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November 27, 2022
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SB9 rules: Los Gatos introduces permanent lot-split ordinance

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The Los Gatos Town Council introduced an ordinance Nov. 1 that would guide the development of lot-split housing, a type of project that’s been mandated by Sacramento in a bid to solve the affordability crisis. The permanent plan to address Senate Bill 9 would replace...

County outpacing state in new Covid booster uptake

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Santa Clara County is outpacing the state in uptake of the omicron-specific Covid-19 booster vaccine across all eligible age groups, the county's top health official said. Roughly one-third of county residents ages 65 and up have received the updated booster compared to just 24.3 percent...

Youth egg home on Avery Lane—again; credit card stolen from mailbox (Police Blotter, Oct. 30-Nov. 5)

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Police Blotter for the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5. From the files of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department. Oct. 30 • A man was arrested for being in possession of unlawful paraphernalia on the 200 block of Los Gatos-Saratoga Road at 3:55am. • A vehicle was...

Rookie candidate Moore soars into first place for Los Gatos Town Council

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Rob Moore, the progressive first-time candidate for Los Gatos Town Council, edged ahead of the slow-growth-advocating incumbent Mary Badame to claim first place in early voting results. There are three positions available on Council, as Mayor Rob Rennie was up for reelection, and Councilmember...

Pellerin starts strong in Assembly race

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Former Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin appears poised to become the first woman from Santa Cruz County to hold a seat on the State Assembly, with early returns showing 67.4% of voters supporting her throughout the district. Early results as of 8pm Tuesday also...

Local Scene: Popular baker rolls out plans for Los Gatos locations

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LOCAL SCENE Manresa Bread readies for opening of second Los Gatos location Manresa Bread opened its new flagship location on Oct. 27 while expanding its original location. Founder and co-owner Avery Ruzicka is expected to debut a new concept in the original Los Gatos space at 276...

Participants of Community Police Academy reach finish line

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It was the day after retired Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department Sgt. Tam McCarthy helped lay a long-time cop, John Pernick, to rest. So on Oct. 27, as he gave an address at a much more celebratory gathering—the inaugural Los Gatos Community Police Academy graduation—he...

Sheriff Laurie Smith announces immediate retirement

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The jury is still out, but Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith decided she didn’t want to wait for a verdict that could have forced her removal from office, announcing Oct. 31 she was resigning immediately. “This letter is to notify you of my retirement...

Children lead environmental project in Plaza Park

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A few months back, neighbors Maggie Contro, an 8-year-old third-grader at Daves Avenue Elementary, and Arlo Britz, a 7-year-old boy a grade below, were sweeping her home’s porch, when they realized they were doing something worth scaling. Contro had been wanting to start some kind...

Campaign signs stolen; dirt bike “menace” (Police Blotter, Oct. 16-22)

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Police Blotter for the week of Oct. 16-22. Oct. 16 • Someone damaged a toilet on Miles Avenue. • Two juveniles were reportedly tagging street signs with graffiti on Hicks Road and Shannon Oaks Lane. Oct. 17 • A vehicle was burglarized on Blossom Hill Road. • Campaign signs were...