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

Prospect Road Construction Update

Construction on the Prospect Road Improvements Project has been underway since January to make Prospect Road easier and safer for all to travel. In June, work to improve and add sections of sidewalk will be completed. As part of this work, 25 ADA-accessible ramps have been installed or upgraded, and 3 bus stops have also been improved. Landscaping work will begin in the new planter strips and all new and existing medians along this 1.9-mile stretch of Prospect Road. 

In coming weeks, damaged sections of street pavement will be repaired. The installation of 5 new medians will then begin in July. The existing median between Brookvale Drive and Covina Court will be reconstructed to add refuge lanes turning left onto Prospect Road, and the same modification will be made to the existing median between Provincetown Drive and Titus Avenue. A new lit crosswalk will also be installed at the intersection of Covina Court and Prospect Road by the end of summer.  

You can expect traffic delays during construction, but one traffic lane in each direction on Prospect Road will always remain open. Future phases of the project will include the installation of bicycle detector loops, green bike lanes, and micro-surfacing and striping of the road when the project is completed in December.

Deputy Michael Keck

Meet Deputy Michael Keck

Deputy Michael Keck was born and raised in El Dorado County. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer. He then moved home and earned his A.A. Degree in Administration of Justice from Folsom Lake College. 

Deputy Keck’s experience in the military led him to a career in law enforcement. He worked as a Correctional Officer for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, then attended the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at the Santa Clara County Justice Training Center. He graduated the Academy and was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff in 2014. Deputy Keck currently works with the Sheriff’s Office K9 unit and has recently devoted his time to becoming the best handler for his new K9 partner, Dutch. 

He enjoys working in law enforcement because he gets to assist others, work as a member of a team, and help the community become a better place. He likes working in Saratoga where the residents are so appreciative of the Sheriff’s Office. He also values that the Sheriff’s Office, City leadership, and community members work so well together to make Saratoga the best city possible. 

Outside of work, Deputy Keck enjoys spending time with his two other dogs, an English Bulldog puppy and a Staffordshire Terrier. He also likes to play golf in the summer and snowboard in the winter. 

Stay tuned for next month’s profile, or should we say paw-file, of Deputy Keck’s K9 partner, Dutch!

Coming Up

Movie Night
June 15, 2018
7:30 p.m.
El Quito Park

Blossom Festival
June 23, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saratoga Civic Center

Living Room Conversations
June 26, 2018
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Joan Pisani Community Center

Nextdoor Digest

2018 State of the City Videos
Did you miss the 2018 Saratoga State of the City? You can catch up on what’s happening in the community by watching the Mayor’s State of the City Address at www.saratoga.ca.us/2018SOTC and the “Welcome to Saratoga” video created by Jason Louie, a local high school student and Saratoga resident, at www.facebook.com/CityofSaratoga 

General Plan Update Public Scoping Meeting
In April, the City began a process to refresh and make minor policy updates to three elements of Saratoga’s General Plan. A Public Scoping Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Saunders Room at the Saratoga Senior Center to discuss the proposed project and receive input on the scope of environmental issues to be addressed in the Environmental Impact Report. For more information and to view related documents, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/gp

Apply for the Library Commission or Parks & Recreation Commission
Don’t miss this opportunity to serve your community! There is one available position on both Commissions, and applications for both are due by August 23. For more information on the Commissions and requirements, or to submit an application, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/comvac

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Quick Tip from Captain Rich

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

Make sure your Neighborhood Watch Group stays registered with the City of Saratoga! Groups must now hold 1 neighborhood gathering per calendar year and confirm they have done so by December. For more information, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/neighborhoodwatch

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

Nora Pimentel

Ask Our Staff featuring Nora Pimentel

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

Q: How can I find out what topics the City Council and Commissions are discussing?

A: There are a number of ways you can stay informed about upcoming City Council or Commission meetings and their agenda topics. The City Council meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month, and you can view the meeting schedules for Commissions at www.saratoga.ca.us/commissions

In accordance with the Brown Act, meetings are noticed through the posting of an agenda at least 72 hours in advance. Our City Council and Commission agendas are posted at City Hall and on the City’s website. You can view all City Council and Commission agendas and minutes from the current calendar year at www.saratoga.ca.us/agendacenter. From there, you will also find links to view agendas and minutes from previous years, as well as videos of the City Council and Planning Commission meetings.

You can also visit www.saratoga.ca.us/subscribe and sign up to receive email notifications when agendas are posted and for a variety of other topics, including community events, emergency alerts, City newsletters, and more. A notice is also shared on the City of Saratoga’s Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor pages when the City Council agendas are available online.

Nora Pimentel is the City Clerk who administers local democratic processes such as elections, access to city records, and all legislative actions ensuring transparency to the public. The City Clerk acts as a compliance officer for federal, state, and local statutes including the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act, and the Public Records Act.

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