City News and Updates
Bear Fire – Santa Cruz County
10/18/2017  Saratoga residents may see smoke in the area due to the Bear Fire in Santa Cruz County, but there is no current threat to Saratoga. You can view the most recent updates about the Bear Fire on the CAL FIRE website.

October 2017 Northern California Fires
10/12/2017  On October 9, 2017, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties due to the effects of multiple fires. On October 10, a Federal Major Disaster Declaration was issued to support the state and local response to the Northern California fires. These wildfires have prompted mass evacuations throughout Northern California and thousands of acres have burned and threatened infrastructure as strong winds fueled the fast-moving fires. As many as 14 fires are burning in the above counties with an estimated 20,000 people evacuated. If you would like to help and contribute to the communities affected by the fires, please visit the California Volunteers website.

Commission Recruitments – Applications Due November 7
8/22/2017  The City of Saratoga is accepting applications for vacancies on the Heritage Preservation Commission and the Traffic Safety Commission. Looking to immerse yourself in local history? Consider applying for the Heritage Preservation Commission, which performs a number of duties that help preserve Saratoga's history. Want to help make Saratoga roads safer? Apply to serve on the Traffic Safety Commission, which analyzes traffic concerns raised by community members and makes recommendations to the City on how to address these matters. Applications are due November 7, 2017. For more information, or to apply, visit the commission vacancies page.

Saratoga Source
8/17/2017  The City of Saratoga is publishing a new monthly newsletter, the Saratoga Source. Read this month's newsletter, or sign up to receive an email when new issues are published.

Tree and Bench Dedication Program
8/24/2011  The City of Saratoga's Tree & Bench Dedication Program allows members of the public to purchase trees or benches for dedication purposes. Trees and benches dedicated through this program are placed on City property, usually in City parks or along Saratoga trails.

While the cost of a tree purchased through the dedication program is $500, the Saratoga City Council reduced the cost of dedicated trees by 50 percent to encourage participation in the program. Thanks to a donation from the Saratoga Monte Sereno Community Foundation, the cost of dedication trees has been further reduced to $125.

For more information, contact Joan Smith with the City of Saratoga.

Sign-Up for AlertSCC Today!
9/20/2010  Every city in Santa Clara County is encouraging residents to sign up for AlertSCC, the County's emergency notification system, to receive free emergency messages during a disaster. This is a county-wide effort aimed at protecting county residents during and after a disaster such as an earthquake, flood or fire.

Signing up at is one of the easiest steps people can take to help prepare themselves and their loved ones for a disaster. AlertSCC is a free, easy, and confidential way for anyone who lives or works in Santa Clara County to get emergency warnings sent directly to their cell phone, mobile device, email, or landline. AlertSCC can reach you wherever you are to provide information and instructions in a variety of emergency situations, which may include:

  • Flooding, wildfires, earthquakes, and subsequent evacuations
  • Public safety incidents, including crimes, that immediately affect your neighborhood
  • Post-disaster information about shelters, transportation, or supplies
It only takes a minute. Sign up today and tell someone you care about!

Mandatory Water Conservation
2/1/2010  In response to the Santa Clara Valley Water District's call for 15% mandatory conservation through June 2010, the San Jose Water Company has adopted a number of rules to reduce water consumption. Customer allocations or penalities have not been adopted. Instead, the San Jose Water Company hopes the new rules will help customers use water more wisely. Additional information is available on the City website.

Biking Through Saratoga's Past
3/29/2010  Learn more about Saratoga's history by riding your bike to 36 historic sites in Saratoga. The 11 mile ride is generally flat, starting at the Saratoga Historical Park and Museum, past Saratoga Library, to Saratoga High School and back to Historical Park. The route and information was prepared by the Saratoga Historical Foundation.