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December 10, 2018 Finance Committee


The agenda and reports for the December 10, 2018 (4:00 p.m.) Town Council Finance Committee meeting are available online. The Finance Committee will review the Draft Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and discuss budget stabilization, catastrophic, internal service funds, and compensated absences reserves.

Meetings are held in the Town Council Chambers located at 110 E. Main Street.  The Town welcomes public input on any agenda item. The public is also welcome to provide verbal testimony at the meeting.

For more information on this agenda or about Town Council Policy Committee meetings, please call 408-354-6832 or send an email to the Town Manager's office



General Plan Update


The agenda and report for the December 11, 2018 General Plan Update Advisory Committee meeting are available online. The Committee will continue its discussion of opportunities and issues for Los Gatos through the year 2040. The Committee meets at Town Council Chambers (110 East Main Street) at 7 p.m. The Town welcomes public input. The public is also welcome to provide verbal testimony at the meeting.

Agendas, reports, presentations, and summaries of all meetings are saved on the General Plan update website, just click PARTICIPATE!


The Town also invites interested residents and businesses to participate online through the website www.losgatos2040.com and the online EngagementHQ where you can tell us about the opportunities and challenges facing the Town's future. 


December 12, 2018 Planning Commission


The agenda and reports for the December 12, 2018 Planning Commission meeting are available online. The Planning Commission will consider a request for an addition to an existing second story of a pre-1941 single-family residence on Peralta Avenue and a request to demolish and rebuild a single-family residence, remove protected trees, and allow agricultural farming on Arnerich Road. 


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.




Hillside Fencing at the December 20, 2018 Council Policy Committee Meeting


The Town Council Policy Committee will continue to evaluate a proposal to amend Chapter 6 (Buildings and Building Regulations) and Chapter 29 (Zoning Regulations) of the Town Code regarding fences, hedges, and walls that would affect hillside properties in Los Gatos. 

The next Policy Committee  meeting is scheduled for December 20, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in the Town Council Chambers.  The agenda and materials for the Policy Committee are expected to be available on Friday, December 14, 2018: https://www.losgatosca.gov/AgendaCenter/Council-Policy-Committee-7

The community is welcome to submit written comments to Sean Mullin at smullin@losgatosca.gov.


Short-Term Rentals at the December 20, 2018 Council Policy Committee Meeting


A potential short-term rental ordinance will be discussed at the December 20, 2018 Policy Committee meeting.

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 December 20, 2018 at 8:30 a.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.  The November 15, 2018 Policy Committee agenda and reports, which include short-term rentals as item 2, can be accessed by clicking here.  Questions or comments about this item can be emailed to Holly Zappala at HZappala@losgatosca.gov.




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Complimentary Valet Parking in Downtown Los Gatos


Enjoy complimentary valet parking in Downtown Los Gatos in parking lot #4 off of N. Santa Cruz Avenue & University Avenue between Grays Lane & Elm Street during select days and times during the holiday shopping season. 

To access the valet parking schedule, please click here.  For more details, please click here.


Town Gateway Call for Artists - Deadline Extended


The deadline has been extended to December 28, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. for the Town of Los Gatos Arts and Cultural Commission's 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. 

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


Free Limited Parking Downtown on Weekends


On November 6, 2018 the Town Council modified parking restrictions to remove time limited parking from municipal parking lots on Saturdays.

Starting on December 3, 2018, downtown municipal lots will have three hour time limits between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., on Monday through Friday only, and Saturdays and Sundays will be excluded.

For more parking information, please click here: 
https://www.losgatosca.gov/159/Parking-Maps


Sandbags Available for Los Gatos Residents 


With the wet weather upon us, we want to remind Los Gatos residents that free sandbags are available. You can fill your own sandbags on Miles Avenue near Balzer Little League Field. Sand, bags, and tools are available. There is a limit of 10. The Santa Clara Valley Water District provides sandbags at other locations. The locations and wet weather tips can be found here: https://www.valleywater.org/floodready/sandbags. You can reach the Parks and Public Works Department with questions at (408) 399-5770.


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

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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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