The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® supports the proposed Memorandum of Understanding with Google, Inc. SCCAOR’s support for the MOU extends to support for the long-term vision laid out in the Diridon Station Area Plan originally adopted by Council in 2014. The plan, which includes a vision and strategy for a housing element in the Diridon area, articulates the importance and necessity of Google’s presence and the ability to move forward in approval of the proposed MOU. As a result of this articulated vision for the Diridon Station Area, and Google’s willingness to create a shared vision of benefit to the community and the City of San Jose it is critical to push this project forward into the next phase.

As a member-supported non-profit organization committed to the principles of equal-opportunities in housing, economic development, private property rights, and community building since 1896, SCCAOR identifies the following, specifically, as reasons to support approval of the MOU:

  1. Capitalize on Transit Synergy. Create a “whole greater than the sum of the parts” in the Diridon Station Area with new urban development, expanded transit service, and a new intermodal station in conjunction with transit partners Valley Transportation Authority, Caltrain, and the California High Speed Rail Authority.

  2. Optimize Density and Mix of Uses. Optimize development density and create a complementary mix of uses in order to create a vibrant, transit-oriented urban neighborhood and destination.

  3. Grow and Preserve Housing. Grow and preserve housing in the City to help address rising housing costs and displacement. Housing in the Diridon Station Area should include on-site units affordable to low-income households and “missing middle” households, and market rate homes in a combination that is financially viable for residential developers to ensure that planned housing is built. Affordable units can be built both integrated into market-rate developments and as stand-alone affordable housing projects.

  4. Create Broad Job Opportunities. Promote opportunities for San José residents of all skill and educational levels and diverse backgrounds to prepare for and secure jobs in the Diridon Station Area. Provide opportunities for existing and new small, local businesses to benefit from and/or integrate into the new development.

  5. Pursue Equitable Development. Develop the Diridon Station Area with intent to minimize potential negative impacts on people and place, and to maximize opportunity for local youth and adults to participate and benefit from job opportunities in the Diridon Station Area, through partnerships among the City, Google, and others.

We thank the Mayor and Councilmembers for their continued effort to bring the Diridon Station Area Plan into fruition and to staff for their dedication to making the Google, Inc. project process as inclusive as possible. SCCAOR feels that in the same spirit of collaboration and information gathering that the Station Area Advisory Group was created with, has been captured in the subsequent dialogue and interactions between Google and the community, and between Google and the City of San Jose.

In the wake of the deadliest wildfires in California’s history, the Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation (SCCR Foundation) have announced that they have made a $2,500 donation to the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) Disaster Relief Fund.

“These wildfires have devastated so many people in the state of California, including many REALTORS® and their families,” said Frank Cancilla, the Chairperson for the SCCR Foundation. “We want to help those impacted by the fires and we are truly inspired to see the outpouring of support from the REALTOR® Family.”

The C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund was established in the wake of the devastating 2003 California wildfires. The fund continues to support REALTORS® and others who have been adversely affected by natural and other disasters by offering grants to affected homeowners and renters for mortgage relief or temporary housing assistance.

Kevin Cole, President of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®, said that he is pleased to see that local REALTORS® are also making individual donations. “The continued generosity from our members has been amazing,” said Cole. “At our recent General Membership Meeting, dozens of REALTORS® stepped up and made donations towards the relief efforts.”

Learn more about the C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund at www.car.org/difference/realtorscare

Housing. Housing. Housing. Whether it was “we need more” or “we need less”, housing dominated the narrative of the November 6, 2018 election in Santa Clara County. From local Measure V in San Jose to statewide-ballot propositions 1, 2, 5 and 10, housing, specifically affordable housing, was front and center.

The defeat of Proposition 10 (the repeal of Costa Hawkins – a law that currently protects new, multi-family construction post 1995 and duplexes/single family homes from being subject to rent control ordinances) was a sound lashing by voters for trying to place the burden of more affordable housing on the backs of those already providing it. However, the rent control battle is going to be raging on in many local jurisdictions for years to come.

Proposition 5 (the C.A.R. sponsored Tax Fairness Initiative designed to allow those aged 55 or older, victims of disasters – such as the Camp Fire – and veterans the ability to move their prop 13 tax basis to a new property in any county in California) failed to gather the required simple majority of votes.  However, prop. 5 did manage to secure a victory in Orange County and garnered 40.3% of the affirmative vote in Santa Clara County.

A major victory for smart-housing solutions in Santa Clara County was the success of Supervisor-Elect Susan Ellenberg in District 4. The defeat of her opponent, Don Rocha, was of paramount concern as Rocha has often been the catalyst seeking expansion of the rent stabilization program in San Jose.

In the local candidate races, housing was still front and center in the conversation, the results however, varied widely. In Milpitas for example, incumbents were entirely ousted for a council that is now going to be extremely progressive – and friendly toward rent control (stabilization). In South County, the cities of Morgan Hill and Gilroy both had SCCAOR supportive and SCCAOR endorsed candidate victories, including Marie Blankley and Peter Leroe-Munoz in Gilroy.

In San Jose District 9 Councilmember-Elect, Pam Foley, is holding on to her lead against her opponent with 98% of the vote counted. As a past president of our association and REALTOR® Champion, Pam will be another strong voice for REALTOR® Party issues that come before that council. However, in District 7, Councilmember-Elect, Maya Esparza, ousted incumbent-councilmember, Tam Nguyen, making for a surprise outcome that could possibly keep San Jose City Council friendly toward further expansion of their rent stabilization program.

All in all, while housing was the main topic of conversation, solutions were in short supply. It will be up to the many excellent candidates who were elected to continue the work developing solutions to our region’s housing issues – and up to our REALTOR® family to continue advocating for the rights of homeowners and homeownership.

Thank you to all our members who voted on November 6th, your vote mattered and it made a difference for the REALTOR® Party.

***PLEASE CONSIDER CONTRIBUTING to the REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF) as part of your SCCAOR membership renewal. RAF enables our advocacy team to assist candidates like Pam Foley, Marie Blankley, and Susan Ellenberg. Click here make a contribution to RAF today!***

Thank you to all our members who came out to our final General Membership Meeting of 2018. This meeting featured an Economic Update from Leslie Appleton-Young, the SVP & Chief Economist from the California Association of REALTORS®, as well as updates from our C.A.R. and NAR Directors. We also recognized our members who have been with our Association for various milestones.

You can click here to download a copy of Leslie Appleton-Young’s presentation.

For those looking to donate to the C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund, click here for more information.

Congratulations to the following Members for achieving these Milestones:

30 Years: Lucy Kasparian, Helen Chou, Lillian Dang, John Agresta, Carmen Mainor, April Young

40 Years: Rick Finamore, Susan Fick, Peggy Francis, Greg Cormier

50 Years: Mark Folden

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) voted unanimously to endorse the following candidates running for office on the November 6, 2018 ballot:

  • Pam Foley – Candidate for San Jose City Council District 9
  • Susan Ellenberg – Candidate for Santa Clara County Supervisor in District 4
  • Paul Resnikoff – Incumbent Candidate for Campbell City Council
  • Bob Nunez – Candidate for Milpitas City Mayor
  • Marsha Grilli – Candidate for Milpitas City Council
  • Peter Leroe Munoz – Incumbent Candidate for Gilroy City Council
  • Marie Blankley – Incumbent Candidate for Gilroy City Council
  • James Dill – Morgan Hill School Board
  • Kelly Yip-Chuan – Milpitas School Board

The SCCAOR Board of Directors recognizes each of these candidates as aligning with our mission as a pro-housing and property rights association and are proud to offer them this endorsement.


Pam Foley

Pam Foley is a former President of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® and would be a strong supporter of increased housing and economic development in the City of San Jose.  She currently serves on the San Jose Unified School Board.


Susan Ellenberg

Susan Ellenberg is a highly competent and qualified former real estate attorney who truly seeks to understand the issues before taking a position. Susan came to our association seeking information and to understand our position on housing and private property issues. We are proud to endorse her for Santa Clara County Supervisor District 4 as we believe that she will fairly represent District 4 on the Board of Supervisors and welcome all stakeholders to the table.


Paul Resnikoff

Paul Resnikoff has championed housing and economic development in the city of Campbell since he was first elected in 2014. He has proven to be a strong ally to REALTORS® and the REALTOR® Party issues in the city of Campbell. We are honored to offer him our unanimous endorsement for his re-election campaign to Campbell City Council.


Bob Nunez

A true collaborator, Bob Nunez, candidate for Mayor in the City of Milpitas, is a rare unifier in a very divided political climate. Bob will be a strong and thoughtful leader if elected. We are proud to offer Bob the sole and unanimous endorsement for his campaign for Milpitas City Mayor.


Marsha Grilli

Experienced and thoughtful, incumbent candidate for Milpitas City Council, Marsha Grilli, will continue to be a sound voice on the side of REALTORS® if re-elected. The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® is pleased to offer Marsha our unanimous endorsement for her re-election campaign to Milpitas City Council.


Marie Blankley

Rooted in her community, Gilroy City Council candidate Marie Blankley has the enthusiasm and vision to continue offering great contributions on the Gilroy City Council. A strong proponent for private property rights, we are honored to endorse Marie Blankley for her campaign for Gilroy City Council.


Peter Leroe Munoz

Knowledgeable and articulate in his vision and goals for the City of Gilroy, incumbent city council candidate Peter Leroe Munoz will continue to serve Gilroy well if re-elected. Peter is an outstanding advocate for public safety and better roads and infrastructure. He believes in the protection of private property rights and as such we are proud to endorse Peter Leroe Munoz for his re-election campaign to Gilroy City Council.


James Dill

James Dill is a current member of SCCAOR and a passionate candidate for the school board.  With a focus on school security and bullying he looks to better the education system in Morgan Hill.


Kelly Yip-Chuan

A REALTOR®, mother of 3 children in Milpitas schools, and a former PTA President, Kelly Yip-Chuan is a qualified candidate.


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The Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation $1 Million Homeless Challenge 2018 campaign has officially kicked off! Did you know over 7,000 people in Santa Clara County are homeless? These veterans, families, children, mothers, sisters, grandparents, uncles, and disabled persons are members of our community, and they need our help. Most often, people find themselves homeless after a string of unfortunate circumstances, and then become trapped. The $1 Million Homeless Challenge raises funds and supports organizations that help families and individuals break the cycle of homelessness, through work programs, affordable housing assistance, day care assistance, job & career development, and temporary housing.

Who Does the Campaign Support?

Currently, we provide funds to local Santa Clara County organizations that help people break the cycle of homelessness. These organizations include the Downtown Streets Team and Family Supportive Housing. Downtown Streets Team is a partnership that allows homeless or at-risk individuals to volunteer on local beautification projects. Through peer support, work-style responsibilities, case management, and employment services, DST helps empower their “Team Members” to take an active role in their future. Family Supportive Housing provides temporary housing and targeted support for families struggling with homelessness. Through temporary, family-only shelter services, extensive case management, and post-shelter services (AfterCare), Family Supportive Housing helps families address the critical barriers to long-term self-sufficiency.

How Can I Help?

  • Join the elite 1% Club and commit to donating 1% of your commissions, or at least $1,000, to helping this important cause
  • Give an individual donation to the campaign – you can donate via PayPal, and every donor will receive a gift and a personalized token of appreciation
  • Connect us with your brokerage or local group – we’d love to come out, meet you, share stories, provide statistics on homelessness, and provide ways you can help your community
  • Be social! Help us increase the reach of the campaign by liking, sharing on social media. Follow us on Facebook, and add our campaign frame to your Facebook profile picture!

After conducting extensive in-person interviews with potential candidates for the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors and Officers, our Nominating Committee has selected the following candidates to serve as the Association leaders in 2019:

Officer Candidates selected by the Nominating Committee

Gustavo Gonzalez, President
Sandy Jamison, President-Elect
William Chea, Vice-President
Stephen Theard, Secretary-Treasurer

Director Candidates selected by the Nominating Committee

Kip Barnard
Kevin Cole*
Doug Goss
Bill Rehbock
SCRA Director TBD**

* Per SCCAOR policy, the immediate Past President is given a three-year term.
**Per SCCAOR Bylaws, one director shall be designated by the South County REALTORS® Alliance to serve a one-year term from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

Petition: Candidates for officers or directors, other than those candidates selected by the Nominating Committee, may be nominated by written petition on a form from SCCAOR. The petition must be signed by 150 or more REALTOR® members in good standing and be delivered to the Chief Executive Officer at SCCAOR not later than noon on July 23, 2018 (as prescribed in the SCCAOR Bylaws Article 10, Section 5)


Timeline of Election of Board of Directors

July 23 – Deadline to petition to be on the ballot.
July 24 – Record Date (Voting members must have their current e-mail address on file at SCCAOR prior to this date. Contact Member Services or go online to ensure your e-mail address is current.)
September 3 – Online voting begins at 8:00 a.m. (E-ballot sent via e-mail to all eligible members.)
September 21 – Online polls close at 5:00 p.m.
September 25 – Election results reported to Board of Directors.
November 16 – President declares the election results at our General Membership Meeting


Special Thanks to the SCCAOR Nominating Committee

Trisha Motter, Chairperson (Past President 2016), Rick Smith, Vice-Chairperson (Past President 2017), Myron Von Raesfeld, Chairperson (Past President 2014), Carl San Miguel (Past President 2013), Barbara Lymberis (Past President 2012), Jim Myrick (Past President 2005), Steve Hanleigh (Past President 2002), Pam Foley (Past President 1998), Kraig Constantino (SCCAOR Member), Natalie McNany (SCCAOR Member), Claudia Mendivil (SCCAOR Member), Gabrielle Perez (SCCAOR Board of Director), Frank Cancilla (2018 Foundation Chair & SCCAOR Board of Director)


UPDATE 7/31/2018: 

Thank you! More than 129,000 REALTORS sent over 423,000 emails to Senators and members of Congress asking to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Today, that effort paid off!

Under legislation passed by the U.S. Senate today, NFIP will continue renewing or issuing new insurance for four more months. The bill, which cleared the House last week, is expected to be signed into law shortly (before tonight’smidnight deadline).  

We applaud lawmakers for taking this needed action to prevent disruptions to closings in thousands of communities across the country. Now extended through November 30, 2018, the NFIP is in desperate need of reforms that will make the program solvent and sustainable in the long run. The National Association of REALTORS will continue fighting for these reforms as the next NFIP reauthorization discussions loom later this year.

Thank you again for taking action on this critical legislative victory for our real estate industry!


The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will expire on July 31, denying necessary insurance coverage to homeowners and buyers in more than 20,000 communities nationwide. Congress must act now to reform and extend the NFIP.

Urge Congress to extend the NFIP and pass meaningful reforms to ensure long-term viability of the program.

SCCAOR supports:

  • Reauthorizing and gradually strengthening the NFIP so it is sustainable over the long run;
  • Encouraging the development of private market options to offer comparable flood insurance coverage at lower cost than NFIP;
  • Providing federal assistance to high-risk property owners, including guaranteed loans, grants and buyouts in order to build to higher standards and keep insurance rates affordable;
  • Provide fair flood insurance rates that better reflect the property’s flood risk;
  • Improving flood map accuracy, so fewer property owners have to file expensive appeals.

Tim Beaubien has joined the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) as their new Government Affairs Associate. Beaubien will be working under our Government Affairs Director, Christina Garavaglia, and will be focusing his advocacy efforts on San Jose.

“Tim is an excellent addition to our Government Affairs team,” said Garavaglia. “Also coming from a municipal background, Tim understands the protocol and process of city government and will be a strong advocate for REALTORS® in San Jose.”

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Tim studied Public Management and Policy. He recently worked in the City Manager’s Office for the City of San Marino, located in Los Angeles County.

“I am excited to take on this role and use my experience to help strengthen the advocacy program here at SCCAOR,” said Beaubien. “I look forward to building relationships with our members as well as local government officials.”

With housing being the hot topic, both locally and statewide, SCCAOR Leadership acknowledged that now is the time to grow the Government Affairs department by bringing on a Government Affairs Associate. Many cities in our jurisdiction are having issues come up that have the potential to further impact the housing crisis here. By creating the associate position, SCCAOR will be able to double down on our advocacy presence.

“Over the last two years, REALTORS® and property owners have been under attack,” said SCCAOR CEO Neil Collins. “I want to thank the SCCAOR Leadership Team for allocating the resources needed to expand our Government Affairs Department so that we can create a more favorable business environment for our members.”

In his free time, Tim enjoys playing sports and going to the gym. He has spent many summers traveling with his father to different Major League Baseball stadiums around the country. “We’ve been to 18 different stadiums so far,” he said. “Last summer we visited Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Our goal is to eventually visit all 30 ballparks.”

For more information, visit our Government Affairs page.