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October 17, 2017 Town Council Agenda
is Now Available Online


The agenda for the October 17, 2017 Town Council meeting is available online. Of the nine items on the agenda Council will consider an appeal of a Planning Commission decision denying  a request to demolish three existing single-family residences, remove a secondary unit, remove large protected trees, and merge four lots for the purposes of constructing a new two-story office building on Winchester Boulevard.  Council will also consider amendments to Chapter 29 (Zoning Regulations) of the Town Code regarding Cellars (continued from September 29, 2017).


Town Council meetings are held regularly on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held in the Town Council Chambers located at 110 E. Main Street. Council meetings are broadcast live on KCAT-15. Live and archived videos are also available online.

The Town welcomes public input on any Town Council agenda item. Please visit the Public Guide to Town Council Meetings to learn how members of the public may submit comments prior to the Council meeting at which the item will be considered. The public is also welcome to provide verbal testimony at the meeting.

For more information on this agenda or about Town Council meetings, please call
408-354-6832 or send an email to the Town Manager's office.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY


Apply to Serve on a Town Board,
Commission, or Committee


Adult Commissioner application deadline:
Friday, October 27, 2017, 5 p.m.
Interviews are scheduled for
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
5:00 p.m. (Tentative)

 
Adult Commissioner opportunities:

Arts & Culture Commission
Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission
Building Board of Appeals
Community & Senior Services Commission
General Plan Committee
Library Board
Parks Commission
Personnel Board
Planning Commission
Transportation & Parking Commission

For more information:

Visit the Town’s website
www.LosGatosCA.gov/CommissionApplication
Call the Clerk Department: (408) 354-6834
or Email: Clerk@LosGatosCA.gov.
 
Apply online at
www.LosGatosCa.gov/CommissionApplication
or
Mail or drop off applications:
Clerk Department
110 E. Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030

Air Quality Advisory


Heavy smoke from wildfires in the North Bay counties is causing very unhealthy air quality throughout the region and the smoke is moving into other parts of the Bay Area due to winds. 

Bay Area residents impacted by wildfire smoke are advised to: 

  • Limit outdoor activities to avoid unnecessary exposure if you smell smoke 
  • Set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside 
  • Reduce exposure to smoky air by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed, if possible 
  • If you cannot keep windows and doors closed due to high temperatures, seek out cooling centers in your area 
  • Stay tuned to local media for changes in smoke or weather conditions 

Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat and irritated sinuses. Elevated particulate matter in the air can trigger wheezing in those who suffer from asthma, emphysema, or COPD. Elderly persons, children and individuals with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to elevated air pollution levels and should take extra precautions to avoid exposure.



Lifesaving Information For Emergencies (L.I.F.E.) File


Emergencies can happen when we least expect them to and many of the requests for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) happen within the home. The Town of Los Gatos is partnering with the Santa Clara County Fire Department to promote their new L.I.F.E. file program. The L.I.F.E. File is a simple tool individuals and families may use to assist emergency responders during a medical emergency.   First Responders rely heavily upon the patient, and/or the patient’s family members, to provide information used to help in the treatment and care of the patient. However, there are times when the patient is unable to provide this information and family members may not be present or available to assist First Responders during a medical emergency. The L.I.F.E. File information includes past pertinent medical history, allergies to medications, medications currently prescribed to the patient, advanced medical directives and any additional information. The L.I.F.E. File pouch is a vinyl magnetic pouch that is placed in an easily seen location on the front or side of the refrigerator.
 
Starting next week the Town of Los Gatos will be distributing L.I.F.E. Files from Town Hall and the Santa Clara County Fire Department will have them available at our local fire stations. If you, or anyone you know, would like additional information on the L.I.F.E. File program please contact Jackie Rose/Community Outreach Coordinator at JRose@losgatosca.gov



Catch a R.Y.D.E.


Reach Your Destination Easily (R.Y.D.E.) is a curb-to-curb transportation service for adults ages 55 and older living in the West Valley Cities.


The program operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Passengers are charged a flat rate between $9.00 and $18.00 based on the number of miles traveled to and from their destination. Discounts of up to 90% off the standard fees are available for those who are income qualified. Reservations are required at least 36 hours in advance of the ride and can be made up to 5 weeks in advance.

This pilot program is supported in partnership by Santa Clara County, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), the Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council (SASCC), West Valley Community Services (WVCS), and the five West Valley Cities, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Cupertino, Campbell, and Monte Sereno. The program is managed and operated by SASCC and WVCS. For more information please see the flyer: http://www.losgatosca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/20018.

The program is also in need of volunteer drivers who can give as much or as little time as they choose:http://www.losgatosca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/20019. For more information on joining the program as a passenger or volunteer driver, contact Tara Auday at the Saratoga Senior Center, tara@sascc.org.
Ready SCC

Disasters Don't Plan Ahead.
You Can.


The County's Office of Emergency Services offers two simple steps you can take to help prepare for disasters and protect your family. The first is to sign-up for the County's emergency alert system, which is AlertSCC.  Second, create a family disaster preparedness plan with the new ReadySCC app. ReadySCC helps you create a plan, put together a kit, and know what to do and where to go in an emergency.  You can download ReadySCC for free from the App Store or Google Play.

CERT

Join the Community Emergency Response Team


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact the area and trains them in basic disaster response skills.  Some of these disaster response skills include fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.  CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responsers can rely on during disaster situations. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.

How can you help? Join the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno CERT!

In October, the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department and County Fire will begin hosting a CERT Academy.  In order to be a CERT member you must go through this training.  Below is the training schedule:

Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Operations Building
15900 Los Gatos Boulevard, Los Gatos, 95032
-10-16-17: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
-10-18-17: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
-10-23-17: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
-10-25-17: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
-10-30-17: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
-11-01-17: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
-11-04-17: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Click HERE for more information and to sign up.


Volunteers sought for Bike Valet at Local Events


The Los Gatos Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission is supporting free Bike Valet parking at local events, building on the success of the Red, White and Blue block party, where we parked over 100 bikes, so we are ready with plenty of space and racks. Volunteering to park bikes is a ton of fun! You can sign up with some friends and make a date of it and high school students can even receive community service hours. Cyclists arriving at the event are always happy to see you and fun to talk to. Typically volunteers are needed for 2-hour shifts with each shift led by an experienced commissioner. If you would like to help out, please contact Maria Ristow, ristows@comcast.net to become a part of this amazing volunteer team. Help us take more cars off the road and make it easy for people to bike downtown.  


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.


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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