Benjamin Gross, Jr. — the son of Civil Rights Activist and Politician Ben Gross — will be appearing at the Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association Breakfast this coming Saturday, January 5.

Ben Gross, who served two terms as Mayor of Milpitas starting in 1966, played a vital role in helping to develop and evolve the Sunnyhills neighborhood, while ensuring the fair treatment of workers at the Ford plant, which coincided with his work as a bargainer for the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 560. He was also one of the first African-American mayors in California.

The Sunnyhills Breakfast will also feature representatives from Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE), Milpitas’ electricity provider. They’ll be sharing info and answering questions on everything from billing to discount programs to how exactly SVCE sources its energy.

A film crew will also be present to document parts of the meeting, as part of a documentary being produced about Ben Gross, Sunnyhills, and Milpitas History.

On Thursday of this week, January 3, a community meeting was held at the Sunnyhills United Methodist Church, during which Benjamin Gross spoke, delving into many memories of his father and growing up in Sunnyhills. We will post a write-up on that meeting soon, to shed light on the many fascinating topics Gross plunged into.

For now, if you’re interested in attending the breakfast, here are the details:

Sunnyhills Breakfast

w/ Silicon Valley Clean Energy

and Special Guest Benjamin Gross, Jr.

Saturday, January 5, 2018

Time: 8:00am-9:30am

Sunnyhills United Methodist Church, 355 Dixon Rd., Milpitas

All are welcome, and donations are appreciated.

Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works with nonprofit organizations to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also an author; her first book will be published by Llewellyn Worldwide in mid-2019. Her YouTube channel, which features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment, has amassed thousands of subscribers. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s founder.

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