2020 Local Election for the Town of Los Gatos

Patriot CatIt’s a big election year – are you ready for it?

Registered voters in California will begin to receive ballots in the mail on October 5th – that’s less than 2 weeks away! So let’s have a look at what’s going on in the local, Town of Los Gatos this voting season.

The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce wants to make sure your voice is heard. Their campaign, Vote LG, and it’s web page are set up to answer all of your election questions. Visit that page for a timeline of important dates, links to register online, information on candidates and measures, and most importantly how to vote whether you submit your ballot in-person, by mail, or by drop box.

Another resource for the local election is the League of Women Voters Southwest Santa Clara Valley division which hosts a variety of events for voters. Coming up on October 5th, they will have a non-partisan discussion of the Pros & Cons of the state propositions, county, and local measures that affect this area. Recordings of their past Candidate Forums for this election year are also available online.

Town of Los Gatos Election

This year, voters for the Town of Los Gatos have 3 open seats to fill in the Town Council and 2 Los Gatos specific measures in addition to a few County measures, state propositions, and federal elections to consider. But let’s just focus on the Los Gatos election. Who’s running and for what position?

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Los Gatos Election: Virtual Candidate Forum

Patriot Cat Vote the Los Gatos ElectionIt’s an election year for the Town of Los Gatos! The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual seminar for voters to meet the candidates. This is a free event, but you must sign up to receive the link to view. Public questions can be submitted at registration (one question per registration) and all questions will be curated for relevance to the topic of focus:  local business and economy. This is not a town-hall style meeting, but a moderated forum presented in a Zoom webinar.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

7pm – 8:30pm

For information, changes, and registration, please go to the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce page for this event, called Candidate Forum or through the URL listed below.

https://www.losgatoschamber.com/events/details/candidate-forum-14798

 

If you missed the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum for the Town of Los Gatos that happened on September 21st and you would like to view it, a recording of the session is available on the LWV Southwest Santa Clara Valley Youtube page through this link.

And remember to cast your vote on November 3rd or sooner!

Remember to vote tomorrow!

voteTomorrow is Super Tuesday, and in addition to the presidential primary, there are a number of other issues on the ballot. Please remember to vote!

This year voting is being done a little differently. Ballots and booklets on the propositions were mailed out a few weeks back. A number of locations have been open for dropping off ballots for awhile. If you aren’t sure where to go, please check the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters website. Or phone them at 408-299-8683.

There are two types of locations: some are drop off only, and others are voting locations.

Ballot Drop Box locations in and near Los Gatos include these:

  • Los Gatos Public Library
  • Los Gatos Town Hall
  • Monte Sereno City Hall
  • Saratoga City Hall
  • Saratoga Library
  • West Valley College Fox Center
  • Campbell Library
  • Vineland Branch Library (Cambrian)

Vote Centers – locations where you can actually vote and not simply turn in your ballot

  • Los Gatos Lodge – El Gato Room
  • The Pavilion at Redwood Estates
  • Belwood Cabana Club (east Los Gatos)

And MANY other locations – please check the link above for the complete list.

 

 

Have you voted on your preferences for the North 40 yet?

June 30, 2011

Just a couple more days to do this and it only takes about two minutes – if you haven’t provided your feedback yet, the town wants to hear from you!  What type of architectural style would be most appropriate in the “North 40”?  If you’re new here, this is the last, large open space in Los Gatos.  It is nearly 40 acres and is bounded by Los Gatos Boulevard, Lark Avenue, Highway 17 and Highway 85.  Please be heard – how should look when it’s developed over the next few years?

If you’re a resident of Los Gatos, please take a few moments to answer the 33 question survey on your preferences for the North 40.  The survey closes in early July, so don’t wait!

http://www.losgatosca.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=666

Where to Vote in Los Gatos Today?

November 02, 2010

Voting sign at the Belwood Cabana in Los GatosPlease vote today – it is both the Gubernatorial Election and a number of key propositions are on the ballot!

Scene at Belwood's polling place at about 9:15am on Tuesday, Feb 5th. Short lines, great weather!In case you have misplaced your voter guide and need to know where to go, the League of Women’s Voters has that info on their Smart Voter site, using this link for Santa Clara County:
http://www.smartvoter.org/ca/scl/

Remember to bring your photo ID.

See you at the polls!

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The Los Gatos Town Council Race: Get to Know the Candidates Better

October 01, 2008

 

 

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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

 

Los Gatos Skate Park Initiative: Please Vote!

January 29, 2008

Perhaps the most hotly contested and divisive issue in the history of Los Gatos has been the skatepark ballot initiative. It is upsetting to see how much hostility has emerged.

The Los Gatos Observer carries the controvery in an “up close and personal” kind of way. There have been an inordinate about of personal opinions, rebuttals, comments, and accusations – all found on this news site’s pages. It’s a soap opera with a political bent.

As for me: I have just one request. Please vote. My hope is that the town gets a huge turnout next Tuesday and that the voters will speak their peace and then we will HAVE peace. Truthfully, I am sick of the complaints. Most of them are coming from the “pro D” camp, but they are found on both sides. I am sick of the stolen political signs. And perhaps most of all, I am sick of the villification of the other side. There are good people on both sides of the argument and it is sickening to read the villification of folks on the other side of the argument.  Arguments could be made for voting either way – so let’s leave the “ad hominems” out of it.

Vote.

And then, please, let’s move forward.