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April 16, 2019 Town Council Meeting



The agenda and reports for the April 16, 2019 Town Council meeting are available online. Among other items, the Council will consider adoption of the Town of Los Gatos Annex 9 into the Santa Clara County Community Wildfire Protection Plan, a report on downtown maintenance and beautification activities, and a request for waiver of Town traffic impact mitigation fees from Mariposa Montessori.
 
The public meeting will be held in the Town Council Chambers located at 110 E. Main Street.  The Council meeting will also be broadcast live on KCAT-15.

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 Policy Committee meetings, please call 408-354-6832 or send an email to the Town Manager's office.   
 


Spring into Green is April 14, 2019

 

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 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 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 the Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and LGMS Safe Routes to School. For more information visit, https://www.losgatosca.gov/2225/Spring-into-Green
 


Become a MIP 2019 Sponsor

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


Adult Commissioner application deadline EXTENDED to:
Friday, June 7, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Interviews are RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, June 18, 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:
www.LosGatosCA.gov/CommissionApplication
 
For more information contact the Clerk Department:
 Clerk@losgatosca.gov or (408) 354-6834


General Plan 2040

Are You Engaged in the Town's Future?


The Town is updating its General Plan, the document that will guide the Town’s future for the next 20 years. 

To design a plan that responds to the community’s needs and desires, the Town will be hosting a General Plan pop-up booth at the Spring into Green community event on Sunday, April 14th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Los Gatos Town Plaza Park.  Stop by for a few minutes and share your ideas about Los Gatos.

At the General Plan booth, you can learn about current conditions, find out about the trends that will influence our future, and provide your thoughts about the Town’s future.  You can also spin the prize wheel and maybe win a prize just for stopping by.

Los Gatos is your Town, so come by and be part of planning its future.

Can't join us on the 14th? 
-  Join us at our next General Plan Update Advisory Committee (GPAC) Meetings at 7 p.m. on April 23rd and 30th to discuss the General Plan Vision.
-  Join our discussion by sharing your thoughts in our online Survey (see next post)

 

General Plan Update Background Report



The Public Review Draft of the Background Report for the General Plan update is complete.  This 425-page document includes a snapshot of the current conditions and trends in Los Gatos.  It also provides a detailed description of a wide range of topics within the Town, such as demographic and economic conditions, land use, public facilities, and environmental resources.

Find the Background Report online here: http://www.losgatos2040.com/documents.html
Engage in the process here: https://www.engage.losgatos2040.com/


Read Now!

Keep Los Gatos Beautiful Month


In honor of Keep Los Gatos Beautiful Month, the Town’s Parks & Public Works Department has created the Keep Los Gatos Beautiful Month Activity Book! Utilize this book for sustainability tips, activities, resources, contests, and sustainability events for April 2019! Visit https://www.losgatosca.gov/2154/Growing-Greener-Program to access now! #KeepLGBeautiful


 


Neighborhood Watch & C.E.R.T Presentation

On Thursday, April 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department will host a presentation on the concept of combining Neighborhood Watch and C.E.R.T. resources as an amplified community preparedness approach and increased neighborhood awareness.  Come be a part of the LGMS Neighborhood Watch for your area and learn about the C.E.R.T. networking team approach.  Invite your neighbors and register to attend at   Eventbrite


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 www.sccfd.org.

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
 


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: 
https://www.losgatosca.gov/159/Parking-Maps.


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 tara@sassc.org.   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.  


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: 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.


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