23845 Summit Rd. 408-353-2847
Building Blocks is a high quality and highly affordable parent-cooperative preschool established by and for the mountain community. Our program – Parenting the Preschooler – is an Adult Education program sponsored by the Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation Department and Adult Education, Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District.
The program is multi-sensory and looks to engage children both in the world around them and in their own particular interests. Art, science, dancing, theater, music, books, field trips and community visitors, and both large movement, and fine motor activities are components of our school curriculum. Children play and learn in both small and whole-class groups - learning to communicate, collaborate, and handle conflict through our classroom activities, developing social skills, friendships, and cognitive skills as they go. Kindergarten-readiness skills are also emphasized for the 4 & 5-yr. old children.
The head teacher for the program is Karen Venegas. Karen received her B.A. from UCLA, her Early Childhood Education Certification from Cabrillo College, and her Adult Education Credential from San Jose State. For more information or to enroll your child, please contact Alexis King at Building Blocks 408-353-2847.
Santa Clara County does not allow any residential burning. Bona fide agricultural businesses are allowed to burn materials that are byproducts of their businesses with a permit from their local fire department. Permits may be obtained by calling Central Fire in Redwood Estates at 408-378-4010 or CAL FIRE in Morgan Hill at 408-779-5136. Once a permit is obtained, you are still required to call the Bay Area Air Quality Management District at 800-792-0787 to see if it is a burn day.
Santa Cruz County permits backyard agricultural burns during burn season, December 1st to April 30. First and foremost, you must call 800-CAL-BURN for the burn status report, and then it is very important that you call your local fire station to let them know that you will be burning, in case your neighbors call to report a fire. www.baaqmd.gov/
You may only burn brush and yard trimmings grown on your property around a single or two family residence that was removed for fire protection. The material must be dry and free from household rubbish and other debris. Small brush and branches (2” in diameter and less) need 30 days to dry. Larger trees and branches (over 2” in diameter) need 60 days to dry. Poison oak should not be burned as the smoke can be deadly. Your pile should be in open space not more than 4’ x 4’ x 4’. Ground winds should be calm. You should have hand tools on site, along with a good hose that reaches well around your pile. You should only burn during daylight hours. Marshmallows are optional. www.mbuapcd.org/
ALERT: If you see smoke bellowing from your neighbors land between December 1 and April 30, please make sure it’s a fire and not a burn pile before alerting the fire department!
Thanks to Guy Denues for his assistance.
American Red Cross
Resource Area For Teachers
At-The Well Ministries
Non Profit/Inter Denominational Christ Centered
Providing opportunities for fellowship and spiritual growth.
Men and Women’s Bible Studies-Weekly
Monthly Fellowship Group (Men & Women)
Christ Child Church
Roman Catholic-Monterey Diocese
www.christchild.org 23230 Summit Rd. 408-353-2210
Pastor: Eugenio Aramburo Fax 408-353-8680
Confessions: On Request
Masses: Sundays: 10:00 AM Tuesdays: 9:00 AM
Thursdays & Fridays: 8:00am Saturday: 5:00 PM
Religious Instruction: K thru 8 Sundays 9-10am
Sr. Youth Group: Sundays 7pm
Wenesdays: 1:30- 3:00pm - "Kids Club" at Loma Prieta School
Skyland Community Church, United Church of Christ
A Christian fellowship whose members and friends form a sharing and caring extended family.
We offer membership, fellowship, and ministry to all.
25100 Skyland Rd. www.skylandchurch.com 408-353-1310
Mailing address: PO Box 245, Los Gatos, 95031
Minister: Stephen Glauz-Todrank email@example.com
Sunday Service: 10:30AM
Sunday School for Grades 1 through 5
July - 5/10K Run and Walk
September - Harvest Festival
|Alcoholics Anonymous Mon. 8 PM Skyland Church 408-353-1310|
|Boy Scout Council http://www.scccbsa.org/ 408-638-8300|
|CASA (Community Against Substance Abuse) www.casalgca.org|
|CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) firstname.lastname@example.org|
| Equine Evacuation Kenneth and Susan Coale 831-429-9604
|4-H Santa Clara County http://cesantaclara.ucanr.edu/Youth_Development/ 408-282-3116|
|Girl Scouts - Santa Clara County www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/ 408-287-4170|
|Girl Scouts - Monterey Bay www.girlscoutsccc.org/ 800-624-4757|
|Large Animal Rescue-Felton Fire call 911 to activate Bus 831-335-4422|
|LGS Recreation, Young Rec. Center, 123 E. Main St. 408-354-8700|
|www.lgsrecreation.org Adult Rec. Center 208 E. Main St. 408-207-4904|
|Loma Prieta Amateur Radio Club www.lparc.org David Katinsky 408-353-2264|
|Loma Prieta Club Christal Cordes 408-353-3448|
|Loma Prieta Community Foundation www.lpcf.net 408-834-7765|
|Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire www.lomaprietafire.org 408-353-3529|
|Los Gatos Little League www.lgll.org|
|LGS Recreation 408-354-8700|
|Los Gatos United Soccer www.lgusl.org|
|MERC (Mountain Emergency Response Corps) Bill 408-341-9023|
|Mountain Area 55 Plus Program 408-207-4920|
|Qi Gong Movement Marcy Reynolds www.wildcoastqigong.com 831-512-9331|
|Red Cross Bill Rose 408-341-9023
|Summit Riders Horseman’s Assn. Sally Francy 408-353-2908|
|Theatre in the Mountains www.theatreinthemountains.org 408-384-8465|
Volunteering can be exciting and rewarding. There are many opportunities from the local school, church, or non-profit organizations, to state and international organizations. Involvement can range from a one time occasion for a few hours, to a continuing commitment. Look around your own community, or branch out to get involved. Community service can be fulfilling. It’s a good way to meet people, or even that special someone. www.volunteerinfo.org
|Santa Clara County
Board of Supervisors
Mike Wasserman District 1
70 W. Hedding Street, S. J. 95110 408-299-5000
League of Woman Voters 408-867-8683
Registrar of Voters www.smartvoter.org 408-299-8302
Absentee Ballets 408-299-8640
San Jose Animal Care Center
Road Maintenance 408-366-3100
Off Hours 408-299-2507
Sheriff www.sccsheriff.org 408-299-2311
Traffic Advisories & Road Closures 408-494-1382
Santa Cruz County
Board of Supervisors 408-252-2124
Santa Cruz # 831-454-2200
Supervisor - John Leopold, District 1 831-454-2200
Supervisor - Bruce McPherson, District 5 831-454-2200
Government Center 701 Ocean St. S. Cruz 95060
Los Gatos # 408-252-2124
Santa Cruz # 831-454-2000
League of Woman Voters 831-426-8683
Registrar of Voters 831-454-2060
Road Maintenance 831-477-3999
Sheriff (Non-Emergency Sheriff Requested) Los Gatos # 408-866-8166
Santa Cruz # 831-471-1121
Business Office 408-866-7704
Traffic Conditions 817-1717
Skill is required when driving in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Narrow one-lane, two-way mountainous roads are hard to negotiate, sometimes necessitating the need to back up to allow another vehicle to pass. The vehicle going up-hill always has the right of way. This means that the vehicle coming down, must back up the hill.
Besides driving at a safe speed for conditions, proper driving on Highway 17 increases every one’s safety. Shift your automatic transmission into third when driving downhill. This will allow you more control, while decreasing your need to brake.
Your brakes are more efficient on a straight-away, since all the tires touch the ground with an equal amount of weight. Therefore, slow down before you reach a curve, coast through the curve, and accelerate as you exit the curve.
Raising your visual horizon allows you to drive more defensively. Look as far ahead as possible. The traffic often stops abruptly, so looking past the car ahead of you gives you more time to react.
We sometimes have dense fog on our mountain resulting in limited visibility. Slow down and use your low beams in heavy fog. Use the painted lines as your guide and listen for traffic you can’t see. Don’t change lanes, unless necessary and remember that your perception of speed can be affected by the fog. Look at your speedometer to make sure that you are going slow.
When weather conditions are poor, SLOW DOWN. You will only lose a few seconds, and please pull over for emergency vehicles (this included per request of the Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire Dept.). It could be you or your loved one in need of help!
Emergency Communications Notification (Reverse 911) is an emergency notification system which can be used to send important messages to residents and businesses within either Santa Clara or Santa Cruz Counties. The system has the capability of sending thousands of messages in a very short time based on geographic location of the incident.
Examples of uses may be:
Request for community assistance in locating missing children
Evacuation notices due to emergency situations
Be-on-the-lookout notices for dangerous criminals in your area
Landline phone numbers have been uploaded into the system but cell phone numbers require individual registration.
|President Barack H. Obama 202-456-1414
and Vice President Joe Biden Fax 202-456-2461
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Wash. D.C. 20500
FEMA- Disaster Information Help Line 800-525-0321
Senator - Barbara Boxer Dem. CA. 415-403-0100
1700 Montgomery St.#240, S.F. 94111 Fax 415-956-6701
Senator Dianne Feinstein Dem. CA. 415-393-0707
One Post St. #2450,S.F. 94104 Fax 415-393-0710
Santa Clara County
Congressman – Mike Honda Rep. District 15 408-558-8085
1999 S. Bascom Ave., #815, Campbell 95008 Fax 408-558-8086
Post Office - Los Gatos 800-275-8777 408-395-8936
Post Office - Redwood Estates 408-353-1667
Santa Cruz County
Congresswoman – Anna Eshoo Dem. District 14 408-245-2339
698 Emerson St. Palo Alto, CA 94301 Fax 650-323-3498
Post Office - Capitola 800-275-8777
Scotts Valley 800-275-8777
Feng Shui is the Chinese method of aligning the energy or Chi flow in your home. The Chinese believe that having good energy movement in your home is vital to your health and well being. Keeping your home clean, uncluttered, and in good repair will produce harmony and balance in your life. Arranging your furniture with consideration as to how the Chi (also spelled “Qi”) flows throughout your home is one of the fundamental principals of Yin and Yang.
Qi Gong is the method of controlling the energy or Chi in the most important house you own, your body. Feng Shui, acupuncture, and Ti Chi were derived from Qi Gong. In basic terms, Qi Gong is stretching and breathing exercises, that puts you into a meditative state. When done with intention and awareness, it is beneficial for self healing, mental relaxation, and general good health. In a healthy body, chi flows freely along invisible paths called meridians. Adverse medical conditions or emotional tension causes blockages which lead to disease. Qi Gong improves blood circulation and bolsters the immune system. Circulating Chi within the body helps you overcome imbalances or blockages while prolonging life, vitality, and well-being. Practitioners experience increased stamina, better digestion, improved circulation, more restful sleep, balanced internal energy, reduced stress and anxiety, while enhancing resistance to disease. Currently there are drop in classes on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am, with a Wild Goose practice class from 9:45 to 10:15 at the Skyland Church. On Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am there is a student run practice class. Call Marcy Reynolds at 831-512-9331 or visit the website at www.wildcoastqigong.com for more information.
Defensible Space is the area between your home and the oncoming fire where the vegetation has been trimmed back to reduce the wildfire threat and provide an opportunity for firemen to defend your home. 100 feet clearance around your home is required by law. This means 30 feet cleared well with large trees being limbed up 10 feet from the ground. The remaining 70% depends on the steepness and vegetation. Create horizontal and vertical spacing between trees, and remove the “fire ladder” beneath large trees. Remove needles and leaves from roof and gutters and keep limbs trimmed 10 feet back from chimneys. Remove all dead vegetation.
|Santa Clara County Fire Department
Redwood Estates 408-378-4010
Department of Forestry
Alma Forest Fire Station 408-354-5050
Burrell Fire Station 408-353-1022
Saratoga Summit Fire Station 408-867-3625
Soquel Fire Station 831-475-3234
Soquel Demonstration State Forest 831-475-8643
Volunteer Fire Departments
Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire Dept. 17445 Old Summit Road 408-353-3529
Ormsby Fire Brigade Reid Wilburn 831-588-4083
Zayante Fire District 15585 Upper East Zayante 408-353-5051
|Firewood is sold in a measurement called a “cord”. A cord equals 128 cubic feet. Stack the wood neatly by placing the wood in a row with individual pieces touching and parallel to each other, making sure that the wood is compact and has as few gaps as possible. The width, times the height, times the length, should equal 128 cubic feet.
A cord, like other measurements, is defined by law. A seller may not legitimately use terms such as “truckload”, “face cord”, “rack”, or “pile”. When you buy firewood make sure that you get a receipt with the seller’s name, address, and phone number, as well as the price, amount and kind of wood purchased. If possible, write down the license plate number of the delivery vehicle.
If you have been short changed and the seller can’t or won’t correct the problem, contact your county Weights and Measures office.
The above information has been provided by The National Conference on Weights and Measures.
Generators are definitely a plus in the Santa Cruz Mountains where we have frequent interruptions in our electricity. Although convenient, generators can be dangerous in the hands of an inexperienced homeowner. First off, you must call PG&E at 800-743-5000 to inform them that you will be using a generator. This law is to protect your property and the lives of PG&E linemen who may be trying to repair the power outage. Permanent standby generators must be installed properly. You are responsible to make sure that the electricity from your unit cannot flow into PG&E’s power lines. If your generator is permanently connected to your home wiring, you must install a double-pole, double-throw transfer switch. This not only protects PG&E’s equipment, it keeps PG&E’s power from re-energizing your house wiring, while your generator is running. A transfer switch must be installed in a weather-proof enclosure between PG&E’s meter and your circuit breaker panel. Make sure you follow all codes. Portable generators are designed to be connected to specific appliances. These generators should never be connected directly to your home’s wiring. Be careful not to exceed the manufacturer’s load rating. Make sure that your extension cords are properly sized for the load. Overloaded cords can overheat and cause fires or damage to equipment. Never fill the tank while the generator is running, or even hot. Let it cool down before refilling. The greater the load, the more gas you will use. Never run a generator inside your home or in any enclosed area. Since generators are not waterproof, it is recommended that you build a little house over your generator. Allow a two minute warm up before plugging in extension cords or equipment and unplug items before shutting down. Plug the items that draw the most power first. You should drain the fuel and run the tank dry before storage (gasoline has a short storage life).
Thanks to PG&E for their assistance.
Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping girls stay out of the “Girl Box” – a place where girls are valued more for their outward appearance than their inside character. For girls in 3rd-8th grade, the program targets those years when girls’ self images are being developed. Using running and fun games as teaching tools, the curricula addresses all aspects of a girl’s development by combining training for a 3.1 mile running event with lessons designed to promote physical, emotional and social development.
The Santa Cruz Mountain Alliance is trying and succeeding in bringing Comcast to the mountain. Verizon DSL is also available to some homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Call your land-line phone company to see if you are eligible.
DEER RESISTANT SHRUBS
* Drought Resistant
DEER RESISTANT TREES
DEER RESISTANT SHRUBS
DEER RESISTANT PERENNIALS
DEER RESISTANT GRASSES
DEER RESISTANT VINES/GROUNDCOVERS
Large Animal Rescue (LAR), a division of the Felton Fire Protection District, was formed in 1996 to assist with animal rescues in Santa Cruz County, as well as surrounding counties. Equipped with the proper gear and training, they average about 10 to 12 rescues per year, but that number can raise dramatically with a disaster. A response to extricate or assist a large animal is activated by a call to 9-1-1.
Felton Fire Protection District, 131 Kirby St., Felton, CA 95018
Their staff are firefighters with Felton Fire Protection District’s LAR Unit. They offer LAR training that is certified by the California State Fire Marshall to emergency responders, veterinarians and large animal owners.
Santa Cruz County Equine Evacuation Unit is ready to assist horse owners in moving animals to designated sites if evacuation is needed
due to fire, flood, earthquake, etc.
Contact Lyn Hood at 831-475-3323 email@example.com
Kenneth and Susan Coale at 831-429-9604 firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Gatos Public Library
110 E. Main St. L.G. 408-354-6891
Children’s Room 408-354-6893 Reference Desk 408-354-6896
Monday & Tuesday 11AM to 8PM
Wednesday & Friday 10AM to 6PM
Saturday 10PM to 5PM
Sunday 12PM to 5PM
All residents of California may obtain a library card at no charge.
Santa Clara County Library System
A resident in the State of California may obtain a library card at any public library in the State of California at no cost. Bookmobile services are offered by Santa Clara County and all the libraries on both sides are for your use with a library card.
Santa Clara County Bookmobile - every other Thurs- Jan. 3,17, etc. 408-293-2326
Hours: Lakeside School 10:30 - 12:15 x3060
Loma Prieta School 2:00 - 3:30
Redwood Estates Pavilion 4:00 – 5:30 800-471-0991
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library 408-808-2000
150 E. San Fernando Ave, (at 4 th St.) San Jose 95112
A collaboration between San Jose State University and the City of San Jose, this is one of the largest libraries in the country with over 1.9 million items.
Santa Cruz Public Libraries, A City-County System Residents of Santa Cruz County are allowed to use any of the libraries in the city and county. www.santacruzpl.org 831-420-5600
The Loma Prieta Club originated in 1905 as the Santa Cruz Mountain Social and Improvement Club. The ladies met twice a month to plan entertainment for the community. By 1912 the club had grown into a more community service oriented club doing good works for local families. During World War II the ladies showed their support for the troops by making bandages for the Red Cross and they customarily have helped with a scholarship for a deserving student. In the 1930’s the name was changed to the “Loma Prieta Club”. Presently, the club meets once a month for a luncheon and to discuss business. They sponsor a yearly fundraiser, a luncheon at the Radonich Packing House on a Wednesday in May. In addition to the social aspects of the club, they raise funds to help support community needs through the local churches, the Loma Prieta School District, and the Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire and Rescue. Membership is by invitation only.
Thanks to the Loma Prieta Club for providing the above information
23800 Summit Road www.lpcf.net 408-834-7765
The Loma Prieta Community Foundation is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to building and supporting a strong sense of community in the Summit area by providing educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities for mountain residents. Founded in 1983 for the purpose of building the Loma Prieta Community Center, the foundation continued to play an important role, initiating and supporting community programs and activities until two years ago. They were paramount in procuring grants totaling over one million dollars from Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties, covered by a bond issue passed by the voters of this district, for the purpose of building a community center. The school donated a parcel of land worth $125,000. Unfortunately, the school district has taken over the Community Center building, so it is no longer a community building. It is a school building and groups can rent the facilities only when the school is not using them. The foundation still manages Theatre in the Mountains, which has fallen on hard times in the last couple of years. Grants that carried them since their inception are no longer being obtained so they must rely on revenues and the foundation for their survival. The foundation office is in the Community Center.
Since 1962, the Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire and Rescue has served in support of the California Division of Forestry to protect the forest, farms, homes and above all the families along the Santa Cruz-Santa Clara County line in the Summit area South of Los Gatos.
Please join us on the first Sunday in June at 11:00 am for our annual BBQ fundraiser at the Gazebo in the park across the street from the school. A mountain tradition, the firefighters BBQ raises the much needed operating funds for Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire and Rescue. We have an action packed day planned for all that attend.
One of our biggest needs is not equipment, but personnel. Maintaining a force large enough to respond day in and day out is not easy. Not everybody can respond at all times. In order for a modern volunteer force to survive it requires a balance of young career bound firefighters and those who have their roots deep in the community. We welcome all comers, male and female. You must live in the response area and be at least 18 years of age. There are a series of classes and training you must attend to be able to respond on calls. All required training is available through CDF, which will put you through a Volunteer Academy, First Responder /EMT(medical training), Safety Orientation, Hazardous Materials and Confined Space training. There is no cost for the training
El Camino Hospital of LG.
815 Pollard Rd., L.G. 408-378-6131
Santa Clara County
Good Samaritan Hospital
2425 Samaritan Dr. S.J. 408-559-2011
Santa Cruz County
1555 Soquel Dr. Santa Cruz 831-462-7700
Poison Center 24 Hr. Hotline 800-662-9886
Just outside the Town of Los Gatos, on either side of Lexington Reservoir, sit the District’s two southernmost preserves, Sierra Azul (“ Blue Range”) and Bear Creek Redwoods. These Preserves contain over a combined 18,600 acres and are the focus of a public planning process to develop a Master Plan that will serve as a guiding vision for the land. The Master Plan will define the desired future use, direct resource and land management efforts, and outline public access opportunities at these two Preserves.
With the successful procurement of outside funding to clean the Mt. Umunhum summit, the demolition contractor was issued a Notice to Proceed in November 2012. Site clearing, setup, and tree removal are expected to commence in February 2013. Structural demolition will likely occur from March to June 2013.
Thanks to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.
This program is offered in partnership with
LGS Recreation, Loma Prieta Community Foundation & Santa Cruz County
SHARE THE BOUNTY FROM YOUR GARDEN. On days that we meet at the Loma Prieta Community Center, we invite you to bring the surplus from your garden to share with neighbors.
The Santa Clara County Mountain Residents Vehicle Identification Sticker is for identification purposes for all residents who reside in the 95033 zip code. Placement of the sticker in the left lower corner of your vehicle’s windshield allows CHP officers to recognize you as a mountain resident in the event of a closure of Highway 17. This is not only for major disasters; this system is used for all closers.
We have been plagued by closures on Highway 17 since it was built. In 1989, the road was closed for several months after the earthquake. Since then, on several occasions, the road has been closed due to various types of accidents. The stickers provide quick ID so that long delays at roadblocks will not form while driver’s licenses are being checked. Redwood Estates Service Association is now handling this project. Mail a copy of your registration to RESA-Mtn. Sticker Program, PO Box 591, Redwood Estates, 95044 or drop in their office at 21450 Madrone Dr. They are open on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9-2PM. The cost is $4 per sticker. You are under no obligation to participate.
San Jose Mercury News
Classified 800-287-7878 or 408-920-5111
Circulation 800-870-NEWS (6397)
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Los Gatos Weekly Times (Tues) Los Gatos Weekender (Fri)
|Why recycle? Do you know how long it takes for trash to decompose?|
|There is a FREE recycling movement in the mountains. It is a Yahoo Group open to anyone who wants to reduce, reuse, and recycle. With over 500 members, it is a great way to get rid of still useable, unwanted items.
Most organic materials, when chopped or shredded into smaller pieces, will decompose simply and quickly if kept moist and occasionally exposed to air by “stirring.” Composting organic wastes can reduce your household “garbage” by as much as one third. Compost is a good source of nutrients including nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and sulfur, all of which are essential for plant growth. Compost has a large capacity to hold water, which helps hold the soil together, and prevents erosion.
Santa Clara County Rotline: 408-918-4640
Santa Cruz County Rotline: 831-423-4327
Junk Mail Reduction
We use over 50 million trees and about 25 billion gallons of water to produce one year’s worth of junk mail in this country. This creates over 4 million tons of unnecessary waste. The average American receives over 40 pounds of junk mail each year, which almost half of it being unread and sent directly to the garbage. We typically receive catalogs and promotional mail from companies that we never contacted, and wonder how we got on their mailing list. Various companies, including the USPS, sell or rent their mailing lists to other groups. To reduce unwanted mail, call the 1-800 numbers listed on each mailing and request to be taken off their list. This takes time, but will reduce the unwanted mail you receive each week. A new and innovative way to stop unwanted mail is through services on the internet. These services may charge a fee, but do all of the work for you. The following websites offer tips and services for helping to reduce junk mail:
P,G, & E has a recycling program for large appliances and they even pay you for them. Most stores offer recycling of your old appliance when you purchase and they deliver your new appliance.
P,G,& E 800-299-7573
The number of TV’s, computers, and other electronics becoming obsolete or replaced each year is significantly increasing and creating a need for recycling consumer electronics. The EPA estimates that millions of pounds of old computers and other hardware are trashed in the United States each year. Most, if not all of the materials that make up these items are recyclable and have resale value. There are also small amounts of materials that may be hazardous if not disposed of properly, such as mercury, lead, and cadmium. Many recycling opportunities occur throughout the year as various non-profit groups have recycling drop off days.
Grey Bears www.greybears.org 831-479-1055
2710 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz 8AM to 3:30PM Daily
Computers, monitors, TV’s, printers and all electronic devices w/ electrical cord
America Recycles Day www.americarecyclesday.org
Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition www.bayarearecycling.org
EPA Teachers Link www.epa.gov/recyclecity
Grass Roots Recycling Network www.grrn.org
International Association of Electronics Recyclers www.iaer.org
National Arbor Day Foundation www.arborday.org
Online Environmental Community www.envirolink.org
Sierra Club www.sierraclub.org
Water Education & Awareness www.usewaterwisely.com
World Wildlife Fund www.panda.org
Various local mountain groups use the facility for meetings and events including the Cub Scouts, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Redwood Estates Community Club, and the Los Gatos-Saratoga Community Recreation Department. The Redwood Estates Pavilion is also used annually for many community events, including the Childrens Easter Egg Hunt, Adult Halloween Dance and the Childrens Holiday Party. The Redwood Mutual Water Co. (Now Redwood Esates Services Association) and Loma Prieta Commuity Foundation held the first annual "Mountain Residents Night Out” here in August 2001 and it is now held here every other year.
The Pavilion has come a long way since originally being built in 1927, and then rebuilt in 1999 after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. A brick BBQ and exterior deck grace the outside with beautiful groves of redwoods and oaks to view. The front of the building has a memorial bench and flagpole, dedicated to the memory of a former mountain resident, Mark Bingham, who was a passenger on Flight 93 and a victim of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The Pavilion is managed by the Redwood Estates Services Association (RESA)
|REDWOOD ESTATES CENTER
Central Fire Station 408-378-4010
21452 Madrone Dr. 408-353-2612
Pizza, Barbeque, Marianne’s Ice Cream, Gourmet cheeses. An Extensive Selection of Fine Wines from around The World. ATM. Free wireless internet. Call For Hours. Conference/meeting room.
|Our goal is to notify the community about relevant issues and to assist in community based projects when needed. To this end, the Santa Cruz Mountain Alliance is building a community-wide email system to inform our mountain residents about important local issues. We are also creating a set of shared tools and processes to aid community projects. The Alliance is a group of volunteers, who have worked on local projects, learned from the experience and are now organizing as a 501(c)(4) Public Benefit Corporation under the name, Santa Cruz Mountain Alliance.
|LAKESIDE JOINT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lakeside Elementary School (Grades K-6)
19621 Black Rd. 408-354-2372
Superintendent – Elizabeth Bozzo
Secretary – Susan Ady
Lakeside School was started in 1881 near Black & Thompson Roads. In 1912, the Red School House was built and Lakeside School moved and consolidated with Central School, which was on Black and Skyline. They moved into the present building in 1967, serving Kindergarten through fifth grade.
Located off Highway 17, from San Jose, drive towards Santa Cruz past the Los Gatos exits and make a right on the Bear Creek Road exit. Stay on the Frontage Road crossing Bear Creek Road, then take a left on Black Road. Lakeside School is 1.5 miles from Hwy. 17.
Before and after school child care for students at Lakeside School.
Rolling Hills Middle School 408-364-4235
1585 More Ave., Los Gatos, 95032
Principal – Cynthia Dodd 408-341-700x5155
Secretary – Sue Odom 408-341-700x5151
Rolling Hills, although located in the town of Los Gatos, is in the Campbell Union School District. They agreed to accept the Lakeside kids when Fisher outgrew its campus.
LOMA PRIETA JOINT UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
23800 Summit Rd. 408-353-1101
Superintendent –Corey Kidwell Fax 408-353-8051
Secretary – Eileen Bevans
The Loma Prieta School District is located on the Summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Originally, there were four one room schools that consolidated in 1952. The elementary school was rebuilt across Summit Road after the earthquake of 1989 and the middle school was recently rebuilt.
Loma Prieta Elementary School (Grades K – 5)
23800 Summit Rd. 408-353-1106
Principal – Denee Signorelli Fax 408-353-3274
Secretary – Raquel Marin
C.T. English Middle School (Grades 6 - 8)
23800 Summit Rd. 408-353-1123
Principal – Denee Signorelli Fax 408-353-5024
Secretary –Julie Bourque
Kids and Company 408-353-5437
Before & after school care for children attending Loma Prieta School.
LOS GATOS UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
17010 Roberts Road, 95032 408-335-2000
Superintendent – Diana Abbati Fax 408-395-6481
Secretary – Nancy Jones
R.J. Fisher Middle School
19195 Fisher Rd. 95032 408-335-2300
Principal – Lisa Fraser Attendance Line 408-335-2385
Secretary – Jane Babb
Fisher opened in 1961 as a Junior High for seventh and eighth graders. In 1989, the name was changed to Fisher Middle School and sixth graders were added. Major reconstruction has recently been completed.
Lexington Elementary School
19700 Old Santa Cruz Highway 408-335-2150
Principal - Susan von Felton Fax 408-354-2014
Secretary – Jill Mayo
Opened on August 2, 1859 in the town of Lexington, it was the only school between San Jose and Santa Cruz. In 1911, it was moved to its present location. It started as a one room school house and has grown to its present size, serving Kindergarten through Fifth grade.
Driving directions, Take exit towards Bear Creek Road.
Turn right at the stop sign and drive towards the reservoir.
Turn right onto Old Santa Cruz Highway, which is the frontage road along the Lexington Reservoir side.
Drive approximately .5 mile. You will drive past the CDF station on the left.
Turn right onto Lexington School Road.
After school child care for students of Lexington.
LOS GATOS-SARATOGA HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
District Office - 17421 Farley Rd West 95030 408-354-2520
Superintendent –Bob Mistele Fax 408-354-7875
Secretary - Jane Marashian
Los Gatos High School
20 High School Court 95030 408-354-2730
Principal –Markus Autrey Fax 408-354-3742
Secretary - Mariellen Furia
Asst. Principal- Kristina Grasty- House 1 (A-G)
Asst. Principal- Kevin Rogers- House 2 (I-O)
Asst. Principal- Amy Drolette- House 3(P-Z)
The main building was built in 1887. The majority of mountain teens attend this high school.
Saratoga High School
20300 Herriman Ave., Saratoga 95070 408-867-3411
Principal – Paul Robinson x204 Fax 408-867-3577
Secretary – Sue Dini x201
Asst. Principal –Kerry Mohnike x208
Asst. Principal –Kevin Mount x210
Asst. Principal – Brian Safine x209
SCOTTS VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
4444 Scotts Valley Dr.,#5B, Scotts Valley, 95066 831-438-1820
Superintendent –Penny Weaver Fax 831-438-2314
Assistant – Brenda Spalding
Vine Hill Elementary School
151 Vine Hill Rd, Scotts Valley 95066 831-438-1090
Principal - Michelle Stewart Fax 831-438-4087
Secretary – Mallorie Brooks
Located at the base of the mountain off of Highway 17, children in the Glenwood area, along with interdistrict transfers from the mountain attend grades K through five.
Scotts Valley Middle School 831-438-0610
8 Bean Creek Road, Scotts Valley, 95066
Principal – Mary Lonhart
Secretary – Peggy Duckett
Scotts Valley Middle School services some of the mountain sixth thru eight graders who reside above town.
Scotts Valley High School
555 Glenwood Dr. Scotts Valley 95066 831-439-9555
Principal – Valerie Bariteau
Asst. Principal – Daniel Denton
Secretary –Pam Morrison
This school opened in the fall of 1998 in portable trailers while construction continued until students were able to move into permanent classrooms.
SANTA CRUZ CITY SCHOOLS DISTRICT OFFICE
405 Old San Jose Rd., Soquel, 95073 831-429-3410
Superintendent – Gary Bloom Fax 831-429-3439
Assistant –Nancy Lentz
Soquel High School
401 Old San Jose Rd., Soquel 95073 831-429-3909
Principal- Ken Lawrence-Emanuel x123
Secretary- Viyada Weng x124
Soquel High is located on the hill above the town of Soquel. The forty-acre campus has 1234 students in attendance, Freshman through Senior. Some of the mountain kids on the Santa Cruz County side attend this school.
Redwood Estates Substation 408-299-2311
In Emergency Dial 911
Summit Office 408-353-9581
23800 Summit Rd. Fax 408-353-9681
(Located in the Community Center)
Santa Cruz County Dispatch Los Gatos # 408-866-8166
Santa Cruz # 831-471-1121
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Business Office
Los Gatos # 408-866-7704 Santa Cruz # 831-454-2414
The Summit office is staffed by volunteers when volunteers are available.
In Emergency Dial 911
Solar power photovoltaic (PV) systems independently convert the sun’s light into electricity. This electricity can be used directly from the sun, stored in batteries for later use or fed into PG&E’s system. A southern exposure is required and the more square footage of roof available, the larger the system that can be installed. Solar Silicon wafers placed on the roof capture photons from sunlight, turn them into DC power, which is then transformed into 120 volt AC power, that is connected to your existing electrical system. Therefore, the more sun the more energy produced.
Although a new system is pricy, rebates bring the cost down substantially, so savings can be seen in only a few years. You will still pay the basis charge of $5 per month to PG&E, but obtaining a second on your house makes the cost reasonable as it is spread over a period of time. There are several solar contractors who work in these mountains, find them under “Solar Contractors.”
Santa Cruz County
Assemblymember Mark Stone (Dem. District 29) 831-425-1503
|Summit Riders Horseman’s Association is a family-oriented club that is dedicated to promoting knowledge and enjoyment of horses and horsemanship. SRHA offers its members a variety of benefits and activities including a monthly newsletter, campouts, guest speakers, organized trail rides, horse shows, play days and training clinics - all in the Santa Cruz Mountains. SRHA…Come ride with us!|
For membership information, contact: Sally Francy 408-353-2908
In 2004, Congress passed the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act. This legislation requires the satellite providers to use zipcode data from Nielsen Media Research, Inc. to define the network broadcast TV market. Nielsen Media research has defined our market as Monterey-Salinas, however some residents in Santa Clara County are able to get broadcast TV from San Francisco. Dish Network is offering San Francisco Broadcast TV through an agreement with All American Direct, which offers broadcast TV from San Francisco and New York, allowing the watcher to view in the Westcoast time zone, or the Eastcoast time zone. Contact your local satellite dealer for more information.
As well, file complaints with:
Senator Barbara Boxer Dem. CA. 415-403-0100
1700 Montgomery St.#240, S.F. 94111 Fax 415-956-6701
Senator Dianne Feinstein Dem. CA. 415-393-0707
One Post St. #2450,S.F. 94104 Fax 415-393-0710
Termites are a fact of life living in the mountains where we are always trying to beat back the forest. They were here first and our houses are just another fertile ground for them to eat and live in. We are blessed with three different types of termites here in our mountains, drywood termites, dampwood termites, and subterranean termites. All of them damage our homes and must be eradicated.
There are several ways to tell if you have termites. Piles of droppings or pellets are an indication of drywood termites. They also swarm on warm days, leaving the nest to breed more termites to damage your home further. Subterranean termites are ground dwellers that build mud tubes, and they swarm in the spring. Termites have wings that are twice as long as the insect and are tear shaped. On a swarm day, there could be 50 million termites in the air.
You can avoid termite infestations by keeping a good coat of paint on your home and maintaining caulking cracks and wood separations on the exterior trim. Cover the attic vents with window screen, as the standard mesh netting is good for birds and rodents, but not termites. Avoid earth-to-wood contacts under, around, and near the main structure, including decks and patios.
If you should find a termite infestation, call a termite specialist immediately. There are several different treatments, including several types of spot treatments, or tenting the entire house and decks for three days while a gas is pumped into the house, killing all of the termites you found and those hidden deep within your walls. You do have to remove all food, plants, personal hygiene items and medicine, as well as all of the people and animals from the home for the three day period.
There are many ways to damage a mature native oak. Examples of most of these tree damage procedures can be seen whenever motorized-wheeled equipment is used near mature trees.
One must understand that the great majority of roots are in the top three feet of soil, and that the only parts which absorb water and
minerals will be where the best balance of oxygen and water is, which is usually in the top 6-inches of soil. These roots will reach laterally to an area at least 50% larger than the trees foliage canopy. A portion of these can be removed without causing permanent harm but that should not amount to more than 15% of the total.
As a result, digging a septic system leach field 6-feet from an oak with a 40-foot canopy will sever 30% or more of the root system. Making a 3-foot cut, 3-feet from a 2-foot diameter tree trunk, to install a retaining wall severs too large a portion of the large roots to leave enough structural support and too many absorbing roots for the tree to continue to feed itself. Slow (10 to 12 year) decline often follows.
The opposite problem is often created when a roadway is cut on one side and fill is placed against the tree trunk on the other side. Many absorbing roots are cut and others filled over and suffocated, leaving the tree susceptible to Armillaria mellea, oak root fungus, which takes 10-15 years to kill the tree. Irrigating beneath the canopy or uphill from a native oak almost certainly will result in root collar infections 5-15 years later.
By Barrie Coate, Consulting Arborist
A plant disease commonly called Sudden Oak Death is threatening coastal forests in California and Oregon. Currently found in coastal California counties from Monterey to Humboldt and in a small portion of southwest Oregon, the disease is caused by the pathogen Phytophthora ramorum (pronounced Fi-TOFF-thor-ra ra-MOR-um). Sudden Oak Death has resulted in the death of millions of tanoak and coast live oak trees. In addition, more than 35 other plant species are susceptible to the pathogen, yet most of these species suffer only minor damage, limited to leaf spots or twig dieback.
Though Sudden Oak Death is a forest disease, it is common in urban wildland interface areas, so it presents many challenges for homeowners. Because P. ramorum may be spread through the movement of infested soil and plant materials, State and federal regulations are in place to control the potential spread of the pathogen to uninfested areas. P. ramorum host species plant material is regulated by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS). Quarantine regulations are in place for the infested counties, and before moving susceptible plant material out of the regulated area, you must contact your Agricultural Commissioner for a permit.
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation approved a special registration for Agri-Fos fungicide in October 2003. It is currently the only chemical treatment approved by the State for use against Phytophthora ramorum infections on oaks and tanoaks. The compound is best used as a preventative measure and is NOT A CURE, but it can help protect trees from getting infected, as well as suppress disease progression in very early infections.
If oaks dominate the site and are the preferred species, consider removing California bay laurels within 15 feet of the trunks of valued oaks, as CA bay laurels greatly contribute to disease spread.
More information can be found at www.suddenoakdeath.org.
From a seed no bigger than one from a tomato, California's coast redwood (Sequoia semperviren) can grow to a height of 367 feet (122 m) and have a width of 22 feet (7 m) at its base. A combination of longitude, climate, and elevation limits the redwoods' range to a few hundred miles along the northern coast of California. The cool, moist air created by the Pacific Ocean keeps the trees continually damp, even during summer droughts. Resistance to natural enemies such as insects and fire are built-in features of a coast redwood. Diseases are virtually unknown and insect damage insignificant thanks to the high tannin content of the wood. Thick bark and foliage that rests high above the ground provides protection from all but the hottest fires. Undoubtedly the most important environmental influence upon the coast redwood is its own biotic community. The complex soils on the forest floor contribute not only to the redwoods' growth, but also to a verdant array of greenery, fungi, and other trees. A healthy redwood forest usually includes massive Douglas-firs, tanoaks, madrones, and other trees. Among the ferns and leafy redwood sorrels, mosses and mushrooms help to regenerate the soils. And of course, the redwoods themselves eventually fall to the floor where they can be returned to the soil.
The North Coast is often gray with a thick layer of fog, especially during summer. When inland temperatures are high, the fog is drawn in from over the ocean. This natural cooling and moistening system is beneficial to the redwoods near the coast. Fog precipitates onto the forest greenery and then drips to the forest floor, providing a small bit of moisture during summer dry periods. Although redwoods do not depend upon fog for their survival, their range would probably be reduced without it.
The roots only go down 10 to 13 feet (3-4 m) deep before spreading outward 60 to 80 feet (20-27 m).Large redwoods move hundreds of gallons of water daily along their trunks from roots to crown. (A 10” diameter tree requires 200 gallons a month) This water transpires into the atmosphere through the trees' foliage, powered by the leaves' diffusion of water, water-to-water molecular bonds in the trees' sapwood drags the moisture upwards.The redwoods go back 20 million years in their present range.
|Santa Clara County
Guadalupe Landfill (Waste Management) 408-268-1670
15999 Guadalupe Mines Rd, San Jose Hours: 8AM to 4:45 PM DailY
Zanker Road Landfill 408-263-2385
675 Los Esteros Road, San Jose, Ca 95134
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 6:00-5:45 Sat.-Sun., 8:00-3:45
Green Waste Recovery 408-283-4800
Santa Cruz County
Ben Lomond Transfer Station 831-336-3951
9835 Newell Creek Rd., Ben Lomond
Hours: 7:30AM to 3:30 PM Daily
Buena Vista Landfill
1231 Buena Vista Drive, Watsonville 831-454-5153
Hours: 7:30AM to 3:30PM Daily
Grey Bears www.greybears.org 831-479-1055
2710 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz
2nd location at the Buena Vista Landfill
3 rd week in April & Oct. free to dump recyclables that usually have a fee.
Green Waste Recovery 800-665-2209
Recycling Services Hotline 831-454-2430
Recycle Info Line 831-454-2333
Electrical Services- P.G.&E. 800-743-5000
Amerigas Santa Cruz Co. 800-464-8558
Santa Clara Co. 800-660-1252
Coast Gas - Northern Energy 831-724-3200
Northern Energy - Coast Gas 800-683-0773
Pacific Propane 831-633-5020
Propane by Nonno’s 408-353-5633
Residential Line 800-483-3000
Business Line 800-483-5000
A.T & T www.att.com
Residential Line 800-310-2355
Business Line 888-944-0447
We live in what is known as a low-yield well area. What this means to property owners here on the hill is that most of the wells in this area cannot produce enough water to pump continuously into the house without interruption. Therefore most properties have storage tanks to collect the water in sufficient amounts to ensure a constant flow year round. After collecting the water, it must be pressurized to 40-60 lbs in order to take a shower. Normally, this requires a pressure pump and a pressure tank, unless your storage tank can be elevated high enough above the house to produce a gravity flow. The equipment all has to be maintained, fed with electricity, repaired and replaced periodically. The water drawn from low-yield well areas frequently presents water users with mineral-rich water, which at the very least is unpalatable, and often does damage to fixtures, pipes and clothes, when they are washed. A partial list of these minerals and related problems in this area would include: iron, iron bacteria, manganese, hydrogen-sulfide, low pH, hardness, high TDS, color, smell, and coliform bacteria. The good news is, all of these problems can be solved with a well-designed water-treatment system utilizing filters, ion-exchange filters, softeners, ozone, and chemicals. The bad news is that it all costs money to install and maintain. The water is here, but it’s a long way from free.
Some plants introduced into western gardens have jumped the garden fence. Uncontrolled by the pests from their native habitats, they threaten native landscapes and should be eradicated. It takes several years of removal before compete eradication can be achieved.The above information was found in the Sunset Western Garden Book
Scotch and French Broom (Cytisus) is an extremely invasive and fire-prone weed characterized by brightly colored yellow flowers. Indigenous to the Canary Islands, it is ineffective in controlling erosion on hillsides because it produces a single tap-root rather than an extensive, soil stabilizing root system. The single tap system makes them easy to pull up, as opposed to cutting and using pesticides. It is recommended that you pull them out before the seeds form, in the spring when the ground is softened by the rains.
Judata Grass (Cortaderia jubata), a cousin of pampas grass has become a serious problem along the California coast. Each plant is a cluster of long grassy leaves with tall skinny plumes rising high above the foliage. The beautiful plumes can range from “snow-white” to a “deep-purple”. Unfortunately, it seeds freely and chokes out native plants.
Blackberry spreads rapidly by underground runners and birds eat the berries, scattering the seeds. It is best to pull out the young plants in spring before the feeder roots develop. Characterized by thorny long runners, heavy gloves are a must, as is using a pick and shovel to dig out as many roots as possible.