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September 26, 2023
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Move away from the ‘waterfall effect’

Victoria Falls, a waterfall on the Zambezi River in southern Africa
Volunteers know it is difficult to accomplish change. When I sought along with several others to get a Restorative Justice program implemented at a Los Gatos school, I initially encountered great enthusiasm for the idea. Unfortunately, this enthusiasm was followed by inaction on the...

Facing old age

Jeffrey Blum
As I move through my senior years in semi-retirement mode, I share jokes about ailments and commiserate with fellow old timers about lost loved ones. At the same time, I apply myself to my job as a commissioner on the Community Health and Senior...

LETTER: Shaping the future

Michael and Genii of Magic Time Productions helped us kick-off the second annual HUEmankind FEST 2023 on June 4 with a thrilling magic show offering lots of fun and entertainment for families. Our fun educational stations kept participants fully engaged, allowing for a variety...

How to create a healthier community

old books
Reading “Davos Man: How the Billionaires Devoured the World” by Peter S. Goodman left me despairing the power and greediness of a select group of billionaires until I neared the book’s end. One of the final chapters, titled “The Money is Right There in...

Reauthorize DACA

immigrants are great sign
I am writing today to urge our community and elected officials to support reauthorizing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Currently, DACA has not accepted new eligible applicants since October 2020. According to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services website (2022), DACA is a...

A rewarding challenge

Jeffrey Blum
Timing is everything, right? Somehow, in some way, I find myself serving as the chairperson of the Community Health and Senior Services Commission as it undertakes monumental tasks.  These tasks include implementing the Senior Services Committee’s incredibly comprehensive road map for improving older adult services...

FROM OUR INBOX: Try biking for a change

sunset biker
You should bike short distances instead of driving because it is more environmentally friendly, is more cost effective, and is a great way to get some exercise.  Cars emit approximately three billion metric tons of carbon dioxide a year worldwide. Biking instead of driving will...

Court ruling provides a cautionary tale to our town

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
I am an attorney, but I am not a First Amendment free speech attorney. However, as the saying goes, I know enough to be dangerous. Moreover, I am usually pretty good at issue spotting, even in areas outside of my area of legal expertise....

Here’s how we can improve mental health and substance abuse services

Jeffrey Blum
The Community Health and Senior Services Commission (CHSSC) recently reported to the Town Council, detailing deficiencies in the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services in Los Gatos. CHSSC’s possible next step, subject to council approval, will be to develop a roadmap to...

LETTER: Monte Sereno City Manager Steve Leonardis suggests Los Gatan source is full of rubbish

letter to the editor
From the Inbox... Do your homework Dear Mr. Penner, I give you a C- for your latest journalistic effort in the Los Gatan. You should validate your information before releasing your stories for publication. Your article titled “ACLU threatens legal action against town” is devoid of...