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July 11, 2018 Planning Commission



The agenda and reports for the July 11, 2018 Planning Commission meeting are available online. The Planning Commission will consider a request for a restaurant (Joe and the Juice) on University Avenue, a request for expansion of retail area in an existing automobile service station (Rotten Robbie) and exterior modifications on Los Gatos Boulevard, and a request for demolition of an existing single-family residence and construction of a new single-family residence on Rochin Terrace.

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.


2018 Music in the Park

2018 Music in the Park
Summer Concert Series
is in full swing!


The Town of Los Gatos is proud to present the 2018 MIP summer concert series line-up. This season will see a return to MIP’s roots with a fun mix of musical genres and a family friendly atmosphere. There will be giveaways, dance lessons, a beer and wine garden, a food delivery drop off location and much more!

  • July 22 - Journey Unauthorized: Some of the best musicians and performers specializing in a complete Journey concert production.
  • July 29 - Extra Large: Voted Best Local Band in Santa Cruz County fifteen times running. The Extra Large experience is feel good fun for all ages.
  • August 5 - Country Cougars: Playing new and classic country the energy of this band gets the crowd on their feet dancing.


Thank you to all of our sponsors below who made this exciting summer concert series possible!  We look forward to family-friendly Sundays filled with music, giveaways, dance lessons, story time, beer & wine garden, and much more!

Premier Sponsors

Town of Los Gatos
BMW Stevens Creek
Arthur Murray
Bay Area Acting Studio
Good Samaritan

Single Sponsors

The Alarm Company
Silicon Valley Clean Energy
JCC Los Gatos
Classic Car Wash

Partial Sponsor

Hillbrook School

In-Kind Donations

The Purple Onion Cafe


Adult Board, Commission, and Committee Volunteer Opportunities!


The Town is preparing to begin the update of the 2020 General Plan and invites you to participate in the process.  The Town’s General Plan acts as the constitution for development, guiding all land use decisions. The General Plan Update Advisory Committee (GPAC) will help with the preparation of the new General Plan.  There are five openings for residents.

  • General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC)
The Town is also accepting applications for unfilled vacancies on the following Commissions:
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC)
  • Community & Senior Services Commission (CSSC)

Applications are due Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2018, (tentatively to begin at 5:00 p.m.)

Application Process
For information about the Board, Commission, and Committee application process, 
follow this link: http://www.losgatosca.gov/385/Application-Process.  Contact the Clerk Department at (408) 354-6834 or Clerk@losgatosca.gov with any questions.


Beach Traffic Update

 
The warm weather is continuing and the Town is preparing for possible beach traffic again this weekend.
 
The Town continues to emphasize that Highway 17 is the best way to get to the beach, in spite of what the apps may say.  Look for our changeable message signs for guidance.  The Town has also adjusted traffic signal timing to help the bigger corridors flow better and encourage traffic to stay on those bigger streets. 
 
The Town is continuing turn restrictions from Highway 9  onto Ridgecrest, Tait, and Massol Avenues.  These restrictions will be in place for a number of weekends and are even more important as the current phase of work in the Almond Grove makes many streets impassable.
 
Residents are encouraged to enjoy the many great things to do downtown, including the farmer’s market Sunday morning and Music in the Park Sunday evening.  
 
For more information on the wide variety of strategies the Town has tried and continues to work on, check into our website:  www.losgatosca.gov/BeachTraffic



Interested in New California Laws that Require Cities and Towns to Approve Housing Proposals?


On June 4th, the Town Council and Planning Commission held a study session to discuss recently enacted California laws that affect land use and housing approvals.  You can watch the video proceedings at:  Give link.
 
At its June 19th meeting, the Town Council will discuss potential direction to modify the Town’s quantifiable land use standards that are the basis for the required housing approvals.  You are welcome to participate in the discussion at the meeting and/or submit written comments by 11:00 a.m. the day of the meeting to jpaulson@losgatosca.gov.


Town Launching School Bus Pilot in January 2019


With a great level of enthusiasm, the Town Council gave a green light to the school bus pilot service at the meeting on June 5. The Council also budgeted over $80,000 in Fiscal Year 2018-19 to support this pilot. 
 
The Town will release a draft service plan that includes up to four routes with bus stop locations and schedule. The two routes that receive the highest numbers of sign ups would be selected for the pilot.  The pilot is very small with the hope that the buses will be full to maximize the congestion relief benefit. Only two routes will be available so seats on the buses are limited.  Sign-ups will be on a first-come first-served basis. Parents will be able to reserve a seat by putting down a deposit. Please watch for updates in July. 
 
When will the pilot start?
January 5, 2019
 
How much?
$180 for a pass for January through June 2019 (one half of the school year)
$350 for an annual pass August 2019 through June 2020
 
When are sign ups?
The tentative schedule is August 1 – 20, 2018 


Town Pension Information


Town pension information can now be found on the Town website as a selection on the left hand toolbar or directly at: https://www.losgatosca.gov/2479/Town-Pensions-Information.  The information is broken down into the following sections:

  • Town of Los Gatos Retirement Plans
  • Calculating the Town's Pension Obligation
  • What is the Discount Rate?
  • How does the Town Fund the Pension Plan?
  • What is the unfunded accrued liability?
  • What caused this Unfunded Obligation?
  • What has the Town Done to Address the Unfunded Obligation?
  • What more can the Town Do?
  • Actuarial reports

OpenCounter Zoning Portal


The Town of Los Gatos is pleased to bring the OpenCounter Zoning Portal to our prospective businesses!


OpenCounter is an online tool that allows prospective businesses to quickly and easily check if your use will fit in the space and zone you are considering.  By submitting an inquiry, you can get connected with staff and learn if your prospective business requires a use permit.  Learn More!
Alert 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.

MED-Project Program


The Police Department is participating in the County of Santa Clara MED-Project Program (Medication, Education, and Disposal), designed to encourage proper disposal of prescription medications. This is a free service fully funded by the MED-Project. Government facilities and private businesses (drug stores) within the County are receiving secured disposal bins for kiosk disposal of qualified medications. The bins are like US Postal Mailboxes and there will be one disposal bin located in the Police Operations Building lobby.


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.


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



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 
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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