Saratoga Community Briefings for the week of September 23 – The Mercury News


The South Asian Literature and Art Festival (SALA) returns to the Montalvo Arts Center on October 29 and 30, with panels and conversations that examine and celebrate a wide variety of viewpoints around a certain theme.

This year’s event, presented by ArtForum SF, focuses on a theme of “Humanity” examining how the world tends to box people, categorizing and generalizing communities of color, class, gender and different castes. The public can participate in discussions with authors of South Asian origin, some of whom will sell and sign their books

The festival also features a market, craft activities for children, dance, music, poetry and painting. Food will be available for purchase and a bar will offer beer, wine and soda.

The festival runs from noon to 6:30 p.m. both days at Montalvo, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga. Single-day tickets are $30 and weekend passes are $50 at

Supers get fired

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors took action Sept. 13 to bolster fire prevention and mitigation efforts.

The council asked county staff to identify funds needed to: develop and implement aerial fire detection using drones; refresher training for Central County Fire District personnel; and pursue opportunities to scale up fuel reduction efforts in the county.

In April, the council directed the district to expand its pre-fire management and wildfire resilience program, including the addition of a dedicated fuel crew to clear brush and vegetation along the escape routes and roads to reduce the ignition and spread of forest fires.

District boundaries include Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and part of Saratoga and unincorporated lands in western Santa Clara County, an area largely contained within Supervisor Joseph Simitian’s District 5.

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