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July 3, 2022

First Buyer at North 40 is Relishing Her Triumphant Return to Los Gatos

Mary at Home
She used to live just up the road, but was forced to leave Los Gatos by circumstance. But now, Mary McLean, 55, has returned triumphantly.  She played a guessing game with this reporter, during the recent Chamber of Commerce Wine Walk. The rhetorical question: “Who was...

Instead of vacating, The Maids’ Quarters fights on

Maids' Quarters Remains Open
The day after its lease expired, downtown linen boutique The Maids' Quarters continued to offer its pillows, antique goods and high-end button-up shirts for sale. It's the latest development in a bitter feud where the long-time Los Gatos independent retailer claims it was duped into...

Los Gatos girls soccer aim to coalesce and put together another winning season

A 6-0 loss to a powerhouse St. Francis side on Dec. 4 showed the Los Gatos High girls soccer team is still learning to mesh with each other on the field and figuring things out. However, the Wildcats are confident the talent on the...

Los Gatos-Saratoga named top school system in California (Q&A with Sup. Mike Grove)

Los Gatos-Saratoga school district
The education world's been abuzz in recent days over the release of rankings from Niche, a marking company that grades K-12 schools. And in the 2022 Best School Districts in California list, at the very top was Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District.  The...

One told she looked like an “Italian model,” another says writing censored: sex abuse fight challenges in Silicon Valley

sex assault survivors march
“Survivor rights are human rights!” “Rapists do not belong at prom!” “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Gender violence has got to go!” These were just some of the chants about 70-80 students and others belted out as they walked along N. Santa Cruz Avenue just after...

Remembering Merry Prankster Lee Quarnstrom

RIP Lee Quarnstrom
As a reporter, Lee Quarnstrom worked for numerous publications around the U.S., including the Associated Press, the Register-Pajaronian and The Mercury News. He was also editor of Hustler magazine and a bookseller in Greenwich Village, and traveled with Ken Kesey’s peripatetic Merry Pranksters on...

Los Gatos looks to the future…

Lack of awareness about Los Gatos’ draft General Plan process, and the large increase of proposed housing it contains were the two biggest themes from public comments shared during a virtual study session held Sept. 20. At the special joint meeting of Council and the...

Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Chief Peter Decena Resigns

Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Chief Peter Decena
Updated Sept. 6, at 11:17 a.m. After three-and-a-half years as chief of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department, Peter Decena has resigned. The town announced his two-week notice in a press release sent out after 5pm on Friday, Sept. 3. “Los Gatos-Monte Sereno (LGMS) Police Chief...

Mountain residents protest PG&E power outages

Power and Service
About 30 Santa Cruz Mountain residents made their way to downtown San Jose on Sept. 9 and bunched up on the concrete steps of the Pacific Gas & Electric office at 111 Almaden Blvd. They held signs that read “UN PLUG PGE / NOT US”...

Elementary District puts student mental health first, in updated approach to learning

Cool Cat mascot and librarian
Deborah Weinstein, executive director of the Los Gatos Education Foundation, recently visited Daves Avenue Elementary School, where its mascot, the Cool Cat, had been high-fiving students and handing out flyers. That was part of a drive during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month to bolster the Los...
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