Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Town's Work

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Town's Work 

All Town Departments shall use a lens of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the development of the Town budget, delivery of services, and the creation of all new programs, projects, and policies.  All proposed policies and ordinances will be reviewed in this context. 

The Town is also working to expand its community engagement and Commission recruitment efforts to include more Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.  All Town Boards, Committees and Commissions will have an opportunity to consider how to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into their work and to discuss that with the Town Council.

Policy Committee

At the March 23, 2021 Council Policy Committee meeting, the Committee reviewed the Town's Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts and future work plan items. The Committee asked staff to focus efforts on community partnerships, expanded outreach, and an additional Community Workshop. The staff report, meeting minutes, and meeting audio are available on the Town website.

Gender Neutralization of the Town Code

In 2021, as the Town works to create more inclusive environments for both staff and citizens, Gender Neutralization of the Code is an important milestone in the process. The older language within the Code contains increasingly obsolete gender-specific terms such as “she”, “he”, “chairman”, “policeman” and other gender-specific terminology that is not inclusive.  The Town is currently working to revise the Code to be gender neutral.

Parks and Public Works Department - Utility Box Art Program

The Parks and Public Works Department recently completed Phase IV of the "Outside the Box" utility box art program.  Phase IV includes four utility boxes with art vinyl wraps that integrate diversity, equity and inclusion while demonstrating a sense of community, sustainability, and creativity, further enhancing the culture of the Town. The designs were chosen by a committee comprised of Town staff and Los Gatos Arts and Culture Committee members. For more information on the program, please see the utility box art program webpage.

Complete Streets Commission - Race in Transportation Lecture Series

Parks and Public Works Director Matt Morley and members of the Complete Streets and Transportation Commission attended a UCLA lecture series on "Race in Transportation" to learn and explore ideas for making Town transportation more equitable. This lecture series featured national experts on a range of topics around transportation, race, and equity and was presented by the UCLA Department of Urban Planning and the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies.  

Los Gatos Library - Represent Los Gatos: Oral History Project

The Local History Room of the Los Gatos Library holds a collection of historically valuable documents that help tell the story of the Town of Los Gatos. However, the stories of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are underrepresented in this collection. The Library acknowledges that without the voices of the BIPOC community, it is not possible to paint a complete picture of the history of our town. The Los Gatos Library launched the Represent Los Gatos Oral History Project to fill these gaps in the collection and to allow community members to share their own stories, however they would like them to be told. 

This project is approached with the understanding that the history of archives has not been favorable to BIPOC communities, and that BIPOC individuals are rarely invited to tell their own stories. The community is asked to share their stories so that future generations will have access to a more complete history of the Town.

For more information, please email library@losgatosca.gov or visit the Represent Los Gatos: Oral History Project webpage.

General Plan Advisory Committee Meetings

On July 30 2020, the General Plan Update Advisory Committee (GPAC) held a special meeting to discuss the topics of racial, social, and environmental justice in the General Plan. The GPAC decided by consensus to add a new Racial, Social, and Environmental Justice Element to the General Plan. On December 3, 2020 the Committee reviewed the draft Racial, Social, and Environmental Justice Element.  On April 1, 2021, the Committee reviewed an updated draft based on comments received at the December 3 meeting, and provided further feedback and revisions.  Comments from the April 1 meeting have been incorporated into the revised draft Element, which is part of the full Draft General Plan. For more information on the Los Gatos 2040 General Plan Update and to review the Draft General Plan, please visit www.LosGatos2040.com. 

Resources from the July 30, December 3, and April 1 meetings are linked below:                                        

July 30, 2020 GPAC AgendaDecember 3, 2020 GPAC AgendaApril 1, 2021 GPAC Agenda
July 30, 2020 ReportDecember 3, 2020 ReportApril 1, 2021 Report
July 30, 2020 AddendumDecember 3, 2020 AddendumApril 1, 2021 Addendum
July 30, 2020 Desk ItemDecember 3, 2020 Desk ItemApril 1, 2021 Desk Item
July 30, 2020 Meeting AudioDecember 3, 2020 Meeting AudioApril 1, 2021 Meeting Audio