December 9, 2020
Dear Santa and Company,  

I am writing in hopes that I have made it on your “nice" list this year, although I fear you may have a few reservations about me because of some of my remarks and advocacy efforts in these last nine months. While I apologize if I unintentionally offended anyone, I work for a small town Chamber of Commerce and it is my number one responsibility to look out for our local businesses and the employees who work for them. 

I think we all knew even in January, that our country was more divided than ever. We were headed into a highly turbulent election season with volatile emotions rising.  On the horizon, was a whisper of something called COVID and our confidence took a small hit. The Black Lives Matter Movement found center stage and made us question are own biases which while a healthy exercise added more heat to our emotions and made us question each other. Finally, the fires in California once again reminded us that nothing in this lifetime is forever and made us wonder about the health of our planet. And oh yes, that COVID whisper we heard early in the year became a loud roar.

Undoubtedly, it has been COVID though that has been the real culprit in dividing us further and further apart. These last few days have been the hardest. Judgment is a strong word, but right now we are all guilty of resorting to judgment of anyone who does not think the way we do. No one is right or wrong here. And while one might say that these rules the County is laying out are completely arbitrary and not going to work, someone else might think they should be more stringent. We are all simply trying to get by and survive. The mental health of our community is at stake and the poverty pandemic which will follow this health crisis will be mind-blowing. In these last few days I have tried to remind my own kids that before judging or before saying anything negative, perhaps it is wisest to put yourself in the person’s shoes you are judging - give yourself a moment to imagine what challenges the may be facing. 

As I have this one last newsletter to send, and one last word to share for the year - I feel I have to ask for everyone’s forgiveness. You do not have to forgive me, but forgive each other for having different viewpoints. Forgive the world - the world is messy, it's tired and sad and sick, but if we forgive everyone their faults and their differences, we might survive and maybe actually be stronger and happier than before.

In closing, almost - we are on approach to the end of a very challenging year, the Chamber staff would like to express sincere gratitude to our members. Your continued trust and investment in your local Chamber of Commerce means everything to us.

I especially would like to thank a few people who have been such great advisors this year. Thanks to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Our President, David MacGregor Scholes has led us through this turbulent year. Thanks to Jim Foley for taking the lead on many issues and for being Irish and stubborn. Thanks to Andrea Romano for stopping by to check in on us weekly; to Sue Farwell, for your vision and for being such an exemplary property owner. Thanks to Carole Tinsley – for your wisdom and for always stepping up to help.  Special thanks go to Brian Bernasconi for your youthful enthusiasm and to Joe Pirzynski for sanity check-ups. 

Three cheers to the many service providers out there who set the example of what “service before self” means. You know who you are. Thanks to the Silicon Valley Chamber Coalition for teaching me what small business advocacy means. And to all of you small business owners who somehow, even in the face of desperate times, stay positive and just work harder. 
Thank you to our two outgoing Councilwomen, Marcia Jensen and Barbara Spector. Your style, your professionalism and your knowledge as well as your respect for the law were gifts to the Town of Los Gatos. As civil servants, you were two of the best Los Gatos has ever had. Your humility, thoughtfulness and intelligence will be long appreciated. On a personal level, Marcia, thank you for your candor, for keeping the Chamber on task and for challenging us. And Barbara, thanks for the public speaking lessons and for the sound advice you gave me whenever I asked. Ladies, it was a pleasure. Best of luck in your future endeavors.
Most importantly, I have to thank the Chamber staff - Kathy Granger for keep us financially solvent;  Donna for your attention to the details; Fiona for your intellect and thoughtful ideas, Niki for your free spirit and Randi, for pretty much everything else. It has been a challenging year, but we did it!

Throughout this year, our member’s stories of endurance and compassion have been our greatest inspiration. We are so lucky to work in a community in and among all of you. We hope that you feel we have had your back these past nine months and that we have provided you with some consistency and stability. 
So Santa, come on! Bring on the holidays. And If I cheer too loudly and hug too many people when this is all over, please forgive me. 

Here’s to 2021. We Got This LG.  

Sincerely,
Catherine Somers
Executive Director
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2020 Shop Local Passport Program
November 25 - December 31
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The LG Local Passport program rewards you for supporting local businesses by shopping, dining and enjoying Los Gatos.
 
Every time you spend $20 at a participating business, a box on your passport will be marked. When your passport is filled (20 boxes), complete the form and drop it off at a passport box at one of the participating businesses. Each completed passport is a chance to win a prize in our drawing.  Drawing to be held on January 4th.

Passports are available now at participating locations, the Chamber office, and downloadable. Visit our website for all details. 

Prizes:
Gift cards and merchandise from your Los Gatos businesses.
  • Grand Prize $1500 - includes $500 gift card to Blacy's LG and a one-night stay at Best Western - Inn at Los Gatos
  • Prize #1 - $1000 - includes a one-night stay at Best Western - Inn at Los Gatos
  • Prize #2 - $500
  • Three (3) x Prize #3 - $250
Participating Businesses
Affordable Treasures
American Cancer Society Discovery Shop
American Italian Deli
Automobuild
Azuca
Baja Fresh
Bare Wax Lounge
Bella Rosa
Benefit
Best Western - Inn of Los Gatos
Bettina’s of Los Gatos
Black Cat Hats
Blacy’s Vault of LG
Blue Line Pizza
Blue Mercury
Bunches
Butter Paddle
The Bywater
Campo di Bocce
Centonove
The Cherie Rose Collection
Cotton Works
Coup de Thai
Craft Box
Dolce Spazio
Double D’s Sports Grill
Dustin David Salon
East Kennedy
Enoteca La Storia
Flights
Fleur de Cocoa
Forbes Mill Steakhouse
Gallery 24
Golden Triangle
Gooseberry Designs
Great Bear Coffee Company
Grocer & Goddess
Hapa’s Brewing Company
Harvest
In the Olde Manner
Italian Brothers Restaurant
J. McLaughlin
Jackie ‘O
Jennifer Croll
juice co. LG
Just Write Arts
Kashmir Art Gallery
Kids Atelier
Kismet Boutique
Kiss & Makeup
Kitsch Couture
Left Bend Winery
Lexington House
The Library
Loma Brewing Company 
Los Gatos Birdwatcher
Los Gatos Café (both)
Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company
Los Gatos Jewelers
Lululemon
Maids Quarters 
Main Street Burger
Manresa Bread
Moonstone
Nantucket Loft
Natural Creations
Nimbus Salon
Nirvana Aveda Concept Salon
Nolan Rose @ Southern Kitchen
Oak & Rye
Office Depot
Oren’s Hummus
Out of the Envelope
Palapa Lounge Beachwear
The Palms
The Pastaria & Market
Pet People
Pharmaca
Purple Onion (both)
Redemption
Romantiques
Rootstock Wine Bar
Round Table Pizza
The Shade Store
She She Boutique
Side Car Modern Tavern
Sole Desire
Southern Kitchen
The Spa - Los Gatos
Sprockets 
The Studio Los Gatos
Super Duper Burgers
Sur La Table
Tea on the Avenue
Terra Outdoor
Time Out Clothing
Urban Remedy
Viva O Sol
Voluptuary
We Olive
White House Black Market
William Greene Fine Jewelry Design
Willow Street Pizza
Wine Cellar
Wooden Horse Toys
Yellow Brick Road
Yvette Spa by Jackie
Zona Rosa
Los Gatos in Lights
The Chamber and the Town are working hard to provide a festive atmosphere for the holidays. From December through January, enjoy our immersive light displays around Town. Check out Town Plaza, Civic Center, Grays Lane, Terra Patio, Lester Square.
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LG Gives
This holiday season, the Service Clubs have joined together for a special project. On December 16 the Service Clubs will distribute holiday gift boxes for community members in need. We need your help! Donate today!

Your donation means the world to a person or family in need! Holiday gift boxes will include a well-rounded, nutritious meal, some seasonal greenery for good cheer and a holiday treat. All items are sourced from our Los Gatos restaurants and merchants.

$20 feeds one person
$100 feeds a family
El Camino Health will match the first $2500!
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Los Gatos Together 2020 Mask
NEW COLORS! Stop by our office for a fun Los Gatos Together 2020 mask. Thanks to Kristina Taroni of Number One Broadway for having them made! $14 (navy, black, gray, pink)
Member Events
Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation
Holiday Classes
SCORE
Non-Profit Roundtable
December 16
Los Gatos Leos
Advent Calendar
Los Gatos Ballet
Virtual Nutcracker Performance
Los Gatos Ballet is excited to share its first ever, virtual performance of the Nutcracker. Take part in this festive tradition and experience Movie Magic from the comfort of your own home. Purchase your On Demand Performance ticket, which allows you to access the link beginning 11:00 AM PST of the date listed on your ticket and available to view any time up until 11:00 PM PST that same day.
Rotary Club of Los Gatos
Christmas Goose Boutique
Now Online!
Town of Los Gatos website
The Town of Los Gatos has compiled a very comprehensive page of Covid-19 messages and resources. It outlines how all the Town departments are functioning throughout this crisis. In addition, it has resources for businesses and individuals, as well as ways you can volunteer.
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