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November 7, 2017 Town Council Agenda
is Now Available Online


The agenda for the November 7, 2017 Town Council meeting is available online. Of the twenty items on the agenda, items of note include: Council consideration of a compliance review for a hotel allowing entertainment before 10:00 p.m., recommendations of the Council Finance Committee, and review of a Planned Development application for 105 Newell Ave. (continued from September 19, 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.


November 8, 2017 Planning Commission Agenda 
is Now Available Online 

 

The agenda for the November 8, 2017 Planning Commission meeting is available online. The Planning Commission will consider a Town Code Amendment to comply with adopted 2016 State Legislation regarding accessory dwelling units and three Architecture and Site Applications on Kennedy Road, Santella Court, and Hilow Road.

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


To provide input on any Planning Commission agenda item, please visit the Public Guide to Town Council Meetings to learn more about how members of the public may submit comments via email, postal mail or hand-delivered prior to the Commission meeting at which the item will be considered. 

For more information on this agenda or about Planning Commission meetings, please call (408) 354-6874 or send an email to the Community Development Department to confirm meeting date, location and time.


Proposed Veterans Memorial Story Poles are Installed

The Veterans Memorial and Support Foundation of Los Gatos (VFLG) has proposed developing a Veterans Memorial at the Town’s Civic Center. In August 2015, the Town Council approved the conceptual placement of a memorial in the general location of the ivy/redwood grove http://bit.ly/08182015.  In addition, in June 2016 the Town Council approved a “flame” conceptual design for the proposed memorial http://bit.ly/VM06212016  


Town staff is currently evaluating the proposed project plans through an Architecture and Site application.  The proposed plans and associated reports are available at: http://www.losgatosca.gov/2379/M. Story poles depicting the scope of the proposal have been installed at the Civic Center. Comments regarding the proposal are welcome and should be sent to Sean Mullin smullin@losgatosca.gov.  

The Town Council is the deciding body for the final Memorial design.


Special Town Council Meeting on Proposed North 40 Specific Plan Amendments
 

The Town Council is scheduled to meet on November 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers to continue its discussion of potential amendments to the North 40 Specific Plan.  Information will be provided in response to Council inquiries about a hotel use for the area.  The public will have an opportunity to provide verbal comments at the meeting.  Written comments should be submitted no later than 11 a.m. the day of the meeting to jpaulson@losgatosca.gov .  The staff report for this meeting is expected to be available on November 9, 2017.


Catch a R.Y.D.E.

R.Y.D.E. Senior Transportation Program is starting on October 23. More volunteer drivers are needed. 


Residents of Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga who are 55 years and older can schedule a ride by contacting the Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council at (408) 892-9739 or RYDEinfo@sascc.org.  RYDE fees are fixed based on the number of miles of a specific trip. Discounts of up to 90% off the standard RYDE fees are available for those who qualify.
 
More drivers are needed to meet the expected high demand.  Volunteers can work as little as 2 hours per week providing rides for seniors.  This will significantly help a senior to age in their own home and help to prevent social isolation. Please consider signing up to help!

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


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.


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

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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 
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Town Twitter
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Town Instagram
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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.

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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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