To the Town of Los Gatos Council and Planning Department:
I am writing to express deep regret for having applied to change the R1D Code. This cost me $2000; and, in a private meeting with Council Members and Planners, I was told that no one would support allowing my rental to exist as it has for 20 months. Unfortunately, I was given bad advice by the Planning Department when told that changing the Code was the only way to keep my home as a vacation rental. The truth is that it would have been better to be secretive like the others and just do it than advertise and market my short-term vacation rental, as I obviously did, with no intention of deceit. I never wanted to change the Code. I only want the opportunity to provide for my family by means of a legal small female-owned business, which will allow me to earn back my high credit rating and continue on with my life independently. Isn’t that what it should be all about? Independence? Opportunity? It seems trying to do the right thing by seeking a CUP was the wrong thing to do as it made things worse for my girls and me. Isn’t it ironic how my honest efforts are punished, while all the many other people who currently have short-term rentals in Los Gatos aren’t being bothered? Simply, the Town can’t stop all the lesser-known short-term rentals, but they intend to stop the well-known Lavender Lady of Los Gatos.
I am contesting the Cease Order for the following reasons:
I have been denied the right to continue to rent my own residence beyond January 31, 2012, because The Lavender Lady of Los Gatos is a short-term vacation rental, which the Town says is not allowed.
The current Code does not apply to any rental, including my rental. Therefore, with this endeavor, I have the opportunity to earn income to provide for my children and myself. I have the support of many people around the world, in Los Gatos and in my neighborhood, as you can see by my online petition and paper petition. No one wants the Town of Los Gatos residents, their friends and family, or tourists, to unnecessarily suffer by losing a very special place to call home while staying in Silicon Valley. Show some compassion. Allow me to keep my short-term vacation rental, like others are keeping theirs, and allow me to help Los Gatos accommodate those groups of people requiring a home instead of a room or bed. Do the right thing: Return my $2000 to me and let The Lavender Lady of Los Gatos be.
Sincerely, Lynley Kerr Hogan
THE BROWN ACT 2003
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The Lavender Lady of Los Gatos
Credit: Lynley Kerr Hogan