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Town Council meeting on September 17, 2019

 
The agenda and reports for the September 3, 2019 Town Council meeting are available online. Among the items on the agenda, the Council will consider amendments to Chapter 29 (Zoning Regulations) of the Town Code regarding valet parking, parking lot improvement, and parking assessment district regulations.  In addition,  the Council will consider whether to draft an Ordinance for implementation of a Mills Act program for the Town.


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.  


Highway 17 Shaded Fuel Break Project


General Plan Advisory Committee Meeting on
September 19, 2019

Highway 17 General Plan Amendments

 

The Town is considering proposed amendments to the existing 2020 General Plan regarding Highway 17 (Goal TRA-4 and supporting Policies).  The first step in the process is for the General Plan Update Advisory Committee to make a recommendation on the amendments.  Then, the Planning Commission holds its public hearing on October 9, 2019 (tentative) to make its recommendation.  The Town Council makes the final decision considering all recommendations and public input at its own public hearing tentatively scheduled for November 5, 2019.  For more information, please contact Matt Morley at MMorley@losgatosca.gov.
 


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.


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.

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

 


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.

Map

Beach Traffic and Mapping Applications

 

The Town wants to provide our residents with some additional information regarding the mapping applications and the feasibility of getting them to voluntarily change their business practices.  The mapping applications business model is to receive individual data being transmitted from driver cell phones and then aggregate that data into a single snapshot of a given area.  This practice is known as Crowdsourcing and is one of the legal impediments to challenging Waze and other mapping applications.  One reason that no litigation has been filed against the mapping companies is based upon the fact that the mapping companies do aggregate and redistribute the real-time reports and information about traffic, road conditions, and accidents from individual phone users.  Most Legal experts believe the reporting or publishing of information about traffic, road conditions, and accidents, through its users, is a First Amendment–protected activity.  In addition, 47 U.S.C. Section 230 provides immunity from liability for providers and users of an "interactive computer service" who publish information provided by others.  
 
The Town Attorney has also researched litigation filed against the mapping application companies and has not discovered any litigation currently filed in the United States related specifically to cut through traffic.  In addition the Town Attorney is aware that his peers at both the City of Los Angeles and City of San Francisco, considered the potential of taking legal action against Waze and even at the scale of their organizations concluded not to do so. 

To illustrate the Waze position and lack of sensitivity to local concerns the following is a quote from their CEO, “It’s important to note that Waze does not ‘control’ traffic but our maps do reflect public roads that federal and local authorities have identified and built for its citizens.” CEO Noam Bardin. 
 
Although not directly related to traffic, the Town Attorney is also following a recent dispute between the New York Police Department and Waze, wherein NYPD has sent Waze a cease and desist letter demanding Waze to disable its police-tracking feature because they believe it impairs their ability to conduct sobriety checks effectively.  Waze has said that they will not change their practices stating “Safety is a top priority when developing navigation features at Google," …."We believe that informing drivers about upcoming speed traps allows them to be more careful and make safer decisions when they’re on the road.”.
 
And lastly an August 25, 2009, official Google Blog post describes the crowdsourcing model as follows:  “Crowdsourcing traffic gives us a way to harness bits of location data from our users and give it back to them in a form they can use to make impactful decisions that affect their free time, their pocketbooks and the environment.”
 
The Town continues to work towards finding beach traffic solutions where we can and helping our community understand the challenges where we can’t.


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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