Council format changing, senior rides funded

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Council changes meeting format

Beginning Aug. 15, people who want to address the town council can do so, as per usual, at the beginning of each meeting. But early on, verbal communications will be limited to 10 people speaking for three minutes apiece, with a second public comment period held at the end of each meeting if needed.

The rationale behind the change is that sometimes public comment goes on so long, there’s not enough time left for regular agenda items to be heard. “It’s not meant to stifle communication,” Assistant Town Manager Arn Andrews said, “but rather figure out a way to have an equitable distribution of public speech during the entire agenda process.”

Mayor Marico Sayoc, Vice Mayor Rob Rennie and Councilwoman Marcia Jensen voted for the change that was approved 3-2. Council members Steve Leonardis and Barbara Spector wanted to continue hearing all verbal communications at the beginning of each meeting and voted no.

The new policy also applies to town boards, commissions and committees.

Senior transportation funding approved

The Los Gatos Town Council voted unanimously Aug. 1 to allocate $17,000 for a curb-to-curb senior transportation pilot program.

The program is set to launch in October and includes Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, Cupertino and Campbell.

Seniors 55 and over will be able to call for rides, and be driven round trip to doctor’s appointments or social activities. Details are still being worked out, but rides will be subsidized based on income.

The program is being coordinated by Santa Clara County, Saratoga’s Senior Coordinating Council and West Valley Community Services.



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