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March 11, 2019 Finance Committee

The agenda and reports for the March 11, 2019  (6:00 p.m.) Town Council Finance Committee meeting are available online. The Finance Committee will review a proposed Internal Service Fund (ISF) Policy for Council consideration.

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

March 13, 2019 Planning Commission

The agenda and reports for the March 13, 2018 Planning Commission meeting are available online. Among the topics the Planning Commission will consider are an application for construction of new commercial buildings and site improvements on Farley Road, and an EIR and application to rezone property on Greenridge Terrace from, HR-2 1/2 to HR-2 1/2:PD for the subdivision of one lot into eight lots. 

In addition, the Planning Commission will consider amendments to the Town Code regarding Fencing. For more information on this item please see the following section.

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.


Fencing – Planning Commission meeting on March 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the Planning Commission will consider a proposal to amend Chapter 29 (Zoning Regulations) of the Town Code regarding fences, hedges, and walls, including regulations for the hillside area of Town.

An administrative draft of the proposed ordinance language regarding fences, hedges, and walls is available at:

The Town seeks public input on the proposed amendments. Written comments received before 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2019, will be forwarded to the Planning Commission.  The public is also encouraged to attend the March 13, 2019 Planning Commission meeting at 7:00 p.m. to provide comments.

Meeting agendas are posted and publicly distributed no later than the Friday prior to each meeting date.  You may view the agendas and related staff reports on the Town website by using this link:

The community is welcome to submit written comments to Sean Mullin at for inclusion in the Planning Commission Staff Report/Addendum/Desk Item.  Deadline for all written correspondence is 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.


Volunteer Opportunity
Apply to Serve on a Town Board, Commission, or Committee

Adult Commissioner application deadline:
Friday, April 5, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Tentatively scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.

Adult Commissioner Opportunities:

  1. Community and Senior Services Commission
  2. Council Finance Committee
  3. Library Board
  4. Sales Tax Oversight Committee
  5. Personnel Board
  6. Transportation and Parking Commission
Youth Commissioner application deadline:
Friday, May 3, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Youth Commissioner Opportunities:
  1. Youth Commission 

Apply online at:
For more information contact the Clerk Department: or (408) 354-6834

Town Fees and Fines Update


The State of California allows cities and towns to recover their costs of providing services, such as building plan review and inspections.  The Town of Los Gatos hired Revenue and Cost Specialists LLC to conduct an analysis of current service delivery costs with current staffing and cost data.  The consultant also calculated the distribution of Town-wide overhead costs to be included in the fees charged for services to determine the full cost to provide Town services, including Planning, Building, Engineering, Police, and other services. 
While cost analysis data plays a role in determining the level of fees to charge, it must be balanced with several other factors, such as affordability, parity with surrounding jurisdictions, and past Council action.  Taking these all of factors into consideration, various levels of recovery are being recommended with the proposed fee schedule.
The proposed FY 2019/20 Fee Schedule (redline) can be viewed here  here. The Town Council is scheduled to consider this matter at its regular meeting on March 19, 2019.  If you have comments or questions, please contact


General Plan Update


In October and December, the Town of Los Gatos held the first of many meetings for the General Plan update.  At these meetings, issues and opportunities for Los Gatos through 2040 are discussed.  The Town welcomes public input in this ongoing process.

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 and the online EngagementHQ where you can tell us about the opportunities and challenges facing the Town's future. 


Composting Workshop This Weekend

Los Gatos/Saratoga Recreation is hosting a Composting Workshop on Saturday, March 9 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Los Gatos Community Garden located behind the tennis courts of the Los Gatos High School.  Residents will have the opportunity to work with former Los Gatos High School Agriculture teacher, Les Kishler, as he teaches basic composting techniques for Spring gardening.  There is a $32.00 registration fee for the workshop and participants may register by calling (408) 354-8700 or online at  The Town will receive stormwater credit for posting this event as composting helps with soil permeability.

Spring into Green is Right Around the Corner


Join us in celebrating Earth Day, Keep Los Gatos Beautiful Month and environmental awareness. Come on down to Town Plaza Park on Sunday, April 14th from 10am – 1pm and enjoy family friendly activities, a tree planting ceremony, live music, a donation drop-off center and more! Visit booths from over 20 organizations to learn about what they're doing to keep Los Gatos beautiful and what you can do to help. We also encourage you to be green and ride your bike to the event where you can take advantage of the free bike valet and complimentary helmet fittings brought to you by BPAC and LGMS Safe Routes to School. For more information visit,

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.

As of December 3, 2018, downtown municipal lots 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:

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: You can reach the Parks and Public Works Department with questions at (408) 399-5770.

Wildfire Preparedness Community Meetings 2019

The Santa Clara County Fire District in conjunction with local communities will be hosting a series of community wildfire preparedness meetings this spring.  These meetings will help reduce wildfire risk and better prepare your family and your home in the even of an emergency. For more information please visit

Wednesday April 10
Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center
14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Thursday April 25
Rolling Hills Middle School
1585 More Avenue, Los Gatos
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Tuesday April 30
Pavilion @ Redwood Estates
21450 Madrone Drive, Los Gatos
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Wednesday May 8
Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center
14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Tuesday May 14
Pavilion @ Redwood Estates
21450 Madrone Drive, Los Gatos
6:30 – 8:00 pm

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 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   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


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, 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.  

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!
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:  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

Interested in Proposed Development in Town?

Visit the Town’s Pending Planning Projects site at:  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.

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