Los Gatos welcomes new residents

Recently while looking for something on the town’s website, I stumbled upon something new to me – a way in which the town of Los Gatos welcomes new residents. This comes from the FAQ page. Similar info can be found on resident services / welcoming new residents page.

Residents receive packets of useful community information, including letters from the Town Manager and Chief of Police, an overview of Town services, emergency preparedness and home safety information and gift certificates from local businesses. Children receive Town pins, stickers, and police badges.

Read all of the info on the link provided above, or contact the Personnel and Community Services Divison at (408) 354-6842.

ALSO, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga offers a Newcomers Club. You can check out the membership and activities at http://www.NewComersOfLosGatos.com/

Los Gatos Cat Word Cloud - designed by Mary Pope-Handy

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:


Los Gatos Town Council Meeting & "State of the Town"

February 22, 2011

I will begin with a confession: as a rule, I dislike large meetings and in general will do my level best to avoid them.  So I’m not what you could call a regular at the Los Gatos Town Council meetings.  But I did go tonight, and am very glad I did.

What encouraged me to attend was a part of the agenda to honor the retiring volunteers, or as they referenced it, “end of term commendations”.  My husband, Jim Handy, served as a Parks Commission volunteer for seven years (I had thought it was nine…it felt longer!). Together with Dick Konrad (another super nice volunteer from the same hard working group) and quite a few others from other commissions, he was given a nice framed statement of appreciation from the town. (In the pic below, Jim is to the right of Mayor Joe Pirzynski and Dick Konrad is to the far right – I apologise that I do not know all of the other wonderful volunteers’ names – they are from all kinds of commissions.)

Los Gatos commission volunteers are honored by the Town of Los Gatos and given a framed statement of appreciation from Mayor Joe Pirzynski

This was nicely done, as was the segment beforehand which recognized the hard work of the Fisher Middle School Kiwanis Builders Club.  They had gathered 400 pair of jeans to donate to the needy and were beautifully & appropriately honored.

But what surprised me, and may cause me to willingly go back to another town council meeting, was the very moving speech by the mayor on the “State of the Town“.  I was truly taken by what he had to say – and apparently I wasn’t the only one as he got a standing ovation when he concluded his talk.

To get it all, you’d do best by watching the video replays on the town’s site.  I wasn’t taking notes so it’s not inconceivable that I do not recall all that he said.  But I was impressed by his discussion of our town’s sense of community despite the economic challenges, what is being done to try to keep us fiscally sound, how we’re addressing some issues (roads and sidewalks in the Almond Grove need repair, the North 40 is something we should all keep our eyes on), a sense of gratitude for how involved so many residents are and a call to action – recommit yourself to volunteering where you are now and find new ways to help make our town the desireable place it is.  That can mean helping to slow down traffic, helping with any of our fabulous community projects (Shakespeare in the Park, our musical venues and so many other worthy efforts).

There was a break in the meeting before a budget was discussed, so many of us not disposed so much to meetings (I mean the middle school kids and several of us there to support our retiring volunteers), made a quiet exit.  But, not really so quiet as Jim and I saw an awful lot of people we know at the meeting and did some catching up.

This was a very positive “meeting experience” for me.  I might just have to go back again to another Los Gatos Town Council Meeting.  At least until the break halfway through!

Los Gatos to be Home to New Pediatric Autism Center

February 21, 2008

Pink roseA pediatric center to diagnose and treat autism spectrum disorders will be opening in Los Gatos at the Mission Oaks Campus of Good Samaritan Hospital (located at National Avenue and Los Gatos Almaden Roads). It will be the first facility of its kind in Silicon Valley, in the San Francisco Bay Area or anywhere in Northern California. This important work is coming into existence thanks to the Silicon Valley Children’s Hospital Foundation, the May Institute and Good Samaritan Hospital, and all the generous donors and volunteers who support them.

Autism and related disorders seem to be growing at an epidemic rate and families will be thankful to have assistance here in Santa Clara County. It is hoped that the center will open by the end of this calendar year.