“How is the GHAD Governed?”
Formation: The GHAD was formed on March 31, 1992 by the City of San Jose as a Political Subdivision of the State and enabled by Division 17 of the Public Resources code commencing with Section 26500. The GHAD operates independently in accordance with its Bylaws, similar to a county water district or a school district.
Board of Directors: The GHAD’s Bylaws provide for a five member Board of Directors and they meet about 6 to 9 times a year in a public forum. Directors provide oversight and guidance of the GHAD’s business. Agendas for the upcoming GHAD Board meetings are posted 72 hours in advance in the window of the main gatehouse off Silver Creek Valley Road on Country Club Parkway. The public is always welcome to attend GHAD Board meetings.
Directors must own property within the Master Planned Community and they must be registered to vote. Directors are unpaid serving as voluntary elected officials for a 4 year term. These elections are covered under the jurisdiction of the County of Santa Clara’s Registrar of Voters and are held every other year in November as part of the County General Election process. Only voters living within the Master Planned Community can vote for GHAD Director candidates. If the number of volunteers for vacant Director positions aren’t more than the number of vacant Director positions, no election is held and the Board appoints replacements to fill the vacancies.
Aside from the normal Election process, Director vacancies do occur periodically. The Board may appoint a replacement Director to serve out the remaining term of any vacancy.
Trilateral Cooperation Agreement for maintenance & repairs: Silver Creek Valley Country Club has a few different entities operating within its boundaries. In addition to the GHAD, there is the Silver Creek Valley Country Club Home Owners Association and the Silver Creek Valley Country Club. Each entity has its own purpose or existence, yet all three are bound together as the land beneath forms a common link.
In effect since 1995, the Trilateral Agreement’s purpose was to clarify, refine and specify the scope of the maintenance, repair and improvement responsibilities pertaining to geotechnical aspects within the Master Planned Community areas. This enhances abatement and control of potential geologic hazards, while minimizing duplicate actions and disputes.