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.


Some Helpful Tips to Share on Junk Mail and Calls

July 23, 2007

Feeling like you’re getting pushed a little too much by folks intruding by phone or mail? Flex your power a little. Here are a few tips that I think you might find helpful to cut down on various kinds of intrusions, whether you live in Los Gatos, San Jose, or anywhere else in the U.S.:

A few caveats:

These three cut down, but don’t eliminate calls, ads in the mail, entirely. There are a few caveats. The “do not call” list has two exempt groups: charities and politicians. The latter group drives me nuts. My husband and I are both pretty centrist in our views but happen to be registered with different parties. So we get every automated call from every top-level politician imaginable. Last time around, our daughter picked up the call and it was the governator. For weeks she was walking around the house saying, “Hello, this is Ahnowled Svartzeenagger…”  Another time my son got the call and I picked up, not knowing he was there on the line already. I heard, “Mom, I’m having a private conversation with Nancy Pelosi”.  I wish we could “do not call” these guys, but they made themselves exempt.

Second, the Remove from Carrier-Sort Mail will not eliminate all ads (postcards, flyers etc.) but only those sent by bulk mail. Being a Realtor, I have not signed up for this because I want to see what other real estate agents (my competition) are up to!

Third,  the removal of the pre-approved credit card mailings I think is VERY important because of the risk of identity theft (others stealing these offers from your mailbox and applying “for” you, only to take the money and run). When you call, you MUST give your social security number (or if there are two of you who qualify in your home, both call and request separately). I believe it’s good for about 5 years.