Tucked away in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, Saratoga is a lovely residential community with a small-town feel. The City is well known for its excellent schools, fine dining, unique shops, and distinctive cultural institutions. Saratoga offers a high quality of life to its residents and a chance to escape the hustle of Silicon Valley.
Blaney Plaza at Night
City Accepting Applications for 2016/17 Community Event Grant Program
2/2/2016  The City of Saratoga is currently accepting applications for its Community Event Grant Program. The Saratoga City Council has allocated $35,000 to the program for Fiscal Year 2016/17.

The City Council has also set aside funding to help local organizations pay for the cost of closing down Big Basin Way for two community events, one of which would celebrate Saratoga’s 60th anniversary.

Applications are due to Saratoga City Hall by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Events must be held between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Applications will be brought before the City Council on March 16, 2016 for consideration and decision. Applicants should plan to attend the March 16, 2016 City Council meeting to answer Council questions.

To be considered for funding, the application must be submitted to the Saratoga City Manager’s Office before the deadline. Applications may be dropped off in person, faxed, mailed, or emailed. For more information, please contact Administrative Analyst Brian Babcock at (408) 868-1275 or bbabcock@saratoga.ca.us.

For more information, and to download an application, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/eventgrants.

Information about Coyotes
1/28/2016  Some Saratoga residents have reported recent coyote sightings and interactions in the City. It’s important to remember that Saratoga is a semi-rural community with trail and creek systems, along with open space in and around the City. Saratoga is surrounded by wildlife. But every so often wild animals, including coyotes, are spotted in the low-land areas of the City.

The Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley has a dedicated page on coyotes: www.wcsv.org/education/species/coyote/#Coexist. Residents can find information about coyotes, what to do if you encounter one, how to deter them from your property, and how to keep your pets safe from them.

Library Commission Recruitment
1/28/2016  Do you have a passion for reading and the Saratoga Library? The City is now accepting applications for two positions on the Saratoga Library Commission, which meets every other month to provide the City of Saratoga and Santa Clara County Library staff with recommendations on policies and programs related to Saratoga Library. Applications are due March 1, 2016. Applicants must attend a Library Commission meeting before interviewing with the City Council on March 16, 2016. The next Library Commission meeting is February 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/comvac.