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January 28, 2020 Policy Committee


The agenda and reports for the January 28, 2020 Town Council Policy Committee meeting are available online. The Committee will discuss potential modifications to the Below Market Price Housing Program, outdoor lighting, and vintage car sales regulations.  The Committee will also discuss future work plan items.
 
The public meeting will be held at 4:00 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.


Community Budget Survey

The Town of Los Gatos is seeking community input regarding the annual budgeting process.  We want to know what Los Gatos residents, businesses, and property owners view as the budget priorities for the Town.  For basic background information, the “Budget At A Glance” can be viewed on the Town website here.  More in-depth budgeting information is available on the Financial Transparency webpage here.  Please provide your input by clicking on the survey link below and submitting your responses to a short, three question survey.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

www.surveymonkey.com/r/LGbudget


Los Gatos 2040 General Plan Community Workshop #2 Survey Available Online!


Missed the recent General Plan Update Community Workshop? It's not too late to share your thoughts!

For those who were not able to make Community Workshop #2 on January 16, 2020, the General Plan Update team is making the workshop activities available online at www.losgatos2040.com

Please join us through the online exercises available until January 28th, 2020. Feedback collected at both the Community Workshop and through the online exercises will be presented to the General Plan Update Advisory Committee for their consideration and recommendation of a Preferred Land Use Alternative at their next meeting on January 30, 2020.

Come learn about the Land Use Alternatives Report, now available online at www.losgatos2040.com/documents.html.

The community is also welcome to submit written comments to GP2040@losgatosca.gov.


Fuel Break Project Returns to Los Gatos -
Potential Hwy 17 Delays 


On March 22, 2019, Governor Newsom Proclaimed a State of Emergency on Wildfires to Protect the State’s Most Vulnerable Communities.  The State of Emergency proclaimed by Governor Newsom identified 35 areas most vulnerable to wildfire, including the 6.5 mile stretch of SR-17 between the Town of Los Gatos and Summit Road. 

A shaded fuel break project removes fire fuel from under the tree canopies while preserving most of the trees.  The fuel break project is scheduled to return to the Los Gatos area on January 21, 2019, with work occurring intermittently Monday through Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The nature of the work will require lane closures so our community should plan for extended travel times, as shoulder and lane closures will cause delays.  In order to avoid driving delays and receive the most up to date information, sign up for project notifications at www.firesafe17.com.



Land Use and Economic Vitality Streamlining




New Financial Transparency Webpage 


The Town recently launched a new Financial Transparency link to the homepage of our website.  In an effort to provide better access to important fiscal information, the webpage contains individual links to pages dedicated to specific elements of the finances of the Town. These webpages include:

The Town is exploring new approaches to engage the community in the annual budget process and additional information is forthcoming.  Please send your comments and questions to manager@losgatosca.gov.    


Notify Me

Notify Me!


How can we help you if we can't reach you?  While you have signed up to receive these weekly "What's New" emails, many of your neighbors may have remained in the dark because they did not receive current information from the Town regarding the recent PG&E public safety power shutoffs.  In addition to emergency communications, you may sign up for Town notifications regarding infrastructure projects in your neighborhood, Town events, meetings, and other topics of community interest. 

Please encourage your friends and neighbors in Los Gatos to sign up for Town communications through "Notify Me" at: www.losgatosca.gov/notifyme. Type your email address in the box and select "sign in."  From there, you can subscribe to the topics you wish and you are able to unsubscribe at any time. If you need help, call the Town Manager's Office at (408) 354-6832 during business hours. 


Social Media

Follow the Town on Social Media!



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




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 community is welcome to participate in all meetings.

The Town also invites interested residents and businesses to get involved online through the website www.losgatos2040.com and EngagementHQ.



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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.  


Interested in Proposed Development in Town?


Visit the Pending Planning Projects in Los Gatos on the Town's website.  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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