Los Gatos Government
November 02, 2008
Where Do Los Gatos Residents Vote?
This Tuesday is the general election and many in the town may be wondering where can you vote? Click on the link and you’ll be able to input your address and see your assigned polling location.
This year, some Los Gatos residents were informed that they are voting by mail or dropping off a completed ballot at a nearby polling place.
For those of us in the east Los Gatos neighborhood of Belwood, Alerche Road and Harwood Road near Belwood, the place to drop off ballots is Noddin School, 1755 Gilda Way (at Harwood Road), San Jose 95124.
I wondered why this time around we got a vote-by-mail ballot when normally we just go to the cabana on Belwood Gateway to vote. The California Elections code determines that if there are fewer than 250 registered voters in a precinct, it must be a “mail ballot” area. (It apparently can vary from one election to the next as to how a precinct will be designated in terms of having a polling place or not. ) This seems to be happening all over the state, particularly in areas where jurisdictions are more complicated.
For more information on voting by mail, or dropping off ballots, please see the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters page on the SCCGOV site. There are multiple ways to get your vote turned in.
Please note, all completed ballots must be received no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
What about the Los Gatos Town Council race?
If you find that the election is looming quickly and you remain undecided about your town council vote, here are some resources for you to check out:
Los Gatos Town Council Forum (1 hour video in which each candidate responds to questions and areas of concern)
Peggy Dallas – www.Peggy4Council.org
Michael Kane – www.MichaelKane4LG.com
Steve Rice – www.SteveRice4LG.com
Barbara Spector – www.spector-re-elect-her.org
I would encourage everyone to take time in reading each candidate’s site, view what the League of Women Voters presents, watch the forum online and choose after becoming informed. Some of the candidates put an amazing and helpful amount of information into their sites.
As we go into the election, I can see strengths in each one of the candidates. Some of the plusses in each one as I see it:
Peggy Dallas – will bring a fresh voice and architectural background to the council
Michael Kane – focus on protecting hillsides, wants to stick to the town’s general plan
Steve Rice – very highly experienced volunteer in the town, broad vision of town’s needs
Barbara Spector – incumbant, extremely experienced
Thank you, candidates, for caring so much about our town that you’re running for council, and for all the volunteer work that you do for our town. Best of luck to all of you.
October 01, 2008
The Los Gatos Town Council has two slots coming open and four candidates running for those seats: Peggy Dallas, Steve Rice, Michael Kane and Barbara Spector (who is the mayor currently).
On September 25th, the candidates came together for an hourlong forum which can now be viewed online on the Los Gatos town website: Council Candidate Forum 2008. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear and see the agents side-by-side, see how they respond to critical questions and to get their vision of what they hope to do if elected. I found it immensely helpful in evaluating each one directly.
The San Jose Mercury News and Los Gatos Weekly-Times posted an article on this today too, and it’s also worth reading: “Los Gatos council candidates focus on development, recreation in forum”.
Please see also: Election 2008 – Voting in Los Gatos, posted November 2, 2008