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Blossom Hill Road Update

 

Town staff has been actively encouraging Caltrans to pursue an expedited plan for the repairs to the Blossom Hill Road overpass.   The biggest element associated with this is the engineered design of the repair, which is complicated by utilities within the bridge structure.  Caltrans expects this design to be fully complete early next week.  Concurrently, Caltrans has completed an agreement with a contractor to do the work.  Town staff and Caltrans met with the contractor this week to review the project.  At its current stage, the design includes installing a temporary steel structure on the top of the bridge (on Blossom Hill Road) to allow for lifting the bridge off of the damaged girder.  This will be followed by repairs to the steel and concrete on the underside of the bridge.  The construction work will occur at night to decrease the impacts on traffic.  During construction hours, southbound Highway 17 will need to be detoured to local streets at Lark Avenue.  As this closure will occur at night, no significant impact is expected on local streets.
 
Town staff explored the opportunity for changing the traffic flow on Blossom Hill Road to allow for some version of two way traffic.  Unfortunately the amount of space necessary to do the work does not allow for this while maintaining safe passage for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  Other traffic control ideas were also considered and are included in the FAQs linked here: https://www.losgatosca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/21543/Blossom-Hill-Road-Overpass-Closure?bidId=
 
Town staff provided heavy emphasis on the importance of the schedule on this project in meeting with Caltrans and the contractor.  More information will be available once the final design is complete, however the Town is planning on the closure being in place through the end of November.  We continue to experience heavy traffic on Lark Avenue and Highway 9, especially around the evening commute times. Please allow yourself some extra time or avoid cross town drives during the busy time.
 
The Town will coordinate updates on a weekly basis or as information becomes available.  
 


Election Information


Be In The Know On November 6

 


The Town of Los Gatos has a webpage providing information on the Measure G General Sales Tax Measure. The webpage includes sections on: what is a General Sales Tax, the Town's legislative history of placing the sales tax measure on the ballot, and other helpful information including how the 2% State imposed cap affects Los Gatos. For information regarding the Measure G General Sales Tax Measure please see: https://www.losgatosca.gov/2493/Los-Gatos-Transactions-and-Use-Tax-Sales

 


Bicycle and Pedestrian Project

 

The Town of Los Gatos is designing an exciting bicycle and pedestrian project on Blossom Hill Road (BHR). The project will include separated bike lanes between Roberts Road East and Oak Rim Way, a Class I multi-use sidewalk on the eastbound approach of BHR at Roberts Road East, and frontage striping improvements on Roberts Road East. The improvements will increase safety for students and others biking and walking on BHR by separating them from vehicles.  Construction is expected to start in the summer of 2019.
 
The public is invited to an informational meeting on the project.  The Town’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) and Town staff will discuss the safety benefits of the improvements and listen to your feedback.
 
Key information on the meeting:
Date:                     Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time                      7:00 P.M.
Location:              Town Council Chambers, 110 East Main Street, Los Gatos
 
For additional information, visit the project webpage at https://www.losgatosca.gov/BikePedImprovements.  Sign-up under the “Notify Me” icon on the webpage to received project updates.


Hillside Fencing

 

At the October 16, 2018 Town Council meeting, Council directed staff to refer potential amendments to the Town Code regarding fences, hedges and walls to the November 15th Policy Committee meeting for further discussion.  The item was also continued to the December 4th Town Council meeting. 

The proposed amendments would revise Chapter 6 (Buildings and Building Regulations) and Chapter 29 (Zoning Regulations) of the Town Code regarding fences, hedges and walls.  Proposed changes include additional regulations and requirements for fences, hedges and walls in the Town's Hillside area. 

A link to the October 16th Town Council agenda and reports can be accessed here. The fences, hedges and walls item is Number 9. 

The Town seeks public input on the proposed amendments at the Policy Committee meeting on November 15, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.  The Policy Committee meets in Town Council Chambers located at 110 E Main St., Los Gatos.  The public is also encouraged to attend the December 4, 2018 Town Council meeting, at 7:00 p.m. in Town Council Chambers, to provide comments.  

You may view the agendas and related staff reports on the Town website by using this link:  https://www.losgatosca.gov/13/Agendas-Minutes.  The community is also welcome to submit written comments to Sean Mullin at smullin@losgatosca.gov.


Short-Term Rentals

 

At the October 2, 2018 Town Council meeting, Council directed staff to refer the short-term rental item to the Policy Committee for further discussion.  The Town seeks community input on this issue.

Short-term rental is the practice of renting out a portion of, or an entire home, to a person or group of people for a period of less than 30 nights. In recent years, there has been exponential growth through "sharing economy" websites such as Airbnb and VRBO.

Community members can share input on potential regulations for short-term rentals at the Policy Committee meeting on November 15, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in Town Council Chambers located at 110 E Main Street. There will be additional opportunities for community input as the discussion progresses.

The October 2, 2018 Town Council staff report regarding the short-term rental issue can be found by clicking here.  The October 18, 2018 Policy Committee agenda and reports, which includes short-term rentals as item 4, can be accessed by clicking here.  Questions or comments about this item can be emailed to Holly Zappala at HZappala@losgatosca.gov.


October is Los Gatos Prepared/Emergency Preparedness Month

 

The Town of Los Gatos, Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department, Los Gatos Youth Commission and Los Gatos Monte Sereno Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are joining together as part of Los Gatos Prepared month to raise awareness and encourage the local community to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes and businesses.

The Remaining Los Gatos Prepared events for 2018 include:

October 28th: Farmers' Market Emergency Preparedness Display at Town Plaza Park from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

November 3rd: Los Gatos Monte Sereno CERT Teams will be observing or participating in a CERT drill followed by a Meet and Greet.  Pre-registration is required to attend. 

For more information on Los Gatos Prepared, please visit: https://www.losgatosca.gov/1283/Los-Gatos-Prepared


Draft Environmental Impact Report Available for Public Comment


The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed project at 16100 Greenridge Terrace is available for review online by clicking here. It is also available in the Community Development Department and Town Clerk's office at 110 E. Main Street, and at the reference desk in the Los  Gatos Town Library, located at 100 Villa Avenue.

The Town of Los Gatos is the Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has prepared a DEIR for the proposed project located at 16100 Greenridge Terrace. In accordance with CEQA, written comments regarding the draft EIR should be submitted within the 45-day review period between September 14, 2018 and October 29, 2018. Written comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 29, 2018.  Please send written comments to Jocelyn Shoopman at JShoopman@losgatoca.gov.

If you have any questions in this matter, please contact Jocelyn Shoopman at (408) 354-6875 or JShoopman@losgatosca.gov.
 


Los Gatos Accepting Applications for Town Poet Laureate

 

The Town of Los Gatos announces applications for the Town’s next Poet Laureate. The Town Poet Laureate is an honorary position that serves to promote poetry and encourage the appreciation and advancement of literary arts in the Town of Los Gatos. The Poet Laureate will serve a three-year term beginning in January of 2019 and ending in December of 2021. This honorary position is open to any Los Gatos resident age 18 or older that has either published poetry or has been recognized for their contributions to poetry or other literature.

Applications are available at the Los Gatos Library or via the Town of Los Gatos website: https://www.losgatosca.gov/2298/Poet-Laureate, thank you. Deadline to apply is November 2, 2018.


Call for Artists - Gateway Public Art Installation

 

The Town of Los Gatos Arts and Cultural Commission is pleased to announce a Call for Artists to design and fabricate a permanent site-specific original artwork that will function as a prominent Gateway Marker for people entering and exiting the Town of Los Gatos. This is a unique award-based opportunity to add to the cultural identity of the Town and contribute to the growing artistic landscape of the area. The application submittal deadline is November 30, 2018.

Details for the Call for Artists Request for Qualifications can be found at:
https://www.losgatosca.gov/2433/RFPRFQ.


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.

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!

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 is a disposal bin currently 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

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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