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June 25, 2019 Policy Committee Meeting

The agenda and reports for the June 25, 2019 Town Council Policy Committee meeting are available online. The Committee will discuss the land use appeal process, provide direction on Town demolition regulations, and review an amendment to the Town Agenda Format and Rules Policy regarding time limits for applicant and appellant presentations and rebuttals.  
The public meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. 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.


June 24, 2019 Silicon Valley Clean Energy Rooftop Solar Workshop

Do you have rooftop solar and have questions about your energy bill?

Join Silicon Valley Clean Energy for a rooftop solar workshop where we will explain how our Net Energy Metering (NEM) program works, how it benefits you, how to understand your bill and introduce you to upcoming Silicon Valley Clean Energy programs. There will be a short presentation and time afterwards to ask staff questions about the NEM program and billing.
This free workshop will be held in the Council Chambers at Campbell City Hall on Monday, June 24, 2019, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Register here!

Changes Coming to Los Gatos this Summer!

The Town is excited to announce the upcoming One-Way Street Pilot Program on Santa Cruz Avenue.  The southbound one-way street pilot program will allow for the installation of parklets, sidewalk cafes, and a Class II bike lane.  The pilot program will start the second week of July and will be in place until the end of October.  For more information please visit


Beach Traffic Is Back - Here Is What the Town Is Doing

Los Gatos continues to experience high levels of traffic congestion as do all cities in the Bay Area.  The Town has experimented with short term adjustments over several years and learned a lot from those efforts.  The most impactful of those lessons is that putting controls in one location always shifts the traffic to another location.  Often this can create other negative impacts, such as for businesses or previously unaffected residential streets.
Acknowledging this, the Town has refocused on bigger, long term goals.  This includes ensuring our local streets, including arterial streets, focus on local traffic needs, including bicycles and pedestrians.  This will improve these streets for locals and make them less attractive for cut through traffic.  In addition, the Town has taken on a regional effort to keep traffic on the freeways.  Most pronounced in this work is an upgrade to the Highway 9 at Highway 17 interchange and the review of increased efficiencies and potentially increased capacity within the existing right-of-way on Highway 17.  The Town has garnered support from this regionally and at the State level.  Improvements are a few years off, and the preliminary work gets the ball rolling. 
The Town is receiving several commonly asked questions. The following information is in a Q&A format:
How will the one-way street pilot on Santa Cruz Avenue address cut through traffic?

The one-way pilot is not intended to address cut through traffic.  In parallel to the traffic efforts, the Town is continuing to enhance efforts to make sure Los Gatos is a destination for shopping, dining, and other activities.  The downtown Santa Cruz Avenue One-Way Pilot Project between Elm and Bachman includes temporary parklets and a bike lane from July through October.  Learn more by clicking the ExperienceLG logo on the Town’s website –
Why don’t we build a train or other transit option to the beach?

Several reasons.  The most obvious is cost.  There is little left of the old train route and obtaining right-of-way and constructing a rail line just isn’t realistic.  Additionally, there are challenges with ridership.  There just isn’t a culture where people will pack their coolers, umbrellas, and towels onto a train. 
Why did the Town stop closing the South Santa Cruz Avenue on-ramp and why doesn’t the Town close the Highway 9 on-ramp?

Closing the south on-ramp simply moved traffic to other locations in the community and created other impacts to local business.  The intent of that effort was to try the temporary closure and the evaluation showed it didn’t work.  The Highway 9 on-ramp is a Caltrans facility and Caltrans has been clear that closing a State highway interchange will not happen.
In the face of beach traffic, why is local development continuing?

The beach traffic phenomenon occurs on the weekends during the summer and is not traffic generated in Los Gatos, but rather regionally.  Even with no new construction, Los Gatos would still unfortunately experience the effects of beach traffic.

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 for the next 20 years.  Be a part of planning our future!

Agendas, meeting summaries, and other materials are available on the General Plan update website by clicking PARTICIPATE.

The Town also invites interested residents and businesses to get involved online through the website and EngagementHQ.

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Wildfire Preparedness

Wildfire Preparedness Community Meetings 2019

The Santa Clara County Fire District would like our community to help reduce wildfire risk and better prepare our families and our homes in the even of an emergency. For more information please visit

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.

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

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:

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.

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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