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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

The Town of Los Gatos is Recruiting for Volunteers on Boards, Commissions & Committees

February 14, 2014

 Los Gatos wants you!  The Town of Los Gatos is recruiting for volunteers on boards, commissions & committees.  Particularly, help is needed with these areas:

-Arts and Culture Commission
-Transportation and Parking Commission
-Housing Element Advisory Board

The application deadline is March 7, 2014 at noon.  More info and a link to the application form can be found on the town’s website here:

http://www.losgatosca.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=878

Town of Los Gatos Single-Use Carry-Out Bag Ordinance Begins Feb 3, 2014

January 11, 2014

Quick reminder that the Town of Los Gatos has a new ban on plastic bags of the single-use type (heavier reusable bags may be exempt) which begins February 3, 2014.  If you find yourself bagless and in need of a bag, one may be purchased at the grocery or other store for 10 cents.  Ideally, Los Gatans will embrace the concept of bringing their own bags.

Los Gatos Single-Use Carry-Out Bag Ordinance

 

Los Gatos Public Preview of Regulation of Firearms and Ammunition Sales

June 10, 2013

 On Friday the Town of Los Gatos announded that there’s a draft of the Firearms Dealers ordinance & regulations (not the final version, but a first draft), which can now be viewed online. The final version will be posted on the afternoon of June 14, 2013, together with the Town Council report. Here are links for more information:

1) Town website with info on the draft and how to ask questions on it

2) The online draft itself (pdf file)

 

Draining a pool or spa? The water should not go to the gutter!

June 04, 2013

What to do with water drained from a pool, spa or fountain?Yesterday afternoon, my family and I walked our elderly dog through our east Los Gatos neighborhood. We saw an inordinate amount of water coming down the gutter on one street (and it was the middle of the day, so we didn’t think it was watering a lawn). Eventually we arrived at a house where a large amount of water was emerging from a property’s drainage system and into the gutter. It looked like several hoses’ worth was coming through at once.

Turns out that this homeowner was draining his pool, and he didn’t know what to do with the water. So he directed it to the storm drain via the gutter.

Do you know what to do with pool or spa water when it needs to be drained? I don’t think most of us do.

The Town of Los Gatos has a stormwater page on its site. Here there’s a two paragraph explanation that the stormwater drainage system (what goes into the gutters) is not the same thing as the sanitary sewer system. Pool and spa water should be directed not to the gutters, but to the sewer system via either the cleanout or washer outlet. When spa or pool water is sent to the gutters, it goes to our creeks and to the bay, where it’s pollution and harmful for the environment and the ecosystem of our water.

On another page of the town’s website for FAQs on stormwater pollution management, there’s a bit more info on draining pools & spas:

 

What should be done with drained pool and spa water?

 

The chemicals used in pools, spas, hot tubs and fountains can be toxic to aquatic life in local streams and the San Francisco Bay Area.

When cleaning out your pool, spa, hot tub, or fountain, discharge the water into a sewer line after obtaining permission from the local sewage treatment plant.

 

There had been a brochure available for more info on what to do via a link on the first page I mentioned above, but it is broken, unfortunately. I’ll contact someone at the town and if possible, will provide a working link as an update to this post when it is available.

 

Los Gatos Town Council to consider gun sales at tonight's meeting

February 04, 2013

Los Gatos is divided about gun sales in townLast month, Templar Sports opened in Los Gatos. A store for sports equipment, it carries hunting and fishing supplies and books, including guns and ammunition. There was no public hearing about it since the area where the shop is located, 611 University Avenue, is zoned for retail and there are no gun sale restrictions on the books.

According to a San Jose Mercury News article in late December, in addition to selling fishing and hunting gear and supplies, Templar Sports will be offering classes, many free, relating to fishing and the proper handling of firearms. The same article states that the shop will support the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.

With the nation raw in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December, there has been an enormous outcry by the public generally regarding the legality of certain types of weapons. Here, too, in Los Gatos, there has been strong anti-gun sentiment by many.

It is little surprise, then, that the opening of this store has stirred immense controversy, mostly vehemently against (group Citizens Coalition for a Safe Los Gatos, which has circulated a petition to prohibit gun and rifle sales in town) but also some strongly in favor of its presence in town.

Tonight’s meeting of the Los Gatos Town Council begins at 7pm, and this issue of gun sales will be discussed. The owners and supporters of Templar Sports would like those in favor of its presence in town to show up and be heard. Similarly, those opposed are holding a candlelight / flashlight vigil outside of the town’s meeting and they, too, are requesting that those who want to prohibit gun sales in Los Gatos appear tonight.

Personal comment: I would be hard pressed to find any issue as controversial or divisive in recent Los Gatos history.  The nearest I am remembering was the skate park initiative, but it was not half as emotional or strident either way.  It will be interesting to see how this turns out.

For more reading: Sheila Sanchez of Patch Los Gatos wrote about this earlier today and it includes some supporting documents – for more information, please also see her article –
Gun Sales on Los Gatos Town Council Agenda Tonight

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