What’s New? Changes and Re-Openings in Los Gatos

Open Sign NeonSpring has stretched into summer and while closure protocols remain in place, the Town of Los Gatos has been progressively re-opening.

Safe Summer Reading

Socially distant opportunities are ever-expanding. The Town Library is working hard to circulate your summer-reads safely. Residents can now check-out material online with safe patio pick-up for books, CDs, and DVDs. Virtual services include online classes and remote storytimes in addition to the virtual library services already in place.

Summer concerts have gone virtual, too, at least for Jazz on the Plazz.

Back in Business

Unfortunately, increasing virus spread has led to a rollback on opening many indoor services. Outdoors, however, there’s plenty to do!

Back in May the Town Council began work and the April-approved reallocation of $1.9M in surplus to bolster local COVID-19 economic recovery. Some of this has been used to help create the outdoor expansions into temporary parklets.

If you haven’t been downtown recently, it’s all hustle and bustle with the new setup. Patio dining is now available at many of your favorite restaurants. Personal services including hair salons, cosmetologists, nail salons, and barbershops are now also open for business – outdoors and by reservation only. The weekly farmers market is still open for business every Sunday.

While indoor malls remain closed you can still enter shops in outdoor malls or at standalone stores, so window-shoppers, follow the posted rules and enjoy stalking the shelves!

Re-Opening the Outdoors

Los Gatos Collage Re-OpeningTrails and parks remain open with social distancing requirements. Boating on Vasona Lake is open with plenty of safety protocols in place. County parks have yet to reopen playgrounds, water fountains, and group picnic sites, according to their website, so keep that in mind when you plan a Vasona visit. Town parks have reopened some sports equipment (such as tennis courts), and playgrounds, picnic tables, and BBQ areas are all open for use. The Town of Los Gatos is accepting picnic site reservations online again.

To keep track of what’s open and what’s changing in the Town of Los Gatos, check the Town Department Updates page, the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce Open Businesses page, or contact individual businesses for details.

Remember that the best practice is still to remain home as much as possible. When not possible, follow all safety protocols, wear a mask, stay physically distant, and wash your hands often.

Door to door soliciting

Photo of man knocking on front door with information that door to door soliciting in Los Gatos requires a permitIn the town of Los Gatos, door to door soliciting requires a permit per the town municipal code.

The solicitors or peddlers permit may be obtained through the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department only after the applicant has submitted the paperwork, is fingerprinted, and his or her criminal history has been checked.

The application form can be found at the town’s website: Los Gatos Solicitor / Peddler Permit Application

Some peddlers will say that they have a permit, but when pushed may provide a San Jose business license or some other document which not not satisfy the code.

The fine for the first offense is $100 and it rises from there.

If you have a door to door solicitor at your home and believe that the peddler does not have the needed permit, please call the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department at (408)354-8600 to report it.

 

Gas transmission lines in Los Gatos

Where are the gas transmission lines in Los Gatos? Ever since the San Bruno fire, caused by a faulty PG & E gas transmission pipe line, the location of those pipes has been a concern.  The power company now provides a map with that information for the major gas transmission lines. The map actually outlines info for all of Silicon Valley – and the state of California as a whole!

In Los Gatos, those lines are along Winchester Boulevard, Blossom Hill Road, University Avenue, and Roberts Road (on both sides of 17).

Gas transmission lines in Los Gatos
Gas transmission lines in Los Gatos

Los Gatos CERT Event

Wildfire Evacuation Route in Los Gatos The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is a nationwide effort at preparing individuals and communities to be better prepared in disasters. In some areas, the focus may be more on terrorist threats, and in others, natural hazards such as earthquakes, fire, tornadoes, tsunamis, flooding etc. Los Gatos and Monte Sereno have received funding and CERT has been getting rolled out here. Last night in my area, Belwood (one of 13 CERT communities), there was a meeting about safety generally and CERT in particular, and I believe these meetings are happening or will happen in the various CERT areas.

On July 13, there will be a CERT event at the Los Gatos Civic Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,for a CERT Fire extinguisher training, unveiling of the new Civic Center Neighborhood Incident Command Post (NICP) and a B.B.Q. All are welcome! You can register for this event on the Eventbrite page.

Learn more about CERT – wonderful video produced by FEMA. The opening segment has to do with the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989.

 

 

Looking to get trained as a CERT volunteer? You can sign up here for the course, which begins in October.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-emergency-response-team-cert-academy-los-gatosmonte-sereno-tickets-50498156345

Community Emergency Response Team – CERT

Los Gatos and Monte Sereno provide opportunities to volunteer in case of disaster through a program overseen by the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department. It’s called CERT, or Community Emergency Response Team.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is one of the most visible Town emergency preparedness programs, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This 20-hour course offers training in disaster preparation response and recovery skills. (From the CERT page on the town’s website.)

A new series of training events begins on April 30th, 2019, so if you are interested in getting involved, this is the perfect time to check it out. The cost is $35.

Volunteer with CERT in Los Gatos Monte Sereno

There are a number of topics covered, such as disaster preparedness, light search and rescue, damage assessment, and much more. You can see the details on the town’s page for the CERT Training.

CERT Neighborhoods

The police department has grouped neighborhoods into 13 sets (part of the map is below – click on it to go to the page, or click this link to go to the LGMS Cert Map):

  • Almond Grove / Downtown
  • Belwood
  • Blossom Hill / Shannon
  • Civic Center
  • Kennedy East
  • Kennedy North
  • Los Gatos-Almaden
  • Monte Sereno West
  • N Santa Cruz
  • Rinconada
  • Santa Rosa Hicks
  • Vasona
  • Vista del Monte

The white or gray areas are either county pockets not served by the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department or are nearby cities: San Jose, Campbell, or Saratoga.

I’m hoping that the effort is not overly rigid in these boundaries as some of them don’t really make sense to my way of thinking. Part of the Santa Rosa Hicks area can only be driven to from Belwood, for instance. And there are some areas that are San Jose parcels with a Los Gatos mailing address that can only be accessed from Los Gatos – hopefully they would be included even if they aren’t technically in town.

CERT Map for Los Gatos Monte Sereno