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Patch Watch: Los Gatos Boulevard Sidewalk at Los Gatos Village Square

Our weekly look at blight and other problem zones in and around Los Gatos.

Two trees are planted in the middle of a narrow ADA non-compliant section of sidewalk on the east side of Los Gatos Boulevard, directly in front of the Trader Joe's parking lot and near the entrance of

Several pedestrians walking northbound on this section of sidewalk complain the trees are a tripping hazard and become an obstacle for those in wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Los Gatos Patch reader Tim Boyd said the area between the former Lincoln Mercury dealership and all along the Los Gatos Villa Square shopping center needs to be addressed.

"Try walking with a stroller or a wheelchair here," Boyd said. "The property owners of both sites should be funding these improvements given all of the work being done to bring this location up to current ADA requirements."

LOCATION:  Los Gatos Boulevard at Los Gatos Village Square

PROBLEM: ADA non-compliant sidewalk prevents those in mobility scooters, wheelchairs from safe passage. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, building on an earlier law requiring curb ramps in new, altered, and existing sidewalks, added impetus to improving conditions for sidewalk users. People with disabilities rely on the pedestrian and transit infrastructure, and the links between them, for access and mobility.

RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Los Gatos Parks and Public Works Department, which is responsible for maintaining the town's public parks, facilities, and infrastructure.

CONTACT: Los Gatos Parks and Public Works Department, (408) 399-5770, or email department director Todd Capurso at tcapurso@losgatosca.gov.

DATE REPORTED: Dec. 13, 2011

DAYS ON WATCH: 1

Melissa Pugh December 13, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Sheila, thank you for your vigilance. Hopefully residents and council members can work together to make Los Gatos a safer community. Looking forward to your series.
Dave December 13, 2011 at 11:28 PM
The sidewalk blockages on the other side of the street (in front of the Water District property on LG Blvd) are worse. A mother,pushing a baby stroller, could NOT get by due to a telephone pole blocking a narrow walkway.
Mike Calahan December 13, 2011 at 11:35 PM
Very true, Dave. That sidewalk was covered in a previous article here http://bit.ly/ucUR2a Comment on it or send an email to Todd Capurso. The more vocal we are, the more of a difference we can make.
Gwen Reandeau December 14, 2011 at 01:11 AM
It seems obvious that the people who poured the sidewalks around these trees were not in the least cognizant that we have mothers with baby strollers and people with disabilities among us.
Brad Hayden December 14, 2011 at 01:34 AM
Wow, Was anyone in the Los Gatos Planning Commission awake during the 90's when the ADA rules were issued? How many of these areas has Los Gatos swept under the rug, spending the funds instead for who knows what. You can't ignore problems for the sake of revitalizing downtown. You can't do both so someone has to lose.

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