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Wayne Heimsoth says he's thrilled that Council decided to break the lease for the vacant building at 4 Tait Avenue. (Drew Penner / Los Gatan)

Wayne Heimsoth, the Los Gatos Veterans Memorial and Support Foundation and the Campbell Veterans Memorial Foundation boardmember, was thrilled to learn from the Los Gatan last week that his dream had come true—at least the first step of it.

Just after the Los Gatan went to press last Tuesday, Town staff announced that Council had earlier voted in closed session unanimously to break the lease for 4 Tait Avenue, the building he hopes vets and allies can one day hold meetings in.

“I didn’t know anything about it,” he said in an interview Thursday. “Come on guys—if you’re going to free it up, let me know.”

In a Tuesday email in response to questions about the Town’s Tait Avenue property as well as the Forbes Mill site, Town Manager Laurel Prevetti said Council will “consider the extension of the lease for Forbes and the termination of the lease for Tait” Avenue on March 5.

“The agenda and reports for that meeting will be posted on Thursday in the late afternoon/early evening,” she said, adding that on March 5 Council won’t be making any decisions whether to sell or lease Tait to another party. “There are other process steps involved and Council will be considering subsequent actions for Tait at future Council meetings.”

In a phone call with the newspaper, Heimsoth sounded ecstatic.

“It’s a big step,” he said. “It leaves open the question of, What can we do next?”

The news came as a surprise to Heimsoth, who has been pushing the Town to break the lease for months.

“I didn’t expect this kind of news,” he said. “There’s progress. There’s movement.”

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Drew Penner is an award-winning Canadian journalist whose reporting has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Good Times Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times, Scotts Valley Press Banner, San Diego Union-Tribune, KCRW and the Vancouver Sun. Please send your Los Gatos and Santa Cruz County news tips to [email protected].


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