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April 20, 2024
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Los Gatos approves process to raise density at North 40 site

Bellaterra at Los Gatos Grand Opening
The Los Gatos Town Council voted to support increasing—to 40 units-per-acre—the number of homes the developer of the North 40 mixed-use project can build, during a milestone General Plan debate, Monday. But the elected officials opted not to require a floor of 30 units-per-acre, as...

North 40 developer submits plans for second phase

North 40 Phase 2
It’s the development in Los Gatos that has become a symbol of how the town is changing, on which locals have frequently placed their often quite charged feelings about the “character” of the community and what should be done about the housing crisis. And on...

SB9 rules: Los Gatos introduces permanent lot-split ordinance

Marico Says
The Los Gatos Town Council introduced an ordinance Nov. 1 that would guide the development of lot-split housing, a type of project that’s been mandated by Sacramento in a bid to solve the affordability crisis. The permanent plan to address Senate Bill 9 would replace...

Rural Supply future uncertain as building goes up for sale

Nelsons of Rural Supply
The future of long-standing Los Gatos hardware store Rural Supply is uncertain as the building is now for sale. Co-owner Ken Nelson says after operating in the same South Santa Cruz Avenue storefront since 1967, their lease has run out and they’re not sure what...

Referendum throws wrench into Los Gatos’ housing plans

collecting signatures in Los Gatos
Despite Town Council having already decided on how much housing to plan for when it passed the 2040 General Plan earlier this year, an organization pushing for slow growth had managed to get a couple key parts of it put on hold. But the group...

Homeowner reports County Counsel for elder abuse

Sidney French during 2023 storms
A 69-year-old Los Gatos resident who’s been unable to repair the old cabin she lives in, due to a paperwork dispute with Santa Clara County, has now filed an elder abuse complaint against the Office of the County Counsel. Sidney French claims documents for her...

The ‘Wild’ case of a woman placed at-risk due to sketchy Santa Clara County paperwork

Sidney French at home. (Drew Penner / Los Gatan)
The office of Harry Ryan was the place Jack London penned his seminal novel “the Call of the Wild,” about a dog that’s taken from the Santa Clara Valley to the Klondike, where he befriends wolves and leads a sled team. Ryan, who met London...

General Plan: Council narrowly rejects proposal that might violate housing rules

Council meeting snapshot
The hard-won consensus achieved by the Planning Commission about what housing should be built in Los Gatos was shattered by multiple stones as Council took up the General Plan Monday. It included a broadside by Mayor Rob Rennie, who proposed introducing an entirely new zoning...

Alberto Way housing project submitted to planning department

multi-family housing plan site at 405 Alberto Way
With its central pool, palm trees and great room veranda balcony views, 405 Alberto Way became the first official Senate Bill 330 proposal to move from pre-application stage to a genuine project in-play in Los Gatos, last week. SB 330, which went into effect on...

Residents overjoyed with new digs at North 40’s Walnut Grove

Connie Binning smiles
Connie Binning moved to California from Minnesota in the 1960s, settling first in Santa Rosa, and, a few years later, moving her family to Los Gatos. “Back then I used to drive the truck in to Rural Supply and buy hay for my daughter’s horse,”...

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