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

Wildfire Prevention & Preparedness

The Saratoga City Council recently formed a new Public Safety Task Force. Their mission is to review the City’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan and recommend strategies to strengthen wildfire hazard mitigation and emergency preparedness efforts, particularly in parts of Saratoga at the greatest risk for wildfire.

This 6-member group will serve until November 2020. The Task Force will hold their regular meetings on the first Monday of even-numbered months at 6:00 p.m. in the Linda Callon Conference Room at City Hall. The Task Force’s next meeting will be on Monday, June 3.

If you are interested in wildfire protection, don’t miss Santa Clara County Fire Department’s Wildfire Preparedness Community Meeting on Thursday, May 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the Joan Pisani Community Center. Attendees will learn to maintain defensible space around their homes, develop an action plan in the event of a wildfire or other disaster, and determine necessary evacuation steps and escape routes.

Community Meeting on Mountain Winery Annexation

The Saratoga City Council recently began the process of annexing the Mountain Winery property into the Saratoga City limits. While many people associate the Mountain Winery with Saratoga and it has a long history in the Saratoga hills, it is actually located just outside of the City limits in unincorporated Santa Clara County.

The Mountain Winery is a world-renowned concert and event venue. In addition to the courtyard, concert bowl, and original Masson summer home, the site has been developed to include wine tasting, event spaces, and additional buildings to accommodate the venue’s many operations. The City intends to accept all conditions the Mountain Winery is currently operating under in accordance with their County permits, and partner with the property owners and the Saratoga community to help shape the future of the Mountain Winery.

The City will hold a Community Meeting to share information about the annexation process and gather feedback from the community on the draft General Plan and Zoning designations, which will establish standards for future uses. The Community Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Patio Room at the Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Avenue. For more information on the Mountain Winery and the annexation process, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/MWannex

Coming Up

Memorial Day Observance
May 27 at 9:30 a.m.
Blaney Plaza

Living Room Conversations

May 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Joan Pisani Community Center

Neighborhoods Joint Meeting
June 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Joan Pisani Community Center

Nextdoor Digest

2020 by 2020 Challenge Achieved!
In 2016, the City challenged residents to plant 2,020 trees by the year 2020 after Saratoga lost a significant number of trees due to the drought. Our City Forest and the City collaborated to offer residents discounted trees. In March 2019, the City exceeded its goal by planting more than 2,100 trees in just 3 years.

Stay Safe, Stay Secure Series
Participate in a free series of safety classes on fall prevention, disaster preparedness for seniors, medical emergencies for caregivers, and crime prevention and fire safety. Classes will be held at the Saratoga Library from May through October. For more information, visit www.sccl.org/saratoga or call 408.867.6126

Beach Bash Dance for Individuals with Disabilities
Kick off your summer at the Beach Bash Dance for Individuals with Disabilities on
Friday, May 31 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Joan Pisani Community Center. Registration is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. For more information or to register, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/beachdance

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Quick Tip from Captain Rich

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

Don’t tip criminals off by sharing too much information about your vacations on social media and letting them know your home is unattended. Refrain from “checking in” to your location or posting photos and status updates until you have returned from your trip.

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

Nina Walker

Ask Our Staff featuring Nina Walker

Q: How do I rent the picnic tables or other areas at City parks?

A: I’m happy to hear you want to take advantage of the many amenities Saratoga’s beautiful parks offer! You can reserve most of our picnic areas in advance, but certain locations in Beauchamps, Brookglen, and Ravenwood Parks operate on a first-come, first-served basis only.

If you would like to barbecue, check out Congress Springs, El Quito, Gardiner Kevin Moran, or Wildwood Parks as they include a barbecue pit with a picnic area reservation. Saratoga residents and nonprofit organizations are eligible for a discount. Volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, tennis, bocce ball or petanque courts can also be reserved. Just remember to bring your own equipment!

You can read more about each park and reserve their amenities online (except for Wildwood and Congress Springs Parks) at www.saratoga.ca.us/parks

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