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

Event Grant Applications Now Available

The City of Saratoga recognizes the value of community events and their role in bringing residents together, building community, and establishing an identity for the City. For 6 years, the City Council has supported numerous community events in Saratoga through the Community Event Grant Program. This program gives local event organizers the opportunity to seek funding for their community events.

The City is currently accepting applications for events that will take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Only events that are held in Saratoga and open to the public will be considered for funding. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to produce a well-planned and safe event.

Visit www.saratoga.ca.us/eventgrants for more information on the program and to apply. Applications are due to City Hall by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27. Applications will be brought to the Council for decision at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, March 20. Applicants are encouraged to attend this meeting to answer any questions about their events.

Participate in Saratoga's Community Art Project

There are opportunities for everyone to take part in public art, whether you’re an artist, volunteer, or art lover! The application period for the 2019 cycle of Paint the City: Saratoga Utility Box Art Project closed on Sunday, January 13. The City received a total of 55 applications from Saratoga residents age 10 and older to paint utility boxes at 5 locations throughout the City. The community will be invited to rank their favorite designs after the applications are reviewed by the Public Art Committee later this month. The top ranked artwork for each location will be presented to the City Council for acceptance in February.

The City is currently seeking volunteers to help prepare the utility boxes at these 5 locations for painting. Volunteers are needed to clean, sand, and prime boxes by March 10, 2019. It takes roughly 4 hours per location to prepare boxes depending on the location and number of volunteers participating. All necessary supplies are provided by the City. Interested volunteers can contact the City’s Volunteer Coordinator Babette McKay at hr@saratoga.ca.us for more information.

Coming Up

City Hall Holiday Closed
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 21, 2019

Living Room Conversations

January 22, 2019
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Joan Pisani Community Center

Winter Wonderland Dance
January 25, 2019
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Joan Pisani Community Center

Nextdoor Digest

The City of Saratoga is Now on Instagram!
Follow @CityofSaratogaCA on Instagram to see photos of what’s happening in our beautiful community! Tag @CityofSaratogaCA or use #SaratogaCA to share your Saratoga snapshots with us on Instagram!

Volunteer at Quarry Park
Volunteer for the Parks & Recreation Commission Let’s Work program on the second Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Quarry Park (22000 Congress Springs Road) through April, weather permitting. Volunteers meet in the parking lot, then help remove invasive plants to beautify and maintain the trails. Please bring gloves, water, and sunscreen, and wear closed-toed shoes and long sleeves.

Join a Commission and Help Shape Your Community
The City of Saratoga is now accepting applications for two openings on the Planning
Commission. Applications are due by February 21, and interviews with the City Council are scheduled for March 6. Applicants are required to attend a Commission meeting before their interview. For more information or to apply, 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 you stay safe on the road when it is raining. Give yourself extra time to reach your destination, reduce your speed, break earlier and slower, turn on your headlights and defroster, keep an eye out for pedestrians, and avoid any distractions.

For more information on safety and Saratoga Neighborhood Watch, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/stayingsafe.

Captain Rich Urena

Ask Our Staff
featuring Captain Rich Urena

Q: How can I secure my mailbox and protect myself from mail theft?

A: Here are some helpful tips to prevent becoming a victim of mail theft:

  • Pick up mail promptly after delivery
  • Never leave mail in the mailbox overnight
  • Drop outgoing mail directly at the Post Office when possible
  • Do not send cash in the mail
  • Install security cameras that capture your mailbox
  • Install a lock on your mailbox
  • Place a hold on mail when going out of town
  • Sign up for Informed Delivery, and preview incoming mail at www.saratoga.ca.us/informeddelivery

If you feel you have been a victim of mail theft, call the US Postal Service at 877.876.2455 or the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number, 408.299.2311. Additionally, if you ever hear or see anything suspicious, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

As Captain of the West Valley Patrol Division of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, Captain Rich Urena serves as the Police Chief within the City of Saratoga.

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