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June 4, 2018 Joint Town Council and Planning Commission Study Session Agenda
is now available online

The agenda and reports for the June 4, 3018 Joint Town Council and Planning Commission Study Session meeting are available online.  Town Council and Planning Commission will receive information on California planning and housing laws that went into effect in January 2018 and the implications for the new development proposals.

The Town welcomes public input on any agenda item. Please visit the Public Guide to Town Council Meetings to learn how members of the public may submit comments prior to the Joint Town Council and Planning Commission Study Session 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 meetings, please call
408-354-6832 or send an email to the Town Manager's office.

June 5, 2018 Town Council Agenda
is Now Available Online

The agenda and reports for the June 5, 2018 Town Council meeting are available online. Among the 18 items on the agenda, Council will consider a school bus pilot bus program, a potential amendments to the North 40 Specific Plan, a proposed zone change on Almendra Drive, a local general revenue tax measure for the November ballot, and a proposed pilot to allow Formula Retail businesses without a Conditional Use Permit in certain circumstances.

Town Council meetings are held regularly on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held in the Town Council Chambers located at 110 E. Main Street. Council meetings are broadcast live on KCAT-15. Live and archived videos are also available online.

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

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Big Truck Day at Los Gatos Library

Saturday June 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

The Los Gatos Library will be kicking off their 2018 Summer Reading Program with the seventh annual “Big Truck Day” at 10 a.m., Saturday June 2, in the Civic Center/ Library Parking Lot. Come see vehicles of all shapes and sizes, from police cars, to street sweepers, to fire engines and more!

Help be part of the solution to traffic! Walk, bike, skate, or scooter to the event!

Los Gatos Library is hosting the Director of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project on
Tuesday, June 5, 6:00 p.m.

Pascal Lee, Ph.D, Director of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project, will be speaking at the Los Gatos Library on Tuesday, June 5th at 6:00 p.m. The first human mission to Mars will be humanity’s greatest space adventure in the 21st century. Dr. Lee will discuss progress made around the world, from the Arctic to Antarctica and from basement labs to the International Space Station. He will examine the what, why, how, when, and who of the first human mission to Mars. See link for more information:              
Parking may be limited! Be part of the solution by considering walking, biking, skating, or rideshare to the event!
rocket launch

Adult Board, Commission, and Committee Volunteer Opportunities!

The Town is preparing to begin the update of the 2020 General Plan and invites you to participate in the process.  The Town’s General Plan acts as the constitution for development, guiding all land use decisions. The General Plan Update Advisory Committee (GPAC) will help with the preparation of the new General Plan.  There are five openings for residents.

  • General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC)
The Town is also accepting applications for unfilled vacancies on the following Commissions:
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC)
  • Community & Senior Services Commission (CSSC)

Applications are due Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2018, (tentatively to begin at 5:00 p.m.)

Application Process
For information about the Board, Commission, and Committee application process, 
follow this link:  Contact the Clerk Department at (408) 354-6834 or with any questions.

beach traffic

Summer is coming and with it
beach weather and beach traffic

Los Gatos enjoys many wonderful activities and events throughout the summer.  Unfortunately as the summer weather arrives, so too does the summer beach traffic. The Town has tried several different strategies to address this regional issue over the past few years and this year, this Town will be doing select street closures and other measures to reduce some of the impacts to our local streets. 
In addition, here are a few tips for the summer weekends:
  • Plan ahead when weekend weather looks like beach weather.
  • Schedule weekend appointments and errands before 10:00 a.m. or after 3:00 p.m.
  • If you live near your destination and walking is an option, enjoy the day by walking into Town.
  • If you live near your destination and biking is an option, enjoy the day by biking into Town.
  • Make an effort to support local businesses that feel the impact.
  • If you live in an impacted neighborhood, position your car on the street or back into your driveway so leaving your home is easier.

Our public safety officials take the safety of our residents and our neighborhoods very seriously. Police and fire will respond to emergencies as a priority, ensuring a continued high quality of service.  Be aware that, as exasperating as traffic on your street may be, by itself the traffic does not constitute a public safety emergency and our Police Dispatchers need to keep phone lines open for life threatening situations.

To be responsive to our residents’ concerns, the Town has set up a dedicated “Beach Traffic Reporting Line” at (408) 354-6810 or  Call or email, and a Town staff member will follow-up during business hours.

Let's enjoy a safe and fun summer in Los Gatos!

2018 Music in the Park

2018 Music in the Park Summer Concert Series

The Town of Los Gatos is proud to present the 2018 MIP summer concert series line-up. This season will see a return to MIP’s roots with a fun mix of musical genres and a family friendly atmosphere. 

  • July 8 - The Peelers: One of the Bay Area’s top DJ style cover bands
  • July 15 - Prince Damons: One of the hottest new producers in R&B and soul and two-time Grammy nominee.
  • July 22 - Journey Unauthorized: Some of the best musicians and performers specializing in a complete Journey concert production.
  • July 29 - Extra Large: Voted Best Local Band in Santa Cruz County fifteen times running. The Extra Large experience is feel good fun for all ages.
  • August 5 - Country Cougars: Playing new and classic country the energy of this band gets the crowd on their feet dancing.

Catch a R.Y.D.E.

RYDE is a curb-to-curb transportation service for adults 55+ living in the West Valley that can only exist because of VOLUNTEERS like you! You can make your own schedule while helping and meeting the neighbors in your community. If you are interested in being a volunteer driver please contact the Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council (SASCC) at (408) 892-9739 or

Town Pension Information

Town pension information can now be found on the Town website as a selection on the left hand toolbar or directly at:  The information is broken down into the following sections:

  • Town of Los Gatos Retirement Plans
  • Calculating the Town's Pension Obligation
  • What is the Discount Rate?
  • How does the Town Fund the Pension Plan?
  • What is the unfunded accrued liability?
  • What caused this Unfunded Obligation?
  • What has the Town Done to Address the Unfunded Obligation?
  • What more can the Town Do?
  • Actuarial reports

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!
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 will be one disposal bin located in the Police Operations Building lobby.

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

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. For example, a new proposal was filed in late February for 16212 Los Gatos Blvd. (at the corner of Shannon).  By visiting the Pending Planning Projects, you can click on the development plans and see the new proposal for this location.

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