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June 2, 2023
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Cortese introduces bill to tackle youth fentanyl crisis

State Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) recently introduced legislation to prevent opioid and fentanyl overdoses and death among California’s youth. Senate Bill (SB) 10, should it be approved and signed into law, would expand statewide prevention and education efforts to combat the skyrocketing overdoses and...

Congregations come together for Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

They may not have packed a room the way they did in pre-Covid-19 times—when around 1,000 people turned up for the community’s Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service—but the around 125-strong in-person crowd was augmented by additional attendees participating remotely.  Jeffrey Hall, the senior pastor at Los...

Prosecutors say Los Gatos mother tried to establish drug ring in jail

Over the past few months, Shannon O’Connor, the woman charged with manipulating teens into attending her drunken parties, came up with a scheme to smuggle drugs into the jail she’s stuck in, as her cases wind their way through Santa Clara County Superior Court,...

Kiwanis brings Halloween to hospitalized children

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On Oct. 22, to get into the holiday spirit, Los Gatos Kiwanis headed to Campbell for a “Trunk or Treat” event at CHoNC Pediatric Hospital, dressing up the back portions of vehicles with spooky decorations. It all went down in the parking lot of...

Councilmember stonewalls efforts to workshop Code of Conduct

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During last week’s hour-long Policy Committee meeting to address issues with Los Gatos’ rules for Council members and commissioners, Councilmember Matthew Hudes refused to allow Councilmember Rob Moore to have a hand in improving guidelines his partner was recently found to have violated. And Hudes...

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...

Santa Clara County program aims to prevent massive wildfires

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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...

Criminal justice, healthcare and more among new laws for ’23

With a flurry of new laws ready to take effect, the Los Gatan took a look at a handful of the more notable ones, which take on several aspects of criminal justice, health services and firearms.  WALKING A FINE LINE Before Assembly Bill 2147 was signed...

Supervisors push for emergency services in Loma Prieta

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The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors recently approved a plan aimed at improving emergency response planning and communication in the Loma Prieta area of the Santa Cruz Mountains, a community that straddles the Santa Cruz and Santa Clara County lines. Earlier, in November, Supervisor...

Report: Los Gatos is the 26th most expensive place in California

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Even though Los Gatos residents’ household expenses are 88.4% higher than the American average, the bills only account for 27% of income, according to a new report from doxoinsights. The average household in Los Gatos pays $3,856 a month on bills—or $46,270 out of $168,829...