May 3, 2018

Women's Empowerment Luncheon
May 31

Join us for a luncheon featuring a panel of 3 speakers. Tamara Blue of Charles Schwab will cover Financial Freedom, Darla Booth will speak on Health and Wellness, and Patricia Bottero St. Jean from Open For Business will cover Career Transitions.

Luncheon at the Los Gatos History Club, catered by Purple Onion.

Chamber Members are welcome to participate in our 
table-top trade fair. Contact Randi.
Hope to see you!


May Networking Mixer
at Bay Club Courtside
May 17

Social Media Workshop
May 11 at 9:00am

Social media marketing is an extremely powerful communication tool. All members are welcome. 

Clifford "CJ" White from  Campbell Marketing will share his 5 Points of Social Media Success developed from his 9 years of social media experience. This introductory class will cover best practices, platform development and social media management. 

Seating is limited. Please RSVP
Free to any Chamber Member. 







We do sometimes forget how nice it is to live in a democratic nation. Democracy was on full display in Los Gatos this past Tuesday night. I was a proud to be part of this town. The evening started with Neil Chase, Executive Editor, of the Mercury News, giving a presentation at a Town Hall meeting of about 60 Los Gatos residents. He explained what is happening with newspapers around the country and why our local Weekly Times has seemed so different these last few weeks. While he did not apologize necessarily, he did listen attentively to the suggestions made and I believe will do what he can to bring back parts of the newspaper that we know and love. I was impressed with the number of people who came to voice their opinion. Thank you. It struck me too that we need to work harder at being an Age Friendly community. As citizens in a small town, it is important that we watch out for our youngest and our oldest people. We need to offer ways in which everyone can play a part and feel engaged.

Next up that evening was the Town Council meeting. Hands down for a job well done by our elected officials. They have deliberated for almost a year about the Alberto Way project and in a 4-1 vote came to a resolution. They have spent hours upon hours figuring out how to be sure that this development was right for our Town. They approved the project at just above 69,000 sq.  Congratulations to Shane Arters and Lamb Partners. Their perseverance and patience with this process was remarkable. They also are to be lauded for compromising as much as they did.   Their building will be a beautiful addition to our town and we cannot wait for the CAT shuttle! Shane did want to thank so many of the Chamber members for writing letters to the Council this past week supporting his efforts. Those letters made a difference.

In other news, thank you to the wineries, merchants, restaurants, water providers and musicians who participated in the 2018 Spring Wine Walk. All reports indicate it was the best Wine Walk ever! Cheers to the Chamber staff for their work and to the volunteers who always come out and help us with this event. We appreciate you! And to all of you Wine Walkers - cheers for coming, for sipping and mostly for shopping! Mark your calendars for September 22 for Eat Drink Los Gatos, which is the event where we close North Santa Cruz Avenue. We are in the preliminary planning stages - lining up bands and registering local restaurants. This year will undoubtedly be bigger than last year - but we will be ready. If you would like to be a sponsor of this event, let us know soon!

Also coming this summer are the Third Thursday Block Parties. Stay tuned for more details. Let's just say you will want to make the trip down into Town on Thursday nights. Bring the whole family. The shops will stay open late, there will be lots of music, food, street performers and fun. It will be a Los Gatos that you have never seen before.

Welcome to our new police chief Peter Decena.  If you were not able to attend his swearing in on Wednesday,  it was inspirational.  Our Town is in good hands! I was impressed with his vision and his great sense of humor. 
A few last notes for this month:
  • Join us for our Monthly Networking Mixer at Bay Club Courtside on May 17th.
  • Submit photos for our Photo Contest - show us how you see the "Look and Feel" of Los Gatos through your lens.
  • Gals, sign up today for our May 31, Women's Empowerment Luncheon. We have a fabulous panel of speakers who will address three important topics that challenge us all in one way or another - personal finances, career transitions and opportunities and health and wellness.
Have a great weekend. Summer is almost here.

Catherine Somers
Executive Director, Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce
Upcoming Chamber Events
Photo Contest  
The Look & Feel of Los Gatos
Submittals - May 1-31
Reception - June 26 at Hotel Los Gatos

Calling all photographers!  
We often hear the term the "Look and Feel of Los Gatos".  What does that mean to you?  Show us your Look & Feel of Los Gatos.
Photos will be accepted May 1-May 31, 2018.

Photo Contest Categories
  • Architecture
  • Landscape
  • People and the Community
Submittal Requirements:
  • The contest is open to all, professional and amateur.
  • Photos must be original works that have not been previously displayed or submitted to any of our contests.
  • Photographers must submit an online registration form. Click Here
  • Photographers under 18 years of age must have parental/guardian permission.
  • Each photographer may submit up to 5 photographs.
  • Entry fee of $20, includes ticket to the reception.
Reception and Photo Exhibit 
Tuesday, June 26 at 5:30pm at Hotel Los Gatos.  At least one photograph from each photographer will be displayed.
A panel of judges will choose the winning entries.  In addition, we will have a "People's Choice Award" chosen by guests at the reception. $250 cash award for the first place winner in each category.

Welcome New Members

Thank you, Renewing Members

Andale Mexican Restaurant
Bronze Member
Kane Investment Management
Old Town/ Federal Realty
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad
Kings Court/ Federal Realty
Regale Winery
Dio Deka
Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company
Therapy Works of Los Gatos
Fusion Academy
Los Gatos Meats
Timeline Construction
Harker School
Montalvo Arts Center

For Member Events see our  Calendar
Community Discounts and Offers 

Check out these special offers from our Chamber members.  
  • Enjoy a Summer River Cruise - Riveting Trips
  • C2 California Clean
  • Warrior Camp - TM Fitness
  • Spring Fitness Sale - Addison-Penzak JCC
  • Keep Mice & Rats Out! Thrasher Termite & Pest Control
 To see details on these offers and more click here.

These special offers are exclusively shared between Chamber Members. Great offers from...
  • TTC Studio - Los Gatos
  • Thrasher Pest Control
  • JCC Los Gatos
 Log into our website today for details, or click here. Show some love for your fellow Chamber members. Post your offer today. 
Los Gatos Town Council
Stay informed, get involved.

All meetings are held inside  Town Council Chambers  located at 110 E. Main Street.
Agendas in advance can be found  HERE.

Town Council Meeting

May 15, 2018, 7pm

June 5, 2018, 7pm


Planning Commission Meeting 

May 23, 2018, 7pm

June 13, 2018, 7pm

We encourage you to attend these meetings.  The Town specifically wants your input.  If you cannot attend, please email your input to the Council, Planning Commission, staff or the Chamber. If you'd like to be notified about upcoming meetings and Town Events, click here.