One of Santa Clara County’s oldest communities, Los Gatos can trace its roots to 1840, when the Mexican government granted a 6,600-acre rancho to Sebastian Peralta and Jose Hernandez. The rancho’s original name, La Rinconada de Los Gatos, was inspired by the screams of mountain lions prowling in the night. Incorporated in 1887,  the town’s economy was driven by logging and agriculture, though now it is better known as a Silicon Valley suburb (and the headquarters of streaming giant Netflix). Situated at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Los Gatos retains its small-town charm with Victorian-era homes and commercial buildings.

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Town Council

The Town Council meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and can be viewed live on local KCAT Channel 15 and the town’s YouTube page. (Photo credit: Sundry Photography/

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Planning Commission

Planning Commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. and are broadcast live on Videos are archived on the town’s YouTube page.

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Town Council Meeting June 4, 2024 to Consider Adoption of the Draft Revised Housing Element

On June 4, 2024 at 7:00 p.m., the Town Council will consider the recommendation of the Planning Commission to adopt the Draft Revised Housing Element.

Memorial Day Closure

Please note that Town Administrative offices and the Library will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

NUMU 4th Annual Experimental Exhibition: Boundaries - Submissions Close June 2

New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) has announced, in partnership with genARTS Silicon Valley, the 4th Annual Experimental Exhibition, on view at NUMU from Friday, July 19 through Sunday, October 6.

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In its May 21 meeting, the Los Gatos Town Council reviewed the balanced budge of $56.9 for the 2025 fiscal year.

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In its May 21 meeting, the Los Gatos Town Council approved putting a one-eight cent sales tax increase on the November ballot.

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Local fifth-grader Bradley Hall donated $500 won during a book promotion tour by “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney.

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Roughly 35% of Los Gatos residents rent, with an average payment of $3,252, according to data from the town and Zillow. That’s 13% higher than San Jose and 55% higher than the national average.

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