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If you live in an unincorporated part of a city--like the Burbank District in what seems like San Jose--then the county is responsible for delivering basic "city" services like garbage pickup, road maintenance, police (through the sheriff's office) and fire protection.

Maps often will indicate if a neighborhood is unincorporated. Services usually handled by the county include health (Valley Medical Center), social services, welfare and jails. Questions about tap water should be directed to the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Questions about property taxes should be directed to the county tax assessor.

To contact your county supervisor, write to 70 W. Hedding St., SJ 95110, or call 408/299-2323.

Board of Supervisors

Don Gage--District 1 (Morgan Hill, Gilroy, San Martin, Los Gatos, Almaden, Evergreen, portions of south San Jose).

Blanca Alvarado--District 2 (San Jose, portions of east and downtown San Jose, Willow Glen).

Peter McHugh--District 3 (Alviso, Milpitas, northern Sunnyvale, portions of east and downtown San Jose).

Jim Beall--District 4 (Campbell, Santa Clara, portions of south and west San Jose).

Joe Simitian--District 5 (Palo Alto, Stanford, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mtn. View, Cupertino, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, portions of west San Jose, southern portion of Sunnyvale).

Other County Officials

County Executive--70 W. Hedding St., SJ 95110. Richard Wittenberg: 408/299-2424; fax: 408/293-5649.

County Clerk--191 N. First St., SJ 95113 (408/299-2964). General recording: 408/299-2968; Fictitious Business Name/Notary Registration Information: 408/299-2969.

District Attorney's Office--70 W. Hedding St., SJ 95110. DA George Kennedy: 408/299-7400; Family Support:408/922-1369; Investigations: 408/299-7401; Environmental Hotline: 408/ 299-8477; Consumer Affairs: 408/299-4211; Records: 408/299-7594. Palo Alto office: 650/328-1173; South County office: 408/686-3600.

Superior Courts (Civil)--191 N. First St., SJ. Presiding Judge: 408/299-3406; Arbitration: 408/299-4896; Family Court Services: 408/299-3741; Marriage Licenses: 408/288-9143; Records Division: 408/299-2966; Appeals: 408/299-7669.

Superior Court (Criminal)--191 W. Hedding St., SJ (408/299-2727).

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From the March 5-11, 1998 issue of Metro.

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