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Councilmember rishi kumar saratoga sept oct newsletter 2018 google docs


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Councilmember rishi kumar saratoga sept oct newsletter 2018 google docs

  1. 1. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 1/54     September-October 2018  Newsletter  Newsletter Editor (intern): Sanaa Lokray  On Mobile/Tablet, View in Landscape Mode    1 A note from Rishi  Saratoga's heroes on Blaney Plaza    Dear neighbors,  You may have heard of this saying, “The campaign trail builds character"    Well…we are at it once again getting the pulse of Saratoga by going  door-to-door and engaging with Saratogans. I have personally visited  thousands of Saratoga neighbors - it is *wonderful* opportunity to  engage in conversation about Saratoga and get the input of our citizens  who just love Saratoga and want the best! These conversations have been  such an educational experience! Simply stated, the reason we did what we  did over the last four years on the city council is because of what we  learned from the campaign trail of 2014….getting the pulse of the  community builds the fortitude needed to NOT shy away from taking on  the tough challenges. As we look back over the last four years, there is a  sense of fulfillment ... in knowing that when there were major issues like  water and safety, we not only informed, we also engaged Saratoga and  took firm, impactful results-driven action to solve the problem.   
  2. 2. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 2/54   So here is an interesting story from this last week.  On the campaign trail, one of our neighbors brought to my attention that  our city should “resurrect names of fallen soldiers on Blaney Plaza - the  names have faded and need some work to bring them back”    So we swooped into action. Our city sta , Public Works Department led by  PWD Director John Cherborne took charge and literally in less than a week  had the names painted and shining. I have been always impressed by their  speed of execution…    Of course, we will NEVER forget our fallen heroes, Frank William Mann,  John P Pourroy, Frederick Edward Sanders, Clark Booth Waterhouse,  Christian Pedersen and Fred Gordon Thomson. Your names will be forever  shining in the annals of the history of Saratoga and our nation. Blaney  Plaza standing tall, will forever remind future generations of Saratogans  about your sacrifice. We salute you!    Yes, our city GETS THINGS DONE.  Yes, we listen and we are responsive!   Yes, this is how a citizen-centric governance should operate.    So, do keep the feedback coming please. We are doing our best to address  all the concerns, suggestions from the campaign trail - and we get a lot of  it! That is why you elected me to o ce - not to hide behind statements, or  to raise our hands and give up - but to serve our citizens to the best of  our ability. And when the tough challenges arrive, the tough get going!  When we have a challenge like rising break-ins or rising water bills or  pothole on a city street, it behooves us to step up, take action and protect  our citizens!    Please keep the feedback coming. We do our best to respond to every  email and every phone call. No excuses!  
  3. 3. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 3/54   If you see me falling short, please remind me.    I look forward to the opportunity of continuing to serve Saratoga  diligently, ethically and prudently.  Let us continue getting things done!  - Rishi   
  4. 4. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 4/54   -     2 Saratoga Happenings, Info, & News    - Saratoga Burglaries - 6 last week  - Vigilant Sheri team make an arrest 
  5. 5. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 5/54   - CPUC Investigates San Jose Water   - Saratoga Roads are being repaved  - 4-way stop sign at Big Basin Way  - Tra c Calming   - Saratoga Building Permits Summary  - Disaster preparation information.  - Saratoga has a new fire chief.  - Important Saratoga information at your fingertip.  - City of Saratoga Initiatives  - Capital Improvement projects in Saratoga.  - New green bike lane.  - Neighbourhood watch program  - Tech help for seniors.  - Bruce Munro “Stories in Light” is coming to Montalvo  - Become a volunteer for Bruce Munro, Montalvo  - Fraud Alert for Seniors  - ADA lawsuits - Saratoga businesses please read      3 Glimpses via Pictures      Saratoga Happenings, Info, & News  Santa Clara County O ce of the Sheri   Weekly Activity Summary 9/24/2018 –  9/30/2018  Please exercise caution.   Is your home protected? Do you have deterrents in place? 
  6. 6. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 6/54   Review the Top 25 Safety Tips at    ****Six burglaries this past week  ATTEMPTED 9/24 Between 10:10 AM and 10:15 AM, unknown  suspect(s) entered a residence in the 18000 block of Ansley Place  by kicking in the front door. The suspect(s) fled the scene  without taking anything upon realizing the victim resident was  home at the time.  9/25 Between 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM, unknown suspect(s) entered  a residence in the 13000 block of Lexington Court through  unlocked doors and took keys for an unknown total loss.  9/25 Between 10:40 AM and 10:50 AM, unknown suspect(s) entered  a residence in the 13000 block of Lexington Court by using body  force to open an interior garage door and took a laptop for a  total loss of about $1,500.  9/25 Between 7:40 PM and 9:00 PM, unknown suspect(s) entered a  residence in the 14000 block of Granite Court by prying a sliding  glass door open and took cash and jewelry for an unknown total  loss.  9/28 Between 4:00 PM on 9/26 and 12:00 PM on 9/28, unknown  suspect(s) entered a residence in the 13000 block of Old Tree Way  through open doors and took an air mattress and a television  for a total loss of about $300.  ATTEMPTED 9/29 Between 9:47 AM and 9:50 AM, unknown  suspect(s) entered a residence in the 19000 block of Braemar  Drive by kicking in the front door, but quickly fled the scene  without taking anything upon realizing the victim resident was  home at the time.     
  7. 7. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 7/54   Vigilant Sheri team make an arrest  On September 26 at approximately 10:20 a.m., Deputies observed  a suspicious vehicle with paper license plates in the area of  Saratoga Avenue and Prospect Road and made contact with the  vehicle’s three occupants.  An investigation revealed the suspect vehicle was previously  stolen from Pleasanton, and the suspect driver was in  possession of brass knuckles and a dagger, in violation of the  suspect’s probation for vehicle theft and possession of stolen  property. Further investigation revealed one suspect passenger  was recently arrested for auto theft, was out of custody on her  own recognizance, and was in possession of Methamphetamine  and drug paraphernalia. The other suspect passenger was on  probation for burglary.  Deputies also found numerous items and property in the car,  including electronics, a license plate, a personal check, sports  equipment, and tools. The property is believed to be stolen, and  detectives are working to locate victims and restore all property  to the rightful owners.  All three suspects were arrested and booked into Main Jail.  CPUC Investigates San Jose Water  Below, find an information release related to a new, formal investigation  into San Jose Water by CPUC    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        PRESS  RELEASE  Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366,    Docket #: I.18-09-003      CPUC TO INVESTIGATE SAN JOSE WATER’S BILLING PRACTICES    
  8. 8. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 8/54   SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14, 2018 - The California Public Utilities Commission  (CPUC) yesterday opened a formal investigation into San Jose Water  Company’s billing practices.     An informal sta investigation alleges that for at least 30 years, San Jose  Water has failed to pro-rate its customer bills when a change to its service  charge went into e ect in the middle of a customer billing cycle. Rather, the  company’s apparent practice for more than three decades was to bill its  customers the new, increased service charge for the entire billing cycle  instead of pro-rating the bill so that customers were only charged the new,  increased service charge for the period of time it became e ective. In  addition, San Jose Water is alleged to have double-billed its customers  when it converted from billing its service charge in advance to billing in  arrears.     The formal investigation provides a forum to consider evidence and  argument on these issues from CPUC sta , San Jose Water, and other  parties to the proceeding. Evidence taken in the proceeding will be the  basis for findings, conclusions, and CPUC orders, including whether San  Jose Water should provide refunds to customers as well as whether the  company should face additional financial penalties.       The informal sta investigation began when a San Jose Water customer  filed an informal complaint with the CPUC and then a formal complaint  (C.17-06-009) in April and June 2017, respectively. Based on the complaint,  San Jose Water reviewed its practices and determined that it will change  its billing practices to begin to pro-rate its service charge when a rate  change goes into e ect during the middle of a billing cycle (starting in  January 2017). Additionally, San Jose Water filed Advice Letter 510, which  requested CPUC authorization to implement a credit to its customers  totaling approximately $1.8 million to reflect service charge amounts that it  had not prorated from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2016.       The informal sta investigative report recommends that San Jose Water  implement a credit to its customers of approximately $2 million for the  January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2016, time period, as well as another $1.9  million to reflect the 1987-2013 time period. Additionally, sta calculated  that the total amount of double billing when San Jose Water converted 
  9. 9. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 9/54   from billing in advance to billing in arrears amounts to nearly $5 million in  overcharges.      The sta report and the proposal voted on are available at     You can subscribe to documents related to this proceeding at using proceeding number I.18-09-003.     The CPUC regulates services and utilities, safeguards the environment,  and assures Californians’ access to safe and reliable utility infrastructure  and services. For more information on the CPUC, please visit  ###      2018 Pavement Management Program –  Emma Burkhalter  The 2018 Pavement Management Program is underway and  going well. Subcontractor J D Partners is finishing up the last of  the curb, gutter, and driveway work, while O’Grady Construction  has completed preliminary repairs to Mt. Eden Road and plans  to start paving on Monday, October 8. Repaving work on Pierce  Road will continue into next week as well. Below is the approved  list for 2018   
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  14. 14. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 14/54   4-way Stop Sign on Big Basin Way    4-Way Stop at Big Basin Way and 4th Street – by Mainini Cabute  The Tra c Safety Commission held a Special Meeting on  Tuesday, September 25 to review tra c data collected during  the summer months around the 4-way stop at the intersection  of Big Basin Way and 4th Street. City sta notified residents who  attended previous meetings regarding this topic and also  notified the public through Nextdoor and Facebook.  Approximately 35 residents attended the meeting. The City’s  Tra c Engineer presented the data, and the Tra c Safety  Commission received comments from the public. The  Commission was satisfied with the data presented, which  supports that the 4-way stop is achieving its intended purpose  to improve pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist safety, as well as  resolving the sight distance issue turning o of 4th Street.  The Commission will prioritize its e orts toward improving tra c  congestion on Big Basin Way by reviewing the intersection of  Saratoga Avenue and Big Basin Way, the left turns into  Starbucks and the Saratoga Village Center parking lot, and the  parallel parking spots.  Tra c Calming: Speed Tables on Allendale –  by Mainini Cabute  In March 2015, the Tra c Safety Commission approved the  installation of speed tables on Allendale Avenue between Via  Alto Court and Montpere Way. This stretch of road has been  reviewed by the Tra c Safety Commission multiple times due to  the unsafe speeds of vehicles which have resulted in collisions  where vehicles have rear ended other vehicles, hit trees on 
  15. 15. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 15/54     private property, and collided with the pedestrian bridge. After  working with neighbors in the area and the City’s Tra c  Engineer, Public Works sta has determined the two appropriate  locations for the speed tables that will be installed by Duran &  Venables. Sta will send out a letter next week to inform the  neighbors and West Valley College that the project will begin in  mid-to-late October.    Saratoga Building Permits Summary    Disaster Preparedness  Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can! September was  National Preparedness Month, which serves as an important  reminder to make sure you and your family are prepared for  disasters.     The first step is to make a plan. Identify safe locations in  your home to take shelter and paths to evacuate. Prepare  a portable emergency kit with supplies for all family  members and pets. Know how your family plans to  communicate and where to meet if you are separated.    
  16. 16. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 16/54     Sign up for AlertSCC to receive free emergency  notifications where you live and work in Santa Clara  County. To register, text your zip code to 888777 or visit  You can also volunteer for the Saratoga Community  Emergency Response Team (CERT) and learn to provide  essential services to assist first responders during a  disaster. To learn more, visit    Visit for more National Preparedness Month  resources, and for  information about the City’s programs.    Meet Saratoga's New Fire Chief, Tony Bowden! - from our  city’s newsletter  Santa Clara County Fire Department Chief Tony Bowden stepped into his new role in  August. Chief Bowden was born nearby in San Jose. Growing up, Chief Bowden lived  next door to a firefighter who left a lasting impression on him. After graduating high  school, Chief Bowden took an EMT course and began his journey in public service.    Chief Bowden began his fire service career with the City of Los Altos in 1996 and  joined County Fire later that same year when the City contracted their fire services.  He also has experience as a small business owner, and he spent 10 years coaching  girls’ softball while serving on their Board of Directors. A culmination of these  experiences have helped him become a well-rounded Chief O cer.     His first priorities as Fire Chief include working with County Fire sta to ensure  personnel development and future succession planning, and focusing on a number  of key capital projects in the works. He would like to help grow and develop more  strong fire service leaders who are actively engaged in the community and focused  on the changing needs of the citizens County Fire serves.         
  17. 17. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 17/54     SARATOGA INFORMATION AT YOUR  FINGERTIP - from our city’s newsletter    If I need to…       Apply for a tree  removal permit    408.868.1276  Find out when my  streets will be swept    408.868.1245    Get a building permit  408.868.1201    Have a pothole or a  street light fixed    408.868.1245  Host an event    408.868.1230  Learn about serving  on a City Commission    408.868.1294  Licence my pet    408.868.1294  Receive a business  licence    408.794.7240  Remodel my home    408.868.1260  Report a missed  garbage/recycling  pick up    408.868.1222  Reserve a City park or  faculty    408.868.1241  Sign up for a  recreation program    408.868.1259 
  18. 18. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 18/54   Start a Neighborhood  watch group    408.868.1249            Saratoga’s Initiatives with Safety, Health,  ADA etc - from our city’s newsletter  Safety  Preventing and reducing crime continues to be a priority in  Saratoga. The City has increased public safety communications  by mailing quarterly safety tip postcards. Interest in  Neighborhood Watch continues to grow, and there are now 70  registered groups. Neighbors looking out for each other has  contributed to a decrease in crime, with zero residential  burglaries in June.  Health  Recent e orts to enhance public health include improving the  air quality in Saratoga, reducing youth access to tobacco, and  adopting a water access policy. The trail in Quarry Park has  also been extended so the community can get outside, exercise,  and take in the beautiful views.  Art  Public Art is on display throughout Saratoga. And residents are  encouraged to participate in #SaratogaROCKS by decorating  their own rocks or borrowing a kit from the City to get started.  You can also visit the PLACE Bench at the Saratoga Library, or  take a seat on the Willys and Betty Peck Blessings Bench in the  Saratoga Village.  Support 
  19. 19. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 19/54     This year, the City will continue to contribute to safety net  services for Saratoga residents, such as United Way 211, Catholic  Charities Long-Term Ombudsman Program & R.Y.D.E. a  curb-to-curb transportation service for adults ages 55 and  older living in the Cities. The City will increase funding for West  Valley Community Services, which provides a range of basic  needs to family support.  Accessibility  The City has a number of upcoming e orts planned to help  make City facilities, the website, and other communication  methods more accessible for older adults, individuals with  disabilities, and non-English speakers. These projects include  an assessment of City parking areas, tra c signals, the remodel  of the Senior Center entrance and the translation of several key  City publications to Chinese, the second most used language in  Saratoga households.    Major Capital Improvements - from  our city’s newsletter    The City of Saratoga has an ongoing process through which it  identifies, prioritizes, and develops a multi-year plan for major  capital projects. Capital Improvement Plan projects enhance the  quality of life in Saratoga by upgrading the City’s roadways,  parks, facilities, and other infrastructure. These projects are  approved by the City Council during the budget process and  many are funded through grants.    1 Prospect Road Improvements  This project is underway to make Prospect Road easier and  safer to travel whether driving, biking, walking, or taking public 
  20. 20. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 20/54   transportation. Improvements include the installation of  medians, defined turn lanes, sidewalks, ADA ramps, safer  crosswalks, bicycle detector loops, and landscaping. This $7.3  million project is funded by a $5.3 million OBAG grant, Gas Tax  revenues of $1.1 million, and CIP reserves of $1 million.    2 Fruitvale Avenue & Allendale Avenue Intersection  Improvements  To improve pedestrian crossings at the Fruitvale Avenue and  Allendale Avenue intersection, the right- turn slip lane closest to  Redwood Middle School will be removed, and the existing tra c  signals will be replaced. This will increase pedestrian visibility  and reduce vehicle speeds.    3 Saratoga Village to Quarry Park Walkway  A pedestrian walkway from the Saratoga Village, through  Hakone Gardens, to Quarry Park will  help bring foot tra c to the Village and provide a  pedestrian-friendly path along Highway 9. This will also be the  starting point of the future Saratoga-to-the-Sea Trail.    4 Quito Road & Pollard Road Open Space Improvements  A new park will be created by improving the open space area at  the corner of Quito Road and Pollard Road. Beautification  improvements will include a meditation garden, drought  tolerant and native landscaping, pathway enhancements, and  irrigation.     
  21. 21. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 21/54       OUR GREEN BIKE LANES ARE HERE  Have you noticed Saratoga’s first green bike lane on Prospect  Road? These green lanes clearly define space for bikes and  cars, increase visibility of cyclists, promote orderly flow of tra c,  and encourage cycling as a means of transportation to reduce  vehicle emissions and increase healthy activity!     Will you be riding in the new green bike lanes? Make sure you  ride safely and always wear a helmet and visible clothing, stay  alert and aware, and obey all tra c laws.          Tech Help For Seniors.  Starting December, Silicon Valley Young Coders Club will host a  meeting for Saratoga Seniors who need help with the 
  22. 22. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 22/54   technology. Youth volunteers will help seniors find solutions to  challenges they face using their devices. For information reach  out to rishi<at>         Crime report    See various crime incidents below  It is gut wrenching and emotionally draining for me to observe  such crime in our beautiful Saratoga. We all aspire for a high  quality of life for our families and a crime experience is totally  contrary to that! This is the reason why I made fighting crime my  top agenda over the last few years.    Please alert your neighbors and ask them to take precautions  and apply deterrents.  Now is not the time to drop the guard    Follow the top 25 safety tips  <— this doc has been updated. I highly recommend you print  this doc and post it on your fridge for reference.   NOTE: This email is NOT to alarm you, but to be transparent  with what is going on. There are break-ins, mailbox thefts, car  burglaries that do occur once in a while in Saratoga. We do not  want to be caught o guard like the Ostrich with the head in the  sand, but take simple precautions, apply deterrents and send  the crime somewhere else. Please take action today.     From a resident who experienced a break-in   Residential burglary in the Platinum Triangle area of Saratoga 
  23. 23. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 23/54   I am writing to all the Saratoga City Council members about the  rising crime in our neighborhood.  Our home was broken into earlier in the week and it has left us  quite upset. One's home is their "sanctum sanctorum" and we  feel violated. We hear more and more neighbors complain about  crime and feel that the city council needs to take action.  We build our two beautiful homes in Saratoga over 20 years ago  and have raised our two sons in these very homes.  We have felt safe so far, but not any longer. I now have to spend  over $400K to further protect our homes with the latest  equipment and personnel.  I sincerely hope that this email is not just deleted or ignored,  but is a call to action to our elected o cials to take the safety  of our folks seriously.  Only one who has had their lives shattered knows that pain. I do  not wish this to happen to anyone, so please take this call to  action seriously.  We the residents of Saratoga want to see some concrete (not  just feel good) steps towards safety.  (Please see some attached pictures of the crime that took place  at our home)    Kicking the door: From a Saratoga Woods block captain   Subject: Ansley Pl attempted burglary  Yesterday morning approx 10am 3 hooded men backed their car  into my neighbor’s driveway. They knocked on the front door as  well as rang the bell, and when no one answered they kicked the  door in and entered. The owner was indeed home and in the  bedroom and chased the guys out. All was witnessed by the  neighbor across the street, who has a ring doorbell camera, but  happened so quickly that there was not enough time for police 
  24. 24. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 24/54   to catch the intruders. The police feel the house was targeted as  it appeared unoccupied (no cars outside).  ● There was another incident in Saratoga Woods on 24th  September Breaking and Entering on Cabernet Drive @  5:23pm    From  ● On September 20th Breaking and Entering on Bestview  Court @2:48pm  ● On September 24th Breaking and Entering on Cabernet  Drive @ 5:23pm  Damon Lane attempted break-in  9/10 Between 12:30 PM and 12:35 PM, unknown suspect(s) entered  a residence in the 13000 block of Damon Lane through an  unlocked window. The suspect(s) fled the scene without taking  anything when confronted by the victim resident who was home  at the time  3 Vehicle Burglaries occurred week of 9/10-9/16 as mentioned in  the sheri report: Kosich Drive, Thelma Avenue and Tollgate    Please stay alert      Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light  October 28, 2018 – March 17, 2019  Tickets on sale now!  Tickets are now on sale for this astonishing new exhibition by  artist Bruce Munro. Featuring 10 light-based works ranging in  scale from immersive to intimate, Bruce Munro at Montalvo: 
  25. 25. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 25/54   Stories in Light will utilize multi-hued waves, clusters, cascades,  flocks, and seas of illumination, transforming Montalvo’s historic  Villa and grounds into a breathtaking spectacle of light. This is  the first time Munro's work will be publicly on display on the West  Coast, and will be the largest number of his works ever on view  at a single venue. To information on the exhibit, dates, and to  buy tickets, please visit  The exhibition is open to the public on select days from October  28, 2018 - March 17, 2019. Standard tickets are $25 with timed entry  between 6:00pm – 8:20pm. Please note that no cars will be  allowed on site, and all patrons must park at West Valley College  and board a free shuttle to Montalvo.      BECOME A VOLUNTEER DOCENT FOR  BRUCE MUNRO AT MONTALVO  TRAINING CLASSES BEGIN MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 7- 9PM  Montalvo Arts Center will be opening its fantastic Bruce Munro  at Montalvo: Stories in Light show on October 28, 2018—and we  are actively recruiting volunteer docents for the run of the  exhibition! No special knowledge of art or art history is  necessary, we will train you in a series of four evening  workshops, each on Monday evenings starting September 24.  Subject matter covered will include the exhibition, the artist, and  Montalvo as an organization. Once the training is complete, you  will be qualified to lead both nighttime exhibition tours for the  general public and/or daytime school trips for elementary,  middle, and high school students. 
  26. 26. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 26/54   Other volunteer opportunities are available! Contact or call 408-961-5828 to find out  more.    Fraud Alert  FRAUD ALERT: District Attorney Urges Caution in Accepting  Unsolicited O ers to Buy Your Home  The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud  Unit is urging elderly homeowners to be extremely cautious  about accepting unsolicited o ers to buy their homes. Elders  may be at risk of selling their homes for much less than they’re  worth and end up not being able to easily find a new home in  the area once the old one sells.  The DA’s message to seniors: Don’t be pressured into selling  your home without fully investigating its true value. Make sure  you are going to get paid once the deed you signed is recorded.  And don’t sell without knowing where you are going to live after  the home is sold.  It may be a crime to buy property from an elderly homeowner,  who lacks the mental capacity to enter into a contract. It is also  a potential crime to purchase property from a homeowner  facing foreclosure, if – for example - the contract does not  provide the right to cancel the deal within five days.  WHY WORRY NOW?  It’s one of the hottest real estate markets in history in Silicon  Valley. The District Attorney is increasingly receiving reports  from elderly homeowners that they are receiving mailers  o ering to purchase their homes which are not on the market.  These o ers promise to buy their homes without inspections 
  27. 27. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 27/54   and with no involvement of any real estate agent, saving the  seller commissions.  While these deals sound good, elderly homeowners may be the  target of these mailers in the hopes that the owners do not  know the true value of their property. There are individuals and  companies seeking to take advantage of unsophisticated  homeowners, by purchasing property at an unreasonably low  price, and then flipping the property a few months later at a  substantially higher price.  If you are going to sell your home, make sure you have arranged  a new place to live and can a ord your new residence. Housing  and rental prices may be higher than you anticipate, especially  if you intend to continue to live in Santa Clara County.  Homeowners intending to accept an unsolicited o er to buy  their home may also want to contact a tax professional  concerning the tax consequences of selling their potentially  biggest investment.  VICTIM OF A SCAM?  If you think you have been the victim of a real estate scam,  please call the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud hotline at  (408) 792-2879. If you think you, or an elderly relative, is a victim of  elder financial abuse, you can call the District Attorney’s Elder  Financial Abuse hotline at (855) 323-5337. If you have a complaint  about a business, you can contact the District Attorney’s  Consumer Mediation Services Unit at (408) 792-2880.  District Attorney's Public Service Announcement:  For more information about scams, visit:, (Español) or (Tiếng Việt). 
  28. 28. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 28/54       ADA Lawsuits - Saratoga businesses please  read  If you are a business owner, please read the email in purple  below    Did you get hit with a law-suit? There is a solution  Contact Chad Garton who got legal help and the lawsuit was  dropped like a hot potato  408.252.6280      Regarding ADA - just further clarification - please read  Our Saratoga City Council funded a city-wide ADA assessment  of City owned facilities such as the parking districts which we  will be starting soon. Once the assessment is done we will bring  forward prioritized funding requests that our Council can  evaluate to fix deficiencies.  Now regarding the businesses that are getting impacted. The  building / private lots are owned by a private entity and NOT  the city  The City will require ADA upgrades through the building permit  process when a new business is doing substantial tenant  improvements that trigger such requirements. New businesses  that move into existing spaces with minimal improvements do  not trigger the required upgrades.   NOTE to property owners: The property owner can always  require full compliance with ADA with any level of tenant  improvement or lease. 
  29. 29. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 29/54     The California Division of the State Architect does have  resources to help businesses with ADA compliance on their web  page     ********Email received by Councilmember Rishi Kumar  We thank you for all you have done with the Neighborhood  Watch Program in Saratoga. There is another kind of  shakedown happening in Saratoga that I would like to tell you  about.  Six small businesses(possibly more) in Saratoga are now being  sued by Attorney Scott Johnson from Carmichael, CA. Johnson  is a well known quadriplegic lawyer whose employees look for  handicapped parking spaces that aren’t properly  painted(striped) and/or do not have the two handicapped signs  that are required. Both of these problems were/are found in the  complex’s parking lot outside my son’s business downtown. If  Johnson’s sta finds problems with the handicapped parking  spaces, he or his employees enter the business or businesses to  look for more ADA non compliant problems.  So how much money does this serial disability litigant want for a  faded handicap parking space, an out of date handicapped  parking sign and a chair blocking a W/C accessible counter?  The answer to that question is tens of thousands of  dollars(which doesn’t include an ADA audit and legal fees). Most  states have laws requiring a disabled person to notify a  business by letter of disability access problems. Sadly  California doesn’t have such a law.  If you Google Scott Johnson, you will find he has sued hundreds  if not thousand of small businesses over many years and many 
  30. 30. 12/31/2018 Sept/Oct 2018 Newsletter - Google Docs 30/54   small businesses have closed because of this man. Please get  the word out to all businesses in Saratoga that this is  happening as such a lawsuit is disastrous for a any business.  I have tried to keep my emotions out of this letter but this is  such a travesty and doesn’t help anyone with disabilities except  Scott Johnson!!!!    *** end Email    Glimpses ­ A Pictorial View    Creek Cleanup with Senator Jim Beall 
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