October 17, 2023 Council Meeting - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan
At the October 17, 2023 Council meeting, the Town Council voted to accept the proposed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Plan.
The Council asked staff to prepare an addendum summarizing the direction provided by the Council at the meeting and consider the GARE “How to Manual for Action Plans” five work plan questions as a suggested framework to accomplish tangibility.
September 19, 2023 Council Meeting - Establish a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commission
At the September 19, 2023 Council meeting, the Town Council voted to adopt a resolution establishing an equity commission, changed the name to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commission, asked staff to return to Council with a revised workplan for the Commission and any associated costs, reduced the number of Commissioners from 15 to 11, made other changes to the Commission membership composition requirements, and asked that membership composition be reassessed in the future if necessary.
February 7, 2023 Council Meeting - Holiday and Recognition Work Plan
At the January 7, 2023 Council Meeting, the Town Council unanimously approved the Library's Holiday and Recognition Work Plan. The goal of thoughtful acknowledgement of holidays and recognition months is to foster an inclusive community. The Library's core purpose is to connect people with stories that broaden understanding.
January 30, 2023 Special Town Council Meeting - Initial Adoption of the Housing Element
At the January 30, 2023 Special Town Council meeting, the Council adopted the 2023 - 2031 Housing Element with modifications to the Sites Inventory, finding that it was in substantial compliance with State law. The Housing Element is a strategic plan for housing the Town's present and future residents.
The 2023-2031 Housing Element was made available to the public for a seven-day review period prior to HCD re-submittal. The seven-day public review period was from February 3, 2023, to February 10, 2023. The seven-day public review period is complete but public comments are still encouraged throughout the process to HEUpdate@losgatosca.gov. On February 13, 2023, the Town resubmitted the adopted 2023-2031 Housing Element to HCD for review and comment.
For more information on the Housing Element Update, please visit the Town's Housing Element webpage.
September 6, 2022 Council Meeting - Direct Development of a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Plan
At the September 6, 2022 Council meeting, the Town Council received the American Leadership Forum Insights (ALFI) Discovery Report Regarding Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and unanimously voted to direct the Town Manager to work with ALFI on the development of a JEDI Plan. The Plan will have specific short and long term goals, action items with timelines, and metrics. The Plan will also include the definitions of "inclusivity," "belonging," and other terms to develop a common understanding of these concepts. The JEDI Plan will identify gaps and overlaps with the equity work being done by other organizations in Los Gatos.
Work on the JEDI Plan is currently underway with ALFI leading the effort. ALFI and Town staff are working with the community on identifying definitions and principles to include in the Plan. A community workshop will be held in Spring 2023 to garner additional public input. All Town Boards, Committees, and Commissions will be offering feedback on the JEDI Plan and examining how their work intersects with equity and inclusion in Los Gatos. Town staff will be reflecting on the organization internally in terms of how the Town can foster a more diverse workforce, strengthen procedures to protect staff from uncivil behavior, and be more welcoming for all.
As of February 2023, the Town provided updates on the recommendations from the Discovery Report as well as other related items the Town is working on.
June 7, 2022 Council Meeting - Direction Regarding a Land Acknowledgement Regarding Aboriginal Homeland
At the June 7, 2022 Council meeting, the Council unanimously voted to proceed with drafting a Land Acknowledgement in conjunction with the involved Indigenous Tribes to be used at the start of significant Council events/meetings, on the Town website, and/or written materials (to be determined once language is finalized), and to return to Council for consideration with the draft language.
A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of the land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. To recognize the land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory we reside on, and a way of honoring the Indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial. Land Acknowledgments exist in a present tense, as opposed to a past or historical context.
In late 2021, the Town Council adopted civility guidelines for all Council and Commission meetings, being clear that:
- The Town embraces diversity and strongly condemns hate speech and offensive, hateful language or racial intolerance of any kind at Town meetings.
- Town Council and staff are well aware of the public's right to disagree with their professional opinion on various Town issues. However, anti-social behavior, slander, hatred, and bigotry statements are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any way, shape, or form at Town meetings.
- All public comments at the Town Council meeting must pertain to items within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Town and shall not contain slanderous statements, hared, and bigotry against non-public officials.
October 19, 2021 Council Meeting - Transportation Services of Juvenile Patients Placed on an Involuntary Mental Health Evaluation Hold
September 7, 2021 - Gender Neutralization of the Town Code
The Council unanimously voted to adopt an Ordinance amending the Los Gatos Town Code to include gender-neutral pronouns by eliminating any gender preference language within the Los Gatos Town Code and amending sections regarding grammatical interpretation to indicate that whenever a gender-neutral personal pronoun is used, it shall be deemed to include the feminine and masculine also. The older language within the Code contained increasingly obsolete gender-specific terms such as “she”, “he”, “chairman”, “policeman” and other gender-specific terminology that is not inclusive. The newer language uses the pronoun "they" to be more inclusive.