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February 3, 2023
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Los Gatos approves imperfect Housing Element

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Though Council members acknowledged there were still month worths of improvements ahead to get a final version prepared, in a special meeting held Monday, they voted to deem the current Draft Housing Element good enough to send over to the California Department of Housing...

GUEST VIEW: Local news keeps community humming

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As a family law litigator who was terrified by the prospect of having to go to court, but who nevertheless did so for 40-plus years, I developed a game plan involving writing my arguments in detail prior to the court hearing or trial. I...

Suspect who skipped court date caught; man reported for wrapping rope around a fence on Miles Ave (Police Blotter, Jan 15-21)

police cruiser over the holidays
From the files of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department for the week of Jan. 15-21. Jan. 15 • A man was arrested for being in possession of more than an ounce of marijuana on the first block of N. Santa Cruz Avenue at 2:08am. • A...

YouTuber captures deliriously emotive REBEL cover of classic from Canadian songstress

The disco ball, the flowing angles and the red glow all provided a powerful melange of energies for one of the latests uploads to the channel of young YouTuber Estuardo Ruedas, who popped into Los Gatos' Number 1 Broadway bar, Friday night. In addition to...

As Biden visits, local reps plead for disaster aid

Biden and Newsom wave
The Bay Area Congressional delegation—Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-19), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-18), Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-16) and Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17)—wrote to President Joe Biden on Jan. 19 to request that relief for Santa Clara County be included in the Presidential Major Declaration for...

Much ado about an entryway

At first glance, it may have appeared a routine Planning Commission item where a well-connected former mayor was attempting to get a variance pushed through against good architectural practice. But as the public hearing for Mike Wasserman’s drive to keep a 300-year-old Mexican door—from the...

Top Town and business community leaders leaving roles

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As Assistant Town Manager Arn Andrews arrived at the grand re-opening for the Los Gatos Theatre, Thursday, it marked the end for the long and careful journey of bringing one of the community’s most valued cultural assets back to life. But it also served to...

Homeowner reports County Counsel for elder abuse

Sidney French during 2023 storms
A 69-year-old Los Gatos resident who’s been unable to repair the old cabin she lives in, due to a paperwork dispute with Santa Clara County, has now filed an elder abuse complaint against the Office of the County Counsel. Sidney French claims documents for her...

Caitlyn Simons helps lead Los Gatos girls soccer turnaround

It took all of one game for the Los Gatos High girls soccer team to realize the 2022-2023 campaign would be far different than last season.  That’s because the Wildcats beat Mountain View 4-2 in the season-opener on Nov. 29, a monumental result given the...

State: Los Gatos has more soul-searching to do on Housing Element

Bellaterra at Los Gatos Grand Opening
While it wasn’t as scathing as it could have been, the long-awaited review from California's top housing agency found Los Gatos’ Draft Housing Element does not pass muster, as its strides toward addressing the income and racial disparities don’t go far enough. The Housing and...