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    by Published on 10-19-2012 10:20 PM

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

    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.

    AGENDA

    TOWN OF LOS GATOS
    PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
    TOWN COUNCIL CHAMBERS
    110 E. MAIN STREET

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012
    7:00 P.M.


    ROLL CALL

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

    APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF OCTOBER 10, 2012

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    by Published on 10-17-2012 09:15 AM

    Both the LGUSD and LGEF have posted notices about this joint meeting. From LGEF, the following email:

    PLEASE JOIN US!
    Join us for the LGEF/LGUSD Workshop on LGEF Programs!

    Thursday, October 18

    Please join the Los Gatos Education Foundation (LGEF) and the Los Gatos Union School District (LGUSD) Board of Trustees for the first joint community workshop to discuss what programs LGEF might fund in 2013-2014.

    This joint LGEF/LGUSD workshop will allow the two organizations, along with parents and community members, to engage in a dialog about how LGEF can best contribute to the success of our children.

    LGEF will be presenting the results of the parent survey and the LGUSD will present their staff survey results as a prelude to discussing possible grants for LGEF to consider funding for the 2013-2014 school year.
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    by Published on 10-15-2012 05:35 PM
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    The following agenda can be found on the LGUSD website:

    Regular Board Meeting
    October 16 - 6:30 p.m.

    Thomas P. O’Donnell District Office Board Room

    Superintendent
    Dr. Diana G. Abbati

    Board Members
    Kathleen Bays
    Scott Broomfield
    Doug Halbert
    Chris Miller
    Tina Orsi-Hartigan

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    by Published on 10-13-2012 11:33 AM

    Joe Friday asked the following question:
    "So, what do people think about Prop 30 vs. Prop 38? Seems pretty relevant."

    Since people were commenting back, I decided to make it a quick article because I'm also interested in what our readers think.
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    Published on 10-13-2012 11:00 AM
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    This week, both LGUSD and LGSUHSD are celebrating increased API scores. Of course we should be pleased that the score is moving north...but is the change meaningful?

    The California state average API score has increased steadily, every year since 2005 (and maybe before that, but I was able to find data to 2005 at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/). The obvious question is: Are California’s schools really getting better every year, or is the rating scale changing every year? With the slow strangulation of funding for many school districts, I personally believe that the API rating scale is being “managed” politically to make everybody look good.



    Instead of high-fiving ourselves for increasing the number, a better way to look at LGUSD’s performance would be to compare our schools with a comparable district. Here’s a comparison of API performance with Los Altos. We seem to be getting closer to the high-performing schools in Los Altos, but things get harder as scores approach a “perfect score” of 1000.


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    by Published on 10-13-2012 10:55 AM

    TOWN OF LOS GATOS
    JOINT TC/PC STUDY SESSION AND TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
    MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2012 -- 5:30 P.M. -



    TOWN COUNCIL/PLANNING COMMISSION STUDY SESSION CALLED TO ORDER - 5:30 P.M.
    > Affordable Housing Overlay Zone Study Session. Discuss and provide feedback regarding the affordable housing overlay zone (AHOZ),including development standards and design and site guidelines for five properties at various locations in Los Gatos generally located at: the corner of Capri and Knowles; one property east of Winchester and Knowles; the west side of Oka Road; and two on the east side of Oka Road. The assessor’s parcel numbers are: 406-28-032, 424-32-069, 424-08-074, 424-08-057 and 424-08-021
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    by Published on 10-10-2012 11:10 PM

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

    3.1 - 4.1 Flag Salute, Report out of Closed Session, Approval of Agenda, Public Comment, Consent Agenda (1:22)

    5.1 Budget Planning Workshop (2:03:12) (it may take a moment to load this larger one)

    6.1 Future Board Meetings (1:00)

    The end!

    Thanks to Joe Friday for submitting the recordings! For an archive of audio from
    recent board meetings, please visit:
    Joe Friday - Los Gatos
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    Published on 10-07-2012 02:49 PM

    Los Gatos Union School District Superintendent,
    Dr. Diana G. Abbati
    cordially invites parents and community members to attend an evening with

    Dr. Marie Alcock - Keynote Speaker
    October 8, 2012
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Louise Van Meter Elementary School Cafeteria

    Parents will learn more about the Los Gatos Union School District's focus on how the Common Core State Standards will change the learning environment and requirements for students as they progress through K-12 education.

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    by Published on 10-05-2012 01:45 PM

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

    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.


    AGENDA

    TOWN OF LOS GATOS
    PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
    TOWN COUNCIL CHAMBERS
    110 E. MAIN STREET
    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012
    7:00 P.M.



    ROLL CALL

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

    APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 26, 2012

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    by Published on 10-05-2012 11:35 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. Unfortunately, we didn't get every day posted, but here's one more to enjoy!

    In the spirit of Banned Books Week, StorySnoops is hosting a retrospective of some of our favorite “frequently-challenged” author interviews and book reviews. BBW is the American Library Association’s annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. It highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. Check out the ALA timeline, showing significant banned and challenged books over the past 30 years. These are some of our all-time favorites—can you imagine someone denying you access to these books?



    Our guest today is Lois Lowry, the award-winning author of more than thirty books for children, including one of the most frequently challenged books for the past decade, The Giver.
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    by Published on 10-02-2012 05:04 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. This week, we'll be featuring StorySnoops everyday as they interview Banned Book authors.

    In the spirit of Banned Books Week, StorySnoops is hosting a retrospective of some of our favorite “frequently-challenged” author interviews and book reviews. BBW is the American Library Association’s annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. It highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. Check out this ALA timeline, showing significant banned and challenged books over the past 30 years. These are some of our all-time favorites—can you imagine someone denying you access to these books?

    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is a prolific children’s author, well known for her trilogy, Shiloh, a 1992 Newbery Medal winner. She has also won two Edgar Awards in the Best Juvenile Mystery category. Phyllis writes the popular Alice series, for which ...
    by Published on 10-01-2012 10:11 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. This week, we'll be featuring StorySnoops everyday as they interview Banned Book authors.

    In the spirit of Banned Books Week, StorySnoops is hosting a retrospective of some of our favorite “frequently-challenged” author interviews and book reviews. BBW is the American Library Association’s annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. It highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. Check out this ALA timeline, showing significant banned and challenged books over the past 30 years. These are some of our all-time favorites—can you imagine someone denying you access to these books?

    Our guest today is beloved author Judy Blume. More than 80 million copies of her books have been sold and her works have been translated into 31 languages. This highly acclaimed writer is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement, ...
    by Published on 10-01-2012 10:09 AM

    The following can be found on the town's website:


    TOWN OF LOS GATOS
    TOWN COUNCIL/PARKING AUTHORITY/SUCCESSOR AGENCY MEETING
    MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012 -- 7:00 P.M. -


    MEETING CALLED TO ORDER

    ROLL CALL

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
    Youth Park Citizens of the Year
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    by Published on 10-01-2012 10:02 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. This week, we'll be featuring StorySnoops everyday as they interview Banned Book authors.


    In the spirit of Banned Books Week, StorySnoops is hosting a retrospective of some of our favorite “frequently-challenged” author interviews and book reviews. BBW is the American Library Association’s annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. It highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. Check out this ALA timeline, showing significant banned and challenged books over the past 30 years. These are some of our all-time favorites—can you imagine someone denying you access to these books?

    I don’t know about you, but when I was in middle school, I thought I was getting away with murder when I read Forever, by Judy ...
    by Published on 09-28-2012 08:30 PM

    The following can be found on the LGUSD website:

    BOARD WORKSHOP
    October 2 - 6:00 p.m.


    Thomas P. O’Donnell District Office Board Room

    Click here to view previous board meetings!

    Superintendent
    Dr. Diana G. Abbati

    Board Members
    Kathleen Bays
    Scott Broomfield
    Doug Halbert
    Chris Miller
    Tina Orsi-Hartigan
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    by Published on 09-28-2012 08:15 PM

    The following agenda can be found on the LGSUHSD website.

    Please note this meeting is being held in the Los Gatos Town Council Chambers, at 110 E. Main Street in Los Gatos.

    Click Read More to see the agenda...
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    Published on 09-28-2012 07:05 AM
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    The Los Gatos Art Bridge attempts to connect newer residents of Los Gatos to the earlier artists and craftsmen who participated in making the town the attractive and comfortable place we all love. Many newcomers to town (residents for less than perhaps 20 years) are not aware that so much of the unique town culture was created by a substantial number of artists and craftsmen and women who are still living here, still producing their wares and have fans and active customers throughout the world. This being said, many of these local artists and crafts people may be world class professionals but they are often unknown here, in their hometown which they helped build and promote.

    A perfect and timely demonstration of this lack of knowledge regarding local talent is when the town officials solicited an artful treatment of the glass panels to be used in the new library, a building which is nearly all glass. The architects for the library were from Berkeley and the Los Gatos officials had them solicit proposals for the art treatment of the glass panels. Ultimately, the town paid one artist from Chico approximate
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    by Published on 09-28-2012 07:00 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.







    As I sit and watch my teenaged daughter working hard at doing her homework every night, it occurs to me that she is a smart girl. I’m proud of her, as I’m sure you are of the smart girls you have in your house, or elsewhere in your life. The way the social culture works these days, it’s unfortunately not the first quality that most girls will say they want to have though. One not-so-subtle way that I know of to show my daughter how much I value this quality (because God forbid, if I just come right out and say it, I’m SO uncool) is to suggest books to her that feature smart girls. I love a main character who wins by using her brain. I hope you do too!

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    by Published on 09-27-2012 07:26 PM
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    A message from the Parenting Continuum:




    Fostering Empathy in Action –

    A Response to Bullying in Our Schools

    With Lisa Fraser, Principal, Fisher Middle School




    Wednesday, October 3rd

    7:00pm – 9:00pm

    Fisher Middle School Multi-purpose Room

    For parents of grades K-8

    ~ Admission is Free ~

    There are few who would argue that bullying behavior in our schools is incompatible with our mission of providing a safe and nurturing environment for our youth, and that the consequences of bullying can be serious. Much has been said about the prevalence of bullying, and many can describe what they believe to be bullying behaviors.

    That being said, developing a true caring majority requires much more…namely, empathy in action. This evening will include information and candid discussion regarding the steps we have taken, and those we can take in the future, to promote respectful behavior in our schools and at home.

    Lisa Fraser, Principal of Fisher Middle School, has dedicated her educational career to enhancing
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    by Published on 09-27-2012 06:40 PM
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    A press release from CASA:





    NATIONAL TAKE BACK DAY: Saturday, September 29!

    Event Co-Sponsored by CASA-Community Against Substance Abuse, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Sereno Police Department, and West Valley Clean Water Program.

    Los Gatos’ long standing non-profit CASA-Community Against Substance Abuse and Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department will host their fifth event to educate our community about the proper way to dispose of unused prescription drugs, this time partnering with the DEA’s National Take Back Day. Saturday’s Take Back day will allow the community the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

    Americans participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s previous Take Back Days turned in nearly 1.6 million pounds--almost 774 tons--of prescription drugs at over 5,500 sites nationwide. Last spring, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno disposed of 143 pounds, helping to combat the misuse of prescription drugs within our community.

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