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May 13, 2022

Los Gatos softball team looks to win SCVAL De Anza title with CCS playoffs upcoming

The Los Gatos High softball team had a golden opportunity to essentially clinch the outright Santa Clara Valley League De Anza Division championship in a home game against Milpitas High on May 4.  But the Wildcats didn’t have one of their better performances and fell...

Man approaches house covered in blanket; skaters reported for riding while laying down on their boards (Police Blotter, April 24-30)

Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police shoulder patch
From the files of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department for the week of April 24-30, 2022. April 24 • A man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and obstructing an officer on Bachman and University avenues at 12:27am. • A vehicle was reported...

Planning Commission agrees to reduction of Los Gatos’ housing numbers after initial impasse

Los Gatos Planning Commission
Despite clear divisions in planning commissioner thinking over the critical question of future housing in town, on Monday they ultimately managed to agree—in a unanimous 7-0 vote—on how to reduce development targets. In addition to removing 313 units of potential residential development from the office...

Santa Clara County names first female fire chief

Suwanna Kerdkaew
Santa Clara County Fire Department promoted its first female chief recently. Suwanna Kerdkaew, formerly the department's deputy chief of administration, was appointed by the county Board of Supervisors. She replaces former chief Tony Bowden, who retired after being on injury leave. Kerdkaew is a 20-year fire...

County boosting wildfire prevention efforts

santa clara county fire fuel break
The County of Santa Clara and the county’s Fire District are ramping up wildfire prevention efforts, just as the region heads into another fire season plagued with severe drought conditions. With the 2020 megafires—the Santa Clara (SCU) and Santa Cruz (CZU) lightning complex fires—still...

Judge rejects sheriff’s pleas for dismissal

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith
The case of “The People of California v Laurie Smith” is headed to trial. No date has been set, but the Santa Clara County sheriff, who said in March she won’t seek re-election to a seventh term, will stand trial this year on misconduct charges. A...

Los Gatos High sending fleet of swimmers and divers to CCS Meet

Los Gatos High swim coach Jim Deming felt great about all of the boys and girls junior varsity and varsity teams after the Santa Clara Valley League De Anza Division Finals were contested on April 29 at Gunn High.  The JV girls won the league...

Los Gatos and Palo Alto baseball teams play for winning cause in Vs. Cancer Game

Despite getting swept by Central Coast Section power Palo Alto High last week, the Los Gatos High baseball team still controls its destiny to make the playoffs.  The Wildcats enter the week with a 6-6 record in the Santa Clara Valley League’s De Anza Division,...

“Meet Chief Jamie Field” (Photo Gallery)

Jamie Field police chief
The posh La Rinconada Country Club was the site of a dress-up meet-and-greet with Los Gatos' new top cop, who recently marked 100 days in the role. The public safety-focused gathering was put on by the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Foundation. Attendees were given a...

PHOTO: ‘Real Forrest Gump’ visits Los Gatos

Dixie Davis Sgt. Sammy Davis Lt. Col. Walker Pearce-Percy Major Gen. Kent Hillhouse
Members of the Los Gatos Veterans and Support Foundation are shown April 19 at the veterans’ memorial with Sgt. Sammy Davis, a Vietnam hero who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Lyndon Johnson. In 1967, Davis’ unit came under heavy fire...