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

Vote For Your Favorite Utility Box Artwork!

The City of Saratoga received 55 stunning submittals from Saratoga artists for the 2019 cycle of Paint the City: Utility Box Art Project. The Public Art Committee narrowed the choices to 3 options for each location, and Saratoga residents can now vote for their favorite designs to transform 5 drab utility boxes into works of art throughout the City!

Visit www.saratoga.ca.us/paintthecity to cast your vote by Sunday, February 24. Artwork that receives the most votes will be presented to the City Council for final approval at their meeting on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Civic Theater, 13777 Fruitvale Avenue.

The City will hold the Paint the City Kickoff on Saturday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the Civic Theater. Join us to preview the selected artwork, meet the artists, enjoy light refreshments, and celebrate the start of the utility box transformations!

Probationary Firefighter Sam Ton

Meet Probationary Firefighter Sam Ton

Probationary Firefighter Sam Ton grew up in the South Bay, so he feels fortunate to work for Santa Clara County Fire Department and serve the community he grew up in. Sam learned about this career path in a college class and was immediately hooked by the opportunity to work in a field that would allow him to give back to the community.

Being a probationary firefighter is a challenging experience that requires staying mentally and physically fit. Every 3 to 4 months, they rotate to different fire stations to learn the unique characteristics of the neighborhoods each station serves. This quarter, Sam is beginning to drive fire engines.

Prior to working for County Fire, Sam spent a fire season working as a wildland firefighter with CAL FIRE. He found the job to be very rewarding, and he enjoyed working hard as part of the team. In 10 years, Sam would like to be more involved in County Fire’s wildland firefighting working group to best serve the wildland urban interface areas in Santa Clara County.

County Fire serves a number of very diverse communities, over 128 square miles. Sam finds that what makes each community so unique are the people who live there. Every day and every call are different, so Sam always looks forward to training and learning new lessons so he’s prepared when the bell goes off!

Coming Up

Living Room Conversations
February 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Joan Pisani Community Center

Hakone Lunar New Year Festival

March 3 at 3:00 p.m.
Hakone Estate and Gardens

Let's Work Volunteer Day
March 9 at 9:00 a.m.
Quarry Park

Nextdoor Digest

Final Weeks to See Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light
Montalvo Arts Center will host the astonishing Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light exhibition until March 17. Don’t miss your opportunity to see Montalvo’s historic Villa and grounds transformed by 10 light-based works. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.munromontalvo.org

Valley Transportation Authority's Draft 2019 New Transit Plan
VTA is seeking input on their draft 2019 New Transit Service Plan by Thursday, February 28. You can review the draft plan and additional proposed changes for Saratoga online at http://newtransitplan.vta.org and share your feedback through an online form at http://newtransitplan.vta.org/comment

Join a Commission and Help Shape Your Community
We’re looking for five Saratoga teens to serve on the Youth Commission! Saratoga residents in 7th through 11th grades during the 2019/20 school year are eligible to apply. Applications are due by Monday, April 22, and interviews with the City Council will be held on Wednesday, April 30 . 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.

Beware of scams requesting payment over the phone through unusual methods, like a gift card or wire transfer. Computer companies, public utilities, and the IRS will never call you unexpectedly about issues with your computer or accounts, and they will not demand immediate payment.

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

Ask Our Staff

Q: What can I do to keep coyotes away from my property?

A: Saratoga is surrounded by wildlife with trails, creeks, and open space in and around the City. Every so often, coyotes and other wild animals are spotted in the lowland areas of Saratoga. Here are a few tips to deter coyotes from your property and keep your pets safe from them:

  • Securely close garbage cans and put them out the morning of pickup, not the night before.
  • Add a small amount of ammonia to attractive food waste, such as meat, cheese, or eggs.
  • Use enclosed composting bins rather than exposed piles.
  • Install outdoor motion sensor lights to keep animals from coming too close to your home.
  • Clear away bushes and dense weeds where animals find cover.
  • Do not leave pet food outside.
  • Bring pets inside when coyotes are heard or seen.

Visit www.saratoga.ca.us/coyotes for more information about coyotes. Residents can also report coyote issues to the Santa Clara County Vector Control District at 408.918.4770.

The Santa Clara County Vector Control District works to detect and minimize vector-borne diseases, abate mosquitoes, and help the community resolve problems with rodents, wildlife, and insects that can be harmful to human health. For more information, visit www.sccvector.org

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