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MIP Stealin' Chicago

Music in the Park - Stealin' Chicago on Sunday, July 28

Stealin' Chicago celebrates the magical music of Chicago. You can hear the songs you know and love played live.  From Saturday in the Park to 25 or 6 to 4, they perform the music with pure love for the harmonies and classic horns of the original recordings.  

Join us on the Civic Center lawn from 5 - 7 p.m. This free event is a great opportunity for the community to enjoy fun music in a family friendly atmosphere. 

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PG&E Wildfire Safety Open House

For the complete wildfire safety open house schedule and further details, please visit PG&E's website here

Proposed Town Amendments Regarding Valet Parking, Parking Lot Improvements, Parking Assessment District Regulations, and Modifications to the Hillside Development Standards & Guidelines

On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, the Planning Commission will consider a proposal to amend Chapter 29 (Zoning Regulations) of the Town Code regarding valet parking, parking lot improvements, and parking assessment district regulations. In addition, The Planning Commission will also consider modifications to Chapters III, IV, V, VI, VIII, and IX of the Hillside Development Standards and Guidelines.  

As discussed by the Town Council Policy Committee on February 26th and May 28th, this is part of an effort to streamline the land use process and costs.  The staff report and minutes for the February 26th Policy Committee meeting can be found here.  The staff report for the May 28th meeting can be found here.

The Town seeks public input on the proposed amendments and modifications.  Written comments received before 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 14, 2019, will be forwarded to the Planning Commission.  The public is also encouraged to attend the August 14, 2019 Planning Commission meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.
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 invited to submit written comments to Jocelyn Shoopman at for inclusion in the Planning Commission Staff Report/Addendum/Desk Item. 

General Plan 2040

General Plan Update Advisory Committee 

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.

The One-Way Street Pilot Has Launched

The One-Way Street Pilot Program on Santa Cruz Avenue launched on Monday, July 8, 2019.  The southbound one-way street pilot program allows for the installation of parklets, sidewalk cafes, and a Class II bike lane.  The pilot program will be in place until the end of October.  For more information please visit


Tell Us Your Thoughts On Parking

Do you search for parking in the downtown?
Or maybe parking isn't a challenge for you!

Do you work downtown and have a perspective?
Or maybe you live near the downtown and feel the impact!

Let us know.  The Town is conducting a study on parking in the greater downtown area.  We want your input!  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.

PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Program

You may have heard that starting this summer, PG&E has adopted a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Program.  As part of PG&E’s efforts to reduce wildfire risk, PG&E is expected to turn off power on days with a high risk of wildfire.  

Some of the conditions that PG&E will consider prior to a power shutoff include:  low humidity, sustained winds, dry vegetation, and Red Flag Warning days.  Based on those conditions and the fact that a large portion of our Town resides in a Very High Fire Hazard Area (VHFHA), there is a high likelihood that the Town and surrounding areas may experience one or more power shutoffs in the coming months.  

PG&E has informed customers that power outages due to PSPS events could last between two and five days.  For information on how to prepare for a potential multi-day power outage and stay safe, click here

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.  

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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