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    by Published on 02-07-2013 09:20 AM

    The following announcement was sent out by LGUSD Superintendent Abbati Wednesday afternoon:

    February 6, 2013

    Dear Los Gatos Union School District Families, Teachers and Staff:

    It is with heartfelt words that I write this letter to inform you that our Principal, Rosanne Adona, will be retiring from Louise Van Meter Elementary School at the end of June 2013. Over the past 18 years, LGUSD students, teachers, and staff have greatly benefited from Ms. Adona’s leadership, vision, guidance and aspirations. The Board of Trustees will be accepting Ms. Adona’s retirement letter at the February 12th Board meeting.

    While this news came unexpectedly, the District Administrative Team is taking the necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition for the 2013-14 school year. It is our intent to build on our strong momentum and continue in our current positive direction. We are so very fortunate to have the administrative talents and experience of our Principals, teachers and staff to guide our future and ground Van Meter Elementary through this transition.

    by Published on 01-28-2013 07:30 PM
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    The following agenda can be found on the LGUSD website here:
    (apologies for the wide open spacing, the formatting isn't allowing me to make it any prettier)

    Regular Board Meeting
    January 29 - 6:30 p.m.

    Thomas P. O’Donnell District Office Board Room
    Click here to view previous board meetings!
    Dr. Diana G. Abbati

    Board Members
    Kathleen Bays
    Scott Broomfield
    Emi Eto
    Leigh-Anne Marcellin
    Tina Orsi-Hartigan

    Published on 01-26-2013 06:00 PM
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    InsideLG is lucky to feature Story Snoops, a local website providing parents and children with reviews and guidance on children's literature.

    The ALA will be announcing their awards on January 28th, and we will soon learn who will win this year’s Newbery Award.

    I have been
    hesitant to make predictions in the past becomes sometimes those winners come straight out of left field and I never could have guessed them! But where is the fun in that? There are some solid books from 2012 that most would agree deserve, if not the Newbery Medal, then perhaps a Newbery Honor award. These are just my opinions however, so don’t laugh at me if I completely miss the mark come January 28th. With that disclaimer, I bring you my darlings for the 2013 Newbery Award.

    by Published on 01-21-2013 01:00 PM

    The following agenda can be found on the Town of Los Gatos website here:

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013 -- 7:00 P.M. -


    Capital Improvement Program Study Session - Discuss and provide input regarding priorities for Capital Improvement Funding

    by Published on 01-14-2013 12:00 PM

    The following agenda can be found on the LGSUHSD website here:

    The agenda includes a discussion of the "New Tech High" program being considered for LGHS (see RD.4), and approval of an expenditure plan for the RDA money the district is receiving (see AI.5). Anything else here jump out at you? Let us know in the comments.

    Published on 01-09-2013 08:30 PM

    Los Gatos Town's Planning Commission pushes affordable housing away

    Recently the Los Gatos Town’s Planning Commission was called upon to to plan for future affordable income housing units throughout Town. The commission’s response was a resounding “Not In My Downtown!” Paying only lip service to the concept of building affordable housing IN Los Gatos, the Commission’s plan-which will come before Town Council within a few weeks- is to essentially dump hundreds of low-income housing units in the “faraway lands” north of highway 85.

    by Published on 01-07-2013 08:00 AM

    Happy New Year Readers! If your resolutions included more civic involvement, here's your first chance to attend a town meeting.

    The following agenda can be found on the Town of LG website here:

    Due to the length of our agenda and in fairness to later items on the agenda, the audience is requested to make their comments as brief and precise as possible, and limit them to 3 minutes or less.

    110 E. MAIN STREET
    7:00 P.M.


    by Published on 12-21-2012 10:00 PM
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    The following press release was received from the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department.
    by Published on 12-05-2012 10:18 PM
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    While I'm on a roll, I decided to write another quick article about the new gun shop in LG. I live in an awesome little community inside Los Gatos that has a neighborhood forum. Every now and then a hot topic catches fire and people get riled up. I enjoy being a part of the forum because I can read all sides of the story AND neighbors use their real names. We have a volunteer who verifies that members are in fact residents of our little sub-community. Really, I am very fortunate to live where I do.

    Today, someone shared an article from the Patch that stated there is a new gun store in town on University. "Oh boy" I thought to myself, "this is going to be a good one." Was I ever right!

    The new gun store (Full disclaimer: I have not verified the gun store is actually there, I'm going off the Patch article) is located where Morrow's Automotive was previously housed.

    So, my question to you: How do you feel about having a gun shop in Los Gatos?

    by Published on 12-05-2012 07:30 PM

    I received an email from my daughters' school today that contained a letter from Susan von Felten, the Director of Curriculum for LGUSD.

    I need to be brutally honest, I have never written anything on this site that I don't stand by. That said, I have never engaged in the comments bashing teachers and/or principals. Every resident is entitled to his/her opinion.
    My articles call out issues and problems; however, I stand behind my comments/articles with my name. I've had wonderful experiences with LGUSD, both as a student and as a parent. I'm not going to sugar-coat and say everything has been perfect because nothing is perfect--not even me! When I have an issue, I talk to those who can help and hope the issue will be resolved. People are people, we make mistakes and with constructive criticism, I believe we can change.

    When I received BH's email earlier, I sat in disbelief. Again, people are people and we all make mistakes; however, the following letter concerns me. In the past year, Susan von Felten was named LGUSD's Director of Curriculum. I don't have
    by Published on 12-01-2012 07:00 PM

    The following agenda can be found on the Town of Los Gatos website:

    MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 -- 7:00 P.M.




    Jaan Jafri, Daves Avenue Elementary School

    by Published on 12-01-2012 06:01 PM
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    I just received the following press release from the LG/MS Police Dept:
    by Published on 11-30-2012 12:15 PM

    The Children’s Holiday and Christmas Parade will go on as planned tomorrow, Saturday, December 1, at 11 a.m., continuing a long “rain or shine” tradition.

    Tonight’s planned tree lighting event, however, has been postponed for a week due to the current storm. Sharon Childs, Executive Director of the Los Gatos Community Foundation, made the following announcement:

    Due to the current storm hitting the town of Los Gatos and the Town Plaza being flooded tonight’s Tree Lighting has been postponed to next Friday, December 7th.

    by Published on 11-30-2012 07:25 AM

    The following press release regarding a homicide in Monte Sereno was received from the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department:
    by Published on 11-28-2012 06:48 PM

    Here's video surveillance and a new PR that the LG/MS Police Dept released today:

    by Published on 11-28-2012 01:00 PM
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    Thanks to the reader that sent this tip in - Los Gatos was featured on Good Morning America, with a story about Katsu. The new restaurant, occupying the space formerly known as Valeriano's, is making the news with a $1200 dinner.

    photo credit: gma.yahoo.com

    Other readers have sent us notes about the $27 glass of wine, the $150 sashimi, and the mad dash to Pizza My Heart to quell their hungry belly. Have you been to Katsu? What do you think, is this an addition to our local scene that downtown needed?

    To see the full report, click here. ...
    by Published on 11-27-2012 08:19 PM
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    Blacy’s Fine Jewelers was robbed at gunpoint just after noon today by two men wearing ski masks, gloves, and brandishing semi-automatic pistols. The suspects allegedly smashed display cases as they held the employees at gunpoint. They made off with an unspecified quantity of jewelry, but no one was hurt.
    by Published on 11-24-2012 06:21 PM

    InsideLG is committed to sharing all reader viewpoints, including the anonymous ones. The recent discussion regarding the value of using ones real name is a great example of just the kind exchange we love – healthy debate between those who love our town. And yes, InsideLG still allows anonymous comments to be posted.

    As a result, we’ve been experiencing an increasing level of SPAM in our comments section. For the most part, the SPAM consists of indecipherable quasi-English gibberish, and most likely links that will cause your computer great harm. Please know that we are working on the problem, deleting them as fast as we can. In the mean time, please ignore them and don’t click on anything! We are also researching more effective tools to keep the SPAMmers out without making it too cumbersome for the rest of you. If any of our readers have suggestions and/or solutions, we're all ears.

    Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!! ...
    by Published on 11-20-2012 04:14 PM
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    Local author Ira Spector administers the oath of office to his wife, newly re-elected councilperson (and now Mayor) Barbara Spector and her Vice-Mayor Steve Leonardis.

    Things will be different. In recent years, Barbara Spector and Steve Leonardis have been outvoted on issues, as past-mayor Steve Rice and Diane McNutt have tended to vote with former mayor Joe Pirzynski. Last night, the gavel passed to Barbara, whose friend Marcia Jensen will replace Rice next month. Joe Pirzynski and Diane McNutt can expect to be outvoted at times. Both must stand for re-election in two years, and voters will likely remember the needless election of 2012.

    It is not a stretch to label this the start of the Spector era in Los Gatos politics, and she warned everyone last night to get ready for a busy agenda in 2013. Her vice-mayor, Steve Leonardis is an up-and-comer, active and involved and showing real leadership on projects like the Oak Meadow flagpole. My forecast? The next four years will be lively, with a chance of getting things ...
    by Published on 11-20-2012 12:09 PM
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    Every week, InsideLG features StorySnoops, a Los Gatos based Company. To find out more information, please click HERE.

    As this holiday in particular is one on which we count our blessings, I am going to start by being thankful for my fellow Snoops. Because of what we have collectively created, I am thankful that every day I get to do what I love and I get to share it with people who share my vision and my passion for books and reading. Thank you for being everything that you are ladies!

    In the world of children’s and young adult literature, there is much to be thankful for! I am thankful for the truly exceptional books I have read for this site – for the ones that reminded me of valuable lessons, for the ones that brought me to tears, for the ones that made me laugh out loud, and for some remarkable characters that I will never forget.


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