to the Food Bank goes directly to programs providing food to over 243,000 people each month.  Hopefully we can do it again soon in the future!

Media Statement re: "Up" House

As a neighborhood organization, the Old Quad Residents' Association has no opinion on the paint colors at 1091 Harrison.  We have some members who like the paint colors and also some who do not.  Our role is to facilitate an open dialog among all neighbors and the city, so that individuals can come to their own opinion and engage themselves in the proper channels (city council, public meetings, etc.) if they desire. In addition, political action is only one of several aspects of OQRA, also including camaraderie and socialization between neighbors to promote a happy, sincere, safe community in which to live.

More importantly, the controversy with 1091 Harrison has nothing to do with paint colors. There are two reasons this house is a sensitive subject for the neighborhood:

The first is a long story that involves what some feel was inappropriate and/or unauthorized issuance of permits by the city that allowed major alterations to this historic resource. Select individuals have sued the City of Santa Clara over this issue; OQRA is not a party to that suit. 

Second, the process of construction created a severe lead-based paint hazard to the nearby properties, which prompted a second lawsuit from select individuals; OQRA is not a party to that suit either. 

We hope the media can start to get to the real issues, and not focus on paint colors.

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Call for Photos

Thank you for visiting our new site! We want to improve the site by adding pictures relevant to the Old Quad. However, we don't just want to steal those pictures from the internet. So, if you have good quality images (that you own the rights to) and would like to share them with our site, please contact the site admin.

Suggested pictures:

  • Historic structures
  • Architectural elements
  • Parks
  • Old Quad residents doing fun things