October 21, 2020
Two newsletters in one month! -- anything can happen in 2020.
 
Our Flatbed Music Fest series continues this Thursday. We have had a great time with the Complications and Hootenanny. This Thursday, we hope to start a little earlier – 5 p.m. or so. First stop is the Civic Center. Thank you to the Summit Sisters for entertaining us this week! We cannot wait. Thanks to Chamber Board Member Brian Bernasconi for implementing this crazy, creative and lawful idea! You have brought much joy to Town this month. Thanks also to Sunbelt Rentals for donating last week’s flatbed truck. 

Thank you to El Camino Hospital for sponsoring the Senior Drive-Thru Resource Fair scheduled for next Wednesday, October 28. See the flyer here. Tell your friends about it. 

Thank you Linda L. Lester, Lester Square, our exclusive sponsor of the Holiday Carriage Rides.

An all town Merchant Meeting is set for next Tuesday, October 27th at 9:00 a.m. on Gray’s Lane. The Food and Wine committee will meet Thursday, October 29th, 2 p.m. on Gray’s Lane. Both meetings will focus on the upcoming Holiday shop local campaigns and other pandemic fun.

In the Chamber’s most recent newsletter, we raised a few issues we felt were important. The issue which caused controversy was the question of whether or not it is in the business community’s best interest to elect ALL three current or former planning commissioners to the Council.   
               
  • In no way did we mean or intend to attack the integrity or the character of the three Council candidates who serve or served on the Planning Commission. The Chamber has utmost respect for our Planning Commissioners and while we may not always agree with their collective decisions, we acknowledge that they give countless hours of their time to our Town. Their foundational knowledge of land use regulatory controls and state law are extremely valuable and important. Individually, each of these candidates would be a tremendous asset to our Town Council. 
  • The context of the newsletter should not be misconstrued. The Chamber did not endorse any of the candidates and has no intention of doing so. 

This upcoming election is a big one. Know your facts and vote with heart. It matters.

A Chamber’s most important job is to advocate for and look out for the interests of all businesses in Town.

Sincerely,

Catherine Somers
Executive Director
Virtual Multi- Chamber Mixer
SVO, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Mountain View & Morgan Hill Chambers
Wednesday, October 21,
5pm
Get your costume on and join us for a joint virtual networking mixer!

Even in this uncertain time, it's important to keep growing our networks and keep up with one another - while following social distancing guidelines. Join us for this first multi-chamber virtual networking event from the comfort of your favorite chair, couch, home office, or kitchen counter!
Chamber Members - FREE

Non-members $20
Attendees will be randomly split into small breakout rooms where they will have 15 minutes to network with one another. There will be a few rounds to give attendees the opportunity to meet new people, exchange ideas, explore partnerships or just chat.
Social Distancing Protocol & Signage
All businesses and organizations must submit revised Social Distancing Protocols by Oct. 28th. More information and instructions on how to submit a new Social Distancing Protocol are available here. The new check mark sign that is generated will have a date of 10/05/2020 with your name in the box below and an orange check mark.
COVID Testing
LG- Saratoga Rec Parking Lot
October 28
El Camino Health
November 5 & 19
Drive-Thru Senior Resource Fair
Wednesday, October 28th, 9:30am-12:30pm
Los Gatos United Methodist Church, 11 Church Street, Los Gatos
Sponsored by:
Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council (SASCC) and Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce are hosting a drive-through Senior Resource Fair. Seniors will drive their cars through a series of booths, where they can pick up resources and information. Booths represented include Los Gatos Library, Los Gatos Community Health & Senior Services Commission, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department, Live Oak Senior Nutrition & Service Center, El Camino Health, Los Gatos Service organizations and SASCC.
Los Gatos Town Council
Candidate Forum & Interviews
Would you like to learn more about our candidates running for Town Council? View the LG Chamber's Candidate forum or their interviews by KCAT. Make an informed vote!
Chamber Forum
KCAT Interviews
Other Candidate Forums & Interviews
League of Women Voters Candidate Forums
Click the links below to view the interviews with these candidates:
California Senate District #15 - Ann Ravel, Dave Cortese
California Ballot -- Pros and Cons (will be available soon)
For other city candidate forums visit the League of Women Voters website or their YouTube Channel

Democracy Tent - Interviews with the Candidates
VOTE LG
We want to be your source for election information! We've created a VOTE LG page on our website. Visit this page to see all the propositions, measures and our local candidates, as well as information on:
  • Registering to Vote
  • Election Timeline
  • Ways to return your ballot
  • Candidate forums & interviews
Let's Explore Medicare
October 29 at 10am
Join us for a webinar on the basics of Medicare. Whether you're looking for a change or are new to Medicare, this presentation will provide you with the basics of Medicare and a helpful checklist of tips and information.
Presentation given by Jeff Carneghi of Anthem Blue Cross.
Becoming an Inclusive Community Workshop #3
Community Culture
Thursday, October 22 at 7pm
For questions or to send in comments prior to the meeting, please email Community@LosGatosCA.gov

Passcode: 558528 

Please note there is no phone option for this meeting. To participate in the Zoom Breakout Room function, you need to join from a PC.
You can also view the meeting on KCAT Local Channel 15 television or on the Town/KCAT YouTube page.
What is Los Gatos culture? What is the look and feel of Los Gatos? The Town continues to explore issues of racial, social, and socio-economic justice with the third Community Workshop addressing the topic of Community Culture. All are invited to share experiences, perspectives, and motivations for working toward a more inclusive Los Gatos. The workshop will be opened by Mayor Marcia Jensen, facilitated by Town Council Member Marico Sayoc, and a community panel will be available to listen, learn, share, and discuss. The panel will include Rabbi of Congregation Shir Hadash Melanie Aron, Netflix Executive Jon Hicks, and Los Gatos High School student Nika Sabouri. Be prepared to split into smaller groups using Zoom Breakout Rooms for more in-depth discussions regarding social change and how Los Gatos can be more welcoming for all. 
Free Entrepreneurs’ Legal Advising Clinic
November 7 via Zoom
Get Answers to Legal Questions in a 30-Minute Private Session With a Qualified Business Attorney for FREE.

Wrestling with a thorny legal question, but can’t afford the cost of a high-priced business attorney? Many entrepreneurs and small business owners say they could have saved considerable time, expense, and headache if only they had consulted an attorney earlier rather than later. At this clinic, you can talk to an experienced business attorney about many issues, such as financing, employment matters, commercial lease agreements and more. Clients will be seen (via Zoom) between 10:30am and 1:30pm. Register to get an appointment.
Friends of the Chamber
Would you like to show your support for the Chamber and the community? Friends of the Chamber is a membership category we've created for community members who do not own businesses, but would like to support the Chamber in our efforts to be a catalyst, convener and a champion for a stronger community. Anyone who has donated $100 or more to our "Support the Chamber" effort is an automatic Friend. If you'd like to become a Friend of the Chamber click here to donate or click the Join Now button on our website. Those who donate $50 or more receive a "Friends of the Chamber" sticker, pictured above.
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)
Digital Marketing Workshops
While you are sheltering in place, now is a great time to learn about digital marketing. Sofya Elperin-Smirvov is an expert in small business marketing. Sofya offers digital marketing training, consulting and full marketing management. She is an expert in paid search ads, email marketing, social media, content creation, website optimization and all digital and traditional marketing channels.

Facebook Ads (Beginner), October 30, 1-2:30pm, $20

Email Marketing + MailChimp How-To, November 18, 1-2:30pm, $20

Registration required for all webinars
Certificate of Origins
Los Gatos Chamber is now processing Electronic Certificates of Origin. In partnership with the American World Trade Chamber of Commerce, we offer electronic chamber-stamped Certificates of Origin and export related documents. 
FEES FOR ELECTRONIC CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN
  • $25.00 for Chamber Members
  • $55.00 for non-members
Member Events
Los Gatos Lions
White Cane Days
Through October 31
Town of Los Gatos
Boards & Commissions
Applications accepted until Nov. 6
American Cancer Society
Discovery Shop
KCAT
October 20-November 5
Protect Los Gatos
Maybe you've noticed these green signs around town? The Chamber and the Town are embarking on a Protect Los Gatos campaign, reminding people to social distance and wear a mask. We've placed signs around town: on A-frames, in store windows and on pop-up patios. Please keep us all safe!

If you'd like a sign, stop by the Chamber office and pick one up.
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.
Coronavirus Update
For the latest updates, please visit Santa Clara County Public Health.
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