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December 11, 2023
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Willow Street pizzeria marks 30 years

Chef Hisham
Willow Street Wood-Fired Pizza has deep roots in the Silicon Valley restaurant scene. Its journey began in 1991 in Willow Glen, introducing gourmet wood-fired pizza in a small brick building where its flagship remains.  Its success led to a Los Gatos expansion two years later...

Fire hazard zone causes construction headaches

public comment
During the Oct. 3 Town Council meeting, public commenter Brandye Sweetnam shared her concerns with the challenges of building in fire hazard zones in town. From her perspective, the burden on some homeowners in the hillsides seeking to improve their properties is much too heavy,...

Crime fighters and community members recognized

Police Foundation
A couple of hours before the yearly Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Foundation luncheon, Oct. 19, where Chief Jamie Field was set to recognize Jiffy Mart for its contribution to community safety, a call came in to the department. Days earlier, the store had become the...

Newsom signs election-reform bills written by Pellerin

Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed a slew of elections-related bills into law that will allow disabled voters to vote curbside, permit mail-in ballots to be processed like in-person votes and treat double-voting as a misdemeanor, among other changes.  Five of the bills were authored by...

High School District #1 in math; Office of Ed recognizes teachers (local scene)

Teachers recognized by Office of Education Three teachers in the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District were selected to receive a 2023 Special Teacher Recognition Award at the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s (SCCOE) annual Teacher Recognition Celebration on Oct. 23. They are:• Alex Czech,...

Audit shows county jail still has hundreds of recommendations to address

Main jail
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has implemented about a quarter of the more than 600 reforms identified in a 2016 plan to improve its jail system, according to a report received Oct. 17 by the county Board of Supervisors from an independent oversight...

Man arrested for reportedly causing fatal crash

Campbell Police cruiser
A man was arrested Oct. 19 after reportedly causing a multi-vehicle collision in Campbell that killed a man and injured others. According to Campbell Police, at about 12:52pm, officers responded to the intersection of San Tomas Expressway and Campbell Avenue for the crash. The driver of...

Garage saved from destruction by eagle-eyed assistant fire chief

mopping up
Santa Clara County Assistant Fire Chief Brian Glass was on the way down the mountain from Los Gatos’ newest fire station to the department’s headquarters on Winchester Boulevard, Oct. 16, when he spotted a column of smoke. At 4:06pm he called in a fire and...

Man reported to police for exposing himself to people on High School Court (Police Blotter, Oct. 8-14)

Oct. 8 • A man was reportedly going door-to-door asking for water on Briggs Court at 8:16am.  • A man was arrested on Los Gatos Boulevard for disorderly conduct and for a parole violation at 9:30am. • Grand theft was reported at a business on N. Santa...

Israel solidarity event draws overflow crowd in Los Gatos

raise a glass in memory
Police estimated at least 600 people attended an Israel solidarity gathering at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos, Oct. 12, which included an overflow room. The event, organized by Jewish Silicon Valley, drew a variety of regional faith and political leaders in the...