Annex renovation project update

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As I was watching all the Napa Earthquake coverage, it quickly took me back to the 89 Loma Prieta earthquake. I was sitting at my desk, we were in a temporary trailer as we were building an office right next door and the whole thing was rocking back and forth. As I ducked under my desk, I looked outside to see cars bouncing around then I turned my head to see monitors falling off my friends desk and a large ...

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Phew!!!

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That’s the first thing that came to mind as I started to write my monthly article. July just flew by. After 5 days of Obon construction, beef skewering and Annex renovation mtgs, I was already tired by time Sat rolled around but…..when I saw all the people who came to the temple, the Taiko groups, all the game and food booths in full swing, I got my 2nd wind. To top it off seeing 1336 dancers going around the ...

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Renovation update Phase I (annex)

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Thanks to Roy for manning the Generations Booth at Obon. We had many people come by to see the Phase I drawings and draft campus plans. We also had our very first Generations brochure. We handed out over a hundred of them and if you’re interested, pick one up in the office.
Unfortunately, we did not hit our $2.7M fundraising goal and per the proposal that the SJBC Board approved, we will postpone the project until 2015. While this is ...

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Obon…Obon…its Festival time!!

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Obon is right around the corner and everyone is gearing up for it. Every year, it amazes me how we transform the temple, feed thousands of people, put all the entertainment together and get everyone ready to dance in such a short time. I know there are hundreds of volunteers behind the scenes and many dedicated folks leading them. My very special thank you to Jim McClure for being the Obon Chair again, If it wasn’t for your leadership ...

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Annex renovation Update-Design updates

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Todd Tsudama

It has come to my attention that I have not done a good job of communicating what Phase I or the Annex Renovation is. The Phase I of the campus renovation includes the following:

  1. Seismic and safety updates-This is the first and foremost reason we are renovating the annex first. With the concrete wall construction, if there were a major earthquake AND if there was an event or service happening in the Annex, there’s a potential of injury. This does ...
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Go Warriors and Sharks …

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Todd Tsudama

May is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather is getting nicer (although we’ve been really lucky this year), the NBA and NHL Playoffs are in full swing and the Warriors and Sharks are playing well. As you can tell from my recent Dharma letters, I’m a big sports fan. I love watching sports and especially the playoffs. It’s no longer about the individual but the team. In fact, one night my boys and I were ...

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March Madness…Welcome to the big Dance

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With the NCAA Basketball tournament winding down, we’re finally down to the Final Four teams. It’s been a crazy run and I hope a few of your teams are still in it. This year, I picked Michigan to win it all and so far so good. As I was watching all the games, the announcers and coaches had a common message, ”Play hard today, like there’s no tomorrow!!” It made me think of Sensei Sakamoto’s Dharma message at a recent ...

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Annex Renovation Project Update = Phase I

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Does anyone know why I put “Phase I” at the end of the title? It’s because the Annex renovation is just the first phase of our multiyear campus renovation plan. Phase II will include the Education bldg. reconstruction but that’s a few year away. Now back to the present….General Contractor: the Board will vote on a proposal to select Vance Brown Inc as our GC. They are the same GC that Mt View Buddhist church used and was very satisfied ...

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Happy Girls day…get those dolls out and celebrate Hina Matsuri on March 3rd

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Wow, February flew by and we’re heading into March full steam ahead with regards to the Annex Renovation project. We’ve started the General Contractor (GC) interviews and have received the Pre-Construction bids. These are the costs the GC will charge us to run the project. The construction bidding will start later, once we raise enough money. Speaking of fund raising, several organizations have asked if they can donate….the overwhelming answer is YES!! The Generations fund raising campaign is a 5 ...

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President’s Message

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2013 December Dharma

Thank You!

It is with great relief that I write this last Dharma article, as my term as board president draws to a close. Every month for 2 years and 11 months, I would sit down at the computer the day before the Dharma deadline and try to think of something worthy of occupying space in the Dharma. It wasn’t easy. However, this last one came easily, as I knew months ago what I would be writing about.

I have ...

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