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January 16, 2018 Town Council Agenda
is Now Available Online


The agenda for the January 16, 2018 Town Council meeting is available online. Among the nineteen items on the agenda Council will be discussing  proposed amendments regarding Accessory Dwelling Units, proposed amendments to the North 40 Specific Plan,  a story pole exception request on Los Gatos Boulevard, a proposed policy for street pole banners and seasonal decorations, and direction on Town and Special Events. 

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.


Amendments to the N40 Specific Plan – Town Council Public Hearing on January 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.


The Town Council will hold a public hearing to continue their consideration of potential amendments to the North Forty Specific Plan.  The meeting will occur on January 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers at 110 E. Main Street.  The agenda and reports are posted as mentioned above.

The Town Council identified suggestions for potential amendments to the North Forty Specific Plan at a Special Meeting on September 27, 2016.  The General Plan Committee (GPC) and Planning Commission (PC) have completed their review and discussion of the Town Council suggestions.  The Town Council previously discussed potential amendments at an October 3, 2017 Study Session and November 14, 2017 Special Meeting.  The potential amendments are intended to be specific, require no additional environmental analysis, and require no modifications to the Town’s certified Housing Element of the General Plan.  The intention is not a rewrite of the entire Plan.  


Request for Story Pole Exception at 16212 Los Gatos Blvd.


At the January 16, 2018 Town Council Meeting, Council will onsider a request for approval of an exception to the Story Pole Policy to allow an alternative to standard story pole installation to illustrate and provide notice of the proposed project.  The agenda and reports are posted as mentioned above.


A request was submitted for an exception from the Story Pole Policy requirements to install the story poles for a maximum of 10 days based on public safety and the use of the site by existing tenants.  

Music in the Park Summer Concert Series Request for Proposals

The Town of Los Gatos is seeking responses to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the production and management of a weekly Music in the Park Summer Concert Series held on the Los Gatos Civic Center lawn for ten Sundays during the months of June through August. Click here for the RFP for further details and information.

If you or your organization are interested in the opportunity we invite you to submit a copy of your completed proposal on or before January 24th, 2018 to:

Christina Hill
Town of Los Gatos
110 E. Main Street
Los Gatos CA 95030
 
If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Christina Hill at 408-354-6832 or by email at the above address.


Fire Threat Map

Community Wildfire Presentation

On January 31st 2018, our Police Department will be hosting a community-wide training on wild land fire prevention and evacuation at the Jewish Community Center. The event at the JCC will be from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  In addition to introducing  strategies for residents to prepare against potential wild land fires, resource information will be available for attendees to create family emergency plans and to register for upcoming CERT and Los Gatos Prepared  training. 


Congestion Relief School Bus Service

The Town of Los Gatos, in partnership with local public and private schools, is exploring the feasibility of a local school bus service, with the primary goal of reducing traffic congestion near schools. The initial concept includes neighborhood based pickup and drop-off locations, with vehicles and drivers meeting State and industry safety requirements. The earliest possible start of the service will likely be January 2019 with a few select routes.
 
Currently the Town of Los Gatos is taking the lead to study the feasibility of such a service that would operate independent of the schools.  The Town is working with a growing list of stakeholders including LGUSD, LGSUHSD, SR2S, Home and School Clubs, Hillbrook School, and many others.
 
The next major milestone of the study is a parent survey among all LGUSD and Los Gatos High School families to gather feedback on interest levels and support.  The survey will be available from January 16th to 31st. Every response is super valuable in determining the feasibility. Please help us get the word out and respond to the online surveys.
 
You can find regular updates on the progress through the study’s webpage http://www.losgatosca.gov/schoolbus and the Town’s social media platforms. If you have questions or need additional information, contact us at SchoolBus@losgatosca.gov. We look forward to hearing from you!


Catch a R.Y.D.E.

Reach Your Destination Easily (RYDE) is a curb-to-curb transportation service for adults 55+ living in Los Gatos and the West Valley. Use RYDE for appointments, grocery shopping and doctor appointments. If you are 55 years and older you can schedule a ride by contacting the Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council (SASCC) at (408) 892-9739 or RYDEinfo@sascc.org.  RYDE fees are fixed based on the number of miles of a specific trip and discounts of up to 90% off the standard RYDE fees are available for those who qualify. If you’re interested in more RYDE information click here.
 
Also if you’re interested in becoming a RYDE volunteer driver click here for more information.
 
Representatives of RYDE will be available to answer questions at the  LGS Recreation Holiday Sing-A-Long event on December 14th. For more information on the event click here.


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.

You may pick up L.I.F.E. Files from Town Hall and 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

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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