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February 3, 2023
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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...

Federal monitor moves Santa Clara County from ‘Severe’ to ‘Moderate’ drought

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With seemingly constant rain storms pummeling the South Bay so far this winter, a federal drought monitoring program recently downgraded most of Santa Clara County from “Severe” to “Moderate” drought. But local water supply authorities warn that residents and property owners should continue to...

Palo Alto teen identified in fatal Los Gatos crash

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A Palo Alto teenager was killed in a two-car crash earlier this month in Los Gatos. The crash was reported at 9:52am on Jan. 8 at Blossom Hill and Belgatos roads, police said. Tyler Scheetz, 19, died of his injuries from the crash, according to the...

Los Gatos declares a state of emergency

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Los Gatos Council held a virtual special meeting that lasted only about 15 minutes on Jan. 10 to ratify a state of emergency declared Jan. 4 by Town Manager Laurel Prevetti. “This was predicated not only on the weather event—the flooding, downed trees, along with...

Town of Los Gatos doubles amount for parking ticket processor

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During its last meeting of 2022, Los Gatos Town Council passed a six-figure increase to the amount it will pay to Turbo Data Systems, Inc. for parking permit and ticket processing. In a unanimous vote, Council agreed to up the amount to send to the...

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...

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...

Where to celebrate the New Year in Los Gatos and the South Bay

New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday in 2022, providing an extra day to recover before the work week begins. Clubs and venues around Los Gatos and the South Bay have planned accordingly. All events are on Dec. 31, unless otherwise noted. The focus is...

San Jose man charged with dealing fentanyl-laced pills to Los Gatos High School students who overdosed

A San Jose man has been charged with selling pills containing fentanyl to Los Gatos High School students that caused them to overdose, authorities say. According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, 23-year-old Simon Armendariz was known around the campus—and across the community—as...

County planners face off with mountain pizzeria

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Nonno’s Italian Cafe is the sort of mountain hangout where on a chilly Friday night you’ll hear “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock n’ Roll Band)” by the Moody Blues blaring as bundled-up patrons gather around a fire next to the bocce ball...