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    by Published on 08-27-2012 12:20 PM

    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.
    Published on 08-27-2012 11:52 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 ...
    by Published on 08-23-2012 12:50 PM
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    Warning before reading: I held nothing back. I’m sure I’ll be ridiculed for writing this article; however, I stand by what I say. I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the videos.

    Oh boy… where do I begin? Well, if you’re like me, you’ve been watching the political bashing from the sidelines. Let me start at the beginning.

    Two seats are open for this year’s Town Council. Vice-Mayor Barbara Spector announced that she would run again and Planning Commissioner Marcia Jensen threw her hat into the race. Many Los Gatos residents were speculating that Mayor Steve Rice would seek reelection; however, he announced this would be his only term. So, Los Gatos residents knew that two people were running and two seats were open.

    Now, if you’re a nerd like me, you pay attention to who is pulling papers. It’s not just a Town Council thing; I also watched the LGUSD School Board race. I decided not to write an article about any potential candidate until he/she actually filed papers; however, you can bet your bottom dollar that I Googled every single one of them. Maybe it’s a generational thing but I Google everyone. Hell, I might even meet you in a restaurant and Google you in the bathroom. It’s just who I am. One of my "mature" friends explained that he thought I was a stalker. My response, “I’m not a stalker because I don’t single out one person, I Google everyone.” It’s a way of life for some of us and I’m not ashamed.

    Back on track, I decided not to post an article on any one person who pulled papers until he/she filed because I didn’t think it would be fair unless I dedicated an entire article to each and every one of them. Makes sense, correct? I guess not. The LG Weekly Times and the Patch started writing articles about Colleen Wilcox and what a wonderful candidate she would be for Los Gatos Town Council.

    In full disclosure, before I move on with this article, I will not, nor have I ever written anything on or for the Patch. A few of my “Letters to the Editor”
    by Published on 08-22-2012 07:38 PM

    Update: I just wrote my article and am uploading videos. Yes, videos. My article is so harsh that I need a day to think it over. Please be patient as I'm sure a lot of you will bash me in the comments and I need to make sure my skin is leather. Thank you for your understanding.

    Original Article:

    What I just witnessed with the Town Council disappointed me to no end. I will write an article about the situation tomorrow but the meeting was a disgrace.

    Not only is the Town wasting a butt-load of money to hold an election (yes, I said butt-load) but they are allowing people to skirt the process. Nice job TC. Bravo!

    And, before I publish my article tomorrow, there were more than just 2 potential candidates who pulled papers -- what about them? I guess they don't matter because they were never even mentioned in the paper.

    I have stayed out of this matter because I was waiting to see who actually filed before I wrote an article on TC candidates. Now, I get to write an article about how wrong the
    by Published on 08-21-2012 06:30 PM

    Unfortunately, I can't attend tonight. If our readers who attend wish to provide updates, please feel free to do so in the comments below.

    Thanks - kir
    by Published on 08-21-2012 06:10 PM
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    The kids are off to school and I have time to post on InsideLG again. With so much negativity in the air, I want to focus on something fun.

    Marc Donahue has created yet another video... err, I mean, masterpiece. I'm Facebook buddies with Marc and have been following this project for months. Well, I'm glad to say, it was well worth the wait.

    The video not only highlights local spots in LG, but it also features songs performed by Los Gatos' dredg.

    For your viewing pleasure, here's Dream Music: Part 2:
    Published on 08-21-2012 04:30 PM

    Town Council Can You Hear Us? Our Neighborhoods Can Not Absorb An Increase In Hillbrook School Traffic

    It often seems as if the root cause of many problems can be attributed to being heard and recently it seems as if the art of listening is a rare commodity. Recent Town Council meetings have seen broad representation from residents, with varying concerns, all with passionate messages. But I can’t help to think that the message is getting lost in translation. Town Management please take notice – we have safety issues resulting from Hillbrook School’s growing traffic! LG CATS (Los Gatans Concerned About Traffic & Safety) is asking Hillbrook School, Mr. Larson and our town management to hear us. We need solutions to provide safety for anyone living on or using Marchmont, Shannon, Kennedy, Englewood, Topping, Hilow, Stonybrook, Cardinal, Robin and the surrounding streets and cul de sacs impacted by Hillbrook's growing traffic.


    As a neighbor and friend to Hillbrook for the past 12 years, I can assure you I want Hillbrook to succeed in
    by Published on 08-21-2012 11:20 AM

    The following agenda can be found at 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.


    110 E. MAIN STREET
    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2012
    7:00 P.M.







    VERBAL COMMUNICATIONS (AUDIENCE) - (Up to three-minute time limit per speaker for items not on the agenda. Speakers are allowed up to an additional three minutes to speak on any public hearing item.)

    by Published on 08-21-2012 11:02 AM

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

    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2012 -- 5:30 P.M. -



    Harrison St. John, Pledge Leader



    by Published on 08-21-2012 10:00 AM

    A meeting of the North 40 Specific Plan Advisory Committee will be held:

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012
    6:00-9:00 p.m.
    Town Council Chambers
    110 E. Main Street (Downstairs)

    Here's the staff report and exhibits:

    N. 40 AC Staff Report - August 21, 2012

    And, here's the agenda:

    by Published on 08-17-2012 05:24 PM
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    The following agenda can be found at LGUSD's website:


    Regular Board Meeting
    August 21 - 6:00 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
    Doug Halbert
    Chris Miller
    Tina Orsi-Hartigan

    by Published on 08-17-2012 05:21 PM

    Come see Rudyard Kipling's 'Just So,' performed by Shoestring Theater at the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos. It is similar to 'Jungle Book,' with many fictional tales and fanciful shenanigans, based on the author's stories from 1902.

    There are many Los Gatos families in the show.

    Join us on an adventure as we take a song-filled journey - full of wit and imagination - through the African jungle at the beginning of time! Come experience Just So, a musical comedy that appeals to audiences of all ages, based on the immortal stories of Rudyard Kipling. Everyone is welcome! You will be inspired by stories of friendship, individuality, and personal courage through song, dance, and comedy and realize that “one determined individual CAN make a real difference in this world!” Bring your family, friends, and colleagues.
    by Published on 08-14-2012 05:45 PM

    Two LGUSD Trustee seats are up for election this November and yet neither Trustee Miller nor Trustee Halbert has publicly stated their intention. As one monitoring the situation, I can only speculate that neither Trustee will rerun this fall and this is not a bad thing, but why the cloak of secrecy? A common complaint from constituents as long as I’ve been following things has been the lack of transparency from the LGUSD school board and this is just the most recent illustration.

    Per information on the district website, if an incumbent candidate has not filed their Declaration of Candidacy by August 10th, then the deadline for anyone who wants to run to file papers is extended through this Wednesday, August 15th. If there are any white knights out there who can file their paperwork by Wednesday, then we could sure use you. If the incumbents are running, then the deadline has already passed and only a write-in campaign could add candidates. A couple of friends I’ve made through school volunteer efforts have considered running for school board, ...
    by Published on 08-14-2012 05:30 PM
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    Los Gatos Blow Dry Bar - Fourth generation Los Gaton Amanda Dias smiles ear to ear when she talks about the Los Gatos Blow Dry Bar. And why not, having lived her entire life in Los Gatos, attending St. Mary's and watching her mother, grandparents and great-grandparents all open and run successful businesses - it seemed the natural thing to do.

    My mother jokes that I began my life as a hairdresser at the tender age of 4. I am one of four girls and each one of my sisters received their first bang trim from me with my pinking sheers... After graduating from St. Francis High School I went on to graduate from San Jose City College Cosmetology.

    It didn't take long before I began to realize that I really wanted my own place. I had visited several other blow dry bars throughout California and knew that was it - that's what I wanted to do. I loved the concept - I love making people feel beautiful - even if they are in sweats and zipping through the drive thru for lunch! Proms, dances, school photos, weddings - the list goes on and on - I just love the look ...
    by Published on 08-08-2012 03:40 PM

    I will not be covering this story; however, I want to inform LG residents.

    InsideLG's thoughts are with the Achilli Family.

    Please refer to the Mercury News article for further information:

    Saratoga: Slain Los Gatos businessman Mark Achilli's widow killed in fiery crash

    by Published on 08-06-2012 12:14 PM

    The following agenda is from the Town of Los Gatos 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.


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




    Minutes of July 11, 2012


    by Published on 07-25-2012 03:00 PM
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    Some of these are rumors but if you look at my past article, “What’s Going in Where in Downtown Los Gatos,” you’ll see that I only post when I know my sources are accurate. If you have anything to add, please do so in the comments.


    The old Domus building, located at 40 N. Santa Cruz, was separated into five units. I know there were some inaccurate articles floating around indicating that there were four units; however, let’s set the record straight. We already know that Liv and Haute Bride moved into two out of the five units. Rumor has it that LG Beauty Supply is planning to move, pending approval, into the 1,600 sq foot unit. Also, an interested retail store is in the planning process for the 1,800sq foot unit. Furthermore, Lexington House, a new restaurant, is set to stand in front of the Planning Commission in August for the 1,200sq foot unit. I've heard some chatting around town about the new establishment and it sounds exciting!

    The former Inspire Interior Design, located at 208 N. Santa Cruz, is going to soon be the Natural Mattress Store.

    I know I’ve already written about the following but I don’t know who reads what, so just to reiterate, Mike’s Bikes received the approval and will be busting down a wall and expanding into the former Jigsaw ...
    by Published on 07-23-2012 11:00 PM
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    I decided to take a break from InsideLG because it's summer and I enjoy spending extra time with my kids. Also, with the Town Council taking July off and LGUSD not having more "irregular" July Board meetings, I thought I could have an escape; however, an eagle-eyed reader informed me that LGUSD is having a "Regular Board Meeting" on Friday, July, 27th at 7:30am. What the what?

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the early morning meeting because not only is it at a totally inconvenient time for parents, it's also my daughter's birthday. I'm posting the agenda to inform our readers. If you make it, please let me know how it goes.

    Also, while I'm writing about LGUSD Board Meetings, I did not attend the previous meeting because a house that my family owns was one of the first homes evacuated near the recent Robbers Fire in Iowa Hill, CA. I was biting my nails in anticipation at how close the fire was to our house; I knew I would not pay attention to the Board Meeting if I attended because I was submerged in watching the Cal Fire website. Luckily, after Cal Fire lifted the evacuation, I was able to check on the house and it was untouched.
    Published on 07-23-2012 05:45 PM

    I have heard the comment from Hillbrook School parents and a trustee that Marchmont Drive and surrounding streets are public streets. The implication is that neighbors have no right to object to heavy traffic generated by Hillbrook because the streets around the school are free and open to anyone. It makes me sad to hear this because it suggest that many people at Hillbrook turn a deaf ear to neighbor’s concerns about safety and quality of life. They see no reason to stop using—and abusing—neighborhood streets.

    I would like to counter the idea that there should be no limit to the use of our neighborhood’s streets, especially since Hillbrook is requesting an almost 32% expansion of its student body--which would also, of course, increase Hillbrook traffic by at least 32%. I would like to point out that Town policies are aimed at protecting neighborhoods along residential streets like ours—Marchmont, Hilow, Topping, Stonybrook, Englewood, Cardinal, and Robin to name just some—and that residential streets are not in fact open to excessive use.

    The Town has policies to protect neighborhoods like ours. ...

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