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

Apply to Serve on a City Commission

Commissioners are invaluable because they help address community needs to mold Saratoga’s future. They gather information, weigh public opinion, and carefully examine issues in order to make recommendations to the City Council. There are six City Commissions: the Heritage Preservation Commission, Library Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, Traffic Safety Commission, and Youth Commission.

There are currently five open vacancies: one on the Library Commission, one on the Heritage Preservation Commission, and three on the Traffic Safety Commission. Applicants must be Saratoga residents, registered voters, and attend a Commission meeting prior to their interview with the Council. Applications for the Library Commission are due by October 28, while applications for the Heritage Preservation Commission and the Traffic Safety Commission are due November 20. For more information or to apply, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/comvac

Are You Ready, Saratoga?

During the Month of September, we shared tips on Nextdoor, Facebook, and Twitter to raise awareness about National Preparedness Month. Being prepared for disasters and emergencies can seem like a big job. Many people do not know where to start, so they may never start at all. You can visit www.saratoga.ca.us/prepareSCC to learn how to prepare for disasters, and here are a few tips to help you get started.

One of the easiest ways to prepare is to sign up for emergency alerts and warnings at www.AlertSCC.org. These free alerts will be sent directly to your cell phone, landline, or email to keep you informed in the midst of a disaster and during recovery.

When disaster strikes, there may be a power outage and gas stations may not. One change you can make immediately is never letting your gas tank go below half full. That way you will always have enough gas to drive to an area with power to get supplies. It is also important to learn how to manually open your garage door so you can access your vehicle.

Do 1 Thing is a 12-month program that makes it easy to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for emergencies or disasters. Small steps every month can make a big difference, such as making a communication plan or building up food and water supplies. To view their calendar and learn what you can do every month, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/Do1Thing

Coming Up

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

West Valley Striders
October 18 at 10:00 a.m.
West Valley College

Witchy Walk-A-Bout
October 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Saratoga Village

Nextdoor Digest

New Leaf Blower Regulations Effective October 1
To help decrease noise pollution in Saratoga, the City Council passed new leaf blower regulations that are effective as of October 1, 2019. Leaf blowers must be certified by the manufacturer to produce no more than 65 decibels at a distance of 50 feet. For more information, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/leaf

Show the World That #SaratogaROCKS!
Saratoga’s rock painting program encourages you to paint, place, and post to let the world know that #SaratogaROCKS! You can find and decorate rocks on your own or borrow a kit with everything you need from the City. For more information, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/rocks

Check out Photos from Summer Events!
Take a moment to reminisce about summer in Saratoga by checking out photos from Movie Nights and the 10th Anniversary Classic and Cool Car Show at www.facebook.com/CityofSaratoga. You can also share your own photos of Saratoga at 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.

With school in session, more cars are on the road. Help make the roads safe for everyone by obeying speed limits, avoid blocking crosswalks, and never pass a school bus while its warning lights are flashing. It is not only illegal but incredibly dangerous.

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

Ask Our Staff

Q: What activities can seniors participate in to stay active?

A: Saratoga is proud of its age-friendly status and strives to maintain a high quality of life for all its residents. This means there’s plenty to do for an older adult looking to stay active!

The West Valley Striders Walking Group is organized by the Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council and offers a way to participate in low-impact exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and engage in social activities. The final walk of this year will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 18 at West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Avenue. Visit www.saratoga.ca.us/events for more information on events, and www.sascc.org for more information on the Senior Center.

Also, Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation organizes day trips for adults through their 55 Plus Program. From aerobics to ping pong, these activities are designed to encourage older adults to make new friends and enjoy more adventures. Visit www.lgsrecreation.org for more information.

Connect with the City of Saratoga

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