Important Rural Crimes Unit – Possible Change

By Sharon Kuntzmann / July 1, 2020


Dear MHRIA Members,

There is a rumor that Santa Clara County is considering ELIMINATING the Rural Crimes Unit including the Rural Deputy assigned, as early as this August. I have spoken to many Directors and the Lick Observatory Management and they are aware of this rumor and running it up their chain of command; no one wants this.

As you know, our mission is to preserve and protect the rural backcountry by supporting the observatory, the rural crime task force, our rural deputy and Cal Fire in any way possible for ourselves our families and future generations. The peace and serenity of the back country and preserving our property and lifestyle is of paramount importance. We are including a list of county Supervisors that can and should be contacted to stop this effort NOW!

John Kuntzmann,
President, MHRIA

Santa Clara County Supervisors

Supervisor Mike Wasserman District 1
70 West Hedding Street, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: 408-299-5010

Supervisor Cindy Chavez District 2
70 West Hedding Street, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-5020

Supervisor Dave Cortese District 3 (Back Country Supervisor)
70 West Hedding Street, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-5030

Supervisor Susan Ellenberg District 4
70 West Hedding Street, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-5040

Supervisor Joe Simitian District 5
70 West Hedding Street, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-5050




2020 MHRIA Annual Meeting and BBQ

By Sharon Kuntzmann / June 2, 2020

Greetings to All,

We hope all of our members are well. Over the last few months, many of life’s events have been effected by COVID 19. Hopefully the future will provide a cure and vaccine.

Our General meeting that would have been on June 29th is cancelled this year as all Lick Observatory grounds are closed to the public all summer. Hopefully, in 2021, we can have an even bigger more joyous meeting and BBQ. Since this year is a voting  year, I would like to propose an alternate way to accomplish  that process.

  1. All current Directors will automatically be considered nominated unless they withdraw that nomination via email.
  2. Any and all members who would like to be considered to be on the MHRIA Board of Directors can forward their info (name, email, mailing address, phone, category: resident or property owner) to a current Director. Also residents and property owners can become a member by clicking the link on the website
  3. Any current Directors interested in continuing  or being nominated as a MHRIA officer for 2021 should send that nomination to me at
  4. Elections  for Directors will be accomplished by the current Directors at a location TBD. Current Officers will have  their terms extended one year.
  5. $25 dues can be paid at our mailing address; otherwise they may be paid along with 2021 dues at next year’s meeting.

Thanks so much for your understanding and your membership in our MHRIA.

Wishing you health and best wishes,

John Kuntzmann, President, MHRIA