A resource for folks living in or moving to Los Gatos, by Mary Pope-Handy


Planning Commission: deny North 40

Los Gatos North 40 proposed development as seen from Hwy 17

Los Gatos North 40 proposed development as seen from Hwy 17 -orange netting on story poles

Earlier this week, the Los Gatos Town Planning Commission recommended that the proposed Grosvenor development in the “North 40” be denied by the Los Gatos Town Council.  Reasons cited are that it does not appear to be in conformity with the town’s plan for that large parcel.

The Mercury News reports that:

In advising against approval, the commission’s majority found that the project — being led by Grosvenor in partnership with SummerHilland Eden Housing — was “not consistent” with the town’s land-use guidelines in four ways: It doesn’t address unmet housing needs in the town for seniors; it doesn’t adequately incorporate hillside views in the layout in conformance with town open-space guidelines; it relied on a flawed economic study of its impact on downtown Los Gatos; and its density is too high on a portion of the site.

The first phase of the project would include 320 housing units (including 50 affordable units for seniors) and 66,000 square feet of retail.

Read the whole article here:

Los Gatos Library Construction Update Online

January 24, 2011

The new Los Gatos public library is being built and you can peek in at the contruction online via the town’s web page for this huge undertaking.

You can already get an idea of the size by looking at the live webcam.

View a slideshow of the renderings of the new library online (windows media player file).

Perhaps most fun of all is the time lapse slideshow of the library’s construction: have a look!

Kudos to the Town of Los Gatos for letting all of us keep track of the progress without having to visit in person.  Fabulous work!

Paving East Los Gatos

October 11, 2010

Several neighborhoods in east Los Gatos, especially, have been under construction with roadwork these last few weeks. It’s come in stages in my Belwood neighborhood but I’m seeing signs of the same progress happening elsewhere, too.

My better half, Jim, filmed snippets of the paving on our street (Bacigalupi Drive) to share with our kids, who are away at college.  Here’s his film, which is now on YouTube, explaining the process.


Film courtesy of Jim Handy, used by permission.

Los Gatos Library Groundbreaking Ceremony

June 21, 2010

Groundbreaking for the new Los Gatos libraryToday the townsfolk of Los Gatos broke ground for what will be a beautiful and wonderfully useful library.  A wide variety of people were in attendance, including residents (young and old) and neighbors of the town, people working on this project for us, town employees, and some members of the media.  Cameras were flashing nonstop.

The ceremony was MC’d by Kim Vestal, who’s been a longstanding south bay radio personality and Los Gatos resident.  She did a fabulus, fun job.  Also at the microphone were Pamela Jacobs, the Assistant Town Manager; Lyn Dougherty, the Library Board Chair; Carol Hamilton, President of Friends; Diane McNutt, Mayor of Los Gatos; Parthenia Hicks, Los Gatos Poet Laureate, who recited her poem for the occassion, “The Ground Breaks Open“. Special kudos to Parissa Koo, a Los Gatos High School student, who sang for us and who appears to be a true “rising star”.  Also kudos to the two Los Gatos High School cellists who performed prior to anyone speaking and to the Los Gatos High School Jazz Combo, which provided music for the groundbreaking.

If you wanted to attend but weren’t able to do so, here’s a pdf file of the program that was handed out today (along with a bookmark).  I took a few photos with my blackberry – hope you enjoy them. (You can track the library’s progress by clicking to view the town’s webcam here.) There are more photos at the end of the show – just click on the link to view them!

Proactively Look for Construction or Remodeling Defects

June 27, 2009

Although a lot of my work is in Los Gatos, Cambrian Park, Saratoga, and Almaden Valley, I do have buyer and seller clients all over San Jose and Silicon Valley. One of my buyers is interested in neighborhoods close to downtown San Jose such as Japantown, the Vendome area, and Naglee Park.

This week we saw a classic, historic Spanish style home that offered a lot of “old San Jose” charm.  It was partially updated and remodeled but there were a few red flags and odd things about the home.

One of the oddities involved the roof, downspouts and gutters.  Here’s a view of the back end of that home.  Please note the downspout in the center of the photo (it meanders around the window with a large catch-basin at the top). 

Back side of Spanish style home in downtown San Jose, CA

Do you see anything amiss?  If not, have a look again with my annotated version:

Spanish style home in San Jose, CA - downspouts exist, but gutters do not

The home was re-roofed a number of years ago, with permits and finals – but without gutters.

Do gutters and downspouts matter all that much? You bet they do. For more information on that topic, please read “Cracked Foundations, Adobe Clay Soils and Water in Silicon Valley” on my ValleyOfHeartsDelight.com blog.

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