Previous Messages From the Mayor

A Message from the Mayor - June 15, 2020

Good Morning Los Gatos. This Saturday will mark the official start of summer. The new season will bring with it some slow, but welcome changes to our daily routines. Retailers and restaurants have already opened for indoor shopping and outdoor dining, and our downtown streets have taken on a new look. Pop-up parklets are filled with café chairs, tables, umbrellas, and most refreshingly, people. As tempting as it is to discard masks and social distancing in this new environment, the last thing anyone wants to do is move backward, so let’s please enjoy these spaces responsibly.

Summer also brings with it a traditional break for the Town Council in July. Since March 17th, when the Shelter in Place Order was first imposed, we’ve been busy. In addition to our regular schedule, the Council has met 3 times in Special session to get ahead of issues arising from the pandemic and to address them proactively. As a result, we’ve

  • Adopted a moratorium on residential evictions
  • Donated $10,000 each to four community partners helping to provide meals and needed services to our vulnerable populations
  • Forgiven rents for Town tenants struggling due to the shutdown
  • Adopted a balanced budget without cutting services or laying off personnel
  • Streamlined permitting processes and set aside Town properties to allow retailers and restaurants to expand quickly into outdoor spaces as they work toward economic recovery

More important perhaps, are those things that have been accomplished outside of a formal Council setting. While we have been sheltering in place, members of the Town staff have been working hard to get those things done that have kept Los Gatos functioning as near to normal as possible – on behalf of the community, thank you. Throughout, they’ve adopted a can-do attitude while being innovative (Facebook story time), responsive (online building permitting and inspections), adaptive (online service delivery and Zoom Town meetings), and tireless (acquiring and installing street barriers downtown so that businesses could get up and running within days of the Council go-ahead), all while re-paving streets.

Now as we all take a much-deserved break to enjoy the summer ahead, take the time to reconnect with family and friends – and remember what it’s like to eat out – these messages will also take a break from their weekly appearance. But please keep checking in, as I will share with you any new issue or new information as it appears.

Thank you for reading along with me as I’ve tried to chronicle this rather extraordinary time in the life of Los Gatos. Stay safe, stay healthy, and take a moment to enjoy this remarkable place we are all so fortunate to call home.

It takes a Town.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor

A Message from the Mayor - June 8, 2020

Good morning Los Gatos. It has been an eventful week, but one that has left us stronger, more aware of our strengths and weaknesses and hopefully, more aware of what should change in our community and what we can do to implement change. This week’s demonstrations were publicized, organized, and led by extraordinary young women. We should applaud their courage and their ability to speak forcefully, yet peacefully, in support of a cause they believe in. It is my hope that we can come together as a town to recognize them as important leaders of not only today, but of tomorrow as well.

Throughout these messages, I have spoken of our Town’s resiliency and innovative spirit. Those characteristics were on display this weekend as our restaurants and retailers began to open, taking advantage of patios, sidewalks, and soon town streets and parking lots, in order to welcome shoppers and diners back safely. The Town Council will hold another Special Meeting tonight at 7 to discuss exactly how the new streetscape will take shape over the summer, as we look forward to still more easing of the Shelter in Place Order given the success of our collective effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Summer is just around the corner. Let’s make it a time of renewal and reinvention as we begin to open not just our businesses, but all of our community to new ideas, new people, and a new commitment to diversity.

It takes a Town.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor

A Message from the Mayor - June 2, 2020

Good afternoon Los Gatos.

During a time set aside to remember and honor those who died defending the rights and freedoms of all Americans, a man’s life was taken under the knee of another man sworn to protect those rights. What happened in Minneapolis is unconscionable by any measure, and cannot be tolerated or condoned by the Town of Los Gatos, nor by any responsible and just society.

Because the misconduct of police officers in Minnesota has shone a spotlight on the conduct of police officers everywhere, it is important that the citizens of Los Gatos know that all Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Officers

  • wear Body Cameras, and every police vehicle is equipped with an in-car camera system. Internal Police Department regulations require that all law enforcement interactions be recorded.
  • participate in state-mandated anti-racism and anti-profiling training. In addition, each officer is strongly encouraged to complete additional training targeting implicit bias and providing tools for the implementation of fair and impartial policing, with emphasis on an understanding and respect for cultural diversity
  • participate in de-escalation and crisis intervention training.
  • undergo complete background investigations prior to hiring, including an “open source” review of social media posts, and serve preliminarily on a probationary basis
  • are held accountable through a thorough investigation process for any complaints received regarding any alleged misconduct.

Los Gatos is rightly proud of its Police Department, yet always stands ready to implement changes to policies and procedures where appropriate. That said, ultimately it is the job of any effective Police Department to keep the public safe and maintain the public peace. In order to do that, there must be trust among and between our police officers and all persons who live in or visit Los Gatos. Maintenance of that trust is even more important as Los Gatos, like so many communities around the Bay Area and the nation, face potential unrest. I want to assure residents, businesses, and visitors that our Police Department is prepared – both to support First Amendment rights to peaceful assembly and protest, but also to respond to criminal behavior – which will not be tolerated. These are extraordinary, and uncertain, times. As I have throughout the COVID-19 crisis, I once again ask for your help in supporting and protecting each other as we continue to move Los Gatos forward.

It takes a Town.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor

A Message from the Mayor - June 1, 2020

Good morning Los Gatos. It is difficult to know what to write. We are living through an extraordinary time. As June begins, and almost half a year has been lost to a virulent and relentless pandemic, we now face an even greater challenge as the nation is rocked by economic and racial divides that have long been with us, but too often ignored. Further divisiveness will not serve us now.

I have often observed in this space that our Town is unique – that it is innovative, resilient, and possessed of a cohesive community spirit. It is more important now than ever that we demonstrate those qualities to support, respect, and appreciate all that we are privileged to enjoy. Please support local retailers and restaurants by taking advantage of curbside pickup; please respect your neighbors by wearing a mask and keeping your distance to protect not only their health and safety, but yours; please appreciate that through forward-thinking and conservative fiscal stewardship the Town was able to keep all of its workers employed and providing essential services while at the same time passing a balanced budget; and finally, please support the efforts and results created through collaborative leadership that allowed the Town Council to set aside funds and public property to help our local businesses bridge the gap to a better time – which may begin to arrive as soon as this week with further gradual easing of the County Health Order.

The true essence of Los Gatos is founded in community, and in the values that community adopts and practices. The Town does not succeed or fail on its own, but rather through our collective action. It is my hope that over the next few weeks, Los Gatos will come together to support, respect, and appreciate the contribution each one of us makes to our extraordinary town, and in so doing, move us forward toward a common goal of not only sustaining our community as we now know it, but creating a better one.

It takes a Town.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor

A Message from the Mayor - May 27, 2020

Good morning Los Gatos – with my apologies for the delayed message this week as we celebrated Memorial Day weekend and the Town Council held a special meeting last night to consider ideas and develop strategies to allow our Town to emerge from the current shutdown with feet on the ground and ready to recover. Once again, I am proud to say that our community and Council came together to meet the challenge. As a result, you can expect to see some changes around town this summer as we do what we can to support our small businesses. Last night, the Council unanimously voted to:

  • Allow street parking along North Santa Cruz Avenue and Main Streets to be used by restaurants and retailers to expand their space into “pop-up parklets” to provide the additional square footage needed for safe, socially distanced commercial activity
  • Create dedicated pull-in parking for curbside pick-up
  • Work with the business community to implement ideas, adapt, and innovate as we work through “what comes next,” by streamlining permit processing to provide opportunities for new retail and dining experiences that will require more space.
  • Re-purpose $1.9 million in Town funds previously set aside for downtown infrastructure to support recovery efforts

Of course, before all of these measures can be meaningfully implemented, there must be a corresponding meaningful change to the current Santa Clara County Shelter in Place Order. While the Town cannot lawfully nor responsibly “go it alone,” Town leaders both can, and have, lobbied our County and State representatives to push for reasonable changes to local rules which not only reflect rule changes occurring around the Bay Area and state-wide, but also reflect the results of all that we have done together to flatten the curve, reduce hospitalization rates, and to protect our healthcare workers and vulnerable community members during the COVID-10 pandemic.

As always, thank you to everyone in this extraordinary Town for your ideas, creativity, innovative spirit, and leadership. These are the qualities that continue to make our Town unique, both as we have understood it in the past, and as we will come to understand it as we adapt into the future.

It takes a Town.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor

A Message from the Mayor - May 18, 2020

(Updated 2 p.m. 5/18/20) Good Afternoon Los Gatos. It must have worked!

 Just now, Santa Clara County announced an amendment to its Shelter in Place Order to allow limited re-openings in conformance with those occurring in our neighboring counties. The press release reproduced in part below, takes effect this Friday and credits the “steadfast commitment of our residents” to best health and safety practices for this welcome change.

 Way to go Los Gatos – and keep up the great work!

 It takes a Town.

 County of Santa Clara Announces Amended Health Officer Order Allowing Retail Business to Open for Curbside Pick-Up

 The amended order also allows manufacturing, logistics, and warehouses supporting retail to reopen subject to social distancing protocols and related requirements.

Santa Clara County, CA — County of Santa Clara Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced amendments to the current Shelter in Place Order to allow some businesses to resume operating, with modifications based on significant progress in controlling the spread of COVID-19. In a joint statement issued this morning, Dr. Cody and fellow Bay Area health officers acknowledged “the steadfast commitment of our residents to stay home, practice social distancing, and follow public health guidance,” which has resulted in “sustained progress on several key indicators regarding containment of COVID-19. This has remained true a full incubation period after the reopening of construction, outdoor businesses, and certain outdoor activities on May 4, 2020.”  It is because of these efforts by county residents that additional businesses can now open, and other activities can resume. 

Under the new order, retailers in the county will be allowed to open for curbside/outdoor pickup, and the supply chain for those retail establishments will also be allowed to reopen.  The amended order also allows additional outdoor activities to resume, including car parades, outdoor museums, historical sites, and publicly accessible gardens.  These businesses and activities will be allowed to resume operation on Friday, May 22, 2020, with social distancing protocols in place to ensure the safety of workers and customers.

(Original Message 5/18/20) Good morning Los Gatos. Now comes the hardest – and many would argue the most unreasonable – part. This morning as we wake up to our neighbors in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties cracking the door open just a little, in Santa Clara County it remains shut. It is absolutely reasonable to ask why. What is it that makes our county unique? As Dr. Sara Cody herself said in a call with elected officials last week, we have “smashed the curve,” our hospitals have plenty of capacity and we have the ability to protect our healthcare workers. Why then, should our county, and more particularly the business owners and residents of Los Gatos, bear the risk of the reopening occurring all around us without sharing in the benefits, however small? These are precisely the kinds of questions the Town has posed to County leaders in the past week as we look for opportunities for transitioning to an easing of the Shelter in Place Order. Thus far, unfortunately, we have received no concrete answers.

In arguing for a continuation of the SIP while “inching forward” to possible changes, County Health Officers have previously cited the need for increased testing capacity, for the ability to perform contact tracing, to isolate persons as necessary to break the chain of transmission, and have pointed out that as of yet, a vaccine remains unavailable. There is no question but that these are valid concerns. But to residents suffering from what Alameda County’s Public Health Officer referred to as “intervention fatigue,” they offer little to work toward. Still, continuing to practice all of the preventive and protective measures that have become second nature to us by now remains the best possible path toward an easing of restrictions at the end of May.

Please know that the Town is doing what it can. In addition to reaching out to regional partners, we have been working hard to develop and envision plans for our own re-opening and recovery. We have been busy imagining and creating new and innovative events adapted to our “new normal” with the invaluable help of community members who have jumped in to offer ideas ranging from options for dining while Social Distancing to “alternative” ways to recognize all of our Town graduates. Under active consideration now is the potential to re-purpose Town properties as attractive, traffic-free spaces available for use by local residents and businesses alike – such as Grays Lane – which the Council recently approved closing for the summer to become our first public “Pop-up Park.” We look forward to discussing similar ideas at a Special Town Council meeting focused on economic recovery scheduled for Tuesday, May 26th.

 These past months have been hard on all of us, but still there is much to celebrate. It is a lot to ask, I know, for your continued patience. But I have watched all of you come together to support each other, to be creative and innovative in carving out a new normal, to be resilient, to be diligent in staying informed, and to be continually responsible and responsive in adhering to the best practices available to allow us to come out safe and healthy on the other side. This is an extraordinary community, and each day I feel more privileged and honored to be a part of it.

Welcome to summer. It will be different, but Los Gatos has never been a community to back away from a challenge. I invite all of you to make this summer a special one. Let’s recover and re-imagine together, as we have always done.

It takes a Town.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor

A Message from the Mayor - May 11, 2020

Good morning Los Gatos. The two questions I hear most now are “Are you thinking about how to re-open the Town?” and “When will that happen?”

Because it’s always best to start with good news, the answer to the first question is an emphatic “yes.” Even before Governor Newsom loosened restrictions on some businesses and outdoor activities last week, Town Staff and I were meeting to brainstorm about how and when different activities could begin, and what those activities might look like. As always, we have the advantage of our enormously creative and enthusiastic community. Ideas have been offered ranging from outdoor dining options to ways to recognize all of our graduates who are missing traditional ceremonies this year. We are considering all of them, and welcome any others you may want to share. More formally, the Town Manager and I will be joining a County-wide Economic Recovery Task Force, and I will be participating in a “Mayors Council” to provide input, along with other regional leaders, in developing a path toward “Silicon Valley Recovery.”

But now I must share the bad news. In answer to the question “when will it happen?” We have a ways to go. When the State eased restrictions last week, some Counties jumped in to open, but we did not. Why? Because Santa Clara County could not meet all of the State’s pre-requisites to moving to “Stage 2.” While it is true that COVID-19 hospitalizations are down, and there is “surge capacity” in the healthcare system, the Governor’s Order requires, among other benchmarks, that the County must attest that in the 14 days prior to declaring itself ready to open, that there has been only 1 new COVID-19 case per 10,000 population, and there have been no new deaths. As of May 10, Santa Clara County Health reported 32 new cases and one new death – we’re not there yet. Though there are signs of progress, unfortunately it will be extremely difficult for Santa Clara County, and therefore the Town, to clear the hurdles that still stand in the way of any significant easing of the SIP Order.

What can we do then to get over these last hurdles?  Continue to support and protect the most vulnerable among us by social distancing and following other health guidelines; continue to check the Town’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage for opportunities to donate time, support, or skills to the effort; and above all, continue to find that extra little bit of patience that is so sorely needed right now to get us through to the end. Los Gatos is looking forward to recovery, and we need everyone’s help to get there.

As always, thank you for all you are doing and continuing to do support each other.

It takes a Town.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor

A Message from the Mayor - May 4, 2020

Good morning Los Gatos. On March 17th, Santa Clara County Public Health issued its first Shelter in Place Order. On March 30th, it was extended through May 4, and on April 28th, it was extended yet again through May 31st. We are all understandably frustrated. The question is what must we do to re-open safely, and how can we get it done? County Health Officers have identified 5 “Indicators” that need to be in place before any type of recovery can begin. These are:

  • The total number of COVID-19 cases identified per day is flat or decreasing
  • There is sufficient Hospital capacity to assure that 50% of beds remain available to non-COVID-19 patients
  • A sufficient number of tests are performed each day
  • Contact Tracing is in place
  • There is a 30-day supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available for healthcare workers

These “Indicators” raise obvious questions: how long does the curve have to remain flat? What is a “sufficient” number of tests? Where can we obtain needed PPEs? All 15 Santa Clara County Mayors had the same questions, and on April 29th, signed a letter to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors asking for clear answers regarding testing and timelines, and offering their help in doing what needs to be done to move us forward. No one wants to end May in the same place where we began. The Mayors asked the County to:

  • Identify a clear threshold for testing frequency that is sufficient to allow re-opening
  • Provide a comprehensive list of testing sites available to residents; and
  • Describe a plan for Contact Tracing and how each city can assist in staffing a data collection operation

In response, County Officials convened a Zoom meeting with Mayors this past Friday, where some preliminary information was shared, along with notice that the County anticipated reviewing a Comprehensive Plan designed to achieve the prerequisites to recovery at its meeting tomorrow, May 5th.  When that Plan is in place, the Town of Los Gatos stands ready to do everything it can to assure its success.

We are all tired. The physical, mental, social, and economic stress of the continued SIP is taking a toll on all of us. Still, it is important to remember that ultimately, the goal of the Order is to protect the health and well-being of everyone in the community, particularly those most vulnerable among us. So, let’s hang in there just a little longer, knowing that efforts are being made every day which will allow the Town to reopen in a way that is safe for all of us.

As always, thank you for supporting each other through this difficult time.

It takes a Town.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor

 A Message from the Mayor - April 27, 2020

Good morning Los Gatos. Today marks the 8th week that I am sitting down at my computer on a Monday morning to write to you. Like all of you, I was hoping it would be the last. Twice a week, I am fortunate enough to participate in calls with Dr. Sara Cody and other Santa Clara County Health experts, and during each call, I lean in to hear the magic words “It’s over.” But we are not there yet. The most vulnerable among us are still at risk of infection, and we owe it to them and to ourselves not to squander all of the progress we’ve made in keeping each other safe.

Still, it is not lost on County Health officials that patience is wearing thin, and some modifications to the Order due to expire on May 3rd will likely be made. Before any changes can occur however, several things need to be in place; including widespread testing, the ability to perform “contact tracing,” and the ability to insure that “social distancing” can continue once things do begin to open. Progress is being made toward each of these goals, but there is still work to be done. When any changes come, we can anticipate that they will be small, incremental, and carefully targeted to the priorities of public health, safety, and welfare. That said, the Town is cautiously beginning to think about how recovery might look if and when we get – maybe not the green, but at least the yellow light - to start the process.

It is a lot to ask, I know, for your continued patience. But I have watched all of you come together to support each other, to be creative and innovative in carving out a “new normal,” to be resilient, to be diligent in staying informed, and to be continually responsible and responsive in adhering to the best practices available which will allow us to come out safe and healthy on the other side. This is an extraordinary community, and each day I feel more privileged and honored to be a part of it. I know that we can do this just a little longer - by doing it together.

Keep up the great work, Los Gatos. And thank you.

It takes a Town.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor

A Message from the Mayor - April 20, 2020

Good morning Los Gatos. At this point, we all know what to do, and more significantly, we all know why it is so important. The question is “how do we keep doing it?” One step at a time, one day at a time. We are all tired, and as each day goes by another important milestone is missed, tempting us to push for a return to normalcy even though the data to support such a move is not yet in place. We have simply worked too hard to give up any of the progress we have made, or to once again put the most vulnerable among us at risk.

Still, there are signs that the virus is slowing its spread, giving us time to reassess and to think about how current restrictions might change. The trick, as with most things, is to find the right balance. As we have from the beginning, Los Gatos will continue to closely follow the advice and guidance of County Health experts in looking for a path forward – walking it carefully with an eye toward what has to be the top priority for us all – keeping everyone in our community safe and healthy.

Thank you for standing together, Los Gatos. Be well.

It takes a Town.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor

A Message from the Mayor - April 13, 2020

Good morning Los Gatos. This is working. Though fragile, there are signs that all of our efforts to contain the Coronovirus are beginning to flatten the curve. While new cases are still appearing, County Health experts are hopeful that we will reach a peak this week. Still, it is not yet time to let down our guard. Now, more than ever, we need to keep up - and even ramp up - our efforts to do what we can to slow the spread. I know that it is a difficult thing to ask as the sun comes out and beckons us outdoors, but we are a team Los Gatos, and we owe it to the entire team to keep this going – for our vulnerable population, for our healthcare workers, for ourselves, and for those struggling in a stagnant economy. Let’s dig just a little deeper to find new ways to connect with and support each other.

Soon, I hope to be able to write a message simply thanking everyone in Town for all of their efforts over this difficult time, and more importantly, congratulating them on the success of those efforts. We can do this Los Gatos, and we will do it together.

It takes a Town.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor

A Message from the Mayor - April 6, 2020

Good morning Los Gatos. As we enter yet another week of Shelter in Place – one that many of us hoped would mark the end of isolation – we are instead confronted with the reality of a relentlessly persistent pandemic. The protective actions being requested of us at this point seem, if anything, more demanding than ever before. All the more reason to remember exactly why, and for whom, we are doing what we are – for our loved ones, for ourselves, for the most vulnerable among us, and most importantly now, for those healthcare professionals who fight for us all by fighting the virus. As they work tirelessly day in and day out, let’s take our hats off to them by putting our masks on. This small gesture can make a big difference. So get out your best bandana, an old ski mask, or a spare piece of fabric you didn’t know you had lying around, and tie it on. By supporting others in this and other ways, we can find the hope and inspiration it will take to continue to do what we can to slow the virus’s spread and save lives.

We can do this Los Gatos. Our town is unique in so many ways, and now we can be unique through our leadership, our creativity in finding ways to help others, and in our resolve to see this through.

Once again, thank you for everything each of you is doing every day to keep us all safe and healthy.

It takes a Town.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor

A Message from the Mayor - April 1, 2020

Good Morning Los Gatos. This is hard. As we enter the 3rd week of Shelter in Place, each of us is facing the strain that comes with the loss of contact with our friends and family, with our daily routines, and even with the luxury of having options to choose how to spend our days. But Los Gatos is a resilient and adaptive community. Everywhere, our neighbors are creating new ways to interact. Whether it be a virtual cocktail party, online gym classes, or taking advantage of fun and educational online programs offered by our schools and library, we are staying connected. And together we are doing everything we can to slow, and hopefully to eventually stop the spread of COVID-19.

Yesterday, under the leadership of Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County issued a new Shelter in Place order that extends to May 3, 2020. The modified Order was put in place in order to “slow the rate of spread, prevent deaths, and stop the health care system from being overwhelmed,” said Dr. Cody. “If we stay the course, we will save lives.”

So let’s keep it going Los Gatos. At the other end, we’ll come out better and more united than ever before. Thank you for all you are doing every day to keep everyone safe and healthy.

It takes a Town.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor

A Message from the Mayor - March 23, 2020

Thank you Los Gatos.  All of you have stepped up in so many different ways to help the most vulnerable among us. Whether it is delivering a meal to those who need it, contributing to a Go Fund Me page for workers now without a paycheck, or simply providing support and encouragement in a difficult time, Los Gatos residents have been there for each other. If you’re looking for an opportunity to chip in, please check the Town’s dedicated COVID-19 page for a list of organizations that need your support.

And remember, as we begin the second week in a new world of sheltering at home and social distancing, it is more important than ever to follow the County Health Guidelines. In spite of our efforts thus far, confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to go up. Please do everything you can to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is hard to be without our friends and routines - and increasingly social get-togethers, a group run or bike ride, or even that trip to the salon - start to seem more and more “essential.” It isn’t easy, but continuing to maintain safe distances is critically important in helping to slow the virus’s spread so that our hospitals and healthcare workers have the capacity to provide care for those who need it most. If you have a question about what you can and can’t do, please check the County Health FAQs where you can submit your own questions and find the answers you need.

Let’s continue to support each other so we can all stay healthy.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor

A Message from the Mayor - March 19, 2020

When I became Mayor in November and challenged everyone to "come together to work for the good of the Town as a whole," I had no idea how important that message would become.  As we work through the COVID-19 crisis together, there is no longer any need to issue a challenge.  Instead, there are two simple things we need to do. 

First, remember that we are all facing the same challenges and are all reeling from the disruption to our everyday routines.  Be patient.  Be kind.  Remember that a virus does not pick and choose where it begins or who it impacts, and please follow the County Health guidelines, as they are meant to protect us all.

Second, stay informed.  So many of you have asked "What can I do to help?" or "Where can I find help for others?"  Please visit the Town’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage to find a list of resources and opportunities where you can make a real difference as we all work to stay safe and healthy by putting Community First.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor

A Message from the Mayor - March 17, 2020

We are in the midst of some very trying times. Today, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department issued an Order requiring all County residents to “shelter at their place of residence” starting at midnight tonight through midnight April 7th.  From the beginning, Town government and Staff has been working very hard to make sure we all stay well. This has meant closing down some valued events and facilities, and more closures will come in the next few days. While these changes in Town services and in the everyday activities and familiar routines we all value will require difficult adjustments, I urge everyone to keep in mind the reason for the restrictions – to stem the spread of the virus at a critical period, and to keep the most vulnerable among us healthy and safe.

For a complete listing of restrictions and exemptions, please read the "Shelter in Place Order" FAQ from County Public Health.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor