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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...

Remembering Ed Bersano and the Villa Felice

mary and ed bersano villa felice
The beginning of 1998 marked the end of a Los Gatos tradition, with the once-popular Villa Felice Restaurant closing its doors after one final New Year’s Eve party. That night, Ed Bersano sported a black tie and tux for the party, which he had emceed...

Field of Dreams: Niko Tsakiris signs with the San Jose Earthquakes

Surrounded by family and friends to celebrate the announcing of his contract signing with the San Jose Earthquakes on Jan. 13 at PayPal Park, Niko Tsakiris couldn’t help but get emotional.  After all, a dream had been realized. But in typical Tsakiris fashion, the precocious...

Los Gatos Appoints Jamie Field as its New Police Chief

Chief Jamie Field
The Town of Los Gatos has named its new top public safety official, a 20-year veteran cop who's been on the local force since 2009. Jamie Field started at the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department as a rank-and-file officer, rising to the rank of Captain...

Flights closes its doors as Spanish restaurant Telefèric Barcelona opens

Teleferic eating
Few sectors of the economy have seen as much volatility during the pandemic than the restaurant industry. And in recent weeks Los Gatos has seen its fair share of upheaval. But according to wine salesman Sebastian Balest of Benicia-based Winebow, who’s been making the rounds...

Colorado Avalanche video coach brings Stanley Cup to parents’ backyard for celebration (GALLERY)

3 people hold Stanley Cup
Brett Heimlich’s road to winning the Stanley Cup began years ago in Los Gatos. He’d recently graduated from high school and was casting around for a policing or audio/visual job, when he went to a family barbecue at the home of a friend his mom...

Former teacher sentenced for sex crimes

Joseph Brian Hour
A man who sexually abused students while teaching in the Los Gatos Union School District has been sentenced to 35 years behind bars. Joseph Brian Houg, a long-time teacher at Blossom Hill Elementary School, received no probation time Nov. 29, but will face parole of...

Woman who threw parties for teens faces defamation action

Shannon O'Connor / Bruga Photo Illustration
Shannon O’Connor, the wife of tech executive Robert Amaral, who threw parties for teens at their Arroyo Del Rancho Road mansion, spent Christmas behind bars, after being called a threat to public safety and a high flight risk by prosecutors. She’s been charged with 39...

Court of Appeal considers whether to free ‘party mom’ again

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California’s 6th District Court of Appeal heard arguments Oct. 13 about whether a Los Gatos woman charged with throwing alcohol-fuelled parties for teens should be released from jail. A Superior Court judge denied bail for Shannon O’Connor earlier this year, but the State Supreme Court...

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...

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