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

New Leaf Blower Regulations

On October 1, 2019, Saratoga’s new leaf blower regulations will go into effect. The City Council passed the ordinance to help decrease noise pollution in Saratoga. These regulations require that leaf blowers must not produce more than 65 decibels at a distance of 50 feet as certified by the manufacturer.

Many commercially available leaf blowers that meet this criteria are labeled with an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) B175.2 sticker. The label and/or product information will be used to verify compliance. Leaf blowers may be used Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Leaf blowers may not be used on Sundays.

Homeowners are responsible for ensuring compliance on their property and are subject to penalties for violations. If a violation is verified by City staff, a courtesy notice will be sent. Additional violations may result in a citation. For more information, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/leaf

Emergency Preparedness Opportunities

Critical infrastructure and emergency services may be affected during an area wide disaster. Will you be ready? Take advantage of several emergency preparedness opportunities happening nearby so you can be ready, trained, knowledgeable, and self reliant during a major disaster.

Personal Emergency Preparedness Class: This free 3-hour training class will teach you how to survive the first 72 hours following a major disaster. Classes take place every month throughout Santa Clara County. The next class is on Thursday, September 19 at 6:00 p.m. in Los Altos. For more information, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/PEP

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Academy: Trained CERT members can mobilize neighborhood resources, deliver immediate assistance to victims, organize emergency communications and provide support to first responders. The next 7-part course takes place in Cupertino beginning on Monday, September 9 at 6:00 p.m. If you miss it, additional academies will rotate between Los Altos, Monte Sereno, Campbell, Los Altos Hills, and Saratoga. For more information, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/CERT

Ham Cram Course: Ham radio operators provide invaluable communications support during disasters. You can earn your FCC amateur radio technician license in one day! Free classes are offered in Los Gatos on a quarterly basis. The next course is on Saturday, November 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At the end of the day, you can take the FCC Exam for $15. For more information, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/hamcram

Coming Up

Time Travel Dance for Individuals with Disabilities
September 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Joan Pisani Community Center

SASCC Health Fair
September 28 at 9:00 a.m.
Joan Pisani Community Center

State of the City
October 5 at 2:00 p.m.
Joan Pisani Community Center

Nextdoor Digest

Join the West Valley Striders Walking Group
West Valley Striders is a walking group for all ages and physical abilities that meets on the third Friday of the month. Join them on September 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Avenue. To register online and view more information, including the full event schedule, visit www.westvalleystriders.eventbrite.com

Apply for a City Commission, Serve your Community
Saratoga is currently looking for residents to serve on the Heritage Preservation Commission and Traffic Safety Commission! Applicants must be Saratoga residents and registered voters. Applications are due by November 20. For more information, visit

Meet First Responders Who Serve Saratoga
Visit the City’s Nextdoor, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to get to know Firefighter Paramedic Chris Alvies and Firefighter EMT Jay Graaskamp! They are brave and hard working members of Santa Clara County Fire Department, who also designed and built a beautiful and meaningful dining table for the fire station in Saratoga.

Sign up for Nextdoor to receive updates from the City of Saratoga, regional agencies, and your neighbors at www.nextdoor.com

Quick Tip from Captain Rich

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

A backup generator can save the day in the likely occurrence of a power outage during an emergency. Learn how to safely set up, operate, and maintain your generator today so you are ready to go when disaster strikes.

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

Ask Our Staff

Q: How can I find information about my property online?

A: The City recently launched a new interactive Geographic Information System (GIS) map to provide access to City maps and parcel information. Visit www.saratoga.ca.us/GIS to access the online portal. You can search the interactive map for your property’s address and turn various data layers on and off to see the information you need laid out over the map.

These layers display a variety of information, including aerial imagery, zoning, hazards areas, street sweeping routes, service districts, and more. You can also run a report on the parcel to find additional details. To keep the maps you create or the parcel reports you generate, download, save, or print a PDF version at any time.

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