Enjoy this month's newsletter from the City of Saratoga!

Saratoga Safety Fair on May 20

The City of Saratoga and the Public Safety Task Force will host the first Saratoga Safety Fair on Sunday, May 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at West Valley College. Admission to the event and parking in Lot 5 are free.

Throughout the afternoon, meet first responders from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and Santa Clara County Fire Department, as well as other safety-related service providers. You can also enjoy a number of presentations, from preventing scams and identity theft, home fire safety, personal safety and defense, and more.

The Saratoga Safety Fair is one of several efforts initiated at the recommendation of the Public Safety Task Force, which was formed in 2017 to identify opportunities to enhance public safety in the City of Saratoga. In addition to the Safety Fair, keep an eye out to for the quarterly safety tips postcard now mailed by the City and sign up for the Saratoga Neighborhood Watch newsletter at www.saratoga.ca.us/stayingsafe

For more information, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/safetyfair

Spring/Summer Recreation Guide Available Now!

The Saratoga Recreation Department’s Spring/Summer Activity Guide is out now! They offer programs for all ages and interests, including classes, camps, and trips. It’s time to register your children for their summer activities. Future Innovators, the City of Saratoga’s Summer Camp, begins in June. This camp features interactive games, enrichment projects, arts, crafts, science, and fun! Campers will take field trips to the Seymour Discovery Center, NASA Ames, San Jose Museum of Art, Tech Museum, a San Jose Giants game, and more!

The Great Getaways program offers day trips for all ages. On Wednesday, May 23 Great Getaways will take a trip to see the musical The Color Purple in San Francisco, then explore Union Square. You can also spend the day on the Monterey Wine Trolley and visit the Wharf Marketplace on Wednesday, June 6. View the full Activity Guide and register for trips, camps, and classes online at www.saratoga.ca.us/activityguide

The Recreation Department will also offer a Luau Dance for Individuals with Disabilities (ages 14 and older) on Friday, June 1 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Joan Pisani Community Center. Friends and support staff are welcome! For more information about tickets, and to download the necessary registration form, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/luaudance

Coming Up

Hakone Matsuri
May 20, 2018
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hakone Estate & Gardens

Living Room Conversations
May 22, 2018
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Joan Pisani Community Center

Luau Dance
June 1, 2018
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Joan Pisani Community Center

Nextdoor Digest

Volunteer Drivers Needed
The Saratoga Area Senior Center is seeking volunteer drives for Reach Your Destination
Easily (RYDE), a transportation service for adults 55+ living in the West Valley Cities. For more information about this rewarding volunteer opportunity, or to register for RYDE services, contact the Saratoga RYDE Coordinator at 408.892.9739

Youth in Government Internship Program
The City is excited to launch a new summer program that will introduce high school students to local government and provide hands-on City experience. The Youth in Government Internship Program begins on July 30 and is open to Saratoga residents who will be in high school for the 2018/19 school year. The application deadline is June 8, and the registration cost is $50. Space is limited. Register online at www.saratoga.ca.us/yig

Let’s Work Day Volunteers
Thank you to the Parks & Recreation Commission Let’s Work Day volunteers who spent many Saturdays at Quarry Park removing large amounts of French Brooms, an invasive plant species. This year, their hard work helped to open up a new trail segment!

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Quick Tip from Captain Rich

Captain Rich Urena oversees the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office West Valley Division.

May is National Water Safety Month. Keep your family safe near the water this summer. Never leave young children unattended, enroll them in age-appropriate swim lessons, and ensure they wear life jackets. You should always swim with a buddy and only in areas supervised by life guards.

Keep track of crime in your area. Visit www.crimereports.com
Be notified when emergencies happen in your area. Sign up at www.sccgov.org/sites/alertscc
For information on Neighborhood Watch and tips on staying safe, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/stayingsafe

Debbie Pedro

Ask Our Staff featuring Debbie Pedro

Do you have a question? Email it to us at lpettipiece@saratoga.ca.us

Q: Who is the City’s new Community Development Director, and what does the department do?

A: Hi! I’m Debbie Pedro and I joined the City of Saratoga as the Community Development Department Director in January. I oversee the City’s Planning Division, Building Division, Code Compliance, and Arborist Services.

The Community Development Department provides a full range of services for residents that plan to remodel, rebuild, or construct a new building, and for those that need a building permit or inspection. The City Arborist can also help guide you through the permitting process to remove or drastically trim a tree. Our Code Compliance Officer can help if you want to hold a neighborhood block party, or share a health and safety concern due to a potential City code violation.

Before joining the City of Saratoga, I served as the Planning Director for Portola Valley and the Community Development Director for Los Altos Hills. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Urban Planning Degree from San Jose State University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. I also hold a Certified Planner credential from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Debbie Pedro is the Director of the City’s Community Development Department. She oversees the Planning Division, Building Division, City Code Compliance, and Arborist Services.

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