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April 13, 2024
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‘I thought you were building the Taj Mahal,’ says neighbor to Vinodha and Rajeev Bala during fence dispute hearing

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Planning Commission granted an exception to allow a homeowner to keep part of an eight-foot fence that was installed to appease a neighbor

Suspect charged with rape; man reported for smoking pipe outside Visitor Center; $2,425 taken from Sephora (Police Blotter, March 17-23)

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March 17 -At 12:15am, a man was reported for being drunk in public at the Purple Onion coffee shop on East Main Street and striking the reporting party’s vehicle for an unknown reason. Police were unable to locate the individual. -A dark gray Nissan Sentra with...

Town officials getting frustrated as State continues to push them on housing

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Listening to Los Gatos’ elected officials talk about the most recent Housing Element rejection from the Department of Housing and Community Development, one might think the homes ministry had pulled a bait-and-switch. “‘What? That’s not what you told us we needed to do,’” Councilmember Rob...

Supervisors seek to improve wireless connections in fire-prone areas

wireless tower in the forest
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal Oct. 24 that seeks to ensure service is maintained to wireless customers in wildfire-prone areas during a disaster or power outage. The decision directs county staff to identify actions to ensure the effectiveness of the...

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...

Health officials urge people to get updated vaccine

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta
Bay Area and statewide Covid-19 infections rates are up over the past couple of months and health officials are advising people to get the updated vaccines when they become available.   In California, 13.7% of people who took Covid tests reported positive results for the seven-day...

Massive snowpack good news for drought, but flood concerns grow

Snowboarder grinds a rail in the Sierras
A recent statewide snowpack measurement from the California Department of Water Resources is another indication that the tremendously wet winter might have been too much of a good thing. The agency’s readings from 130 snow sensors placed throughout the Sierra Nevada show the  snowpack’s snow-water...

The chanterelle just got enshrined in California law (+ other bills that made it over the finish line)

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Every year, California’s legislators send a flurry of bills to the governor in hopes he or she will sign them. And that’s before the byzantine legislative process that leaves most proposed laws on Assembly and Senate curtting floors. In 2023, the lawmakers sent off 1,046...

Supervisors push to bridge the gap with mobile dental services for veterans

mobile dental in Santa Clara County
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors recently voted to augment funding for mobile dental services for veterans as part of the upcoming Fiscal Year 2024-25 Budget.  This action was brought forward by County Supervisor Joe Simitian and co-authored by County Supervisor Otto Lee, and...

Los Gatos agrees to $800K body-cam, Taser deal with Axon Enterprises

Axon website
The Los Gatos Town Council unanimously approved a five-year $800,000 deal with Axon Enterprises, Inc. for body-worn cameras, tasers and digital evidence management

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