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Pardon our Dust (and Noise) – Major Street Maintenance Begins Monday July 17
 

The Town of Los Gatos is committed to maintaining and improving the Town’s street network.  The Town Council recently approved two projects to improve pavement surfaces throughout the Town.  These projects include an asphalt overlay project and a slurry seal project that are scheduled to begin on Monday, July 17th and be complete by mid-September.  Major roadways within the Town to receive treatments include the following: 

  • Los Gatos Boulevard from Hwy 9 to Lark Ave.
  • Blossom Hill Road from Los Gatos Blvd. to Cherry Blossom Ln. and Harwood Rd. to Belgatos Rd.
  • Lark Avenue from Winchester Blvd. to Arroyo Grande Way
During the work on Los Gatos Boulevard, access will be limited to driveways, including those of businesses.  To minimize the impact, some work will be performed at night.  This work involves removing asphalt pavement, which can be noisy.  The times and dates for this night work are as follows:
 
8 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the following nights -
  • Wednesday, July 19th
  • Thursday, July 20th
  • Friday, July 21st

Additional night work on Los Gatos Boulevard is anticipated for the week of July 24th.  A notification regarding the dates of this night work will be provided when the schedule is finalized.
  
Questions regarding the project can be directed to the Town of Los Gatos Parks and Public Works Department at (408) 399-5770. 


Cafes Nearby

Where did the Library Coffee Cart Go?



The Town’s five-year contract with Los Gatos Roasting Company to operate a the coffee cart in the Library ended on June 30, 2017. In anticipation of the end of the lease, a Request for Proposals (RFP) was distributed in April to a number of potential vendors including Los Gatos Roasting Company.
 
The owner of Los Gatos Roasting Company informed the Town that they were not interested in continuing the concession, because although the coffee cart had generated good will for the company it was not generating enough income to continue the service.
 
Unfortunately, the Town received no responses to the RFP.  A flyer listing several nearby cafes and coffee houses is available in the library and patrons continue to be allowed to bring in food and drinks.
  

Next Steps for the North 40 Development Proposal

The Town Council met in closed session on June 27, 2017 to discuss with legal counsel whether to file an appeal of the Superior Court decision and Judgement regarding the North 40 Project.  A motion was made by Councilmember Spector and seconded by Councilmember Jensen to direct staff to not file an appeal.  The motion passed unanimously. 

A Special Town Council meeting is scheduled for July 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers located at 110 E. Main Street to set aside the denial of the Project and reconsider the Project pursuant to the Superior Court Decision and Judgement. 
The Town’s web page devoted to the North 40 Project containing all documents can be found at http://www.losgatosca.gov/1729/North-40-Specific-Plan-Area

You can also view the administrative record by appointment in the Clerk’s Office located in Town Hall at 110 E. Main Street.  To make an appointment please email clerk@losgatosca.gov or call 408-354-6834.  


Hillside Fencing

The Town of Los Gatos is seeking public input on proposed Town Code amendments regarding Fences, Hedges, and Walls.

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, the Planning Commission will begin considering a proposal to amend Town Code Section 29.40.030 (Fences, hedges, and walls) with final action to be taken by the Town Council at a future date.  The proposal includes new regulations and requirements for fences, hedges, and walls in the Hillside Area.
 
An administrative draft of the proposed ordinance language regarding fences, hedges, and walls is available at: http://www.losgatosca.gov/HillsideFences
 
The Town seeks public input on the proposed amendments.  The Town encourages written comments to be provided before the staff report comment deadline, Friday July 21, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.  The public is also encouraged to attend the July 26, 2017, Planning Commission meeting to provide comments.
 
Questions and comments regarding this matter may be directed to the project planner, Sean Mullin at smullin@losgatosca.gov or (408) 354-6823.


Cut Through Traffic


As the Town continues efforts to mitigate the impacts from cut through traffic, you can find answers to the most asked questions by clicking the link here

Summer is here and so is the heat!

Summer is upon us and with it our first real heat wave of the season. While we enjoy all that our beautiful Town has to offer this summer, please remember some of the following hot weather precautions:

  • Drink more water than usual.

  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing when you go out.

  • Help kids and the elderly stay cool.

  • Help pets find a cool spot and provide extra water.

  • During the hottest hours of the day, avoid strenuous activities and stay in air-conditioned  buildings.

  • Remember to never leave pets or kids in a parked car! 

 
If you have family members or neighbors who may need a place to cool down this summer, our Library is a wonderful place to relax and read and beat the heat:
http://www.losgatosca.gov/42/Los-Gatos-Library
 
Here’s more helpful information about hot weather precautions from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department: 
https://www.sccgov.org/sites/sccphd/en-us/Residents/beprepared/Pages/heat.aspx


Social Media

Stay up to date!


The Town of Los Gatos has various social media outlets to follow.  Below are a few of the links, and you can also find us on NextDoor!


Town Facebook 
Parks and Public Works Facebook
Library Facebook
Town Twitter
Parks and Public Works Twitter
Town Instagram
Library Instagram


Are you interested to receive notification of decisions coming before the Town Council?

One of the best ways to receive notification is by signing up for the Town’s “Notify Me” subscriptions.  For example, if you are interested in proposed new policies affecting properties in the Town, you are welcome to sign up for Town Council, Council Policy Committee, and Planning Commission.  You will receive notification and links to future agendas and reports. You can then monitor the activities of these groups and participate at your convenience.

To sign up for “Notify Me,” please visit: www.losgatosca.gov/list.aspx.  Type your email address in the box and select sign in.  From there, you can subscribe to the items that you want and you can always choose to unsubscribe from a list anytime.  Need help signing up?  Contact the Town Manager’s Office at 408-354-6832.

Stay connected with the Town of Los Gatos via FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!  With these platforms, stay updated with Town news including announcements, Council, Committee, and Commission meetings, events, photos, and more.  Additionally, connect and learn about Town services through each of the Town's department websites at www.losgatosca.gov.


Make A Difference

Wondering How You Can Make a Difference in Keeping the Town Looking Good?


There are a couple of things that residents can do. You can adopt a highway - where you provide cleanup or you can even cover the cost of a third party contractor to do it. The nice part about this is that you get to see the section of highway and the difference you make. Email james.kennard@dot.ca.gov or browse to the Caltrans Adopt a Highway web page: www.dot.ca.gov/maintenance/adopt-a-highway/index.html.

You can volunteer on the Town's Adopt a Highway team. We have adopted the circle ramps at Highway 9 and go out every couple months to clean those up. It is a great way to connect with other residents who share the same interest. Email Marina at mchislett@losgatosca.gov to participate.

Similarly, there is a local Beautification Committee that is a sub-committee of the Los Gatos Community Foundation. This committee meets quarterly but more importantly they conduct monthly cleanups on Saturday mornings on targeted areas in Town. Email Nancy at rnwalker1@comcast.net.

Finally, you can pick an area of interest to you and your neighbors and take it on. If you need help (garbage bags, reflective vests, pick up sticks) we can check them out to you. And you can even return the trash bags full and we’ll keep them. Email ppw@losgatosca.gov.

In summary, there are a number of ways you can connect and make a difference!


Sign Up to Receive Emergency and
Non-Emergency Messages

 

Nixle is a free notification platform that connects our agency with the community for emergency and non-emergency messaging.  Users subscribe by texting “LGMSPD” to 888-777 on their mobile devices or by enrolling at www.nixle.com.  Users set their own preferences for delivery of messages (text or email).  


There are three levels of notification: Alert, Advisory, and Community.
  • Alerts are reserved for situations when critically important information needs to be relayed in order to preserve life and/or property and when the residents are being asked to take immediate action.
  • Advisories are used to communicate important, need-to-know information when we are asking the community for a heightened sense of awareness or caution.
  • Community Messages are used to convey everyday activities, happenings, and developments. Community messages do not contain any time-sensitive information.
All residents, business owners, and visitors to Los Gatos and Monte Sereno are encouraged to sign up for Nixle to ensure that they receive public safety notifications from the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department.

Interested in Proposed Development in Town?

Visit the Town’s Pending Planning Projects site at: www.losgatosca.gov/2378/L.  From this site, you can search for planning applications by street name and address, or by clicking on the map option.  The information for projects includes a brief description, project planner, date filed, and status. Some projects include images/plans and other related documents for information only. For example, a new proposal was filed in late February for 16212 Los Gatos Blvd. (at the corner of Shannon).  By visiting the Pending Planning Projects, you can click on the development plans and see the new proposal for this location.


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