April 2018 Newsletter
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A Note From Rishi:

Email CPUC: SJWC Insurance mailer + Mitigate effects of Prop 47

1 City Happening, Info, & News

2 Upcoming Events

3 Q&A with Councilmember Rishi Kumar 

Glimpses: A Pictorial View, happenings from April

A Note From Rishi
Call to action: Insurance mailer from San Jose Water, Mitigate Prop 47 effects

Dear neighbors,

Here is a call to action related to

1. San Jose Water insurance mailers  

2. Safety - mitigating impacts of Prop 47


Earlier this week, headlines in San Jose Mercury News declared “Wells Fargo facing $1B fine” Reports: Unnecessary selling of insurance latest scandal to rock banking behemoth. Read the USA Today article here https://tinyurl.com/WellsBillionFine

As we all know, San Jose Water company has been also trying to “position” pipes insurance for a few years now. Not 1, not 2, not 3, but umpteen mailers that seemingly makes it a priority for us as per this  “San Jose Water company” mailer.

Seeing this insurance pitch again arrive into our mailbox has raised a few pertinent questions:

Over the years, I have received a few emails from folks expressing concerns.

Why don’t we let CPUC investigate?

Please send the letter today. CPUC is already running an investigation and audit of San Jose Water. How about we add this to the list also?


You can find the protest letter at www.RishiKumar.com/water (search for Insurance)

Or you can pull the information from the google doc here

Let me know if you have any questions


Join the movement to mitigate the unintended consequences of Prop 47 and Prop 57 that kicked off a spurt of property crimes. This would be a ballot initiative that needs 300,000 + signatures to get on the November 2018 ballot. Help Us Keep California Safe. Sign the ballot form (we can setup a date and time to meet in Saratoga). You can submit your interest to sign at https://tinyurl.com/VolunteerTeamRishi and we will contact you to setup a time to meet. Forms have to be mailed out to arrive by April 30th. So please setup a time with me to sign the form. We meet at the Big Basin Cafe on Saturday, April 21st at 9:30AM-Noon and then again on Tuesday April 23rd @ 8pm to get the ballot initiative signed.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve Saratoga and protect our interests.

As always, I am keenly invested and interested to address Saratoga’s top challenges and to enhance the quality of life of every Saratogan. Happy to collaborate.



1 City Happenings, Info, & News

1.1 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

1.8 Big Basin Way Turnaround Project

On April 10, the City received an Encroachment Permit from Caltrans for the Big Basin Way Turnaround Project. Construction will begin when Saratoga's Fiscal Year 2018/19 funds become available.

1.2 ACTION REQUESTED: Help Us Keep California Safe

Join the movement to mitigate the unintended consequences of Prop 47 and Prop 57 that kicked off this spurt of property crimes. This would be a ballot initiative needs 300,000 + signatures to get on the November 2018 ballot.

Help Us Keep California Safe

- Sign the ballot form (we can setup a date and time). You can submit your interest at https://tinyurl.com/VolunteerTeamRishi

Please sign up below to join our fight to help qualify — and ultimately pass — the "Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018."

https://keepcalsafe.org/ please read https://tinyurl.com/KeepCalSafe
Yes, we can make our community safer by mitigating the unintended consequences of Prop 47 and Prop 57 that kicked off this spurt of property crimes.

How about a ballot measure "Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018.” for California?

Check out https://keepcalsafe.org/

Gory details of the Initiative Measure is here


This measure will fix three related problems created by recent laws that have threatened the public safety of Californians and their children from violent criminals. I really one of them: Reform theft laws to restore accountability for serial thieves and organized theft gangs

Many cities are falling behind this - just do a google search

Please let me know if you are interested in teaming up by submitting your interest here

We gotta pull back some of the changes via Prop 47 and Prop 57

This initiative needs 300,000+ signatures to get on the November 2018 ballot.

Together let us Keep Saratoga Safe and Keep California Safe

Like their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CAsafety/

1.3 Conserve water and avoid super high water bills

1.4 Despite the heavy rains throughout March, the Sierra Nevada snowpack stands at only 52 percent of normal. Efficient use of water needs to become a permanent way of life for the 39 millions Californians.

1.5 Make use of 211 Service

1.6 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

1.7 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.

1.9 Superintendent of Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District Retires

Superintendent of Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District Bob Mistele retires. Thank you Bob for your service

Saratoga Schools Emergency Management Meeting
On Thursday afternoon, a meeting was held at West Valley College with representatives from local schools and organizations to discuss emergency readiness, communications, preparedness, and planning. It was the second annual meeting and participation continues to grow as school administrators and personnel recognize the many risks they face. The group has agreed to meet again to continue discussions.
You can expect some changes with Saratoga High Policy related to enhancing the on-campus safety. Stay tuned.

1.11 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) BetweenMillerAvenueandKristyLanenearChristaMcAuliffeElementary 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.

Last week, Prospect High School was on Spring Break, so the City’s contractor used that time to install the access ramps at Lyle Drive to avoid disruption of school day operation.

1.12 SB 827 - Housing Bill

SB827 housing bill that would have given the state unprecedented power over local authorities died in the first committee hearing yesterday.


2 Upcoming Events

2.1 Start May 8th: You can be CERT Certified

In time of disaster the operations of Saratoga CERT are coordinated from the City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as pre-planned neighborhood divisions assess the damage in their neighborhoods, assist the injured, fight small fires, perform light search and rescue, and fulfill disaster related tasks as needed.

See details here  http://www.sccfd.org/images/documents/community_education/CERTFlyerSaratoga2018.pdf

Every neighborhood should have an emergency response volunteer team.

Get going on May 8th, email barry.stallard@sccfd.org to get registered

2.2 ‘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. Four class sessions will be held, beginning March 21, and will present the following topics:

2.3 Grief Recovery Workshop - April 22nd, and 29th, and May 6th; 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. The workshops will be held at Saratoga Federated Church - Douglass Hall, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga. The Grief Ministry is providing a workshop on self-care for those who are grieving, and those caring for others who are suffering a loss. Come for your own sake of for the benefit of one another. Care recipients and care providers will grow together. Consider attending with a friend. Sessions will include practical tools, stories shared by those further along the same road, spiritual guidance, recommended resources, and fellowship with others living a similar experience. While our focus will be on bereavement, the workshop will be helpful for those recovering from other forms of grief, such as the loss of marriage, employment, or health. You may register for this class by calling Peggy Beck, Grief Ministry Coordinator, at (408)-867-1000 or by email: peggy.beck@saratogafederated.org.

2.4 FREE Smart Cycling Training this Spring!

VTA & Santa Clara County Public Health Department is offering Smart Cycling bicycle safety courses for FREE this spring. This is a 2-day course with one classroom session & one bicycle riding session. If you feel uncomfortable bicycling on busy streets, this is a great way to gain skill & confidence. There are several different sessions at locations around the county. http://www.vta.org/SmartCycling

2.5 No-Cost Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day

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.


2.6 Arbor Day on April 25th          

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2.7 State of the City on April 28th

2.8 Bay Area News Group meeting on May 1st

How has Saratoga News changed? Are you interested to see the old Saratoga News stories...specific to Saratoga back?

Meet with the Bay Area News Group.on May 1st at 5:30 pm at the Masonic Lodge on 131 E. Main St., Los Gatos.

Your chance to provide feedback

You cannot make it?

Email Mario Dianda, executive editor of community news. His email is mdianda@bayareasnewsgroup.com

2.9 April 28th: California Native Plant Society’s 44th Show

Discover the magic of planting natives in your front / back yard

West Valley College to Host the California Native Plant Society’s 44th Wildflower Show

(Saratoga, CA) West Valley College will host the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society’s 44th Wildflower Show on Saturday, April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The CNPS will showcase the plant biodiversity of Santa Clara, San Mateo, and surrounding counties. The free event will feature a variety of native wildflowers and plants, lectures, workshops and tours. This year’s show will feature an “Art of Conservation” theme. Expert botanists, gardeners, biologists, and students will be on site to interact with the public and answer questions.

California Native Plant Society Executive Director, Dan Gluesenkamp, will provide the welcoming lecture, Thoughts on the Magic of Native Plants at 10:30 a.m.Wildlife artist, naturalist, and author John Muir Laws will present, How to Sketch Wildflowers, at 11:15 a.m. Howard Meyer from Mountain Feed and Farm Supply will present an Introduction to Aquaponics at 1:00 p.m. Other lectures and workshops will cover gardening with natives, rare plant hot spots in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, photography and pruning demonstrations. Hundreds of native plants and wildflowers will be on display along with descriptions of where to find them locally. Local native plant nurseries and artisan vendors will be on site and Buck, Brush, & Bramble will provide musical entertainment.

Tours of the West Valley College campus will showcase the native plants and landscapes and the restoration project of Vasona Creek, which runs through the middle of campus. Learn how the riparian corridor of the creek is being restored with native, drought tolerant plants and innovative storm water management techniques. The WVC Biology Department, co-host of the event, will give tours of the department, showcasing artist Debbie Bakker’s intricate teaching murals, current research and outreach projects, and the site of the ongoing Science Garden installation.

The West Valley College campus is located at 14000 Fruitvale Ave., 95070. The show will be located in the Biology wing of the Science and Math buildings, which parallels Allendale Avenue. Free parking in Lots 1 and 2 during the event. http://westvalley.edu/maps

Find out more about John Muir Laws at johnmuirlaws.com. More information on California Native Plant Society Executive Director, Dan Gluesenkamp http://www.cnps.org/cnps/about/staff.ph

CNPS photos of wildflowers are available at http://cnps-scv.org/photos/. Find creek restoration photos at https://goo.gl/LYbTgL and teaching mural photos at https://goo.gl/2vh3Ko.

For more information please visit http://westvalley.edu/wildflowers and cnps-scv.org, cnps_scv@yahoo.com, or call 650.260.3450.

2.10 Saratoga High School Production of Mary Poppins

Saratoga High School’s production of Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s Mary Poppins on April 27th/May 4th @ 7:30pm and April 29th/May5th at 2pm

Someone magical is returning this April! And she’s practically perfect in every way. Join Mary Poppins as she uses her own special combination of magic and common sense to teach Jane, Michael and their whole family how to value each other again. With her jack-of-all-trades cohort, Bert, Mary Poppins turns London upside down in this enchanting, irresistible musical based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film. Saratoga High School’s production of Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s Mary Poppins will be on

April 27 and May 4-5 at 7:30 p.m.

April 29 and May 5 at 2 p.m.

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in the McAfee Performing Arts Centre, 20300 Herriman Avenue, Saratoga. General admission is $15. Discounted, $12.50 tickets are available for matinee shows if one purchases at least four. To purchase tickets online, visit www.saratogahigh.organd click on the 'Buy Tickets Now' button. Or starting from April 23, at the SHS administration office at lunchtime on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tickets can also be purchased at the door before the performance – come early!

2.11 Bike to the Future

Two teams from Saratoga High School will compete in Bike to the Future, Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s electric bike building scholarship competition, on May 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Gilroy Gardens! You can join to support the students, learn about clean transportation and commuting, and get bike safety tips! The first 100 guests will receive a free ticket to the park! For more information, visit http://www.svcleanenergy.org/biketothefuture

2.12 National River Cleanup Day on May 19th

Do you regularly notice a creek, river, or lake that is plagued by litter in Santa Clara County? If so, we encourage you to be a site coordinator for the annual National River Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon. Register by March 2: https://t.co/aGFkjoi6gK https://t.co/6pe3be6nvu

2.13 May 4th Saratoga’s Got BollywoodImage may contain: text

Always held on the first Friday of each month in Saratoga. Do not miss the one in May, RSVP at tinyurl.com/SaratogaBollywood .

2.14 May 5th and 6th : Saratoga Rotary Art Show

2.15 The 61th annual Saratoga Rotary Art Show will be Saturday and Sunday, May 5 & 6, 2018 from 10am to 5pm at West Valley College in Saratoga (directions).

The 2018 Saratoga Rotary Art Show marks it’s 61th anniversary May 5 and 6 back on the lawn at West Valley College! Our artists and community patrons will be thrilled to be back on the lawn to enjoy exquisite art from 150 artists, strawberry smoothies, along with wine, beer and food trucks. Local entertainment, Kids Corner and Donkey Rides add to the fun.

Produced since 1957 by members of the Saratoga Rotary Club, the Saratoga Rotary Art Show raises funds for local and international charities under the guidelines of the Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation. To date, the Saratoga Rotary Foundation has granted  over $2.5 million to local and international nonprofits serving the needs of our communities and those worldwide. Go to: www.saratogarotary.org for a list of our recipients.

The Saratoga Art show is produced with 99% support from our club members, family members and friends. We raise the support funds, market the event, serve wine, beer and strawberries, organize the entertainment, welcome the artists with food and beverage, and encourage the community to come and buy! It’s a great day for the club and a  great service to our community.

– Wes Toy, 2018 Art Show Chairperson

2.16 Hakone Matsuri - Hakone Gardens; Sunday, May 20th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Hakone Matsuri is a Japanese Festival, featuring a kimono show and sale. Admission is $5, and children 4 years and younger will be admitted for free. There will be no available parking at Hakone Gardens, but there will be shuttles from the West Valley College Parking Lot 5. The event will feature Shamisen, Chorus, Martial Arts, a Tea Ceremony, a Children’s Booth, Japanese Food and Beer, and Vendors. The event will be supported by the Consulate General of Japan, and for more information, you can call: (408)-741-4994, or visit www.hakone.com.

2.17 Safety Fair on May 20th

2.18 Car Show on July 22nd

Q&A with Councilmember Kumar

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

3 Rishi in the News



4 Glimpses - A Pictorial View

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Saturday Morning

“Cappuccino and Conversation” with Rishi

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Neighborhood Watch and CERT Meeting at Friendship Hall

Annual Pancake Breakfast - Saratoga Fire Department

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With former Saratoga Captain John Hirokawa

College Admissions Seminar in Saratoga

L to R  Sophia Kao, Seema Kumar and Hoi Poon

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Color Run by the Youth Commission

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California Department of Education “K-12 Computer Science Implementation Panel Meeting

Councilmember Rishi Kumar was  appointed to the California Department of Education's Computer Science Strategic Implementation Plan Panel (CSSIPP) to help implement a Computer Science curriculum for K-12 schools in our state of California. This panel is comprised of members from a broad spectrum of California that includes school districts, universities, community colleges and non-profits.

California embarks on a unique education opportunity for every child, that sets the course for California success! CDE will adopt a K-12 computer science standard by July 15, 2019 and by 2022, every California public school K-12 will have this curriculum rolled out, with the fundamental support infrastructure in place. Our mission ends in June. This panel meets over 6 working day session, spread over 3 separate meetings+ a lot of prep prior

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Saratoga’s monthly Bollywood Night