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    by Published on 04-15-2014 12:00 PM
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    The Los Gatos Kiwanis will be hosting the second annual Egg Hunt on the front lawn of Los Gatos High School on Saturday, April 19th. The younger kids, ages 2-6, will begin hunting at 10am, with the 7-10 yr olds joining the fun at 10:30. Participants should bring their own Easter baskets.



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    by Published on 04-14-2014 09:00 AM

    Remember last year when voters were asked to approve Prop 30? Remember “Yes on 30, Take a Stand for Schools and Safety”? Well, it passed last November, and now taxpayers can see the impact to our local schools on this handy website, recently released by State Controller John Chiang. Go to trackprop30.ca.gov, and a few clicks later, you can find out how much additional funding came to each school district. It sounds good for LGUSD, having received $622,748 from Prop 30. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you it will reduce class sizes, or reinstate music, or anything. That’s because LGUSD hasn’t yet provided the State with their spending plan for this money.

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    by Published on 04-06-2014 09:02 PM
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    Personally, I'm extremely excited about the following press release. I would be elated to see both Leonardis and Sayoc on the TC together!

    Los Gatos, CA – Marico Sayoc, now serving her 8th year on the Los Gatos Planning Commission, today announces her candidacy for the Los Gatos Town Council.

    Marico states, “Los Gatos is a remarkable community. I hope the people of Los Gatos will give me the privilege and honor of serving them and doing all that I can to help ensure Los Gatos remains a truly special town.”

    Marico has served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Planning Commission, and has been a member of the General Plan Committee, North 40 Advisory Committee, Historic Preservation Committee, Conceptual Development Advisory Committee, and the Los Gatos Sustainability Committee.

    Marico is married with two children. Her daughter is currently a 6th grader at RJ Fisher Middle School, and her son is a 3rd grader at Blossom Hill Elementary School. As the mother of school-age children, she has served on the Blossom Hill
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    by Published on 04-02-2014 01:40 PM
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    I stumbled upon the following press release today:

    Los Gatos, CA – Los Gatos Mayor, Steve Leonardis, is announcing his candidacy for re-election to the Los Gatos Town Council. “I have decided to run for a second term to help ensure that Los Gatos remains a great place to live. Our residents, businesses and schools are facing many challenges due to the town’s popularity, including the critical issues of traffic and parking. I will continue to work hard to address those issues.”

    Steve has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, and worked at IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Mercury Interactive before starting his own local financing business. Steve’s public service includes representing the Town of Los Gatos on the Finance Committee, the Santa Clara Valley Water District Commission, the Santa Clara County Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Policy Advisory Committee, and West Valley organizations including the Flood Protection and Watershed Advisory Committees.
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    by Published on 03-11-2014 07:19 PM

    Are you there? I'm not. Please feel free to post your observations about the meeting below:

    The agenda can be found here: LGUSD

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    by Published on 03-11-2014 06:37 PM

    I received the following .pdf from a reader. He/she asked me to post his/her comment from Geometry is in the Bag?!?!?! along with the .pdf. So, here you go:


    Dear 11:53

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Why is this community struggling so much while peer cities are thriving vis-a-vis their public schools, maybe the earlier discussions around the ethnic makeup of our time are real. Time to recruit families that are focused on academics vs. nail salons. The slogan really is unacceptable to the 1%, but not the THE 1%, would be better. Overall the majority of parents approved of what the board and LGEF is doing, sorry but that is truth.


    If you are correct that the majority of parents approve of what the board and LGEF are doing, then why are LGEF donations at an all time low? The sad facts are that the majority of parents are clueless about what the board and LGEF does and doesn't do and are just putting their misguided faith in the system. We all want to believe that things are great so that we don't have to deal with the ugly reality of how much is lacking in our schools. Friends in Los Altos public elementary kids report that they work in project based learning groups and they have a tech lab with 3D printers that all grades cycle through AND they have an accelerated math track.

    If you've been to any board meetings you will know what a broken process we have. Diana runs the show and tells the board what to do and when. She tells them what she wants to tell them. The board needs to ask more questions and tell Diana what to do. She works for them (and by extension, us). There have been so many irregularies from the board of trustees and Diana Abbati that I cannot even recount them all without needing an entire article. There was an investigation undertaken as recently as October 2012. The investigation in October 2012 never made it to the public. Didn't want to have to do this, but when people do not understand the level of corruption that we have had, then it's time for them to become educated. I am sending in a pdf of the report to KLR so that people can see for themselves.

    If you've seen what LGEF has been forced to do fund over the last few years (huge reserves) and you are OK with it, then I'm sorry for you. It's a completely broken process. The district tells LGEF what to raise money for. Shouldn't LGEF raise money and then tell the district how to spend their gifts? There was a survey last year where the community said loud and clear that they wanted to spend money on academics. The majority of the LGEF board has turned over in each of the last two years; including two
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    by Published on 03-05-2014 03:35 PM
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    I don't know... I kind of like "distractions." Parents, including Ty (I don't want to leave him out since I felt like such an ass for the last post), were out protesting at Blossom Hill today. I hope the community wasn't too "distracted" by the chaos:

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    by Published on 03-04-2014 10:50 AM
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    Ok Ok Ok.... I fully admit that I've been wrapped up in my own life and not paying much attention to the school math issues. I've read what readers have commented on InsideLG. I've had people calling me asking me where the hell I am and why I'm not covering this topic. I am one of "those parents" right now who is relying on the vocal parents to be advocates for my children and I totally apologize. Why? Because I know I should be doing more.

    So, when I was dropping the kids off at school yesterday, I was stoked, (yes, "stoked" because I am a child of the 80's) to see Joe Madden protesting with his daughter. It's one of my favorite things about living in America: Even if I don't agree with the protest, people have the right to voice opinions. Luckily for Joe, I happen to agree with him. I leaned over to my co-worker, we carpool together, and said, "Joe Madden is one of the coolest dads in LG because he's so overly involved with the schools." Previously, when I thought I could change LG and stop over development, high density housing, and save our school curriculum (HAHAHA, what was I smoking?), I would attend the school board meetings that are run like
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    by Published on 02-05-2014 08:17 PM

    I don't have a lot of time to post articles right now; however, I wanted to share this gem with you. Marc Donahue and the dredg guys, both who attended LGHS with me, have created yet another masterpiece. It's been shared all over the internet and local tv news but I thought it needed to be represented on InsideLG as well.


    The following is a blurb from Marc that was featured on YouTube:

    I was truly inspired by the song I left my heart in San Francisco by Tony Bennett. I already had a passion for time-lapse and of course, the beautiful landscape that is SF. Thinking on how to approach a new project I decided it was best to collaborate with Dredg, a band that I had grown up with and admired. Dredg was equally excited about the prospect of covering one of the best classic songs of our time and morphing it into something artistic and new. We primarily used the Canon 5D Mark III, which has served as an amazing product for our projects. To capture unique movement within our shots we used Dynamic Perception's Stage 0 and the Stage 1 accompanied with Emotimo's TB3 Black Pan & Tilt System. ...
    by Published on 02-05-2014 07:27 PM

    I received the following email from an InsideLG reader and thought I'd share it. Let me know what you think:

    Hi,

    Fisher Middle is in the process of eliminating the accelerated math track which many of our children in the district had benefited from. This is the direct path way for AP math high school math class. Without the accelerated math track, Los Gatos students will lag behind children in other districts. This is important.

    Please see the link below for a petition to keep the accelerated math track allowing students to qualify AP math class by Junior year. We need as many signatures as possible because we need to convince the school board that the community cares for math. There is an impression that school board believes LG community weighs math behind music and sports. If you care about your children's education, please consider signing the petition. We need to get their attention as soon as possible.

    It's important. Will you sign it too? Here's the link:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/citi...share_petition
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    by Published on 12-01-2013 09:30 PM

    OK... I've been out of the loop for awhile. I admit it. I've been swallowed by the corporate world. I normally don't wear my heart on my sleeve on any social media site; however, I'll let you in on a bit of my personal life. A few years ago, my husband and I decided to separate. As good as friends as he and I are, we thought it was best to live apart. That said, I had to pick myself up and get a "real job." Not only did I land a real job, but I did it at one of the most amazing companies in Silicon Valley. For that, I am extremely fortunate.

    Since that time, I've received numerous emails and calls from people asking me to come back. As much as I would have liked to, I just couldn't. The day to day life of trying to keep my family life balanced as much as possible and embark on my new career was proving to be too much. InsideLG had to be placed on the back burner. It was like losing a piece of me.

    I'm present for the moment and I hope to bring back InsideLG to what it once was. With that, I'll need your help. I'm asking all of the residents of LG to contribute articles -- if you want to remain anonymous, that's fine. If you want to contribute a piece with your name on it, well then, all the better. It's time to make LG a better place. Because my time is so limited, I'll only be accepting articles written by the people about current events.

    I'm back for a few reasons. For one, I'm effing sick and tired of watching the crap on the Boulevard. Growing up here, the Boulevard was a blooming space. Now, it's the Boulevard of broken dreams. BROKEN?? Yes, effing broken. Why? Well, because certain people, ahem Town Council, have voted in high density housing, large medical
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    by Published on 11-27-2013 11:18 PM

    I know I've been MIA. To all of the readers who have reached out to me via email, text, and phone calls: thank you.

    I'm back for a flash and I plan to post a snarky article on Monday. Why? Because I'm "tired" of the petitioners asking for us to "save Netflix."

    I've had numerous people ask me if they should sign, why they shouldn't sign, etc. I'll get into that in Monday's article titled "NIBMY." It's awesome that one of the two people behind this petition was just complaining before the Planning Commission that a two-story house shouldn't be built next door to her. No kidding, I can't make this crap up. Yet, it's OK for tall buildings to be constructed next to Charter Oaks. Sure, Charter Oaks is next to a commercial zone; however, it's the town's job to protect them from allowing buildings to be constructed above the town standard of 35'. Again, it's ok in someone else's backyard -- just not next door to your own home. NIMBY.

    So, I ask you, please WAIT to sign anything until you know ALL the facts. Seriously, what you hear is not always the truth.

    I also beg of you to go and ask the petitioners questions. Record it on your phone send the
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    by Published on 04-14-2013 03:36 PM

    Hi folks, I'd like to submit the following for discussion:

    I received my ballot for the Parcel Tax yesterday. I've decided to vote "yes". Not because it's an easy decision but because it's the right call for the kids. Here is my thought process:

    I put some serious thought into voting "no" this time, because I think that Diana and the Board will waste this money. Their decisions on most issues have been 180 degrees opposite of where I would go. I still think that they will waste most of the money, but having this money will relieve some pressure on the system, so that they slow down the class size increases and program cuts.

    Voting against the parcel tax is an emotional reaction, based on anger against the Board. My emotional side wants to do it, to hurt the Board and hopefully cause a change in our system. On the other hand, a “no” vote also hurts the kids. In the end, I am not willing to starve the kids in order to cause a change in leadership.

    Personally, I would prefer
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    Published on 04-07-2013 06:30 PM

    We, the members of the Los Gatos Citizens for Responsible Development support responsible, reasonable and effective growth and development.

    We support the re-development of the Los Gatos Business Park LLC (proposed Albright Office Park) consistent with the following:

    • We support a project consistent with the Goals and Policies of the 2020 General Plan, consistent with the General Plan Light Industrial Land Use Designation, and consistent with the Townʼs Commercial Design Guidelines.
    • We support a project that protects our environment.
    • We support a project that minimizes traffic impacts in an already congested area.
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    Published on 04-04-2013 01:00 PM

    Math class offerings cut by the district at Fisher Middle School will impact every K-5 child!

    The district's implementation plan for the new Common Core Standards in Los Gatos K-8 will result in the loss of math levels. Can you believe in Los Gatos we would allow such a thing? Since when do we settle for limited choices? Why would we not continue to allow kids that excel in math to be placed in a classroom that provides a challenging and stimulating learning environment? If your child excels, no longer will the be allowed to take a class outside of their grade level. Those that need the highest math level currently offered at Fisher, will now have to wait until high school. How can this be? Since when did we say "no" to providing an excellent education? The Superintendent labeled the over 100 parents at the "math meeting" last week as "hostile" when questions arose. That does not sound very collaborative nor solution oriented, it unfortunately sounds like a "no".

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    Published on 03-19-2013 06:00 AM

    The General Plan calls for a 35 foot height limit. Why should we approve 65 feet requested by the developer?

    Structures that go 35 feet, with underground parking will be in compliance with the existing zoning height limit, and provide open space with the underground parking. Keeping to the existing height limit will protect views, and the privacy of adjoining landowners.

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    Published on 03-07-2013 01:30 PM
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    Peter Carter, co-founder of the Los Gatos Social Club, died at his home Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, apparently due to an accidental fall. His wife, Dennise, was reportedly not at home. Peter had just turned 70.

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    by Published on 02-17-2013 04:00 PM

    Reports of door-to-door solicitors are increasing. I tend to not open my door to anyone I don't know, unless they are holding Thin Mints. Check out the press release below, and stay safe. Call the LG/MS Police Department at the numbers listed if you see anything suspicious going on in your neighborhood.
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    by Published on 02-15-2013 04:15 PM

    The Town of Los Gatos invites concerned citizens to a Scoping Session regarding the North 40, on March 6th at 6pm in the Council Chambers. Please see below for more details from the Community Development Department.

    Dear North Forty Interested Citizens:

    The Town of Los Gatos will be the Lead Agency and prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the North Forty Specific Plan. The Town has circulated a Notice of Preparation (NOP) to public agencies as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Through the NOP, the Town will solicit input from these public agencies on the scope and content of the EIR in connection with the North Forty Specific Plan.

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    by Published on 02-07-2013 05:45 PM

    Below is the second announcement sent yesterday by the LGUSD. A kind reader inserted the entire text into a comment - thank you. I am posting it here, and copying the related comments, for further discussion.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 6, 2013

    CONTACT: Dr. Diana Abbati, Superintendent – Los Gatos Union School District

    Los Gatos Union School District Board Votes Unanimously to Place
    No Tax Increase Renewal Measure on May 7, 2013 - Mail-in Ballot

    LOS GATOS— The Los Gatos Union School District (LGUSD) officials, parents and teachers gathered tonight to discuss the importance of renewing the local funding measure that helps support student achievement in local schools.

    Citing the need to maintain outstanding educational programs and retain highly-qualified teachers without increasing tax rates, the Los Gatos Union School District Board voted unanimously to seek a renewal of the District’s expiring parcel tax measure on the May 7, 2013 ballot.

    “Los Gatos schools are among the top in the state in terms of student test scores, thanks to
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