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:
w/ Silicon Valley Clean Energy
and Special Guest Benjamin Gross, Jr.
Saturday, January 5, 2018
Sunnyhills United Methodist Church, 355 Dixon Rd., Milpitas
All are welcome, and donations are appreciated.