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    by Published on 11-20-2012 05:14 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 01:09 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.

    by Published on 11-19-2012 08:27 PM
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    I didn't make it to the TC Meeting tonight; however, I was glued to my computer at home. I'd like to congratulate Los Gatos' new Mayor, Barbara Spector, and new Vice Mayor, Steve Leonardis. Also, Marcia Jensen will soon join the Town Council. Personally, I'm excited for 2013 -- good things are going to happen!

    by Published on 11-19-2012 12:19 PM

    I’ve received emails asking where I’ve been and why I don’t care anymore. I need to be honest with our readers. I give up. Oh, wait… no, that’s not it. I was offered a full-time position at a local corporation and I sold out accepted it. Yup, that sums it up. Because I’m striving for a balance with my home life vs. work life, I’ve taken a few steps back from InsideLG; however, you may have noticed that I have a new assistant – Pepper Potts. Potts, who wishes not to be named because shame comes on all those associated with me, will be posting from time to time. So, please give a huge applause to Potts – the keeper of my secrets.

    Moving on… I plan to be at the Town Council meeting tonight. I was disappointed in a decision 4 out of 5 made at the last TC meeting (good old exemption of story poles from Winchester/Albright); however, I just couldn’t muster up enough energy to write about it. Tonight though… tonight will be interesting. The appointment of a new Mayor and Vice Mayor will take place. Barbara Spector will probably be voted ...
    by Published on 11-17-2012 09:03 PM

    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012 -- 6:00 P.M. -


    CONFERENCE WITH REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATOR (Government Code Section 54956.8) Properties: 110 E. Main Street (Former Library Building) Negotiating parties: Town of Los Gatos (Negotiator: Greg Larson, Town Manager) Los Gatos Museum (Negotiator: Executive Director) Friends of the Library (Negotiator: Chair) Under negotiation: Price and terms of lease




    2012 Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Winners: Michael Hand, C.T. English Middle School, Shira Kahn-Samuelson, Kehillah Jewish High School, Hannah Spinner, Los Gatos High School, Sabera Talukder, Los Gatos High School


    Commendations 2012 Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Winners Awards > LEED Gold Certification for Town Library > Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) (Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2011)




    by Published on 11-17-2012 08:55 PM
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    Come out and support Second Harvest Food bank by dropping off a few cans at Kitsch Couture.
    We have 3 barrels and are hoping that they are filled before they pick up on the 11/21

    We are also participating with One Warm Coat this season. This organization collects coats for those in need during the winter months. So here's your chance to clean out those old coats and donate them to keep someone else warm this season.

    We will be accepting donations at Kitsch Couture, on December 14 & 15th and receive 25% off a coat or sweater for participating.

    by Published on 11-17-2012 07:35 PM

    Thanks to Joe Friday, we have audio of the most recent LGUSD Board Workshop.

    The agenda is linked from the LGUSD web site.


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    3.1 - 3.4 Flag Salute, Report out of Closed Session, Approval of Agenda, Public Comment

    3.5 Superintendent's Report

    - Lori Ranieri's update on bond sales
    Published on 11-14-2012 10:30 AM

    The LGEF sponsored presentation by Bernie Trilling is tonight, at 7pm at Fisher Middle School.

    Click Read More and scroll down to see the flyer for more details:

    by Published on 11-12-2012 06:30 AM
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    Every Monday and Friday, InsideLG features StorySnoops, a Los Gatos based
    Company. To find out more information, please click HERE.

    I recently finished Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn and really loved it. I was completely engrossed from start to finish. I may have loved it a bit too much because I started feeling sorry for myself about the lack of literature written for adults in my must read pile. Being an optimistic person (and since I really have no choice), I realized that there a quite a few books I have read for StorySnoops that I actually would have chosen to read had I not been a writer of children’s book reviews. Here are some of the books we Snoops have read that may be enjoyed by teens and adults alike. Let us know what books for teens you’ve enjoyed. We’d love to add some slam-dunks to our piles!
    - Jen, StorySnoop

    by Published on 11-11-2012 12:25 PM

    The following agenda can be found on the LGSUHSD website here:
    by Published on 11-11-2012 11:00 AM

    The following agenda can be found on the Town of Los Gatos 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 11-10-2012 01:44 PM

    Now that this year’s General Election is for most of us just a distant memory, it’s about time for government (particularly our local government) to get back to the business of governance (def. the act of governing consisting of the separate processes of management and leadership).

    That said, it is unfortunate that in recent months past, an attempted putsch (def. a sudden attempt by a group to overthrow the institutions of government), with the underlying objective of altering the traditional sequence of succession to the office of Vice-Mayor, manifested itself amongst the membership of our very own Town Council, leading some local observers to label the event as the playing out of dirty politics within Town Chambers.

    When word of this event reached my ears, I was for the first time in my over two decades of living and raising a family in Los Gatos, ashamed to call myself a Los Gatan.

    As this year comes to an end and a new year begins, with Vice-Mayor Barbara Spector having won re-election, and (soon to be former) Planning Commissioner Marcia having been ...
    Published on 11-10-2012 01:32 PM

    Congratulations to Marcia Jensen on her election to Town Council and to Barbara Spector on her re-election to Town Council. Both have worked hard to preserve the qualities of the town that we all find are the compelling reason to live here. Thanks to Steve Rice for his years of service on Town Council. We look forward to having Barbara Spector as Mayor for the next year given the normal rotation from her current post at Vice Mayor and to Steve Leonardis as Vice Mayor, on his rotation. 2013 will be a good year.

    Bill Schmidt
    Los Gatos.

    If you would like to submit a letter, please contact me: kir@insidelg.com
    by Published on 11-10-2012 01:30 PM

    The elections are finished and we have one new excellent councilperson soon joining the council in addition to re-electing another excellent councilperson, Barbara Spector. It is my understanding that the existing council will soon be naming the new mayor and vice-mayor. Because there was some acrimony when Ms. Spector was named vice-mayor last year, I am hoping that the transition will go much more smoothly this time.

    I don’t believe there is a rule, nor law, as to how the succession happens, but rather the town has relied on custom and tradition. In the past, the vice-mayor (currently Ms. Spector) became the mayor, and the vice-mayor’s position was either a council person who had not been vice-mayor, or if all had been the vice mayor, it would likely be the person that had not been either mayor nor vice-mayor for the longest period of time. Steve Leonardis, until this last election, the newest councilperson, would be in line for the job of vice-mayor.

    It is important to get the new council off to a smooth start in 2013 with
    Published on 11-08-2012 06:10 PM

    On November 19, the Los Gatos Town Council will make appointments to the position of Mayor and Vice Mayor. These appointments are very important to the future of our Town.

    I strongly urge the Council to appoint Barbara Spector (currently Vice Mayor) to the position of Mayor and Councilman Steve Leonardis to the position of Vice Mayor.

    Barbara Spector has proven herself to be a strong, well-prepared leader and is the traditional appointment to the position of Mayor. Steve Leonardis has consistently proven himself to be an independent thinker who studies the issues and is in line to be the traditional appointment to Vice Mayor.

    These are two excellent Council members who have served Los Gatos well and will continue to serve honorably in these key positions.

    - Dick Allen

    If you would like to submit a "Los Gatos Resident Opinion" piece, please email me: kir@insidelg.com
    by Published on 11-04-2012 01:46 PM

    The following agenda can be found on the Town's website:

    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012 -- 7:00 P.M. -




    Caitlin Huang, Fisher Middle School

    Published on 10-29-2012 09:30 PM

    Informational Meeting on recent Board policy changes
    regarding incoming ninth graders to Los Gatos High School
    - 8th Grade Parents please read -

    On Tuesday, October 30 , Los Gatos – Saratoga Union High School District, in partnership with Los Gatos High School, will host an informational and communication session on recent Board policy changes regarding incoming ninth graders to Los Gatos High School. The topic will be new changes to the Freshman Transition Plan including curricular changes in Social Studies, Physical Education, and Health/Driver's Ed.

    The meeting will be held in the LGHS Library from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Members of the staff will be present to provide information about the proposed changes and to address your questions and concerns.

    The official registration season at LGHS begins in January and you will be receiving official materials in a few months. This meeting is intended to afford the LGHS community an opportunity to provide input about these curricular changes.

    If you have any questions, please contact Markus Autrey, Principal of Los Gatos High School at mautrey@lgsuhsd.org. Thank you.

    by Published on 10-29-2012 09:25 PM
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    Every Monday and Friday, InsideLG features StorySnoops, a Los Gatos based Company. To find out more information, please click HERE.

    I think I can speak for all of the StorySnoops when I say that we are very fired up that our local heroes, the San Francisco Giants, have won the World Series! Woo hoo! The Bay Area is celebrating tonight! And because we are book people, we are hoping that maybe, just maybe, a kid you know will be inspired to pick up a baseball-themed book after watching the series. The books listed below cover all of the bases (sorry, couldn’t resist) and run the gamut from detailed baseball-game-playing books to books featuring the mega-fan, or maybe just a nice subplot involving baseball. Regardless, we enjoyed these books and hope they hit a home run (oh jeez, sorry!) with the young sports fan in your life.

    -Eden, StorySnoop
    by Published on 10-27-2012 11:00 PM
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    We caught a glimpse of something in the Mercury News Police Blotter that said computers were stolen from Fisher Middle School last weekend.

    Photo courtesy of cnet.com

    Then, we received emails from parents that Fisher students were discussing the theft. The emails stated it was the new iPads being used in the 8th grade Science classes that had been stolen. Have you heard any more information? If so, please let us know in the comments. ...
    by Published on 10-24-2012 10:14 PM
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    The NBC11 website has the complete video from two reports, one aired Friday and the second one yesterday. InsideLG received emails with questions about the NBC news van stationed at Van Meter yesterday morning. And this afternoon, a reader sent us this photo, showing an LGPD officer asking the NBC11 news van to move their vehicle.

    The following news story appeared on
    NBC11 (written by Stephanie Chuang):
    In a story we first told you on NBC Bay Area last Friday, the tension between one South Bay family and the Los Gatos Union School District (LGUSD) is coming to a head.

    Tuesday morning, the Edwards family walked 9-year-old Ella and 7-year-old Sarah into the Van Meter Elementary school office – only to be greeted by the superintendent and two police officers.

    “That’s when my heart sank, when I heard there were police officers just to prevent my girls from going to the school they belong in,” said Shuly Edwards, the girls’ mother, before she began to cry.

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