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This map shows the homes that were sold in the past 180 days in the 95033 zip code. You can click a dot to see the price and other data. Larger dots represent higher prices. For more information on a particular home,or if you would like information on selling your home, call me at 408-472-7988.
Los Gatos, Nov 24, 2014: The Loma Prieta Community Foundation (LPCF) today announced a $125,000 challenge grant from anonymous donors supporting the drive by the Water Tender Coalition, which includes LPCF, to purchase a new water tender for the Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire & Rescue. This extraordinary act of generosity underscores the importance donors put on fire safety in a small rural community where fire danger is a real and constant threat.
The Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire department needs a water tender to fight fires. A water tender is a fire engine that transports a lot of water, and Old Leaky 3651 is now over 22 years old and in serious trouble. A new one costs about $350,000 and there are no public funds available. Raising the money in time for next year’s fire season seemed a stretch until unnamed mountain donors generously stepped up with a $125k Challenge Grant.
Beginning Nov 15th, the donors will match every dollar raised by the Water Tender Coalition – up to $125,000. So, if we’re able to raise $125,000, we’re really at $250,000 – and with the $110k we’ve already raised, we will reach our goal and have a water tender in time for next year’s fire season.
The LPVFR volunteer fire department operates all over the Santa Cruz Mountains, in an area with no city water and few fire hydrants. “For the type of community we are in, carrying water with you is a must”, said Guy Denues, Volunteer Fire Captain, LPVFR. LPVFR trucks in most of the water they need to fight fires in their area. Fire engines carry water, which is used very fast when fighting a fire. And, when it’s gone, they have to get more. Water tenders help with that process, moving a lot more water around, and providing additional crew whose only job usually winds up being getting water to the scene. Without a tender our firefighter have to use engines to shuttle water, and that means it takes 4 or 6 trips to do what one trip with a water tender can do. Jaci Viskochil, Volunteer Fire Captain, added, “The service the water tender provides is that we can dump 2500 gallons of water into a holding tank and the other engines can pull from that while the water tender goes back to refill and bring more water to the fire.”
The challenge grant underscores the importance that the donors put on this endeavor. After talking to Captain Alex Leman, the donors made a comment that the water tender is an absolute necessity for our area. Captain Leman added – “While our primary attack zone is around the Summit Road / Hwy 17 area, our current water tender has worked fires all over the Central Coast – from Davenport to Mt. Hamilton, from Big Basin to Castle Rock. We train with other city and county fire departments and they quickly understand the value of a water tender in an area such as ours, where we don’t have the luxury of fire hydrants and city water.”The Water Tender Coalition is a group of volunteers who are concerned about the reliability of our community’s water tender and are working collaboratively to raise the money needed to purchase a new water tender. The Water Tender Coalition recognizes that this Challenge Grant is an amazing opportunity for a small community such as ours. It is a great example of a community banding together to raise money for a worthy cause.
In order to access these funds, the Water Tender Coalition is raising matching gifts on a dollar-for-dollar basis until Feb 28, 2015. Please help us meet this goal! Contribute today. Your donation of cash or stock istax deductible. Send it in before year-end!
Checks should be made out to LPCF and sent to 25050 Highland Way, Los Gatos, CA 95033. Please be sure to write “Water Tender Fund” in the memo field. You can also donate online at LoveMeTender.info
For more information about the Water Tender Coalition, FAQ’s about the challenge grant, information about the water tender and more, visit LoveMeTender.info.
Santa Cruz Mountains, CA – Last May, this small community in the mountains between Los Gatos and Santa Cruz realized that if their volunteer fire department needed a new water tender to replace their old leaky one, the community would have to raise the money itself—neither the state nor the county could afford to buy one for them. Today they’ve reached the $100,000 mark, about 28% of their goal of $350,000 for the
Alex Leman, Captain, Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire & Rescue, said, “This community knows the risk inherent in severe drought conditions with high fire danger, and people understand the need for a new water tender, so I’m pleased that they’ve taken on this challenge. It might take a little while, but we’ll get a new water tender!”
Three years into a drought, fire danger is high and fires are tough to put out without an adequate water supply; many local water sources have dried up. In a rural mountainous, forested area like the Summit Ridge that separates Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, a water tender capable of carrying 3,000 gallons of water up and down the narrow mountain roads can provide the water needed to extinguish small fires before they become large fires and to keep large fires from spreading further. Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s water tender is 23 years old—about twice its normal life expectancy—and as might be expected, it leaks and has been out of service undergoing lengthy and expensive repairs for much of the last few years.
The New Water Tender Coalition began their fundraising in May, targeting an average donation of $250 from each household in their fire service area to reach the goal of$350,000 for the new water tender. In addition, several fundraising events, including a Firemen’s BBQ, a plea to local businesses and service clubs, and some generous donors have proved Captain Leman right—this community will buy their own water tender!
For more information or to make a donation, go to LoveMeTender.info.
To learn more about this community, Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire and Rescue, and the LoveMeTender campaign, please contact:
Ellen Griffin, Chair, New Water Tender Coalition, 408-353-2002
Judy Stark, Member, New Water Tender Coalition firstname.lastname@example.org
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We live in an incredible place. The mountains around Scotts Valley, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz offer the kind of peace and beauty most people only see in National Geographic. However, our proximity to wild spaces presents an inevitable conflict with its inhabitants. Whether you love the wildlife or find it inconvenient, reducing the possibility of conflict is a win-win for people and wildlife.
Habitat is reduced when land is developed. This creates a patchy mosaic of developed land and wildlife habitat instead of the once continuous habitat. Residents often populate the land with pets and livestock animals which are occasionally mistaken for prey by wild predators.
Mountain lions are opportunistic predators, and will sometimes consume domestic animals if it is easy for them to do so. Their favorite native prey is mule deer, but in the Santa Cruz Mountains they have been known to feed on raccoons, coyotes, wild pigs, squirrels, and opossums. We have also occasionally seen evidence of pumas feeding on domestic animals like house cats, goats, and small calves.
A lion feeding on a domestic animal can lead to an owner seeking to put the mountain lion down. This can have dramatic effects throughout the landscape, as they are considered a ‘keystone predator’. A keystone species has a disproportionately significant effect on its habitat relative to its abundance. These animals are big players in the health of the ecosystem and support the diversity in our backyards.
No method is fool proof, but the following are some guidelines to reduce the possibility of conflict with mountain lions (and all wildlife):
1. Don’t encourage their prey. We often talk with folks who love watching the deer in their backyards. However, people must also recognize that these deer (or any other wild animal) may attract mountain lions to their homes and neighborhoods, which increases the likelihood of a conflict.
2. Keep your pets and livestock in your home or in a secure enclosure (like a barn) during night hours. Mountain lions are mostly nocturnal, so keeping your animals indoors during peak hunting hours is important.
3. Consider improving fenced enclosures to keep deer and other wildlife away from your residence.
4. Consider buying a dog if you have livestock. Mountain lions generally do not like dogs and will stay away.
5. There are a number of aversive conditioning techniques you can use to deter deer and other small prey away from your home like cayenne pepper or other non-toxic nauseating substances.
If you own a pet or livestock animal and think you are at risk, or would like to know more information about puma feeding behavior and avoiding habituation, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Researcher, Santa Cruz Puma Project