Sanborn County Park
Sanborn County Park. (Shutterstock)

Supervisors’ decision aims to improve traffic flow at park trailhead

To improve traffic flow for area residents and visitors at Sanborn County Park, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a set of resolutions restricting parking on Black Road, an unincorporated County road located near Los Gatos. 

Parking will be prohibited from dusk till dawn on Black Road about a third of a mile west of Beggs Road to approximately 610 feet west of Beggs Road on the north shoulder of the westbound lane. Additionally, there is a “No Parking Any Time” restriction on the south side, from a point approximately a quarter-mile west of Beggs Road, to a point approximately 1,100 feet west thereof. 

The Board’s action was made in response to a request from County park rangers on behalf of local residents for an evaluation of this portion of Black Road, approximately one mile east of Skyline Boulevard near the Sanborn County Park John Nicholas Trailhead entrance, where illegal parking, including overnight, has been occurring. 

County staff concluded that implementing the recommended restrictions on Black Road, adjacent to the trail entrance, would provide adequate shoulder area parking for visitors during operating hours at Sanborn County Park and reduce parking violations. 

“This is a simple parking management measure that should result in better traffic flow for drivers on Black Road,” said County Supervisor Joe Simitian, who represents the area. “It has the added benefit of making Black Road safer for our residents, as well as park visitors.” 

Signage designating the new “No Parking” zones on Black Road is scheduled for installation by March. 

Last year, in response to concerns raised by Los Gatos residents residing on Black Road, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to extend a 30mph speed limit on Black Road between Thompson Road and Highway 17 Frontage Road. This action allows for speed limit enforcement by the California Highway Patrol using radar. 

“These are basic safety and quality of life measures,” Simitian said, “but they are also a reminder of how important it is for County staff to hear, understand and respond to community concerns.”

The County maintains the entirety of Black Road from Skyline Boulevard to Highway 17 Frontage Road.

Summer media camp registration now open

KCAT TV’s Summer Media Camp is now taking registrations.

The in-person multimedia camps are for ages 9-14, covering live TV, movie making, podcasting and more.

The weekly summer camps are held June 10 through Aug. 9, Monday through Friday.

Camps are held at KCAT TV15 Studio on the Los Gatos High School campus.

Scholarships may be available.

For information and to register, visit

Deadline approaching for second installment of property taxes 

The deadline to pay the second installment of the 2023-24 annual secured property taxes is approaching. 

The second installment of the property tax is due Feb. 1 and becomes delinquent at 5pm on April 10. The second installment may be paid separately only if the first installment has been paid.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Tax and Collections (DTAC) announced in October the availability of the annual secured Fiscal Year 2023-2024 property tax bills. These bills can be accessed, viewed, printed and paid online at For taxpayers who have opted for electronic copies, bills were delivered to the email address on file as of Oct. 2. For all other taxpayers, tax bills were delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.

Payments can also be mailed to: Department of Tax and Collections, 110 West Tasman Drive, San José, CA 95134-1700. 

A list of special assessment tax exemptions for seniors and persons with disabilities is also offered.

For information, visit

Local student recognized at University of Iowa

Adriana Amatriain Martinez of Los Gatos was among the more than 7,900 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa named to the dean’s list for the 2023 fall semester.

Martinez is a second year student in Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is majoring in Nursing Interest.

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.50 or higher on 12 semester hours or more.

Opperman named to Dean’s List at Montclair State University

Bridget Opperman of Los Gatos was named to the Fall 2023 Dean’s List at Montclair State University. 

Opperman is a Liberal Studies major.

Opperman was among more than 6,000 Red Hawks named to the Fall 2023 Dean’s List. To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Montclair State University is located in Montclair, NJ.

Napiltonia honored at University of Alabama

Colette Napiltonia of Los Gatos was named to The University of Alabama President’s List for fall semester 2023.

A total of 13,950 students enrolled during fall semester 2023 at The University of Alabama were named to the dean’s list with an academic record of 3.5 (or above) or the president’s list with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s).

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