Who maintains the sidewalks in Los Gatos – the home owner, or the town?

Good sidewalks and curbsSidewalks, and the little strip of land between them and the street (where the land exists) are something of a no-man’s land. Homeowners don’t actually own the sidewalk, or the sidewalk strip, but in many municipalities they are required to take care of both. In San Jose, that is the case.

In Los Gatos, however, historically the town has maintained the sidewalks, curbs, and gutters as well as the streets adjacent to them. The town’s website has information on streets, sidewalks etc., and also information on how to submit a request for repair:

http://www.losgatosca.gov/103/Streets-Trees

The San Jose Mercury News had a piece in the Action Line column about street trees and sidewalks which asserted that it’s California state law that makes the sidewalks the property owner’s responsibility. So Los Gatans – we are fortunate to be in a community where the town will take care of this. Just another reason to love living in Los Gatos!

Art in the Los Gatos Town Council Chambers

If you’ve never visited the Town Council Chambers, you might be surprised to learn that there is an ongoing art presentation there, featuring the creative works of local, San Francisco Bay Area, artists. There are four different showings each year. The newest exhibit begins soon, November 3rd, and it runs through January 30th. There will be a reception on November 10th, and all are welcome. This ongoing event is sponsored by the Town of Los Gatos and the Los Gatos Art Association.

Learn more about the upcoming exhibit on the Los Gatos Art Association website:

http://www.lgaa.org/

 

Find location, hours and other info on the town’s site:

http://www.losgatosca.gov/349/Art-in-the-Council-Chambers

New Museum Los Gatos ground breaking

Los Gatos Museum Ground BreakingThe Museum Los Gatos will be holding a ground breaking ceremony on Thursday Oct 16, 2014 at 4pm. The location is the “old” Los Gatos Library, which is in the town’s Civic Center, near Los Gatos High School.

Address: 110 E Main Street, Los Gatos, CA 95030

For those unfamiliar with the Los Gatos Museum, really it’s 2 museums: one for art, which has been located in the old fire department building at Tait and Main, and the history museum, which has been at the Forbes Mill Annex. Now both will be under one roof.

Groundbreaking is this week, and the opening of the new museum is expected in Spring 2015.

For more information and many details on the New Museum Los Gatos, see the website:

http://www.museumsoflosgatos.org/site/give/

New Museum Los Gatos

Hidden stop sign at Shannon and Hilow in Los Gatos

Saw this today – and we stopped. I wonder how many people fly through this intersection since they cannot possibly see the sign? Photo taken 9-3-2015 at the intersection of Shannon and Hilow in east Los Gatos. Not sure if it’s the town’s responsibility or the home owner’s…but it’s dangerous as it is!

Stop Sign Shannon and Hilow

Los Gatos Town Council Election

Los Gatos Town WebsiteThe Los Gatos Town Council Election will take place Tuesday, November 4th, 2014. But the “running” is already underway! Over the weekend, one Town Council hopeful knocked on my front door to garner support. I was surprised as it seems a bit early. But a little advance planning never hurt. And better still, she was armed with a door hanger, and behind that, a website and a Facebook page.

(For the truly curious, this was Marico Sayoc, www.Marico4LG.com.) Fletch Sullivan will be running too – more on that in a future article.

Word has it that Joe Pirzynski and Dianne McNutt are both opting out for re-election.

Interested in running? Better get your fastest shoes on, as the clock’s a tickin’! This will be an interesting political race to watch!

Town of Los Gatos Historic Districts

While there are many neighborhoods with homes which qualify as historic, such as Glenridge, just five of these areas have the historic district designation: Almond Grove, University or Edelen, Fairview Plaza, the Broadway area, and Downtown.

The Town of Los Gatos has a wealth of information on the districts designated as historic and what qualifies them as such. For more information, have a look:

http://losgatosca.gov/1999/Historic-Districts

Town of Los Gatos Historic Districts Map