San Jose community briefs for the week of July 5

Council honors

Pat McMahon, who has served for eight years on the San Jose Library and Early Education Commission, is stepping down after this year. The San Jose City Council presented him an accommodation at the June 25 regular city council meeting for his service.

Summer reading

At its June 19 meeting, the Library and Early Education Commission heard an update on this year’s Summer Learning Program, which incentivizes reading during the summer months. This year, the libraries are partnering with local summer camps to integrate the program into their schedules. The first two weeks of this year’s program show more than 8,600 participants, which officials say surpasses expectations.

New directors named

San Jose has some new budgetary leadership: Lifetime San Jose resident Bonny Duong has been named deputy director of the city manager’s budget office.

Jon Cicirelli, who has served as the acting director of San Jose’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services since last August, was named the permanent director as of June 25.

Neighborhood Notes

ALMADEN VALLEY>> The Almaden Valley Community Association will meet July 8 at the SouthHills Campus of WestGate Church, 6601 Camden Ave. The topic for discussion at the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m., is the future of downtown and local trails.

Donna Castillo has been named District 10’s new representative on the city’s Senior Citizens Commission. Her term runs through June 30, 2023.

ROSE GARDEN/WILLOW GLEN>> Ashley Johnston will now represent District 6 on the city’s Human Services Commission, which holds the city accountable on matters including discrimination, equal employment policies and other human rights issues. Her term will last through 2022.

CAMBRIAN>>Avi Singh will now represent Cambrian and other young District 9 residents on the city’s Youth Commission. Singh’s term will last through May 2021.