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Sounds of Summer Festival

Sounds of Summer Festival

Sounds of Summer festival Los Gatos 2023 - 3 bands, free concert!This Saturday is the all new Sounds of Summer Festival, which we mentioned in our long post about all of the free music offerings in Los Gatos this summer.

The Sounds of Summer Festival Details

This will take place Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 12 pm noon to “dark” in downtown Los Gatos at the Los Gatos Town Plaza. Four bands will be performing:

12:00 (noon) California Blue Runners

2:00  The Goat Hill Girls

4:00 Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

6:00 Andre Thierry Accordian Soul Music

Find more details on the Jazz on the Plazz website.

Flapjacks & Railroad Tracks

Flapjacks & Railroad Tracks

BJWRR-Flapjacks-Breakfast_W300H237-cOn Saturday, June 8, 2023,  the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad (which runs from Oak Meadow Park through part of Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos) is hosting a fun, affordable pancake breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Flapjacks & Railroad Tracks Food

The website states:

There are two options for breakfast: Regular Breakfast includes 3 large pancakes & 2 sausage links. Small Breakfast includes 1 large pancake & 2 sausage links. A la cart items will also be available.

Tickets for the train are at the regular pricing. It’s a great fundraiser to support the small gauge railroad, and kick off the summer schedule for both the train and carousel.

In addition, the train and carousel will be open bright and early. Rides will begin at 8:00am and run until 4:30pm. Standard ticket pricing applies.

For more information and details, please have a look at the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad website.

If you’re on Facebook, find and “like” the Facebook page for the BJWRR.

 

Related reading:

End of Summer Night Ride and Pasta Dinner

Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series: Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz and Vasona Vibrations Schedule of Events and Performers

Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series: Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz and Vasona Vibrations Schedule of Events and Performers

Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series Collage Summer 2023

Today’s heatwave is a reminder that Summer 2024 is just around the corner, and Los Gatos is gearing up for a season of music to remember! The last couple of years have transformed Los Gatos’ free music scene, with some favorites returning and new events to look forward to, while others have taken their last bow.

Some of our old favorites, like Jazz on the Plazz and Music in the Park, are back, with performances from long-time favorites and some new performances taking the stage. Knowing that you are as excited about these as I am, I have compiled a calendar of free outdoor music events for us all! (Not all artists and schedules have been announced, so please check the official event pages for the latest news).

Below please find a compilation of the three different Los Gatos free musical concert series and a few one-day festivals. As always, the information below is believed to be reliable, but as with any concert or outdoors event it is subject to change, so double check the website (and the weather) prior to going and always read the rules, especially if you plan to picnic. Hope to see you there!

Note: It’s still early in the season, so not all events have their schedules and lineups published. We will update this list later in the season, but be sure to check each event’s website and social media for the latest information!

2024 Summer Concert Series: Free Music and Fun in Los Gatos

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Housing Element

Housing Element

Housing Element Update Community MeetingUPDATE on May 9th: today I received the following from the Planning Dept in an email that went out to their mailing list I’ve put into italics):

Hello,

On May 3, 2024, the Town received a letter from HCD stating that the Town’s Draft Revised Housing Element (May 2024), as submitted to HCD on March 18, 2024, along with the specific technical modifications directed by HCD and submitted on April 26, 2024, meet the statutory requirements of State Housing Element Law (See Attachment).

As required by AB 215, the Draft Revised Housing Element is being made available to the public for a seven-day review period prior to the anticipated formal submittal of an adopted Housing Element to HCD in June.

The Draft Revised Housing Element (May 2024) is available to the public for a seven-day review period prior to HCD re-submittal.  The seven-day public review period runs until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. 

The following items can be viewed on the Town’s Housing Element Update website at: https://www.losgatosca.gov/1735/General-Plan—Housing-Element

  • Draft Revised 2023-2031 Housing Element (May 2024) – Clean Copy
  • Draft Revised 2023-2031 Housing Element (May 2024) – Track Changes Copy*

*Please note track changes showing the specific technical modifications directed by HCD are highlighted in gray and are located on pages 10-62, 10-63, and D-44

Written comments (including name, affiliation, telephone number, and contact information) can be submitted through Wednesday, May 15, 2024, by 5:00 p.m., by email to HEUpdate@losgatosca.gov or by mail to:

Town of Los Gatos
Community Development Department
110 E. Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030

On May 22, 2024, the Planning Commission will consider the Draft Revised Housing Element and will make a recommendation to the Town Council.  On June 4, 2024, the Town Council will consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation and take action on the Draft Revised Housing Element.  Once adopted by Town Council, the Housing Element will then be submitted to HCD.

 

 

 

Good news to report on the Los Gatos Housing Element: on May 3rd, our town got preliminary approval from the state for the Housing Element Plan. This has been a very long time in coming!

Housing Element update from the town

Per per the town’s website:

On May 3, 2024, the Town received a letter from HCD stating that the Town’s Draft Revised Housing Element (March 2024), as submitted to HCD on March 18, 2024, along with the specific technical modifications directed by HCD and submitted on April 26, 2024, meet the statutory requirements of State Housing Element Law.

If this is the first you’ve heard of the Housing Element in Los Gatos, this phrase refers to our “strategic plan for housing the Town’s present and future residents,”

The state requires us to prepare for both the current and future housing needs and the plan must be updated every 8 years.

Once again, there’s a 7 day period of time for the public to weigh in (the quote below is from the same link above).

As required by AB 215, the preliminary review revisions to the Draft Revised Housing Element will be made available to the public for a seven-day review period prior to a formal resubmittal to HCD.  The seven-day public review period will run concurrently with the public noticing for the Planning Commission’s consideration of the Housing Element.

San Jose Spotlight shared that:

The plan identifies Los Gatos Boulevard, Los Gatos-Saratoga Road, Oka Lane and Burton Road as future development sites for housing. The housing element must still go through final Los Gatos Town Council approval before heading back to the state for certification.

Los Gatos has some unique challenges since much of our town’s land is in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone, and except for the addition of ADUs, construction appears to be discouraged by CalFire in those areas. Even parts of town not in that precise zone are still in higher fire risk areas. It will be interesting to see how this is factored in to the long range real estate planning for our area. (I’m concerned about safety above all.)

To get more details, please click through the two links above.

 

Related reading

Los Gatos neighborhoods – links to articles for MANY parts of town, posts on this site

Updated fire zone map (this site)

Los Gatos Lions Date Night

Los Gatos Lions Date Night

Los Gatos Lions Date Night graphic with green canopy, wine glass, and cutleryThe annual Los Gatos Lions  Date Night event will be held Campo Di Bocce, Los Gatos. Enjoy the evening of wine, brews, and food tasting provided by 11 local premier wineries and breweries, and 11 premier restaurants and specialty places. The event features a raffle, Silent Auction of great items, a Live Auction of a few very select items and live music. This is a sell out event, so buy your tickets soon!

Los Gatos Lions Date Night details

When: Saturday, June 1st, 7 – 10pm

Where: Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos, 565 University Avenue Los Gatos, CA 95032

Cost: $100 per ticket ($108.55 as there’s a service charge added)

This fundraising event at Campo di Bocce provides much-needed financial support to our Los Gatos Schools’ mental health initiatives and student counseling services. The benefactors in years past were: Los Gatos High School, RJ Fisher Middle School and CT English Middle School.

Date Night always sells out and tickets will not be available at the door.

 

For more info: https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/losgatos/page-8.php

Buy tickets here.

 

 

Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk

Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk

Los Gatos Spring Wine WalkThe Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm- rain or shine!

Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk Tickets

    Tickets went on sale March first. They can sell out fast, so get yours today! Costs are as follows:

  • Early Bird General Admission $50 (valid until March 31)
  • $60 advance
  • $70 day of the event if any tickets remain to  be purchased.

There’s also a VIP experience for $120 or $150 at the door if available. This VIP Experience will be held on the lawn of the historic Victorian mansion at 115 N. Santa Cruz in downtown Los Gatos. Check the chamber’s website for more details.

For more details and info on how to register, please see the Los Gatos Chamber’s website. Cheers!

Tickets may be purchased here. No refunds for inclement weather.

 

The location will be

Downtown Los Gatos
N. Santa Cruz Avenue & Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030

 

Love Los Gatos events? Here are some other happenings around town:

Los Gatos High School’s Spring Musical (post on this site)

Los Gatos Cat’s Hill Classic annual cycling event