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

PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Program

As part of PG&E’s efforts to reduce wildfire risk, PG&E has announced their Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) program. PG&E is expected to shut off power on days with a high risk of wildfire, and they suggest preparing for outages that could last longer than two days. Outages can impact any PG&E customer, regardless of whether they live in a high fire-threat area.

Before a PSPS, PG&E will aim to provide customers with 48 hours advanced notice via phone call, text or email. However, weather conditions can change quickly, and PG&E may be unable to fully execute their noticing protocols. After the extreme weather event has passed, PG&E will conduct inspections and any necessary repairs before power can be restored.

Visit www.saratoga.ca.us/PSPS to learn what you can expect and how to prepare. You can also attend PG&E’s Wildfire Safety Open House on August 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the History Club of Los Gatos, 123 Los Gatos Boulevard.

Meet Chris Alvies and Jay Graaskamp!

Firefighter Paramedic Chris Alvies and Firefighter EMT Jay Graaskamp both grew up dreaming of becoming firefighters and positively impacting the lives of others. Their paths came together when they were both hired by the Santa Clara County Fire Department years later. In September 2015, Chris and Jay were deployed to the Butte Fire in Amador County, one of the largest fires of the year. They were assigned to protect multiple homes along the southern edge of the approaching fire. The fire ultimately reached their location, but thanks to the team’s effort, the fire did not damage any structures. Coincidentally, they later learned one of the homes they protected belonged to a relative of another Santa Clara County firefighter, Tyler James.

Not long after, Chris and Jay volunteered to build a dining table to gather around at the fire station. They built this table from the salvaged wood of a sugar pine tree that had been damaged on Tyler’s property during the Butte Fire. The design includes an eagle and American flag to represent the country, an arch and mountains to symbolize Saratoga’s history, a maltese cross and axe as a piece of fire service history, and finally, twenty-one stars to represent every person assigned to the Saratoga station. Their thoughtful design even ensured the stars and stripes of the American flag are the correct dimensions.

To learn more about Chris Alvies and Jay Graaskamp, keep an eye on the City’s social media where we will share more information about their individual backgrounds and careers.

Coming Up

Classic & Cool Car Show
July 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Downtown Saratoga

Movie Night

August 16, 7:30 p.m.
El Quito Park

Bollywood in the Park
August 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wildwood Park

Nextdoor Digest

City Infrastructure Projects Map
The City has launched a new online map displaying major infrastructure projects in Saratoga! Visit www.saratoga.ca.us/projects to view the map and learn about the capital projects that will be under construction or nearing construction in Fiscal Year 2019/20.

Saratoga Farmers’ Markets
Saratoga is home to two farmers’ markets! Visit the farmers’ market at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (12770 Saratoga Avenue) on Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the farmers’ market at West Valley Community College (14000 Fruitvale Avenue) on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration Photos
Photos taken during Saratoga’s 2019 Independence Day Celebration have been uploaded to the City of Saratoga’s Facebook page. Take a look at the festivities and tag yourself or your friends in the photos at www.facebook.com/CityofSaratoga. We are always looking for more photos of Saratoga and the many community events held here. Share your photography in the City’s Flickr Group: www.flickr.com/groups/SaratogaCA

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Quick Tip from Captain Rich

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

Your evacuation plan must take into account that there may be a power outage. Prepare today by learning how to manually open your garage door so you will have immediate access to your vehicle during a disaster.

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

Nicole Johnson

Ask Our Staff featuring Mainini Cabute

Q: What can I get rid of during WVC&R’s Annual Clean Up Day?

A: West Valley Collection & Recycling (WVC&R) will hold their Annual Clean Up Days from July through September. Keep an eye on your mailbox to receive a notice directly from WVC&R with your assigned pick up date and more information.

On your specific pick up day, WVC&R will collect an unlimited number of items from your curb at no additional cost. They will collect most items weighing up to 70 pounds, including tree prunings up to 3 inches in diameter and 3’ feet long, as long as they are in securely tied bundles. Household garbage and loose items placed in 32 gallon plastic bags or sturdy cardboard boxes (2 feet x 2 feet x 2 feet) will also be collected.

WVC&R will not collect loose items, bulky items that are not manageable by one person, e-waste, tires, appliances, hazardous and medical waste, wheeled carts, water-based paints, fluorescent light bulbs, construction debris, or any item containing CFCs, such as refrigerators and A/C units. Visit www.westvalleyrecycles.com for the complete collection guidelines.

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