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March 26, 2023
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After discipline decision, First Amendment advocate sets sights on Los Gatos

Kylie Clark
The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California says Los Gatos’ censure of a Planning Commissioner—who wrote to the California Department of Housing and Community Development in November about a housing-related referendum that upended plans to increase residential density in town, then was chastised...

Los Gatos directs leftover pandemic cash

At the Feb. 21 Council meeting, elected officials discussed how to spend $1.645 million in pandemic relief provided by the Biden Administration that’s still leftover. The big winners were public access broadcaster KCAT, which will receive a one-time infusion of $100,000, Los Gatos Saratoga Recreation...

Rare cold weather delivers snow to Los Gatos

snow summit road
The National Weather Service issued another cold weather advisory for the Los Gatos area on Tuesday, as rain and snow continued to pummel Bay Area communities. But it can be surprisingly challenging to evaluate snow levels in areas like the Santa Cruz Mountains, according to...

Santa Clara County program aims to prevent massive wildfires

Moe Kumre weed abatement program santa clara county
Even though the mountaintops are covered in snow, officials warn that fire season has begun in Santa Clara County. Every year, beginning in March, property owners throughout the county must comply with regulations designed to prevent the spread of wildfires that threaten people, property and...

Council censures commissioner over ‘white anti-housing men’ comment

Kylie Clark
After Planning Commissioner Kylie Clark—who works on housing issues for the Silicon Valley nonprofit West Valley Community Services—watched density rules suggested by the Town body she sits on get refined by Council, only to be swept aside entirely by a late-breaking referendum drive funded...

Man reported to police for asking to clean homeowner’s gutters; Amazon package stolen on Winchester Boulevard (Police Blotter, Jan. 29-Feb 4)

gutter and leaves
From the files of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department covering the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4. Jan. 29 • A man was reportedly going door-to-door on Mary Way asking the homeowners if they wanted their gutters cleaned at 10:35am. • A man was arrested for threatening...

Developer excited to get three David Kinch restaurant concepts in Los Gatos

north 40
The news rippled out across the Bay Area—and beyond—when lauded restaurateur David Kinch announced he would be moving on from his Michelin-starred restaurant Manresa in Los Gatos. But now, one of the developers behind the North 40 mixed-use project in Los Gatos says he’s thrilled...

Los Gatos approves imperfect Housing Element

town attorney
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...

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...

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...