Santa Clara SP-4523 - History

Santa Clara

(SP-4523: dp. 13,320; 1. 420'2"; b. 53'9", dr. 28'41/2"; dph. 34'2", s. 12 k.; cpl. 98, a. 1 5", 1 3", cl. Santa Cecilia)

Santa Clara (SP-4523), a single-screw, steel freighter built during 1913 by William Cramp & Sons Ship and Engine Building Co., Philadelphia, Pa., was chartered by the Army on 28 October 1917 for voyages to the European war zone and given a Navy armed guard; acquired by the Navy on 17 September 1918 from the Atlantic & Pacific Steamship Co., of New York, and commissioned on 12 October 1918 at Baltimore, Md., Lt. Comdr. F. S. Blackadar, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS), Santa Clara arrived at Marseilles on 15 November 1918, four days after the armistice was signed, bringing 6,655 tons of general cargo. After returning to Baltimore on 24 December 1918, Santa Clara was transferred, on 18 January 1919, to the Cruiser and Transport Force, Atlantic Fleet.

After overhaul, Santa Clara departed New York, on 23 March 1919, for the first of four post-war voyages to Europe returning troops to the United States from the war zone. Operating from New York, Santa Clara called at Brest, Bordeaux, St. Nazaire, and Pauillac, France, before completing her last voyage at Brooklyn on 3 August 1919. The following day, she was transferred from the Atlantic Fleet to the 3d Naval District. Santa Clara was decommissioned on 19 August 1919 at New York and simultaneously returned to her owner.

Honoring Santa Clara County’s history of Latina activism

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Around the world, May 1 is celebrated as an international day for workers. And here in the Santa Clara Valley, an online discussion that afternoon will put the spotlight on Latina activists, a group that played a big part in the struggle for social change but has sometimes been overlooked.

The 1 p.m. presentation, will feature former Santa Clara County Supervisor Blanca Alvarado, who before her groundbreaking political career helped Cesar Chavez establish the Community Service Organization Rose Amador LeBeau, CEO of Conxion to Community, a Latino-led social service agency Josie Mendez-Negrete, an associate professor of Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas-San Antonio Zelica Rodriguez-Deams, director of Santa Clara County’s Office of Immigrant Rights and Center for Employment Training CEO Hermelinda Sapien.

The conversation will share a lot of untold stories about the women who helped organize farmworkers in the early days of that labor movement, and I hope it includes many of the women who fought for civil rights in the South Bay like Sofia Mendoza, the mother who led a school walkout to improve conditions for Latino students. Tickets to the panel, a partnership between History San Jose and La Raza Historical Society of Santa Clara Valley, are $7 (free for students, educators and History San Jose members). Go to to sign up.

JAPANTOWN FESTIVAL CONTINUES ONLINE: After being forced to take last year off because of COVID-19, the Nikke Matsuri festival — an annual tradition in San Jose’s historic Japantown since 1978 — returned this year as a virtual event. It opened last weekend with a bevy of experiences available online and continues this weekend with more, including performances by San Jose Taiko, the jazz ensemble and ukulele band from Wesley United Methodist Church, the San Jose Betsuin Choir and the Chidori Band.

There’s a photo-filled video looking back at the festival’s cultural exhibits, showcasing flower arrangement and bonsai cultivation, and some of Japantown’s nonprofit groups have partnered with restaurants including Minato, JT Express and Hukilau to provide special deals on food that’ll benefit the groups, too.

You can browse through everything at the festival’s website,, which has a video of the opening ceremony, including a masked San Jose Taiko performance, as well as information on several Japantown businesses and organizations that would normally be getting exposure. And if you’re wondering just how to take it all in, NBC Bay Area’s Mike Inouye — who serves as the virtual master of ceremonies — stars in a video on how to navigate the site.

ART ON DISPLAY: Silicon Valley Open Studios is back — and back online — starting May 1, inviting visitors to take a virtual tour of the work of more than 150 artists in the Bay Area, whose work runs the gamut from painting and fiber arts to sculpture and mixed media. While it’s not the same as visiting artists in their studios, it’s something we’re happy to have back in any form this year.

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As I look out of the window of my district office in Campbell, California, I marvel at the beauty of the lush Santa Cruz Mountains to the west and the dramatic Diablo Range to the east. As a Member of Congress, and a former member of the California State Assembly, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, the interim Santa Clara County Open Space Authority and the San Jose Planning Commission, I watched this valley grow and change from an agricultural powerhouse to the center of technology, from the Valley of the Heart’s Delight to Silicon Valley.

It is with a mixture of both joy and nostalgia that I reflect on what this valley was and what it has become. My generation can easily recall the fields and orchards that characterized this region. Farmland dominated the landscape. Open space was abundant. But as innovation and progress flourished, this valley of delight began to fade. Left to urban developers and business interests, and without thoughtful intervention, park land and open space could easily have become an afterthought.

Throughout this urbanization of the valley, as rural and agricultural lands were annexed and developed, it became apparent that sound environmental and conservation policies were needed to protect the aesthetic and biological treasures of our valley—a leadership role assumed by Santa Clara County’s Department of Parks and Recreation. As the Chair of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and the head of the County’s General Plan Review Committee and later the Parks and Trail Master Plan Committee, I had the privilege of leading a committed and diverse group of individuals who represented the municipalities, environmental groups, park users, business interests and property owners. Together we forged plans that would shape and preserve the visual landscape of Santa Clara County for future generations.

Thanks to the efforts and stewardship of the Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation, we have achieved much. Balancing environmental principles with issues like property rights, we were able to craft plans that withstood a multiplicity of challenges. During my years on the Board of Supervisors we extended the Park Charter fund several times, approved a sound General Plan review, drafted an award-winning Trail Master Plan, established an agricultural preserve near Gilroy, and discouraged premature development beyond the cities’ urban service areas. It was with the support of the County Parks Department that we were able to establish the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority and the voter-approved funding mechanism.

The prudent planning by the County of Santa Clara and the financial support of its residents has made acquisitions like the Harvey Bear Ranch, the future development of the Martial Cottle County Park, and efforts to preserve significant properties like Mt. Umunhum possible. With the cooperation of the Santa Clara County Planning Department and Planning Commission, we were able to ensure that open space easements accompanied the approval of urban development proposals. Consequently, the Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation was able to expand existing parks, construct new trails, support urban parkland, and develop new mixed-use opportunities within the park system.

Faced with the same budget constraints that dogged agencies for years throughout the State of California, the Santa Clara County Parks Department successfully supported historic preservation in areas like Almaden Quicksilver and Chitactac-Adams county parks, education and interpretive programs, niche recreation like Motorcycle Park and Field Sports Park, water-based recreation at reservoirs, equestrian and bicycle use at Grant County Park, and much more. The Department also supported initiatives outside the County, like the Bay and Ridge Trail systems, to create a regional trail system throughout the entire Bay Area.

This book, therefore, reveals more than the history of the Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation. It is a tribute to those who have done so much to preserve parks and open space for future generations. This book should be viewed as a case study on how other communities can be successful in preserving open space. The success of the Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation is the result of not only visionary public officials and environmental leaders, but also the taxpayers who supported their efforts through the renewals of the Park Charter Fund and the approval of the Open Space Authority special assessment. Additionally, credit must go to the community activists who served on committees and task forces that shaped our system of parks, trails and open space the land owners who worked diligently to conserve, preserve and protect the land they have stewarded for generations and the legions of park volunteers and open space users who keep, our system vibrant and accessible.

We have accomplished much, but our work is not done. There is no end to conservation it is an ongoing process. The Santa Clara County Parks Department, their partner agencies like the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority and Midpeninsula Open Space District, and private conservation groups like Peninsula Open Space Trust need our continued support. Threats to open space are more prevalent than opportunities for conservation. It is never too early to recognize the value of our open space and it is never too late to take action to preserve it. We must be ready to act quickly and decisively.

My congressional district spans from Milpitas to the north, San Jose to the east, Los Gatos to the west and Gilroy to the south. I cannot imagine this valley without the beautiful views that surround the County. Much of the remaining open space is in my district. What we have today is the result of a group of committed individuals, under the guidance of the Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation, who took a stand. It is through the hard work and dedication of agencies like the County Parks Department and its staff that we are now able to fully enjoy the fruits of our collective labor.

Mike Honda, U.S. Congressman, 15th Congressional District, California

The Santa Clara Business District: History and Preservation

We recently wrote about two architectural gems on North Main Street in Riverdale. Continuing north a few blocks we find an impressively intact group of commercial buildings: the Santa Clara Business District.

Historically this was a thriving area for shopping and entertainment. This 1959 image looks south toward the Dale Fashions dress shop.

Image Credit: Dayton History Books Online/Dayton Metro Library

The Riverdale Theater, later the Dale Theater, was located at 1937 N Main St and opened in 1927. It closed its doors in 1959, the very year the below photo was taken which also depicts Marlyn Jewelers and Gallagher’s Drug Store:

Image Credit: Dayton History Books Online/Dayton Metro Library

A 2019 shot of the same buildings, which are vacant but still standing:

As recently as the 1990s this strip was known as the “Santa Clara Arts District” and lined with art galleries, retail stores, and eateries. A favorite was the Upper Krust deli, known for its “Tom Turkey sandwich (and) the choice of beets, chips or apple sauce.” Although Santa Clara had suffered from divestment and vacancy for decades, the city designated the area a “Town Center” in the early 90s which opened up city resources to help spur development, the same strategy that propped up the Oregon District.

But despite gaining momentum at times, the plan didn’t work and most businesses eventually fled. Some relocated to other parts of the city, like Omega Music. More recently nearly all of the buildings were vacant and deteriorating with the district’s future looking grim. The surrounding residential area also suffers from high levels of vacancy but has many remaining gems including the house at 153 Santa Clara Ave which was reported to be under renovation when we wrote about it last year.

But one new business in the area, the Santa Clara Juicery, opened in 2018 and its owners envision it as a first step towards a rebound in the area.

And this past month there was news that a developer planned to restore the corner building (the site of Gallagher’s and the building on the left of the 1919 picture).

On Dec. 11, however, Dayton At Work and Play reported that a stop work order was visible on the building, suggesting some sort of setback.

An article also revealed that the former Riverdale Theater building is scheduled for demolition, although the developer said that “he would buy that building, too, with a little help from Dayton government.”

Outside of 5th Street in the Oregon and 3rd Street in Wright-Dunbar, Dayton doesn’t have a historic neighborhood business strip with this level of density remaining–after so many were lost to highways, planned renewal, or piecemeal demolition by neglect–so losing any of these structures would be a major loss.

There are efforts underway to address the area’s challenges. In 2018, a North Main Street Corridor Plan was adopted by the City Plan Board and City Commission, which focuses on several strategic priorities including Traffic and Pedestrian Safety and Architecture and Preservation.

Santa Clara was called “ground zero of Ohio’s foreclosure crisis” and “one of the 10 most abandoned areas in the country,” so such initiatives aim to restore a basic level of neighborhood amenities and service to a neglected and abandoned community, not to set in motion expensive new developments that would sit out of reach of current residents, or worse, push them out. Greater downtown is booming, but we’ll see what the next few years bring to areas like Santa Clara.

Main Street Looking North in Santa Clara

Santa Clara SP-4523 - History

History of Santa Clara County

Biographical Sketches
The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have
Been Identified With Its Growth and
Development From the Early
Days to the Present




Unrivaled Climate and Situation--Origin of Name--Early Inhabitants--Story of the Early Days--Founding of the Missions--Father Junipero Serra--Father Pena--Founding of San Jose--Father Maguire de Catala Plants Trees on Alameda--Mission of Santa Clara--Secularization of Missions--Life on the Early Ranchos--The Rodeo--The Matanza--Early Government--Some Grotesque Religious Ceremonies--Bull and Bear Fights--First American Settlers--The Donner Party.

Santa Clara County During the Mexican Rule--The Adventures of Captain Fremont--Don Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo--Raising the Bear Flag--Proclamation of General Jose Castro--War with Mexico Declared--Proclamation of Commodore Sloat--Capt. Charles M. Weber--Juzgado Transformed into Barracks--Battle of Santa Clara--Captain Thomas Fallon Raises First American Flag--Gold is Discovered--Reminiscences of the Days of '49--Killing of Young Pyle--Local Government--Early Merchants and Buildings of San Jose--
Grandma Bascom's Story.

Military Rule Constitutional Convention--San Jose as Capital of the State--First Legislature Convenes--Removal of Capital--First July 4th Celebration--Boundaries of Santa Clara County--County Government Court of Sessions--Land Grants and Suertes--San Jose Land Company--Settlers' Leagues Defend Titles--A Trumped-Up Robbery of Public Treasury--List of Spanish and Mexican Land Grants.

Courts of First Instance--The Early Bar of San Jose--Alcalde Burton's Common Sense--Mule Appears as Witness--District, County and Justice Courts Supersede Courts of Alcalde and First Instance--Judge Watson's Informal Handling of Cases--Eccentricities of Judge Redman--The Lord of Hardscrabble--The First Court House--Judge Almond's Demijohn--Strange Career of Rufus A. Lockwood--Freeman McKinney--The Irrepressible J. Alexander Yoell--Judge Buckner's Quaint Ways of Dispensing Justice--High Standing of Judge Hester--W. Frank Stewart--Change in Court System--Tribute to Judge Belden.

Topography and Geology--The New Almaden Mines--Crime in the Early Days--Outlaws Terrorize the County--Exciting Career of Francisco Soto--Augustin C. Hall Murdered--Santiago Berryessa Kills Pedro Aravena--Francisco Berryessa Stabbed--Murder of Joseph Pellegrini--Juan Jose Rodriguez Killed--Mary Hallock Foote's Mining Camp Stories--Guadalupe Quicksilver Mine--Enrequita Mine--Mineral Springs of the County--The Oil Development.

Society Events in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies--Reminiscences of Pioneer Women--Mrs. Mary A. Carroll's Interesting Record--Mrs. Frances A. Sunol-Angus Writes of Early Society--Joseph H. Scull Tells of Festivities--Entertaining Account of San Jose Society by Mrs. S. O. Houghton--Recollections of Dr. Chamblin--Charles G. Ames Bests Judge William T. Wallace in Oratorical Combat--Opening of Hotel Vendome--Distinguished Visitors.

Passing of Old Landmarks of San Jose--Fair Grounds--Live Oak Park and Prevost's Gardens--Old Court House--Duel Between Thomas Shore and S. J. Crosby--Killing of Jailer Martin Roohan--John Marr Escapes From Jail After Killing Peter Veuve--Jailer Hendricks Killed When Indians Break Jail--Killing of William Cooper--Harry Love Slain--Old Residential Landmarks--Naglee, Hensley and Josiah Belden Homes.

Newspapers in the Early Days--San Jose Weekly Visitor--Daily Mercury--J. J. Owen a Striking Figure--His Encounter With Montgomery Maze--Charles M. Shortridge--The Daily Times--The Tribune--The Herald--E. A. and J. O. Hayes--W. Frank Stewart and the Daily Reporter--Mark Twain--The Courier--W. A. January and the Santa Clara Argus--History of Henry C. Hansbrough--Chester H. Hull--Daily Garden City Times Started by Edwin Markham, S. H. Herring, Perryman Page and E. T. Sawyer--A. P. Murgotten and The Pioneer--Daily Morning Times--H. A. De Lacy Establishes City Item, Now the Evening Times--Charles W. Williams--The Santa Clara Valley Started by Major Foote--His Exciting Experience with a Delegation of Cornishmen--John T. Wallace and E. T. Sawyer Start the Scooper--W. W. Elliott, Editor of the Santa Clara Index--His Experience as a Court Reporter--Allen P. Kelly, Editor of the San Jose Herald Captures Grizzly Bear--Other Newspapers.

Early Days of Drama in San Jose--James Stark Establishes First Theater--Samuel W. Piercy Makes His First Appearance There--Name Changed to San Jose Theater-Gustav Brohaska Converts Armory Hall Into San Jose Opera House--Eleanor Calhoun, Now Princess Lazarovich, Makes First Appearance on Stage in E. T. Sawyer's Loyal Hearts with John T. Malone and H. A. De Lacy--California Theater Had Many Notable Stars--Auditorium, Later the Garden City Theater--Victory Theater--The Hippodrome--T. & D. Theater--Lyric Theater--Jose Theater--Liberty Theater--First Amateur Dramatic Company--John W. Dunne--Frank Bacon--John T. Malone--Charles W. Williams--John T. Raymond, California's Star Comedian--Some of the Old-Time Minstrels--Charley Rhoades.

Distinguished Visitors to San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley--Political Orators--George Francis Train--Henry George Unmasks a Mysterious Spook--Bret Hart--Mark Twain--President Harrison's Visit--General Grant Receives Ovation--Lecturers from the East and from Over the Sea--General Fremont Is Guest of Santa Clara County Pioneers--Ned Buntline's Adventurous Career.

Santa Clara County During the Civil War--San Jose Volunteers--Many Companies Formed--Band of Confederate Sympathizers Rob Stages to Obtain Money for Cause--Ingraham Gang--Methodist Church Burned--Dick Baker Gang--Excitement Over Death of Lincoln.

The Fruit Industry of County--Largest Prune Producing Section in State--History of the Development--Introduction of French Prune--Early Orchardists--The First Cannery--Lyman Burrell Has First Mountain Orchard--Dr. J. M. Dawson Pioneer Fruit Canner and Packer--Other Packing Companies--Strawberry Section--Annual Orchard Production--Vineyards and Olive Orchards--Seed Growing Carried on Extensively--Citrus Fruits--Farm Loan Association--Vegetable, Poultry Raising and Dairying, Important Industries--Artesian Wells Supply Water for Irrigation--Growers' Organizations--Santa Clara County Statistics.

County Government and Good Roads--Transportation of Passengers in Early Days--Water Transportation--History of Various Important Road and Railway Enterprises--First Railroad Completed--Western Pacific--Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Public Buildings of the County--Many Locations of the County Court House--Changes Made by the Legislature--Present Court House a Splendid Building--Futile Attempt to Regain State Capital--New County Jail--Hall of Records--Hall of Justice--County Hospital--County Poor Farm.

The Resources and Attractions of San Jose, the Garden City of California--Soil, Climate, Production and Opportunity--What a Man from the East Learned from an Old Resident.

San Jose Incorporated as City--Organization of Political Parties--First Gas Lights--Water Pipes Laid--Horse Railway on Alameda--Severe Earthquake in 1868--Disastrous Floods--Story of Tiburcio Vasquez, Noted Bandit--Street Railroad--John C. Arnold Figures in Remarkable Case of Mistaken Identity--Dick Fellows, Lone Highwayman, Escapes from Constable--Brutal Murder at Los Gatos--W. P. Renowden Tortured and Killed--Lloyd L. Majors Hung for His Murder--Bond Issue of 1886--New City Charter Defeated--The Dixon-Allen Trial--Electric Tower Erected--Chinatown Destroyed by Fire--Mexican Hanged by Mob--Charles Goslaw Meets Death on Scaffold--Disastrous Fire of 1892--Henry Planz Murdered--Sextuple Murder--New Charter Adopted--Earthquake of 1906--Commission Form of Government Adopted--Mayors of San Jose.

San Jose and Santa Clara Activities During the World War--Liberty Loan, Red Cross, Y. M. C. A., Belgian Relief and Other Drives--The Men and Women Who Did the Work.

History of the Lick Observatory on the Summit of Mount Hamilton--The Eccentricities of James Lick, the Philanthropist--Erection of the Lick Mill--The Lick Hotel at San Francisco--What He Did for San Jose.

The Story of Alum Rock Park, San Jose's Beautiful Reservation of One Thousand Acres--Judge Richards' Description of Its Beauties and Attractions--The Claim of J. O. Stratton.

The Attractions of the Big Basin, or California Redwood Park--How It Was Preserved by the Efforts of a San Josean--The Sempervirens Club--The Annual Forest Play in a Natural Setting.

The Public and Private Schools of San Jose--The Growth of the High School Constructed on University Plan--The State Teachers' College--College of Notre Dame--College of the Pacific--Other Institutions.

The Public Utilities of San Jose--The Early Service of the Gas and Electric Companies--The San Jose Water Company and Its Sure and Steady Progress--The Street Railways in and out of the City--The Post Office and Postmasters.

San Jose Woman's Club--County Alliance--Newman Hall and Club--Sainte Claire Club--Columbia Circle, C. L. S. C.--Lecticonian Society--The Country Club--The Pioneers' Society--American Legion--Law Library and Bar Association--Housewives' League--Daughters of the American Revolution--Musical Clubs and Record--Y. W. C. A.--Club La France--Boy Scouts--Loyal Italo-American Club.

San Jose Board of Trade--San Jose Chamber of Commerce--Merchants Association--Rotary and Lions Clubs--Civic Welfare Club--The 100 Per Cent Club--Labor Organizations--Commercial Club--Pen Women Branch--The Plotwrights--The Western Aero Club.

Associated Charities--Good Cheer Club--Home of Benevolence--The Odd Fellows Home--The Pratt Home--Notre Dame Institute--The Salvation Army and Volunteers of America--The Story of Old Bob Bennett--Juvenile Court and Probation Office--The Coffee Club--The Woman's Exchange--Humane Societies--Y. M. C. A.--Boys' Outing Farm--Red Cross Society--W. C. T. U.--Community Shop--Fraternal Orders.

The Sanitariums and Hospitals of San Jose--The Splendid Appointments of the O'Connor Buildings--Columbia Hospital--Santa Clara Medical Society--Dr. Ben Cory.

The History of San Jose Fire Department--Primitive Appurtenances of the Early Days--Volunteer Department for Twenty-Six Years--The Police Department's Growth and Work.

The Early Churches of San Jose and Their Vicissitudes--History of the San Jose Library--Its Growth from Small Beginnings--The County Free Library--The Carnegie Library.

The Santa Clara Historical Society and Its Objects--Spanish Names for Natural Objects--The Interesting Career of Judge Augustus O. Rhodes, a Nonogenarian.

The Banks and Industries of San Jose--Bank of Italy--A Daring Robbery--Garden City Bank and Trust Company--Security State and Savings Bank--First National Bank--Growers Bank--San Jose Foundry--Bean Spray Company--Anderson-Barngrover Company--Smith Manufacturing Company--Sperry Flour Company--Globe Mills--American Can Company--Security Warehouse and Cold Storage Company--Garden City Manufactory--Tile Company--Spray Manufacturing Company--Artificial Leather Company--Wholesale Grocers--The Oliver Company--National Axle Corporation--Plow Factories--Farmers Union--Granite and Marble Works.

The Romantic History of the Town of Santa Clara--Home of One of the Early Missions--The Story of Santa Clara University--Planting of the Mission Cross--Marcello, the Last of the Mission Indians.

Palo Alto and Leland Stanford, Jr., University--The Rapid Growth of One of the Progressive Towns of Santa Clara County--The Location and Uses of a Great Educational Institution.

Los Gatos, the Gem City of the Foothills and Its Environs--The Gateway of the Valley--Gilroy, the Thriving Little City at the Southern End of the County.

Other Growing Towns of Santa Clara County--Sunnyvale--Change from Grain Field to Thriving Community --Campbell --Cupertino --Alviso --Milpitas --Agnew --Saratoga --Los Altos --Evergreen --Mountain View --Mayfield --Morgan Hill --Tragic Encounter with a California Lion --Berryessa --Alma --Wrights Station --Ambrose Bierce's Life --Patchen --Mountain Charley's Adventures --Small Towns and Villages.

Miscellaneous Items of Interest--Observations of a Weather Expert--Judge Belden and Mayor Pfister--An Auto Camp--Result of Presidential Elections in the County.

Federation of American Farmers--Last Relic of Santa Clara Mission--Census Figures--Decorations Received by Santa Clara Boys in World War.

[Picture of Eugene T. Sawyer.]

[Sketches not included herein. They are being transcribed by another project, Pioneer Families of Santa Clara, and are included in the search engine at sfgenealogy. -ed.]

INDEX [Biographical] Source: Sawyers, Eugene T. History of Santa Clara County, Los Angeles, Calif Historic Record Company, 1922.
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“ In most books, the I, or first person, is omitted in this it will be retained that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference. We commonly do not remember that it is, after all, always the first person that is speaking.” Thoreau, Walden

People keep going to my LinkedIn page to find out more about me it seems. This is a better source.

I never met my dad. I was raised by my great aunt and uncle. My mom didn’t graduate high school—though she had beautiful penmanship her whole life. I grew up as an only child. I grew up in Santa Clara from 2 nd grade to community college.

My first residence, according to my birth certificate, was on Broderick Street in San Francisco, near the Palace of Fine Arts, which was home to the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. I have no memories from that stage of life.

Image thanks to Google Earth.

I liked high school at first… but got bored… and then alienated at its apparent preoccupation with keeping kids off the street. I took community college classes in my junior year so that I could escape high school early, but I had no intention of continuing to go to school. Only after frittering away most of the year after high school did I decide to try school again, and to my great surprise, it finally clicked that education could be interesting if the instructor loved their subject and was not preoccupied with policing adolescents.

I completed AA requirements at West Valley College in Saratoga, California I finished my BA at UC Santa Cruz in History and Religious Studies in 1978, and I finished my Ph.D. at UCSC in history of consciousness (History and Politics) in 1989. History of consciousness is an interdisciplinary graduate program for students whose interests overlap multiple academic fields. My own personal interests focus on the shaping effect of religious values and political theory on cultural and intellectual history.

This is the Cowell College (UCSC) courtyard with the dining hall on the left and the Page Smith library on the right. If this were a clear day, you could see the city of Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay below the east field. At the time I was a transfer student, a graduate student, and a lecturer, students could not receive letter grades, only “narrative evaluations,” which described the strengths and weaknesses of the work a student did for a class. The quality of instruction is very different and (I think) better when neither student nor teacher are focused primarily on a grade as opposed to the quality of work being created.

After finished graduate school, I served as Academic Preceptor and lecturer in Stevenson College at UC Santa Cruz from 1991 through 1997. An “academic preceptor” is a general academic advisor. Because my long-term goal was full time community college, teaching, during that same period I also taught at Diablo Valley College (the San Ramon Center), West Valley College, and Cabrillo College. I took a full-time teaching position in Humanities at Riverside City College, where I taught from 1998 through 2016.

At RCC, I taught classes in Arts & Ideas (European & American), World Religions , Religion in America , and Death . I also taught World History, Introduction to Philosophy, Critical Thinking, Ethics, and American Government , usually when sickness created a sudden faculty vacancy .

I have lived in a house overlooking the Monterey Bay and in the Santa Cruz and San Bernardino mountains. I now live in Santa Maria .

The spring and summer before I started graduate school, I lived in an house in Seacliff/Aptos that overlooked the Cement Boat. For most of the time I was a grad student, I moved from the beach to Ben Lomond in the Santa Cruz mountains (above), where my next door neighbor was also my landlord and dissertation advisor I lived downstairs, where the ceiling height was 6’3”. For all the time I taught at Riverside City College, I lived in Crestline. It only snowed once in the decade-plus I lived in Ben Lomond, but it snowed in Crestline pretty much every winter, though not always to the depth below.

I left RCC in 2016 to be a Dean of Academic Affairs at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria—a big step back toward the coast and the north. I also continued to teach evening and online classes. If one includes the work of teaching assistants, I have been teaching for 39 years if not, it’s only 30 years. I love teaching.

I have been married for 25+ years. My goddaughter tossed a coin at the altar when my wife and I were married, and the bride called heads she won the coin toss with the consequence that I took her last name and became a Mahon . We have four kids—Nathaniel, Joby, Faith & Blaise—all in their twenties. Our non-human companions have included dogs (currently Rocco), cats (currently Charles), birds, bunnies, and fish—our longest lived non-human family member, Spaz (a goldfish), came home in a Ziplock bag from a 4 th of July parade over a decade ago.

Here one sees one of the current non-human member of the family in all his noble glory.

As a native Northern Californian, I have never fully adjusted to life in southern California. I miss (real, torrential) rain in winter (though in Crestline I got snow). On the other hand, the California I grew up in is gone. I remember Silicon Valley when orchards were still plentiful and Santa Cruz when little houses not close to the beach didn’t cost a million dollars.

My Professional Background

I taught Humanities as a member of the department of History, Humanities, Philosophy & Ethnic Studies at Riverside City College I also taught at the Moreno Valley College and Norco College campuses. I am also credentialed to teach history, philosophy, and political science at the community college level and taught each subject at RCC. I taught history and Philosophy courses at Allan Hancock.

I served as president of the Riverside City College Academic Senate for four years and chair of the RCC Curriculum Committee for six, as well as a host of other committees. I chaired the ad hoc RCC Academic Senate committee that created RCC's Honors Program (inspired in part by my experience teaching in the honors program at West Valley and by a visit to Mt. SAC). I am a past member of the RCC/CTA Executive Board and a past president of the RCCD Faculty Association.

From 2006 through 2011, I served on the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges . I served on several committees, including Articulation & Transfer, Basic Skills, Counseling & Library Faculty Issues, Curriculum, Educational Policies, Noncredit, and Relations with Local Senates.

The executive committee of the Academic Senate for California community colleges after spring elections in April 2009. Jane Patton (3rd from left), Michelle Pilati (4th from left), Beth Smith (2 nd from left) and David Morse 2 nd from right) would all go on to be state Senate presidents. Late Mt. SAC Communication Studies Professor Phillip Maynard is on the far right.

I served as a Governor-at-Large on the Faculty Association for California Community Colleges ( FACCC ) from 2012-14 and I have served on the FACCC policy committee since 2011.

I served as an academic Commissioner on the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges ( ACCJC ) from 2012-2018 and have served on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission (“WASC Senior”) since 2018.

Why would anybody who loves teaching want to spend so much time outside the classroom going to meetings? It has always seemed to me that I could be more effective in the classroom if more were done to coordinate and provide services to students outside the classroom. Most students work too many hours to invest the time necessary to realize their potential in their classes. If only “the college” could help students understand how successful college students are different from high school students, my experience in my classroom would be better.

Here are syllabi for most of the courses I’ve taught. Though none of my courses is set in stone, I tend not to completely restructure classes. T he syllabi for World Religions & Arts & Ideas: American Culture are the most current.

  • Humanities 4, Arts & Ideas: the classical & medieval worlds
  • Humanities 5, Arts & Ideas: the renaissance to modernism
  • Humanities 9, American Voices
  • Humanities 10, World Religions (face to face version)
  • Humanities 10, World Religions (online version)
  • Humanities 11, Religions in America
  • Humanities 16, Arts & Ideas: American Culture
  • Humanities 18, Death

The following courses are ones I taught infrequently or elsewhere.

Books I would take with me to a desert island: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey the Tao Te Ching and a Bible Plato and Shakespeare collected works of Nathaniel Hawthorne & Thoreau’s Walden a stack of John McPhee books… can you get a New Yorker subscription on a desert island?

What I wish I'd read : somehow, I've never read a ll of Dante's Divine Comedy. I'm still fairly ignorant about most medieval literature. I’ve never been able to make progress in Moby Dick though I love Melville’s short stories, especially Bartleby. I'd love to have the time to read Joyce's Ulysses and Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow (though I’ve taught The Crying of Lot 49 several times).

Music I would take with me to a desert island: Bruce Cockburn, Bob Dylan the Grateful Dead Stevie Wonder Stravinsky's ballets & Haydn symphonies some Thelonious Monk & some Eberhard Weber… Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen Greg Brown & Michael Smith (Michael Peter Smith, not the pop Michael Smith). My favorite music discoveries of the last ten years: Anouar Brahem & the Decemberists.

Movies : I often use film clips in class to illustrate ideas from course readings. You might want to look at the linked page "about Movies." I use clips from the Joy Luck Club in various courses. Among my favorite films are almost anything by Alfred Hitchcock or Éric Rohmer also Kundun, Once Upon a Time in America, Lacombe Lucien, and Krzysztof Kieslowski's "three colors trilogy" quite a bit (White, Blue, Red, the colors chosen from the colors of the French flag and representing the qualities of liberty (White) equality (Blue) and fraternity (Red)—and also Kieslowski's Dekalog if you can find it—it's a series of 10 one hours dramas made for Polish television loosely based on each of the Ten Commandments and makes an interesting commentary on ethics and modern life. Though not for everyone, I really like Ron Fricke’s non-narrative films Baraka, Chronos, and Samsara. Though the book is much better (as always) I quite like both the book and film of Cloud Atlas.

Places : I ’ve had the good luck to live some very beautiful places. I was born in San Francisco, with all its current woes, still a very beautiful city—though I have no memories of living there. The UC Santa Cruz campus is as striking for its architecture as for the seamless integration of the built and the natural environments. The year before I started grad school, I lived on a cliff overlooking the cement boat and the Monterey Bay. I lived in the second growth redwood forest in Scotts Valley and Ben Lomond while in grad school. I lived in Crestline for almost twenty years and never minded the 45-minute drive it took to get to campus or back home. I didn’t even mind it when snow meant that my wife told me not to bother trying to come home after a night class.

Clockwise from the top left, the Columbia River Gorge, the Temple of Isis in the Grand Canyon, Waimea Canyon in Kauai, and the Titus Canyon Road in Death Valley. It’s rather amazing how much beauty is around us.

I also have had the great luck to teach at Deep Springs College three times (1990, 2009, 2012). Deep Springs is an entirely residential college (not just for students but for staff and faculty as well) in an otherwise unpopulated eastern California desert valley the size of Manhattan.

This is “the main building” at Deep Springs College, which was founded in 1917 for “promising young men” though it has since become co-ed (the first coed class started in July 2018). Students attend for free, though they are responsible not only for academic work, but also to maintain the college—which is a working cattle ranch and alfalafa farm to feed the cows in the winter—and to govern themselves.

Other beautiful places I’ve had the luck to visit: the Columbia River Gorge, the Grand Canyon, Titus Canyon in Death Valley, Waimea Canyon in Kauai, Mt. Haleakala in Maui. Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Paris. I also really like Portland (Seattle, not so much), Montréal, Boston, and Manhattan.

In the fall of 2015, I got to teach in Florence, Italy for the semester. This is the River Arno, which flows through Florence—the 2 nd bridge is the Ponte Vecchio. The tower to the right is the Palazzo Vecchio. If the image panned further to the right, one would see the Duomo. The picture is taken from the Torre San Niccolò.

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