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


Saratoga’s rock painting program encourages you to paint, place, and post to let the world know that #SaratogaROCKS! Find your own rocks and use your favorite supplies to decorate them, or borrow a #SaratogaROCKS kit from the City of Saratoga with everything you need to get started, including rocks, paint, brushes, markers, and sealant.

After you complete your masterpiece, place your rock in City-landscaped areas, such as around street trees, in City parks, or at the Civic Center. Please do not place rocks on grass to avoid damage to lawn mowers or on street medians. Rocks may also be placed in other publicly-accessible landscaped areas with property owner permission. Mark your rocks with the hashtag #SaratogaROCKS and use the hashtag to share photos of rocks you’ve created or found on social media.

For more information, to request one of the City’s Rock Painting Kits, or to submit photos of painted rocks, please visit www.saratoga.ca.us/rocks

Community Wildfire Preparedness Meetings

In recent years, California has experienced the most devastating fires in the state’s history. With wildfire prevention, preparedness and safety in mind, the Santa Clara County Fire Department and Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office will host two Wildfire Preparedness Community Meetings on Thursday, April 18 and Thursday, May 30. Both meetings will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Avenue.

These workshops will teach community members to maintain defensible space around homes, develop an action plan in the event of a wildfire, and determine evacuation and escape routes. The workshops will also promote County Fire’s Ready, Set, Go! campaign, which promotes the importance of preparedness and helps equip the community to take the necessary steps.

Be Ready: Maintain defensible space around your home by removing dead plants, grass, and weed. Harden your home using construction materials that prevent or slow the spread of fire. Sign up for AlertSCC emergency alerts at alertscc.org or text your zip code to 888777. Get Set: Prepare yourself and your home for the possibility of having to evacuate before it’s necessary. Create a wildfire action plan, assemble an emergency supply kit, and prepare your finances and property to protect what’s important to you. Go!: In the event of a wildfire, evacuate as soon as officials recommend doing so.

Coming Up

Paint the City Kickoff
March 16 at 10:00 a.m.
Civic Theater

St. Paddy’s Party

March 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Saratoga Village

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

Nextdoor Digest

Saratoga Receives an A for Tobacco Control
The American Lung Association awarded Saratoga an A grade in its 2019 State of Tobacco Control report! Only 6% of Californians live in a City with an A grade. Saratoga’s efforts to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and protect youth from tobacco were recognized. Read the report and view more information at www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org/california2019

Register for Summer Recreation Activities Now!
Learn about upcoming programs, classes, and trips in the Summer Recreation Activity Guide! The City is also excited to announce a new, mobile-friendly registration system that is available for summer programs through our partnership with Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation. View the guide and registration information online at www.saratoga.ca.us/activityguide

Apply to Serve on the Youth Commission
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.

Setting the clock forward means it’s time for a seasonal safety check! You’ve already changed the time on your clocks, now change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. You should also check the contents of your first-aid and emergency kits.

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

Ask Our Staff

Q: I noticed a street light burned out in my neighborhood. Can I let the City know about it online?

A: You can easily let the City of Saratoga know about issues in your neighborhood or around town using the online Fix It Form at www.saratoga.ca.us/fixit

In addition to reporting burned out street lights, you can use the Fix It Form to help the City identify other issues around town, such as potholes, damaged curb or sidewalk, overhanging trees/shrubs, or problems with traffic signals or road signs. It is always helpful to submit a brief description and photos with your form.

If you prefer calling, you can also report problems to the City of Saratoga at 408.868.1245. In the event of an emergency, always dial 9-1-1.

Have a question for City of Saratoga staff? We would be happy to answer it! Send your question(s) to lpettipiece@saratoga.ca.us or call 408.868.1275 and your question could be answered here!

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