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August 20, 2019 Town Council Meeting


The agenda and reports for the August 20, 2019 Town Council meeting are available online. Among the # of items on the agenda, the Council will provide input on the comprehensive downtown parking study, consider a change to the timing of the election of the Mayor and Vice Mayor, and consider the recommended Vision Statement and Guiding Principles for the Town's General Plan 2040. 
 
The public meeting will be held in the Town Council Chambers located at 110 E. Main Street.  The Council meeting will also be broadcast live on KCAT-15.

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.  


Leadership Los Gatos

Leadership Los Gatos


The Town of Los Gatos and the Chamber of Commerce invite you to learn, engage and lead through Leadership Los Gatos. The program is designed to educate, engage, and encourage participants to find leadership roles in our community. Leadership Los Gatos is open to those living and/or working within Los Gatos. 

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 6, 2019. If you have questions about Leadership Los Gatos or the application process, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at (408) 354-9300 or email Monica Renn at mrenn@losgatosca.gov.

For more information, please click here


Screen on the Green

September 20, 2019 - Screen on the Green


Join the Town of Los Gatos at Oak Meadow Park on Friday, September 20th for a free night of family fun. Our featured film, Disney's The Incredibles II, will be shown on a 25-foot inflatable movie screen in front of the Oak Meadow bandstand.

The fun will begin at 6:00 p.m. with children’s activities followed by showtime at approximately 7:30 p.m. when the sun goes down. Billy Jones’ Wildcat Railroad carousel, train and snack shack will be open during the event, or bring your own picnic dinner to enjoy. For your comfort during the film, we recommend bringing flashlights, blankets and low back chairs. And don't forget to get into the spirit and wear your favorite super hero costume!

Visit www.LosGatosCA.gov/SOG for all the details.

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 www.losgatos2040.com and EngagementHQ.



The One-Way Street Pilot Is Under Way


The One-Way Street Pilot Program on Santa Cruz Avenue is in effect through October.  The southbound one-way street pilot program allows for the installation of parklets, sidewalk cafes, and a Class II bike lane.  For more information please visit www.losgatosca.gov/experiencelg.

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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 Continues - Here Are the Efforts the Town Has Made To Date


Los Gatos continues to experience high levels of traffic congestion as do all cities in the Bay Area. To put the issue into perspective, between 2010 and 2016, the Town of Los Gatos experienced relatively mild population growth of approximately 3.8%; however, during that same time frame, Santa Clara County experienced population growth of approximately 7.7% for a total County population of 1.9 million residents. In addition, the populations of surrounding Counties also had strong growth since 2010. The Counties of Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz increased 9.0%, 6.5%, and 5.6%, respectively. Total population for these three surrounding Counties is approaching 3.0 million residents.
 
Even though traffic is a larger regional issue, the Town of Los Gatos has experimented with short term adjustments over the past several years.  We have also learned that our legal options to affect traffic patterns are limited.  In addition, we’ve observed that putting controls in one location in Town always shifts the traffic to another location in our community.  Often this can create other negative impacts for businesses or previously unaffected residential streets and safety issues.  Provided below is a brief summary of some of the legal traffic mitigation efforts attempted by the Town to date and some of the options which are not legal.
 
Town Traffic Efforts

  • For three summers, the Town of Los Gatos installed a temporary traffic circle at the intersection of South Santa Cruz and Wood Road/Hwy 17 on-ramp.
  • Costs for the closure in 2017 alone totaled approximately $200,000, including $50,000 for data collection.  
  • The Town continues to explore the option of the construction of a permanent roundabout through early design and permitting discussions with Caltrans. At a minimum this will provide a gateway into Town and act as a traffic calming measure for vehicles exiting Highway 17. The design will also keep the options open for more streamlined closures in the future; however, Caltrans will never entertain a permanent closure.
  • Town staff has inquired with Caltrans about the possibility of closures at Highway 9 and Caltrans has also made it clear that they would not consider this as an option. Caltrans explained that the highway and freeway systems are in place to carry regional traffic. 
  • Town staff worked with Caltrans to program the permanent changeable message signage at two locations on Highway 85.
  • Town staff has implemented right turn restrictions at various intersections including:  Highway 9 at Ridgecrest, Massol, and Tait.  
  • Town staff has placed signage on Highway 9 encouraging drivers to remain on that route.
  • Town staff is also looking at opportunities to improve Highway 17 on and off-ramps to aid in the merging of vehicles. Vehicle merges create slowdowns and could help with the freeway traffic.
Illegal Traffic Options
  • California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 21101.6 expressly prohibits local jurisdictions from placing gates or “other devices” to restrict access to a street to “certain members of the public…while permitting others unrestricted access to the street.”
  • The Police Chief does have the ability to implement local temporary road closures for “public safety” only in the most extreme circumstances, and in accordance with the requirements set forth under Section 21100 of the CA Vehicle Code (CVC). Examples of this would include maintaining a crime scene, providing access for emergency personnel in relation to an in-progress call for service, a special event or parade, etc.  
  • “Local Traffic Only” signage is advisory only and not enforceable by the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department.  Other cities that have implemented this in the past have found that the navigation apps, such as Waze, do not honor these signs.
  • The Town does not have the authority to close freeway or highway ramps or road segments. Those are under the purview of Caltrans. The Town has asked about the potential for those closures in the past and Caltrans has said they will not consider it.  
  • The State regulates the charging of tolls and tolls are not allowed on local streets and roads.
While we know that the Town cannot eliminate the traffic, please be assured that the Town continues to try different options within our legal ability.  We recognize the frustration as many of us have modified our routines and ways of traveling in and around Town in consideration of traffic. I hope this helps illustrate the complex nature of the issue we’re facing and the proactive attempts the Council and staff have undertaken within the legal framework of California.  We encourage our residents to continue to share ideas which may help alleviate traffic by emailing them to BTraffic@losgatosca.gov
 
For additional information regarding beach traffic please see: https://www.losgatosca.gov/2488/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 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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