May 2018 Newsletter
Newsletter intern: Maya Chinthakunta

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Contents

1 A Note From Rishi
CPUC Hearing on May 30th - please join

  1.1 CPUC TO HOLD PUBLIC FORUM ON SAN JOSE WATER COMPANY’S RATE INCREASE REQUEST

2 City Happenings, Info, & News

 2.1 Stop Sign - Join the June 7th Traffic & Safety Meeting

  2.2 Saratoga is doing well reducing crime

  2.3 Uptick in Saratoga Vehicle Burglaries

  2.4 Planning a vacation this summer?  

  2.5 Download the Home Safety Toolkit

  2.6 Elder Fraud - District Attorney Warning

  2.7 Point of Interest markers

  2.8 Hakone Gardens Koi Pond LSS Project

  2.9 Saratoga once again receives Aa3 credit rating

  2.10 Water District votes 4-3 for the Water Fix, commits upto $650M

  2.11 Conserve water and avoid super high water bills

  2.12 Share your photos: Saratoga Flickr Group

  2.13 Prospect Road Improvements

  2.14 Election Officers Needed

  2.15 Cappuccino and Conversation

3 Upcoming Events

 3.1 Lego Robotics Team Formation Day

  3.2 The 4th annual Silicon Valley Youth Technology Day

  3.3 ‘Stay Safe, Stay Secure!’ Classes

  3.4 Saratoga Community Meeting

  3.5 Car Show on July 22nd

  3.6 Saratoga Movie Night

  3.7 Are you registered to vote in Saratoga?

4 Q&A with Councilmember Kumar

5 Glimpses - A Pictorial View, Happenings from May

A Note From Rishi
CPUC Hearing on May 30th - please join

Dear neighbors,

We remember! We must never forget that Memoria day exists to honor and remember the sacrifice of so many who have given their lives in service of their country.

I was honored to be a part of Saratoga’s 90th annual Saratoga Memorial Day Observance earlier this morning. A solemn occasion, display of patriotism and convergence of our community to pay respect and recognize the sacrifices of so many American military personnel, always held at Saratoga’s Madronia Cemetery, where so many veterans rest in peace.

So to all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, I cannot thank you enough. It is because of brave men and women like you that America is the nation it is today, a beacon of freedom and liberty around the world.  And how amazing is Saratoga! Your sacrifices will never be forgotten. Your memory lives on in each of us, who can enjoy the freedom and liberties you fought to protect. Today, and every day, we remember your valor and the sacrifices you made.

Truly, what an amazing Saratoga we live in ...an incredible country! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve and to continue doing important and satisfying work in Saratoga's interest.

INVITATION TO ATTEND: WEDNESDAY PUBLIC FORUM WITH CPUC - SAN JOSE WATER
Please join a very important public forum with CPUC this Wednesday evening to speak your mind on the San Jose Water Company rate increase requests. This is a General Rate Case hearing. San Jose Water Company is asking for CPUC authority to increase rates charged for water service to $34M (or 9.76 percent) in 2019; $14M (or 3.70 percent) in 2020. Please plan to speak by signing up at the door. Speaking points at www.RishiKumar.com/water - search for “May 30th” or “CPUC Public hearing”

If you cannot attend I suggest you do the following

WHEN: May 30th 2018 @ 6:30pm

WHERE: City Hall of San Jose, City Council chambers, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose CA

You can park in the underground parking lot under city hall – enter from 6th street. After hours parking is free.

Click here for details

1.1 CPUC TO HOLD PUBLIC FORUM ON SAN JOSE WATER COMPANY’S RATE INCREASE REQUEST

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              MEDIA ADVISORY

Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366, news@cpuc.ca.gov           Docket #: A.18-01-004

SAN FRANCISCO, May 17, 2018 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold a public forum to provide an opportunity for customers of San Jose Water Company to give their perspective and input to the CPUC about the utility’s request to increase rates in 2019-2021, as follows:

 

When:  May 30, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Beginning at 6 p.m., representatives from the CPUC and others will be available in the lobby to provide information about the proceeding and answer questions. The forum begins at 6:30 p.m.

 

Where: San Jose City Council Chambers, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113

 The public forum, called a Public Participation Hearing, will begin with a brief presentation on the proceeding and an overview of San Jose Water Company’s rate request; then public comments will be heard.  The CPUC Administrative Law Judge assigned to the case will preside over the public forum. The Administrative Law Judge is scheduled to write a proposed decision in the case for CPUC Commissioner consideration by the end of the year. The CPUC welcomes attendance and participation, as public comments help the CPUC reach an informed decision.

 

This proceeding is referred to as San Jose Water Company’s General Rate Case (GRC). A GRC is a public proceeding at the CPUC that most utilities go through every three years. GRCs enable the CPUC to set the revenue a utility will collect from its consumers through rates. You can learn more about utility GRCs in our video athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRksVgvkc-Y.

 

In this GRC, San Jose Water Company is asking for CPUC authority to increase rates charged for water service to $34,288,100 (or 9.76 percent) in 2019; $14,231,800 (or 3.70 percent) in 2020; and $20,581,700 (or 5.17 percent) in 2021. San Jose Water Company also seeks CPUC approval for: 1) recovery of $13,612,774 from its balancing account via a 12-month $0.2973/ccf customer surcharge beginning 2019, and 2) recovery of $7,112,350 from its memorandum account via a surcharge of $0.1553/ccf until recovered (one ccf equals 748 gallons). A balancing account tracks the incremental over and under collection of rates, surcharges, and certain expenses (such as purchased water and groundwater extraction charges) for future recovery or refund by the utility. A memorandum account tracks specific expenses assigned for possible future recovery, such as conservation expenses.

 

While a quorum of Commissioners and/or their staff may attend, no official action will be taken.

 For those unable to attend a Public Participation Hearing in person, written comments on any proceeding may be submitted to: CPUC Public Advisor, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, or via email to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov. Please refer to proceeding number A.18-01-004 on any written or email correspondence about this proceeding. All public comments received are provided to the CPUC’s Commissioners and the Administrative Law Judge assigned to the case.

 

The Ruling setting the Public Participation Hearing is available athttp://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Efile/G000/M213/K509/213509031.PDF.

 

Documents related to the proceeding are available at: https://apps.cpuc.ca.gov/apex/f?p=401:56:0::NO:RP,57,RIR:P5_PROCEEDING_SELECT:A1801004.

If specialized accommodations are needed to attend a Public Participation Hearing, such as non-English language interpreters, please contact the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office at public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov or toll free at 866-849-8390 at least five business days in advance of the hearing.

 

For more information on Public Participation Hearings, please see www.cpuc.ca.gov/PPH.

 

To receive electronic updates on CPUC proceedings, sign-up for the CPUC’s free subscription service athttp://subscribecpuc.cpuc.ca.gov.

 

The CPUC regulates services and utilities, protects consumers, safeguards the environment, and assures Californians’ access to safe and reliable utility infrastructure and services.  For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.

 

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Terrie Prosper

Director, News & Outreach Office

California Public Utilities Commission

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2 City Happenings, Info, & News

2.1 Stop Sign - Join the June 7th Traffic & Safety Meeting

Our City continues to collect vehicle behavior data at the 4th and Big Basin Way Stop Sign to determine if safety is improved as intended. The Traffic Safety Commission will evaluate this information at a special meeting on Thursday, June 7 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. Interested residents are encouraged to attend this meeting and share their input with the Commission. An update will then be brought back to the City Council for review. Please consider emailing city staff mcabute@saratoga.ca.us if you want to express your thoughts or join the June 7th meeting.

2.2 Saratoga is doing well with crime reduction

Proud of our vigilant citizens our alert and engaged @SCCoSheriff, more than 60 neighborhood watch programs, Neighborhood Captains, neighborhoods: Our @CityofSaratoga had the biggest drop in crime from 2016 to 2017 amongst all the Santa Clara County cities. A 29% drop from 2016 to 2017 as per the DA’s office county crime tally table  - see attached. Residential burglaries dropped a whopping 47% from 2016 to 2017

Monthly burglaries averaged 15 in the summer of 2016; dropped to 3 in 2017. Why did crime drop so drastically? By fighting crime strategically...by empowering each neighbor, neighborhood at a time and collectively making a huge difference...alongside our determined, proactive, hardworking sheriff team...strategically rolling out Neighborhood Watch programs, building awareness with the crime, talking about best practice and specific deterrents to rollout. A few neighborhoods have put up cameras at the entrance/egress points…ring.com door bells installed in people's homes the first line of deterrent, locking up fence gates, arming the alarm systems - it was a collective concerted effort that resulted in this dramatic drop

NOTE: Santa Clara County uses a different metric for burglaries. As per the County DA's office: 2016 burglary count for Saratoga is 159 and 2017 is 93. As per our sheriff department that number is 130 and 59. Our sheriff does not take attempted break-ins as part of their count.

Home Burglaries in Saratoga as per our official sheriff report:

2017 - 69

2016-130

2015-125

2014-98

2013-72

2012-59

We have had a few weeks in Saratoga with no break-ins. Each of us better have safeguards and deterrents in place...apply deterrents, and then stay relaxed all the time

I have seen folks brush aside crime in Saratoga as committed by juveniles. I don't agree! Here is data...

In late April of 2018, a countywide task force conducted a criminal sweep operation on members of a criminal gang or crew believed to be responsible for robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, narcotics and weapons offenses throughout Santa Clara County. Surveillance video provided by Saratoga residents and information received as a result of the task force operation led detectives to the identification of a suspect in at least two residential burglaries that occurred in March in the City of Saratoga. Detectives continue to investigate, looking at cellular phone data, among other evidence. They believe the suspect may be responsible for numerous other burglaries and expect a forthcoming arrest.

So there are folks prowling around ...and having a doorbell camera is the first line of deterrent you need, if you don't have one already. 5/2 Between 6:20 PM and 8:20 PM, the suspect(s) were wandering around the victim’s property in the 19000 block of Three Oaks Way without any apparent lawful purpose, ringing the doorbell at one point. The suspect(s) are unknown and at large.

A vigilant neighbor leads to an arrest at 6AM!

On April 23, 2018 at 6:00 AM, a vigilant resident called to report a suspicious vehicle parked in the area of Sobey Road and Spring Brook Lane. Deputies responded and observed a vehicle with no license plates then proceeded to made contact with the vehicle’s occupants.

An investigation revealed there were three suspect occupants in the vehicle and one of the suspect passengers was under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of Heroin, Buprenorphine and tinfoil with burn marks. The other suspect passenger was in possession of a Methamphetamine pipe and a debit card not belonging to any of the suspects. The suspect driver had three outstanding felony warrants for burglary and grand theft. All three suspects were arrested and booked into Main Jail.

Cupertino, CA- On Saturday evening, May 12, 2018, Sheriff’s Office West Valley Patrol was dispatched to the Cupertino Hilton Garden Inn regarding a reservation made at the hotel with a potential stolen credit card. A Victim received an account alert from her credit card company regarding a reservation made at the hotel unbeknownst to her. The Victim did not authorize the charge and began working with the hotel staff and the Sheriff’s Office to find those responsible for using her credit card number, despite the Victim still being in possession of the physical card.

Deputies immediately began their investigation. Deputies located three adult males inside the Hilton Garden Inn associated to the rooms booked with the Victim’s stolen credit information. Those suspects were Juan Chavez, Raymond Montoya, and Manuel Chavez. Inside the hotel, deputies located methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and numerous items bearing the names of other individuals to include credit cards, check books, receipts, and a home appraisal.

Based on information acquired during their investigation, deputies made additional enforcement stops on two vehicles approaching the Hilton Garden Inn. They contacted two additional suspects, Jorgina Orozco and Raymond Flores. Deputies recovered additional checks, credit cards, electronic card readers, a Smith & Wesson Black BB gun, and mail/items belonging to approximately 30 victims throughout San Jose, Milpitas, and Santa Clara.

“I am extremely proud of the work by our Deputies in this case. At the Sheriff’s Office we pride ourselves on the full-service our patrol personnel provide to the Community. Individuals who steal mail, and fraudulently use checks and card information belong behind bars.” -Sheriff Laurie Smith

All suspects were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. Investigators will be contacting all known victims to determine any additional crimes for which this group may be responsible. Criminal charges to follow include; identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card account, possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools, false ID to a peace officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact the West Valley Patrol Division at (408) 868-6600.

2.3 Uptick in Saratoga Vehicle Burglaries

PLEASE READ: PRESS RELEASE FROM OUR SHERIFF

In recent weeks, there has been an uptick in vehicle burglaries and thefts from unlocked vehicles in Saratoga. The majority of these thefts have occurred during the evening and overnight hours. Criminals will either break a window, or for an even easier crime of opportunity, they will check handles for unlocked doors. These thieves will take anything they can get their hands on, from purses and wallets, to loose change and sunglasses. As a reminder, do not leave anything of value in your car, always lock all vehicle doors, keep all windows completely closed, and if you hear or see anything suspicious, call 9-1-1 immediately. Saratoga First #SaratogaFirst

2.3 Planning a vacation this summer?
Are you planning a vacation?

 Let your neighbors know - all around you. Specially the ones you share a fence with. Request vacation patrol from the Sheriff's office by calling the non-emergency number.   Go on-line to fill out a Patrol Check Request or call the West Valley Station at 408-868-6600 Here is the link http://www.sccgov.org/sites/sheriff/Pages/pcr.aspx

Here are safety tips if you are planning to be out traveling these holidays

 ◙You should always let your immediate neighbors and your zone block captain know about your vacation plans. Let them know about packages you are expecting, newspaper etc etc. Also, provide one of your neighbors a spare key in case there is a need to get inside your home in your absence, combination lock codes (if any), alarm code etc. Also, a good idea to have your garbage bins brought back in and NOT leave them standing outside when you are out.

◙  Request vacation patrol from the Sheriff's office by calling the non-emergency number.   Go on-line to fill out a Patrol Check Request or call the West Valley Station at 408-868-6600 Here is the link http://www.sccgov.org/sites/sheriff/Pages/pcr.aspx

◙ Before you leave for you vacation, stop the mail (done online via the USPS site), stop newspaper (if any), have a neighbor pick up flyers and newspapers that get thrown on the driveway or left at the door.

◙ Before you leave, you should considering having a "talking camera” (example Nest, ring.com, Arlo) at your front door connected to smart phones of family/friends for monitoring. Lock your fence gates.

◙  An empty house is a tempting target for a burglar so make sure you do your best to have your home look occupied while you are away. Example Timer lights inside the home, parked car on the driveway etc.

 ◙  Do not post vacation pictures when you are out of town. Social media is being scored to identify people on vacation and break into their homes.  Never broadcast your travel plans on a community email group, blog, Facebook, or other social networking site and remember if you check-in on Facebook, everyone knows you aren't home! Read this

◙ If you are parking a car at a long term parking lot, do NOT leave your registration, insurance car etc in your car- that will provide your address. In fact, use a marker and cross out your name, address from the registration/insurance copy. Do not have your home address on your GPS listed under HOME - If they break into your car, they now know where you live

◙ Always have one car parked in the driveway. Request a neighbor if they could move it a few yards every couple of days.

 ◙ Do not leave your garage door opener in your car. Even better, turn the power off for your garage door to prevent opening.

◙ Store all your computers, laptops, and storage media, which contain private & sensitive info outside the house. Backup your data before you go on a vacation - Amazon cloud is $70/year unlimited storage

 ◙ Expensive jewelry need to be safely stowed away - at a storage or somewhere hard to access.

◙ Protect your Tax Return forms which contain SSN, Date of Birth etc.

 ◙ Scan your passports and important documents, email them to yourself in a password protected document in case they are lost during your travel.

You will find some interesting tips and measures to take before you leave here. Please take steps to place deterrents in and around your home. Please take action now, adopt some protective measures to protect your home

2.5 Download the Home Safety Toolkit

DOWNLOAD THE HOME SAFETY TOOLKIT:

Here is a Top 25 Safety Tips doc that can be downloaded for reference - perhaps posted on the fridge, distributed at your block parties. This doc is easy to read with simple summaries. This toolkit is an actionable safety recommendation for each of us that will enhance the safety of our home and our neighborhoods. This home safety reference kit can be downloaded from www.RishiKumar.com/tips (search for “Top 25 Safety Tips Doc” or “Safety Toolkit” See screenshot below to get you a glimpse of what this doc contains…

2.6 Elder Fraud - District Attorney Warning

Dear Neighbors,

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office is warning the community that “distraction burglars” are targeting older adults in our community. Don’t be fooled by strangers posing as utility company workers, roof or home repair professionals, or other fake workers trying to get access to your home. Help family members, neighbors and friends, older adults and grandparents, know the facts and learn safety tips that can help protect against distraction burglars or other types of elder fraud. Awareness is one of our best crime prevention tools.

Victims of Elder Fraud may report to their local law enforcement agency http://bit.ly/LawEnforcementLinks and/or call the District Attorney’s Elder Fraud hotline 1-855-DA-Elder (1-855-323-5337). For resources or to learn more about other types of scams targeting older adults, visit: http://bit.ly/ScamsBrochure. DO NOT report crimes on this Nextdoor posting. It is not monitored by law enforcement.

WHAT ARE DISTRACTION BURGLARS?

Local law enforcement agencies around the county have received information concerning people in the area who are attempting burglaries in which suspects pose as utility company workers. The “workers” say they need to come inside the home to assess equipment, discuss bills, or other potential issues with the service. They could also be approaching homeowners offering dent repair to their vehicles or roof work or driveway cement repair.

The stranger may ask the homeowner to go into the kitchen or backyard and turn on a water faucet to test the water line. When the homeowner or resident is somehow distracted by the fake worker, another person will enter the home and take whatever valuables they can find. In the past, such burglars have even managed to take safes bolted to the floor.

The suspects may communicate with each other in a foreign language. They often use handheld radios, as opposed to cell phones, to communicate with each other and avoid detection.

FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

• Utility employees or authorized contractors who need access to your home (for repairs or otherwise) typically schedule an appointment in advance. If they claim it's "an emergency," they should be accompanied by Police or Fire Department personnel.

• Legitimate employees ALWAYS carry proper identification for your review. Additionally, they are usually properly uniformed and arrive in official, marked company vehicles. However, scammers have been known to wear unofficial safety vests or other equipment. Don't assume - CHECK.

SAFETY TIPS:

• DO NOT allow these individuals into your home, and DO NOT provide them with your utility bill or other personal information if they ask.

• DO NOT leave your home unattended to accompany an individual who shows up without an appointment.

• DO call 911 IMMEDIATELY if something seems suspicious. Let law enforcement check them out. If they are who they say they are, law enforcement won't be mad (and neither will they).

2.7 Point of Interest markers

The first two point of interest markers were installed along Saratoga Avenue to note the site of the Theater of the Glade/Saratoga Inn (adjacent to Saratoga Inn Place, 14347-14359 Saratoga Avenue), and the original Blossom Festival Site (adjacent to Saratoga Federated Church, near the corner of Saratoga Avenue and Park Place). The announcement and unveiling of these markers were made at the 2018 Arbor Day celebration on April 25th.

2.8 Hakone Gardens Koi Pond LSS Project

The Hakone Gardens Koi Pond project has been progressing smoothly. Recently, on April 18th, the building slab on grade was installed. This structure will eventually house the pond life support system (LSS) equipment. Public Works staff is currently awaiting Koi Pond equipment arrival. Framing of the building will begin either the end of May or early June.2.9 Mediation and Dispute Resolutions

The City, through the Community Development Department, will begin offering referrals to free mediation services provided by Project Sentinel, a private nonprofit corporation with more

than 25 years of experience in dispute resolution services. The service is free for people who

live, work, or own property in Santa Clara County, including the City of Saratoga. Mediation is a voluntary process in which an impartial professional holds a confidential meeting with the parties to give them the opportunity to resolve their issues in a face-to-face process. Typical cases for referral can include civil disputes over property lines, fences and trees, and other neighbor issues such as control of pets and barking. Code Enforcement staff will continue to receive and investigates complaints. If it is determined that there is no violation of the municipal code or if there is a deeper issue that the City cannot resolve through the code enforcement process, cases may be referred to the community mediation program.

2.9 Saratoga once again receives Aa3 credit rating

We received notice that Saratoga is once again being issued an Aa3 credit rating on it’s GO Bond, which is Moody’s highest rating available for bonds. In their report, Moody’s commented that Saratoga has an outstanding credit position, and its Aaa rating far exceed the median rating of Aa3 for US cities. Notable credit factors include an extensive tax base with an affluent wealth and income profile, a robust finance position, and manageable debt and pension burdens

2.10 Water District votes 4-3 for the Water Fix, commits upto $650M

“ In a significant boost for Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Delta, Silicon Valley’s largest water agency on Tuesday endorsed the project and voted to commit up to $650 million to help pay for it.

By a 4-3 vote, the Santa Clara Valley Water District reversed a vote it took last October to oppose the two-tunnel project”

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/05/08/san-jose-water-agency-approves-up-to-650-million-for-jerry-browns-delta-tunnels-project/

http://redgreenandblue.org/2018/05/09/delta-tunnels-santa-clara-votes-4-3-back-california-waterfix/
https://www.valleywater.org/news-events/news-releases/water-district-board-votes-favor-waterfix

2.2 Bidding war for San Jose water company

“The owner of California Water Service has made an unsolicited bid to buy the owner of San Jose Water, a takeover attempt revealed Thursday that pits the South Bay’s two principal water companies against each other.

San Jose-based California Water Service Group has made an unsolicited $1.9 billion offer to buy San Jose-based SJW Group.

That offer is much larger than a merger deal with Connecticut Water Service that SJW has already accepted. But SJW said Thursday that it plans to stick with the Connecticut Water Service deal, expressing skepticism about California Water’s buying interest turning into a viable offer.”

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/26/water-war-california-water-makes-hostile-bid-for-san-jose-waters-owner/

2.11 Conserve water and avoid super high water bills

Despite the heavy rains throughout March, the Sierra Nevada snowpack stands at dismals levels percent of normal. Efficient use of water needs to become a permanent way of life for the 39 millions Californians.

2.12 Share your photos: Saratoga Flickr Group

Show us what you love about Saratoga!

There’s no better way to see Saratoga than through the eyes (or lens) of our residents and visitors themselves! Share your photography talent in the City of Saratoga’s Flickr Group and submit photos that show what you love about Saratoga. Submitted photos will be considered for use on the City’s website, social media platforms, and in other promotional materials to showcase what makes our community special – the people & places, parks, landscapes & cityscapes, culture & art, and nature & animals. For more information and to view the Flickr group, visit  https://www.flickr.com/groups/SaratogaCA

2.13 Prospect Road Improvements

Prospect Road Improvements – Macedonio Nunez

There continues to be progress with the Prospect Road Improvements Project. The following will take place over the next two weeks:

1) The contractors will install accessibility ramps, concrete curb, gutters, and sidewalks at Saraglen Drive to Prospect Center.

2) Between Miller Avenue and Kristy Lane near Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, the contractor has started demolition for the installation of the new concrete curb, gutter, and sidewalks.

3) The City worked with VTA to temporarily close the existing bus stop near Miller Avenue due to the demolition work in that area.

2.14 Election Officers Needed

ELECTION OFFICERS NEEDED ON JUNE 5th: Are you interested in earning up to $200 while serving the community and seeing democracy in action? The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Office needs 5,000 to 6,000 Election Officers to work polling locations for the June 5, 2018 Election. Bilingual positions are available in up to 19 different languages. (See list below.)

In addition to Election Day workers, the Registrar’s office is hiring full-time temporary positions for its Early Vote Centers that open 10 days before the election. These officers will receive three weeks of training to operate the seven full-service facilities around the county. Previous clerical experience is required for Early Vote Center workers.

Anyone can be an election officer as long as they are a U.S. citizen and registered voter, a legal permanent resident 18 or older, or high school student at least 16 years old.

Election officers will receive a stipend of up to $200 for their services, including a bonus for being bilingual. Training is provided and classes will begin soon. Early Vote Center applicants have additional vetting as potential County employees and are especially encouraged to apply immediately.

For more information about election officers or Early Voting Center positions, contact the Registrar of Voters’ Office at 1-408-299-POLL (7655). Online sign-up for election officers is available under the “Volunteer” tab at www.sccvote.org.

Bilingual individuals are needed who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Taiwanese), Tagalog, Korean, Russian, Farsi, Punjabi, Japanese, Hindi, Telugu, Portuguese, Khmer, Syriac, Tamil, Gujarati and Nepali.

2.15 Cappuccino and Conversation

A meeting every Saturday at Big Basin Cafe with all topics fair game for discussion.


3 Upcoming Events

3.1 Lego Robotics Team Formation Day

YOU ARE INVITED to join the Saratoga Lego Robotics Club annual team formation day
This  club is open to every child (9 years  to 14 years old - Jan 1st of the following year) interested in FLL Robotics (and their parents). There is no charge to attend this event
Last year, we had 22 local teams that were formed at our annual team formation day and many made it past to compete at the regional level.
WHERE:Joan Pisani Community Center 19655 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga CA
WHEN: 3pm to 4pm, June 3rd 2018,
RSVP:
 tinyurl.com/siliconvalleysteam
Please join us 10 minutes prior for an on time start
The objectives of our annual Team Formation Day is to provide your child an opportunity to join a Lego Robotics team and learn the fundamentals of robotics design, programing and more.
New to Lego Robotics?
Please read the FAQ here
 Facebook.com/SaratogaRobotics prior to joining us at the Team Formation day
For all the new coaches that sign-up to coach on the Team Formation Day, we will conduct a 4 week bootcamp for coaches
Conducted at Joan Pisani Community Center Address 19655 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga CA 95070.
<<HOME PAGE>>
 http://saratogalegorobotics.weebly.com/

3.2 The 4th annual Silicon Valley Youth Technology Day

***JUNE 9th 2018 - Silicon Valley YouthTech Day

A wonderful opportunity for middle and high school students to hear from industry leaders and Silicon Valley executives,  upcoming technology trends and hear innovative business plans at this 4th annual youth focused conference. Details at www.siliconvalleycoders.org

***NEW THIS YEAR: Wildcard winner. Display your project and judge(s) will award the best project. Use of banners/project description displays/ videos/ website/prototype will help the wild card team win

FREE event - RSVP to attend

- Panel 1: Industry executives panel

- Panel 2: Women in Technology panel

- Panel 3: Young entrepreneurs panel

- Panel 4: Silicon Valley elected leaders panel

***Startup Pitch Fest grand finale : Chosen Youth entrepreneurs from all the locations of Silicon Valley Coders Club pitch in front of a VC panel of judges and compete for best prototype/project - winner gets seed money for their startup

This is an opportunity for students to hear Silicon Valley tech leaders, senior executives from the industry chat with the successful entrepreneur students

RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/startupbootcamp4kids (No charge registration)

3.3 ‘Stay Safe, Stay Secure!’ Classes

FREE Safety Class Series at Saratoga Senior Center. Santa Clara County Fire Department, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, and the City of Saratoga are hosting a series of adult and senior safety classes to keep you prepared, safe and secure. All classes will be offered at the Saratoga Senior Center. Call 408-868-1257 to register. See topics below

3.4 Saratoga Community Meeting

The Saratoga City Council will consider proposed regulations for storage and reporting lost/stolen firearms. The proposed ordinance would require firearms to be stored in a locked container or disabled with a safety device when they are not in the immediate control or possession of the owner at home. Additionally, lost or stolen firearms would need to be reported to law enforcement within 48 hours.

Before these regulations are considered at the June 20 City Council meeting, a Community Meeting will be held to answer questions and receive input on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Joan Pisani Community Center Multipurpose Room, 19655 Allendale Avenue. To read the proposed ordinance in full, or to submit comments and feedback to the City Council, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/proposedordinance

3.5 Car Show on July 22nd

3.6 Saratoga Movie Night

This is one of the best family events we run in the summer and it is free. Plus you get hot chocolate, marshmallows, popcorn etc. get your blankets and join the 2nd Friday movie nights in June, July and August

3.7 Are you registered to vote in Saratoga?

Did you vote? June 5th is coming up! Your vote is your voice...Your vote is very important so please register to vote, and if you are NOT a citizen yet, now is as good a time as any. You can register to vote here https://registertovote.ca.gov/


4 Q&A with Councilmember Kumar

Visit www.RishiKumar.com/faq for the complete list.

I found a license plate during my walk - what should I do?

One of our neighbors found a license plate on a Saratoga street during his walk. This was my response to his NextDoor posting asking what to do with it. “Folks are stealing license plates from public places that they deploy on cars to go steal homes. So we should report this to the sheriff calling the Saratoga non-emergency number. We should always report any suspicious activity or solicitors by calling 911 or call the non-emergency # to Saratoga Sheriff 408 299-2311 // Emergency #408 299 3233. If you are using a cell phone, recommend you use the direct dial number to Saratoga Sheriff.”

Who is the primary city contact for Garbage and Recycling matters?

Effective this week, Public Works will now be the primary point of contact on garbage and recycling matters. This includes missed garbage pickups, household hazardous waste, and the annual cleanups. The transition from the City Manager’s Office to Public Works has been timed with the formation of the West Valley Clean Water Program Authority, which will hold its first meeting on May 3

Where can I drop Hazardous Waste?

No-Cost Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day

Call www.hhw.org @ 408.299.7300.

- --Saturday, April 21, at County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off sites in San Jose or Sunnyvale.

-- April 28 in Santa Clara on

Earth Day is April 22 and a good reminder about recycling and protecting our environment. Do you have household hazardous waste, such as paint, cleaning products or pesticides that you need to dispose of safely?

For Cupertino and Palo Alto residents, please do not make an appointment. Contact your city's household hazardous waste program.

• Cupertino (800) 449-7587

• Palo Alto (650) 496-5910

If this weekend isn’t convenient, no-cost Household Hazardous Waste drive-through drop-off events are scheduled throughout the year at locations in San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and San Martin, for community members to safely and sustainably dispose of or recycle paint, batteries, light bulbs, pesticides, household cleaners, automotive fluids, cooking oil, cosmetics and garden chemicals.

Maps and directions are online and provided with sign-up. Site addresses and directions to the facilities are only made available to residents at time-of-appointment to prevent unauthorized drop-offs and to ensure safe collection by professional staff.

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/rwr/hhw/Pages/hhw.aspx

What should I do dealing with a neighborhood dangerous dog?

The City of Saratoga contracts with San Jose Animal Care & Services for expertise and enforcement of the City Code regarding dangerous dogs.

A dog may be deemed ‘Dangerous’ or ‘Potentially Dangerous’ by Animal Control if it exhibits certain behaviors, bites another dog or bites a human.

A dog is considered ‘Potentially Dangerous’ if it has committed any of the following acts:

1) On two separate occasions within a 36 month period, engaged in any behavior that requires a defensive action by a person to prevent bodily injury when the person and the dog are off the property of the dog owner; or

2) Bitten a person causing an injury that is not severe as defined in the code; or

3) Severely injured a domestic animal while off the property of the offending dog.

A dog is deemed ‘Dangerous’ if it has committed any of the following acts:

1) Inflicted severe injury or killed a person; or

2) Killed a domestic animal,off the property of the offending dog; or

3) Committed an act qualifying it as potentially dangerous dog more than twice

during a 36 month period.

5 Question: Does Saratoga offer composting program? Are there classes I can take?

Here is an option in Saratoga http://scgardener.webs.com/apps/blog/show/32635005-free-and-inexpensive-compost-in-santa-clara-county Cooper Garrod Farms

Currently, the only composting program offered in Saratoga is for commercial customers. Customers that produce a lot of food waste, like restaurants, may opt to have a compost collection bid. Yard waste collected by our hauler, West Valley Collection & Recycling, is sometimes used to make compost. However, it most commonly used as daily coverage at the Guadalupe Landfill. During the last round of hauler contract negotiations, the Board did consider providing organics (both food and yard waste) composting service for residential customers. However, the Board determined that the cost to compost residential organics was too high.  

 But we don’t have to go far for Compost. How about Cupertino You can find the details here

For individuals interested in composting at home, the County in partnership with the University of California run a Master Composter program and provide free compost basics classes. There are a number of classes scheduled for this fall:http://cesantaclara.ucanr.edu/Home_Composting_Education/Composting_Workshops/

HOW ABOUT DOING IT OURSELF?

Looking for a new way to improve the health of your garden? Interested in reducing waste? Try composting! Not only does composting benefit your garden, it also helps you save money on soil conditioners and increases the lifespan of our landfills. Best of all, composting is easy! Below are some tips for starting your own compost pile. For more information or to become a Santa Clara County Master Composter, visit www. reducewaste.org

Composting Tips:

• Only use open compost piles for yard trimmings

 • Place your pile away from any structures

• Chop up compost materials before adding them to your pile

• Mix together dry woody materials with moist green materials

 • Keep your compost pile moist

• Stir or turn your compost pile about once per week

• Because compost bins keep rodents out, they are good for fruits, vegetables, and yard trimmings

• If you are using a compost bin, bury food scraps into the center of the pile

•The composting process is complete when the material in the pile looks like dark rich soil and easily crumbles in your fingers (this should take 1.5 to 3 months with a compost bin


5 Glimpses - A Pictorial View

Memorial Day  - a day of remembrance in Saratoga

Flipping pancakes for a living at the Saratoga High Pancake Breakfast

Neighborhood Safety Meetings in May

Neighborhoods meeting the Sheriff

At the Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy

Carnatic Fusion Performance by Apoorva Krishnan at Saratoga Community Center!

Speaking at the Aram Sei event in Los Gatos

Chatting with the youth of Saratoga at a weekly Saturday morning coffee meeting -

 #SaratogaFirst 

At the Saratoga State of the City from last month

City Council getting trained with Emergency Management

The first Safety Fair in Saratoga

19th Hakone Matsuri at Hakone Gardens

 San Jose State's legendary Judo coach Yosh Uchida - a Saratoga resident#SaratogaFirst 

Councilmember Kumar attending his first Gubenatorial Debate in San Jose

Intel Science Fair - HOW TO Education series by Isha and Rohan Mehrotra

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Suhas Patil  - At TiE Inflect 2018 at the Santa Clara Convention Center

The Kumar Family has another Eagle Scout

Recognizing Bollywood celebrities visiting Silicon Valley

Saratoga’s Monthly Bollywood night - A pic from the May event

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