City Council Meeting
The October 18 City Council meeting agenda is available on the City website. Participation instructions are available on the meeting agenda. Written comments can be sent to the City Council before the meeting. You can also view and subscribe to receive a preview of upcoming City Council meetings and summaries of past meetings by visiting the City of Saratoga’s Hamlet GovCenter. Hamlet is an independent communications platform that utilizes artificial intelligence to review and post agenda information online, making City Council meetings easier to track and understand.
Saratoga Housing Element Policy Proposals and Builder's Remedy Projects
The Planning Commission met on October 11 to consider new Housing Element policy proposals and receive information about Builder's Remedy projects. The City Council will consider recommendations from the Planning Commission on November 1. Participation information for the November 1 meeting is below.
The draft policies are being presented in response to the California Department of Housing and Community Development's most recent comment letter (PDF), which calls for actions to increase housing and affordability in existing single-family neighborhoods. Information about Builder’s Remedy projects in Saratoga will also be shared at these meetings. Under California law, Saratoga is subject to Builder's Remedy projects while awaiting State approval of the Housing Element and is required to approve qualifying housing developments even if they are inconsistent with the City's General Plan (lot sizes and housing type) or zoning regulations (height and setbacks). The City has received three Builder’s Remedy Project applications that may result in the addition of 294 new housing units.
Learn more and subscribe to the Housing Element Update Newsletter on the City's website at www.saratoga.ca.us/housing
City Council • November 1, 2023 • 7:00 p.m.
State Route 9 Overnight Closures
From October 17 through October 20, Caltrans will perform full nightly closures of State Route 9/Big Basin Way at Sanborn Road. Closures are scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. and end the following morning at 7:00 a.m. Sanborn Road will be blocked off entirely except for emergency vehicles. The closures are needed to place new steel girders for the Saratoga Creek Bridge Rehabilitation project. For more information, visit the Saratoga Creek Bridge project page.
Great ShakeOut Drill
Are you ready to shake out? This year's Great California ShakeOut drill is on October 19 at 10:19 a.m., when millions of people participate in earthquake drills at work, school, or home! Prepare to DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON! Talk with your family, friends, and neighbors about the Great California ShakeOut, encourage their participation from wherever they are, and start preparing for an earthquake and other disasters. Learn more at PrepareSCC.org/Earthquake
SASCC Health Fair
You are invited to the 2023 SASCC Health Fair on Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Senior Center at 19655 Allendale Avenue. From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., event attendees can participate in a resource fair, health screenings, raffle, fun activities for all ages, and free lunch for seniors. From 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the event will feature a variety of workshops including Creating a Society without Ageism, Nutrition for Longevity, and Role of Tech in Successful Aging.
Be Prepared for Disasters Workshop
Saratoga is at risk for various natural disasters, such as earthquakes and disasters. Prepare by creating a family plan to determine what you will do before, during, and after an emergency. Learn how to create a plan and prepare for disasters by registering for the October 25 Santa Clara County Fire Be Prepared for Disasters workshop at www.sccfd.org.
Bring your pirates, princesses, ghosts, and goblins to the Witchy Walk-A-Bout on Saturday, October 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Saratoga Village in the Saratoga Village. Trick-or-treat at the downtown businesses and enjoy children's activities! This event is hosted by the Saratoga Village Development Council.
Scarecrows will be on display throughout Saratoga Village from September 29 through November 1. Be part of this fun Saratoga tradition by displaying your own scarecrow too! Learn more about the Village Scarecrows.
Recruitment for entry-level Firefighter/Engineers
Santa Clara County Fire Department is currently recruiting entry-level Firefighter/Engineers. View the job announcement to learn more about this highly rewarding career, helping others, and joining an organization focused on a culture of courtesy and service. Applicants will be required to complete a Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) with the National Testing Network (NTN) and submit an online application by November 14, 2023. Learn more about the recruitment process and sign up for the NTN Firefighter exam.
Criminals frequently impersonate trusted people or organizations by phone or email to obtain personal information or funds. Independently validate that the request is legitimate before clicking links, sharing information, or making a payment. Visit the City's Neighborhood Watch page to learn more about crime prevention.
Preventing Identity Theft
Stolen mail is often used to gather personal information needed to commit identity theft. Install a locking mailbox, gather mail as soon as it is delivered, place a hold on mail when out of town, and sign up for Informed Delivery. Visit the City's Neighborhood Watch page to learn more about crime prevention.
Apply to Volunteer for a Commission!
Explore your passions while serving your community! Apply today to volunteer as a City of Saratoga Commissioner at www.saratoga.ca.us/comvac. The City is accepting applications for the Heritage Preservation Commission, Library & Community Engagement Commission, Parks & Recreation Commission, and Public Art Commission.
Oriental Fruit Fly Quarantine in Parts of Saratoga
The California Secretary of Agriculture has placed a portion of Santa Clara County under quarantine for the oriental fruit fly following the detection of eight flies in the cities of Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. The quarantine area includes all of the cities of Santa Clara and Sunnyvale as well as portions of Saratoga, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Mountain View, and San Jose. These areas are expected to remain under quarantine until June 1, 2024, and the boundaries of the quarantine area may be expanded.
The oriental fruit fly is an invasive pest that poses a significant threat to California’s agricultural industry. It is known to infest more than 230 fruits and vegetables, including valuable California crops such as avocados, apples, stone and citrus fruits, tomatoes, and peppers.
To prevent the spread of oriental fruit flies, residents in the quarantine areas should not move homegrown fruits and vegetables from their property. These fruits and vegetables may, however, be consumed or processed (e.g., juiced, frozen, cooked, or ground in the garbage disposal) on the property where they were grown. Residents should continue to use their green organics cart for disposal of all fruit and vegetables. Additionally, residents can freeze homegrown produce and place it in their organics cart the night before cart collection to help prevent the spread of fruit flies. All organic materials collected in the green organics cart go through extensive processing including grinding and sustained high temperatures that ensure that the resulting compost is free from pathogens, including fly larvae and eggs. Oriental fruit flies only affect homegrown produce, such as fruits and vegetables. Store-bought produce is considered safe.
Additional information about the oriental fruit fly and the quarantine is available on the California Department of Food and Agriculture website.
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