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MIP The Sun Kings

Music in the Park 2019 Kicks Off Sunday, July 7

The 2019 season of Music in the Park (MIP) begins this Sunday, July 7, 2019 with a performance by The Sun Kings, northern California's premier Beatles tribute band.  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. 

Follow the MIP Action at:

https://www.facebook.com/MIPLG/ 
https://www.losgatosca.gov/350/Music-in-the-Park



Changes Coming to Los Gatos on Monday, July 8!


The Town is excited to announce the upcoming One-Way Street Pilot Program on Santa Cruz Avenue, beginning on Monday, July 8, 2019.  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 be in place until the end of October.  For more information please visit www.losgatosca.gov/experiencelg.

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July 10, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting


The agenda and reports for the July 10, 2019 Planning Commission meeting are available online. The Planning Commission will consider an appeal of a Development Review Committee (DRC) decision approving a request for a demolition and re-build of a single-family residence on Chestnut Avenue, an appeal of a DRC decision approving a request for group classes at 66 E Main Street, and an appeal of a DRC decision approving a request to subdivide one lot into eight on Greenridge Terrace.  The Committee will also review the draft General Plan Vision Statement and Guiding Principles. 

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

To provide input on any Planning Commission agenda item, please visit the Public Guide to Town Council Meetings to learn more about how members of the public may submit comments via email, postal mail or hand-delivered prior to the Commission meeting at which the item will be considered. 

For more information on this agenda or about Planning Commission meetings, please call (408) 354-6874 or send an email to the Community Development Department to confirm meeting date, location and time. 


CERT BBQ

July 13 - Fire Extinguisher Training & BBQ
CERT & Neighborhood Watch


Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Civic Center @ 110 E Main St., Los Gatos

This is a great opportunity to learn about the networking team approach of the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and/or Neighborhood Watch for your area. You will have an opportunity to meet the leaders of the CERT Neighborhood Incident Command Post (NICP) that is closest to your home, understand what an NICP is, and how it benefits your community.

The Santa Clara County Fire Department will be conducting a fire extinguisher training followed by a BBQ. There will also be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Civic Center NICP. All community members are invited to attend. Questions can be directed to Community Outreach Coordinator Jackie Rose at (408) 354-6853 or JRose@losgatosca.gov.

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/los-gatos-monte-sereno-cert-bbq-and-fire-extinguisher-training-tickets-57715787474


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: 
www.surveymonkey.com/r/LosGatosParking



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 – www.losgatosca.gov
 
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 www.losgatos2040.com and EngagementHQ.


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 www.sccfd.org.


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 JRose@losgatosca.gov




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: 
https://www.losgatosca.gov/159/Parking-Maps.


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 tara@sassc.org.   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, 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.  


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: www.losgatosca.gov/list.aspx.  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 www.losgatosca.gov.


Interested in Proposed Development in Town?


Visit the Town’s Pending Planning Projects site at: www.losgatosca.gov/2378/L.  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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