9th Annual Hot San Jose Nights


Airport Day & S.T.E.A.M.!

Dana Hooper  is an advocate for creating more Residential Care Homes for adults with developmental disabilities. A former high tech veteran, he has served as Executive Director of Life Services Alternatives (LSA) since 2007. This award-winning* nonprofit was founded in 2002 by parents who had a dream of establishing community homes for their adult children with special needs. As a parent of a developmentally disabled son, Dana understands the full spectrum of housing options for adults with special needs in our community. Under his leadership, LSA successfully opened eight licensed Residential Care Homes to meet an increasing need in Santa Clara County. Currently, LSA is in the process of creating its 12th home. In addition to volunteering with the Santa Clara Chorale and Lighthouse for the Blind, Dana also serves on state task forces and regional boards related to developmental disabilities.

* 2016 Service Provider of the Year - Awarded by the San Andreas Regional Center which oversees services for the developmentally disabled in four Bay Area counties

Jay Ross  is an attorney at Hopkins & Carley and co-chairs its Litigation Department.  He handles business and real estate disputes, including creditors’ rights in bankruptcy proceedings. Active in Rotary for nearly 15 years, Jay served on both the Foundation and Club Boards before being elected to serve as its president starting in July 2017.  Jay has served on a variety of the Club’s committees, lead the effort to create the Rotary Children’s Sculpture Walk in the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens, was responsible for the Rotary agreements with the City of San Jose for the Rotary PlayGarden (Centennial project), and the chaired Rotary Fireworks 2016 (returning July 4 fireworks to downtown San Jose).  Jay also has been active with the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee and numerous other civic organizations.  Born in San Jose, he lives in Los Gatos with his wife Julie and their two sons.

Family friendly classic car show & static airplane show: Saturday, July 8, 2017 10am - 4 at Reid-Hillview Airport 2500 Cunningham Ave., San Jose, CA 95148

James T. Gardner, Ph. D. founded Good Karma Bikes in July 2009 to serve the needs of homeless and low wage working people for reliable, safe transportation. He quickly realized that what was going on was not about bicycles; it was about the Clients and the transformation of their self-esteem. To this end, Good Karma Bikes provides training and job skills for clients in bicycle repair, maintenance, eCommerce, and retail. GKB is now in league to transform the lives of former foster youth.

Jim grew up in Huntington Beach, CA. It was that particular stretch of Pacific Coast Highway that caused his lifelong love of cycling. In high school, he took his bicycle apart after almost every ride. Cleaning and fixing bicycles was as much fun as riding them.

Jim attended college at the University of Southern California, studying engineering. He received a bachelors, two masters and a Ph. D. degree in Solid State Physics, Optoelectronics. During this time he was an intern at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory working in space radiation effects.

Jim and his family moved to the bay area in 1995 to work at Applied Materials. Since then, Jim has professionally worked in flat panel displays, 3D monitors, nanoparticle synthesis, water and energy conservation and environmental protection.

It was while going oh-for-four in start-ups, that Jim realized he hadn’t done enough to make the world better. About that time, he saw a homeless man on an unsafe bicycle. He started wrenching bikes in the park.

The operation grew to the point that Jim filed articles of incorporation and the IRS tax-exemption package.  Good Karma Bikes has served 19,000 Clients in six years.

Jim lives in Willow Glen with his wife of twenty-five years and four rescue cats. Jim and Laura have been rescuing animals since they met at USC in 1989. Jim is a graduate of United Bicycle Institute, a Certified Bicycle Suspension Technician, and Certified DT Swiss Wheel Builder. Non-cycling interests include: mathematics, traveling, art, and classical music. Since founding GKB Jim has read 40,000 pages of history, biography, and philosophy.

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