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    Published on 09-14-2012 05:35 PM
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    The following can be found on LGUSD's website:

    Regular Board Meeting
    September 18 - 6:30 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

    Members of the public are always welcome at meetings of the Board of Trustees except for Closed Sessions. Individuals wishing to address the Board regarding agenda items may do so when an item is under consideration. Oral communications regarding items not on the agenda may be made during the Public Comment opportunity listed on the agenda. Trustees would appreciate it if you would identify yourself by name and address when addressing the Board. Individuals requiring special accommodation, including but not limited to an American sign language interpreter, accessible seating or documentation in accessible formats, should contact the Superintendent’s office at least two working days before the meeting date.

    1. CALL TO ORDER - 6:30 p.m.

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    by Published on 09-12-2012 01:00 PM
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    Updated: I love our readers. Thanks for the quick response! Click HERE to read an explanation about the Pi in the Sky.

    Original Blurb:

    I was just at BH picking up my kids from school when I realized parents were pointing up to the sky. Something, and no, it wasn't a plane, was creating the numbers for Pi
    . I only took one photo but it looked as if the numbers kept going to form a half circle; unfortunately, an entire "pie" was not created.

    Just out of curiosity, does anyone know what the heck that was about?

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    by Published on 09-12-2012 11:11 AM

    "Trouble Maker" wrote the following comment yesterday on InsideLG. I'm curious to know what our readers think. Do parents label other parents who offer constrictive criticism? Have you labeled anyone? If so, why? If not, why do you think "Trouble Maker" feels this way? Have you ever had any of the experiences that "Trouble Maker" mentioned?

    Also, a quick question to Trouble Maker: Without naming any names, is the situation you are referring to in LGUSD? There are a few school districts within the Town's limits and I want to clarify which one you are commenting about.

    Readers: Thank you again for all of your thoughtful comments!

    Quote Originally Posted by Trouble Maker View Post
    I have complimented many times and over time I have complained about various things. There is always some deflection when you complain. I have talked to the Superintendent who tells me to talk to the Principal, I've talked to the the Principal who tells me to talk to the teacher. If I go to the teacher, I fear repercussions for my child. The School Board voted against
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    by Published on 09-12-2012 09:21 AM

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


    Due to the length of our agenda and in fairness to later items on the agen*da, 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, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
    7:00 P.M.


    ROLL CALL

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

    APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF AUGUST 22, 2012
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    by Published on 09-05-2012 03:20 PM
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    I am thrilled with the Town Council's decision to unanimously pass through Lexington House. With 26 people speaking in favor, and only one against, the Town Council struggled with the vote because Lexington House is a restaurant replacing retail.

    Stephen Shelton and Jimmy Marino's biggest argument against Ordinance 2021, an ordinance that "discourages" displacement of retail uses with restaurant uses, is that the former Domus has been split into 5 units. The ratio will now be 4 retail to 1 restaurant. Not only that, Lexington House will only take over about 1400 square feet, which is less than 20% of the original Domus space.

    Everyone knows I am always complaining that there isn't enough outdoor seating. Well, guess what? Lexington House will have just that!

    Asking only for 22 seats, Jimmy Marino stated, Lexington House, "will be a welcoming, small, communal, and vibrant place, just like the town of Los Gatos."

    To be perfectly honest, I am a bit busy this week and can't get into the nitty gritty of the meeting. Just know,
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    by Published on 09-04-2012 08:44 AM
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    Update by kir: The article "Demise of AB5 is good news for students" was published yesterday in SF Gate. It explains that the bill has been pulled.

    Sandrine Chaumette's article:

    K.P. (2nd grade teacher) parks her car and meanders (Grande Starbucks in hand) to her classroom after the first morning bell rings. By the 2nd morning bell, K.P. arrives at her classroom. She has had no prep. time. She has no idea what that day's morning announcements are. Her day begins with sipping espresso in class to wake herself up.

    I see K. P. doing this every day after I drop my son off at school.

    How can she get away with this?
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    by Published on 09-03-2012 09:25 PM

    Warning before reading: In full disclosure, the first video does contain kissing; however, I chose only SFW (suitable for work) videos. I just like to be upfront as this isn't regular InsideLG material.

    Let’s start from the beginning of this story that ended with me watching an x-rated show while the kids were at school.


    My sister Michelle, who lives in Philadelphia, called the other day and asked if I knew a certain family in Los Gatos. Michelle didn’t grow up in LG (she attended Leigh) and I was confused as to why she was inquiring about a local family. Well, it turns out that Showtime has a reality series called Polyamory: Married and Dating that features former Los Gatos residents. In fact, Showtime filmed in Los Gatos! And, while I have only met the guy featured in the show, Anthony, a few times, I was friends with his brother. In fact, they grew up just a few streets from where I live now.

    Before I move on with this article, I need to be perfectly clear. I was raised in a family that accepts everyone. As long as consenting adults are involved and no children are being hurt, I pass no judgment on how people live their life. Everyone deserves the right to be happy.

    I’m not a TV junkie. I can’t stand reality shows and would much rather have the stereo on any day than have the background noise of an annoying TV. When my sister called and told me the scoop, I thought about calling DirectTV and ordering Showtime asap. However, as luck would have it, one of my good friends has Showtime and offered to download the entire series. And, before you say that I need to get a life, I was conducting important research for InsideLG – not just sitting around watching a TV show with “strong sexual content” while eating bon bons. Well, ok, truth be told, cupcakes and coffee were involved.

    What does “polyamorous” mean, you ask? According to Urban Dictionary, polyamory is “The practice, state or ability of having more than one sexual loving relationship at the same time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved.”
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    Published on 09-03-2012 10:42 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 we mentioned earlier this week, we’ve been working hard here at StorySnoops, reading everything we can get our hands on, so that we can bring you our favorite books that we think are must-haves for the classroom this year. Tuesday we published our lists of books that would be great for book reports for elementary, middle and high school students, and today we bring you some good choices for outside reading–maybe a bit lighter, or more enticing for a reluctant reader–in other words, something to make it easy to fill up that nightly reading log!
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    by Published on 09-03-2012 09:30 AM
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    As most of you know, I love Cin-Cin Winebar and Restaurant. The bartenders are friendly, the staff is helpful, and the food is divine.

    Chef Chris and I attended LGHS together and have been friends for years. However, I have unfortunate news. I spoke with Chef Chris the other day and he told me he was ready to move on. Since that time, he posted the following message on Cin-Cin's facebook website:

    Hi Everyone!

    I've spent a wonderful four+ years creating and cooking for all of you! It's been an awesome ride. After much thought I have decided to move on. Looking forward to spending more time with my family, furthermore pursuing my lifelong dreams and aspirations through cooking. I've cared about each and everyone of you who have walked through our doors and want to thank you for all for yoursupport. I'm extremely proud of all that I have accomplished here and wish Cin-Cin continued success and sustained popularity. I will be departing the first part of October so I hope to be able to say goodbye to all who have made my time here an absolute pleasure!
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    by Published on 09-03-2012 08:10 AM
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    I attended FitCamp this morning and took the photos around 6am. Sorry they are a bit blurry. I was trying to run and take photos at the same time -- it didn't work out as well as I had hoped!

    So, LG, Where the Heck Was I?





    *Hint - This view is within running distance from LGHS. ...
    by Published on 09-02-2012 01:05 PM

    OK, so self-proclaimed "Creepy" is back. Just for the record, I asked readers if his/her comment was creepy, but I didn’t call him/her creepy. However, now Creepy is using the title and who am I to change it?

    This has turned into a big LG pissing contest. The only reason I responded is because Creepy accused me of being “flippant” in saying that I would back up my daughters if they worked at Hooters. In no way was I being “flippant.” But, once I started writing a rebuttal to that comment, I just couldn’t stop myself. As I’ve stated before, I love speech and debate.

    If you want to read the following crap, feel free. If you don’t, I totally understand. I just have to make my point. And, you know what, Creepy can make his/her point also. As he/she states, not everything is about me. That’s why InsideLG is open for everyone – see what a nice person I can be? And, Creepy has the upper hand here because I have no idea who he/she is because he/she chooses to hide behind “Creepy.”

    Also, on a more serious note, I explained below why I don’t think more housing will be beneficial to the schools. If I’m off base, let me know in the comments.

    Creepy's comments are in blue.


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    Creepy? That's an interesting assessment. A few of your readers are right because they read ...
    by Published on 08-31-2012 05:10 PM

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


    TOWN OF LOS GATOS
    SPECIAL MEETING JOINT TOWN COUNCIL/PARKING AUTHORITY/SUCCESSOR AGENCY MEETING
    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 -- 5:45 P.M. -


    STUDY SESSION CALLED TO ORDER - 5:45 P.M.

    Discussion Topics
    1. Height Pole and Netting Policy Consideration of modifications to and implementation of the Height Pole and Netting Policy
    2. Review of Code Enforcement Policies and Practices

    BUSINESS MEETING CALLED TO ORDER - 7:00 P.M.

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    by Published on 08-30-2012 06:14 PM
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    Before you read this article, I need to be perfectly clear that I enjoy speech and debate. I mean no personal disrespect to Dick Sparrer - I just happen to write sarcastically. I've never met Sparrer but have been reading his work for years. That said, he is a grown-up and put himself out there. Please don't accuse me of an online "smear campaign." I just thought I'd share my views. As always, feel free to criticize this article in the comments. And, if you would like to contribute your own article, email me: kir@insidelg.com



    After this past week of intense political crap (yes, in keeping up with my journalistic integrity, I choose to use the word “crap”), it was nice of the Weekly Editorial to provide comic relief. What once was a paper that I respected (back when I was a member of Joe Public and read the Weekly for news), now is my Tuesday comic strip. Don’t get me wrong, the articles other than the editorial are awesome – they keep me up to date on what’s going on in town. However, once again, the Editor of the Weekly has proven, at least in my opinion, how out of touch he is with Los Gatos. Oh wait, he doesn’t walk out his front door everyday and breathe the LG air, does he? For some of us, we rarely leave the bubble we live in - I am guilty of this myself. But, for those who don’t live here, who don’t mingle in the community daily, ...
    by Published on 08-30-2012 04:34 PM

    What? We can't even have food trucks in LG? The following was printed in the most recent Van Meter Bulldog Beat and sent to me by a disappointed parent:

    Dear Parents,
    Thank you so much for your prompt replies to help us plan our family picnic night September 6th. We would like to both welcome and thank Los Gatos Meats who will BBQ on the night providing a plethora of food from Hot Dogs and Burgers through to Sausages and more with chips and drinks galore! All meal items featured on their menu will be $10 and under. We will not however, be able to host the other caterers as planned due to recent legislation banning food trucks in Los Gatos. Whilst this law may change in the future, a decision we would welcome in order that we can offer you this food option at another school event , it is highly unlikely to do so before the 6th September. We are genuinely delighted that Los Gatos Meats are able to step into the breach and be assured if you have not tried their food before it is truly awesome!


    Now, don't get
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    by Published on 08-30-2012 12:45 PM

    OK, so I just received the following comment on my blurb about Swanson Ford coming down. And, yes, it's from good old "unregistered" because nothing says class like taking potshots at my daughters under an "unregistered" name. But, hey, that's ok. I pass no judgement.

    After being baffled by the following comment, instead of replying, I'm asking InsideLG's readers what they think about it. Do you want to see more houses lining the Boulevard? I mean, hey, if there are some kick-ass businesses in downtown, as I do believe there are, I'll still shop there. However, is "unregistered" afraid of competition? Maybe "unregistered" wants everything centered in downtown because who really cares about the Uptown anyway. Oh, and while I'm asking: Is "unregistered" going to buy land and build a school for all of the kids that are generated from the new houses?

    And, a personal note to my friend "unregistered": I'm not concerned with my daughters' educations. If they want to get a job at Hooters, I'll back them up. My kids are my life and as long as they
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    by Published on 08-28-2012 08:50 PM
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    I guess Brookfield Homes finally decided to advertise the fact that their houses located in San Jose are indeed within the LG School District. Not to worry, there are only 89 3-4 bedroom homes being constructed. LG schools have plenty of room, right?

    

    I couldn't post a bigger image. Please feel free to click HERE to view a full screen shot.

    This is a fun article that I wrote back in May pertaining to the subject: What Capacity Issue?

    *Thank you to the reader who sent me this information! Without you, InsideLG would not be where it is today! ...
    by Published on 08-28-2012 11:15 AM
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    While I was on my way over to a friend's house to do research for another article, I couldn't believe my eyes as I drove by Swanson Ford! Now, don't get too excited... Peter Pau also owns Gateway (formerly McHugh/Lincoln) and it's been an empty lot for years. Yes, years. So, just because Swanson Ford is coming down, it doesn't mean anything will be built right away; however, my hopes are high!

    We need a new restaurant up in these parts!
    I just wish we could do without the new housing.
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    by Published on 08-27-2012 11:47 AM

    Last night an "Unregistered" user wrote the following in the comments:

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I predicted long ago that Los Gatos risked becoming another Willow Glen. Charming community but bad schools and with the corresponding decrease in housing prices. With the decisions of the Town to "densify" new housing developments at the low end of the range for detached homes and the district claiming lack of availability when they really mean lack of money to make an investment in land acquisition and thereby "densifying" our schools, the State giving us less with every passing year, and enrollment going up, I ask you in all honesty, don't you think more people with money will choose to send their kids to private school, leaving fewer big donors, fewer volunteers, and dominos continuing to fall. Are you with me? I would like to ask Kir to write an open thread asking why they choose public or private school for their children and what circumstances might make them change their minds?"

    So, since a reader asked,
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    by Published on 08-27-2012 11:20 AM

    Sorry for the late notice. I've been a little busy dealing with the first week back to school and "dirty politics."

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


    The Town of Los Gatos will prepare an Environmental Impact Report for the Albright Office Park, and will be holding a scoping meeting to receive comments regarding the scope and content of the environmental information to be addressed.

    The scoping meeting will be held on Monday, August 27, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., in the Town Council Chambers, 110 E. Main Street.

    Comments may be given at the scoping meeting or in writing to Joel Paulson, Senior Planner, Town of Los Gatos, Community Development Department, 110 E. Main Street, Los Gatos, CA 95030 by September 4, 2012, at 5:00 p.m.

    Project Location: 90-160 Albright Way and 14600 Winchester Blvd.
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    Published on 08-27-2012 10:52 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.

    We at StorySnoops frequently sing the praises of the books we’ve read. But let’s be honest, they’re not all literary treasures. We each read A LOT of children’s books, so there are bound to be some duds.

    Hundreds of children’s books later, I seem to have developed a list of literary pet peeves–those phrases or patterns that keep rearing their ugly heads and start to get more than a bit annoying. Without naming names, here are a few.

    Pet Peeve #1 — Unrealistic Phrases

    A couple of phrases are surprisingly common in teen romances. So much so, that I’ve come to expect them. For example…

    “She peered up at him through her lashes.”

    For me, it is physically impossible to peer at anything through my eyelashes. And I’m sure that the facial contortions resulting from attempting this feat can hardly be considered fetching.

    “She chewed on her lower lip.”

    Really? Who actually does this? It’s completely awkward and painful for more than a second ...

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