January 2018 Newsletter
Newsletter intern: Michelle Lee

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Contents

A Note From Rishi:
Super Bowl Moon

City Happenings, Info, & News

Upcoming Events

Q&A with Councilmember Rishi Kumar 

A Note From Rishi
SUPER BOWL MOON


Dear friends,

Super Bowl Moon: Do not miss the sky viewing ...In the early morning hours of Jan 31st, California will be privy to a total eclipse from about 5 a.m. to 6 a.m PST (skies may be cloudy)....get ready Super Blue Blood Moon, hasn’t happened in more than 150 years

Trifecta of sorts that include: A total lunar eclipse, A blue moon aka two full moons happening in a month, A supermoon aka moon is in perigee – or at the closest point to Earth

In California, you can see the total eclipse phase from start to finish, if you sleep through this one, you will have to stay awake till 2037 to see the next one ;-)

NASA plans to provide a live stream of the moon from telescopes in California and Arizona, beginning at 2:30 a.m. PST. NASA: https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/lunar.html

Quick update on the water challenge:

San Jose Water hasI requested General Rate Case GRC Application A.18.04-001(Filed 1/4/18 You can review the application here and  here  ) and with that the following:

o  Reject Rate increase 9.76 percent in 2019,

o  Reject Rate increase 3.70 percent in 2020

o  Reject Rate increase  5.17 percent in 2021.

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters will not come to the rescue!

Please send the protest letters? Visit www.rishikumar.com/water for details Just copy and paste the contents of the word doc. In case you don’t have word, you can access a google doc link on this page.

Yes...we are winning in bits and pieces, here and there :-(

SARATOGA WAS SAFER IN 2017
Yes residential break-ins had a huge drop from 130 in 2016 to 69 in 2017 - but that does not mean we drop our guard. Below is a Jan 20th NextDoor posting that clearly demonstrates criticality of having an armed alarm system:

"This morning about 5:30am my friend's house had a break-in. Someone smashed the side window of front door to reach the door knob to unlock and enter. They were scared off by her alarm system. She was home. This happened on Regan about 2 blocks away from Blauer in the direction of the high school. Saturday Jan. 20,2018. The sheriffs arrived within 5 minutes."

**CALL TO ACTION:

- Please arm your alarm system 24x7 - yes, even when you are asleep

- Today, contact your alarm company and ask for glass breakage / shock sensors - you need 1 per room, and given that the Master Bedroom is typically targeted, you definitely want a sensor in the MBR

- Also, ask your alarm company about installing cameras around your property, if you don’t have cameras already. A camera at your front door that lets you monitor visitors is super critical

Arrest in Saratoga :

(As you read this, run some self-evaluation. Do you have the ability to monitor your home via motion sensor cameras set to alert your smartphones, i.e can be monitored remotely?)

On January 17, 2018, at 7:20 PM, deputies responded to an in-progress burglary call at a residence in the 14000 block of Dorene Court, where the victim resident reported seeing live video feed of suspects in the home. The suspects entered the residence by breaking a window and it is unknown what, if anything, was taken from the residence. Upon deputies’ arrival, one suspect immediately fled the scene in a getaway vehicle, but not before sounding the car horn to notify the suspects inside the home of police presence. Those suspects then fled the scene on foot. A perimeter was established and police K-9s were utilized. A short time later, deputies apprehended, arrested and booked one suspect into the Main Jail. Detectives assigned to the case are conducting a follow-up investigation for arrest of the two outstanding suspects.

There were some rumors flying around about the above incident that was inaccurate.

Each of us should make sure we don’t add to rumors, but wait for accurate information from law enforcement before passing it on to our neighbors

Yes, stay proactive, but accuracy is very important. There is no reason to spread fear

NOTE: Doreen Court is in the area of Pierce Road and Mount Eden, up in the hills

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve and to continue doing important and satisfying work in Saratoga's interest. Notwithstanding the challenges of this 'voluntary' role, and the imperfections of the system, I am perpetually excited about the possibilities to make it better. Never was an elected official more blessed with supporters like you. I am grateful!

Please do not hesitate to reach out if I can be of assistance

City Happenings, Info, & News

Are you receiving Emergency Alerts?

Stay connected and alert in the eventuality of an earthquake, flood etc.

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/alertscc/Pages/home.aspx

Saratoga receives A Grade

GREAT NEWS Saratoga receives A Grade: By Lauren Pettipiece The American Lung Association awarded Saratoga an “A” grade in its 2018 State of Tobacco Control Report for California! This year, 31 cities or counties were named top of the class and received an overall grade of “A.” Only 6% of Californians live in areas The bar to receive an “A” grade is set high because tobacco remains the number one preventable cause of death in California and experience shows that local action is the cornerstone of the tobacco control movement and public health improvement. The Saratoga City Council’s strong tobacco control policies demonstrate a commitment to public health by protecting the public from secondhand smoke and reducing youth access to tobacco products. Read the complete report and view more information on the American Lung Association website at http://bit.ly/SOTCReport2018

Saratoga Weed Abatement

As directed by the City Cuncil, the City haso been working with the Santa Clara County Department of Agriculture to make adjustments to the Weed Abatement Program. As part of the program’s realignment, the City will take a more active role in the administration of the program by handling noticing, public outreach, and billing. The Department of Agriculture will serve as the expert on the Weed Abatement Program requirements, assessing compliance with Program requirements and, where necessary, abating weeds that are a public nuisance. In addition to shifting responsibilities, the City Council authorized allocation of funds to cover inspection costs for compliant properties and directed staff to bill owners of non-compliant properties for all program fees and abatement costs. Bills for the 2017 Weed Abatement Program charges are tentatively scheduled to be mailed next week. Only three property owners incurred charges as part of the new program structure. At the March 21, 2018 Council meeting, the City Council will receive an itemized report of any unpaid bills for Weed Abatement Program expenses. The City Council will also be asked to consider a resolution confirming assessments on these properties. Property owners may raise objections to proposed assessments by writing to the City Council in advance of the meeting or speaking during the public hearing.

Additionally, the City plans to conduct general outreach to the community and to owners of properties on the Weed Abatement Program list in February. Outreach will be focused on requirements of the Weed Abatement Program and the importance of reducing fuel loads to prevent or minimize the impact of wildfires. 

Federal Highway Administration Rescinded Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons

(FHWA) officially rescinded its interim approval for Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs). Agencies are prohibited from installing any new RRFBs. However, any existing RRFBs that are already installed may remain in place until they reach the end of their useful service life.

According to the City’s traffic engineer, the interim approval was rescinded because the device was being patented, and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways does not allow for the inclusion of patented traffic control devices. This change impacts the City because it has 3 lighted crosswalk RRFB projects scheduled for completion this month that will now be postponed until the traffic engineer can determine an interim device to use at Cox and Cumberland, Herriman and Lexington, and Quito and McCoy. Staff will keep the Council informed of next steps.

Flooding, Fallen Trees, Power Outages, and Landslides

Flooding, fallen trees, power outages, and landslides are all possible outcomes of winter storms. It’s always best to prepare ahead of time.

If you live in a flood-prone area, please prepare your property in advance. A free, 24-hour sandbag station is available right outside of the City’s Corporation Yard (19700 Allendale Avenue) where you will find bags, sand, sandbag fillers, and shovels. There is a 25-bag limit per household. You can find information on proper sandbag techniques on the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s website at www.valleywater.org/sandbags

You can report fallen trees, landslides, and flooding on roads and public property to the City of Saratoga by calling 408.868.1245 on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. At all other times, contact Santa Clara County Communications at 408.299.2507. Report power outages and damaged power lines to PG&E at 800.743.5000. You should always call 911 to report downed power lines and in the event of any other emergency. For more information, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/WinterStorms

Watch this video for some safety tips for winter! Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48kek5wck8M 

Huge drop in Residential Break-Ins!

Residential break-ins in Saratoga in 2017 was 69 in comparison to 130 in 2016. The Source: http://www.saratoga.ca.us/399/Crime-Statistics

Let us continue to push back against crime in our neighborhood!

2017 - 69 residential burglaries reported

2016-130 residential burglaries reported

2015-125 residential burglaries reported

2014-98 residential burglaries reported

2013-72 residential burglaries reported

2012:59 residential burglaries reported

Arrest in Saratoga :

(As you read this, run some self-evaluation. Do you have the ability to monitor your home via motion sensor cameras set to alert your smartphone, i.e can be monitored remotely?)

On January 17, 2018, at 7:20 PM, deputies responded to an in-progress burglary call at a residence in the 14000 block of Dorene Court, where the victim resident reported seeing live video feed of suspects in the home. The suspects entered the residence by breaking a window and it is unknown what, if anything, was taken from the residence. Upon deputies’ arrival, one suspect immediately fled the scene in a getaway vehicle, but not before sounding the car horn to notify the suspects inside the home of police presence. Those suspects then fled the scene on foot. A perimeter was established and police K-9s were utilized. A short time later, deputies apprehended, arrested and booked one suspect into the Main Jail. Detectives assigned to the case are conducting a follow-up investigation for arrest of the two outstanding suspects.

Sierra Snowpack

Check out latest level at https://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/snow/DLYSWEQ

Sierra snowpack is critical for California's water supply.This snowpack melts from late spring into the summer dry season, recharging reservoirs and providing millions with drinking water. Today, the northern Sierra snowpack is 2.3 inches, 21 percent of the multidecade average for the date. The central and southern Sierra readings are 3.3 inches (29 percent of average) and 1.8 inches (20 percent of average), respectively. Meteorologists point to a strengthening La Nina weather pattern in the Pacific, which typically brings drier weather.

Our city is planning to apply for Clean Water Grants

You will need a Real ID Card

The state of California began issuing federal Real ID cards Monday to residents.

On Oct. 1, 2020, the federal government will require driver’s licenses or identification cards to be Real ID-compliant to board airplanes and enter military bases or other federal facilities, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Volunteer opportunity

Take pART in Public Art! The City is seeking volunteers to prepare utility boxes at 7 locations throughout the City before they are painted by Saratoga artists as part of Paint the City: Utility Box Art Project. There are two boxes at each location, with the exception of one of the locations. It will take about 2.5 hours to prepare each location, and the City will provide necessary supplies and instructions. Visit www.saratoga.ca.us/volunteer for more information and to submit a volunteer interest form by February 15.

                                

                                                

New Pavement lights at Cox Crosswalk                

                                                

The in - pavement lights at the crosswalk on Cox Ave near Quito Village have been recently replaced , because the original in - pavement lights were no longer working. The original in - pavement light manufacture r is no longer in business. As a result, staff had to find a new manufacture r that was compatible with the existing. Staff members at Challenger Pre - School , adjacent to the crosswalk , are very happy that the City replaced the in - pavement lights.  

                                        

                                

                        

                

Upcoming and Past Events

Saratoga Rocks by Saratoga staff member Crystal Bothelio

Starting the week of January 8, the City will begin accepting reservations for the #SaratogaROCKS kits. Residents and local groups will be able to check out one of the four kits, which include everything needed to participate in the City’s new rock painting program. Several U.S. communities have launched rock painting programs to encourage residents to engage in public art and build community. Through these programs, local organizers invite the public to paint rocks, mark their name or a hashtag on the bottom of the rock, then hide the rock in safe public places. The #SaratogaROCKS kits will be available with a refundable deposit of $40 for 4weeks at a time with the option to renew kit reservations. Rocks may be placed in City landscaped areas, such as around street trees, in City parks, or at the Civic Center. Artists are encouraged to mark their rocks with the hashtag #SaratogaROCKS and use the hashtag when sharing photos of rocks they’ve created and found on social media.

Audition for Silicon Valley’s got Bollywood

Calling performers to audition and win big at Silicon Valley’s got Bollywood 2018 on March 24th 2018. Not just Bollywood - performances can be absolutely anything - songs, dances, comedy, magic, just show case your amazing talent.

Submit your audition videos at http://tinyurl.com/SiliconValleyBollywood or  http://www.siliconvalleybollywood.com/

Save H2O contest -

Details http://saveh2o.me/

Toastmaster is in Saratoga downtown

Toastmasters has come to downtown Saratoga! Improve your public speaking with a fun and supportive group. We meet every Saturday morning, from 8 to 9am, at 14376 Saratoga Ave (right next to the Fire Station). Come as our guest and see if Toastmasters is right for you. Learn new communication and leadership skills. Come be inspired - it can change your life!

Q&A with Councilmember Kumar

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

Question: What is latest on Prospect Road project?

Answer: Prospect Road Improvement Project-by Macedonio Nunez The underground subcontractor will begin installing manholes and drain inlets on Prospect Road on Monday. The contractors have been saw-cutting asphalt only to the extent needed for the underground sub. This strategy will allow the use of the existing pavement and curb and gutter to capture rainfall as long as possible.

Question: How does Saratoga notify residents in the case of an emergency or with alert notifications?

Question: What are my winter emergency resources?

Flooding, fallen trees, power outages, and landslides are all possible outcomes of winter storms. It’s always best to prepare ahead of time.

If you live in a flood-prone area, please prepare your property in advance. A free, 24-hour sandbag station is available right outside of the City’s Corporation Yard (19700 Allendale Avenue) where you will find bags, sand, sandbag fillers, and shovels. There is a 25-bag limit per household. You can find information on proper sandbag techniques on the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s website at www.valleywater.org/sandbags

You can report fallen trees, landslides, and flooding on roads and public property to the City of Saratoga by calling 408.868.1245 on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. At all other times, contact Santa Clara County Communications at 408.299.2507. Report power outages and damaged power lines to PG&E at 800.743.5000. You should always call 911 to report downed power lines and in the event of any other emergency. For more information, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/WinterStorms

Watch this video https://vimeo.com/156356080

Question: I like to walk in the evenings. But it gets dark - any suggestions?

Answer:  I am  concerned about the number of folks that don't carry any light source with them when they walk in the evening.  If you are on a street that is not well lit, it may be very difficult for a motorist to spot you.  And if you do carry flashlights, please do NOT flash them right at a motorist’s face.   Waving the light at the ground near them would be better. Please be safe

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Assemblymember Ash Kalra’s campaign launch

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