Los Gatos Town Council to consider gun sales at tonight's meeting

February 04, 2013

Los Gatos is divided about gun sales in townLast month, Templar Sports opened in Los Gatos. A store for sports equipment, it carries hunting and fishing supplies and books, including guns and ammunition. There was no public hearing about it since the area where the shop is located, 611 University Avenue, is zoned for retail and there are no gun sale restrictions on the books.

According to a San Jose Mercury News article in late December, in addition to selling fishing and hunting gear and supplies, Templar Sports will be offering classes, many free, relating to fishing and the proper handling of firearms. The same article states that the shop will support the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.

With the nation raw in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December, there has been an enormous outcry by the public generally regarding the legality of certain types of weapons. Here, too, in Los Gatos, there has been strong anti-gun sentiment by many.

It is little surprise, then, that the opening of this store has stirred immense controversy, mostly vehemently against (group Citizens Coalition for a Safe Los Gatos, which has circulated a petition to prohibit gun and rifle sales in town) but also some strongly in favor of its presence in town.

Tonight’s meeting of the Los Gatos Town Council begins at 7pm, and this issue of gun sales will be discussed. The owners and supporters of Templar Sports would like those in favor of its presence in town to show up and be heard. Similarly, those opposed are holding a candlelight / flashlight vigil outside of the town’s meeting and they, too, are requesting that those who want to prohibit gun sales in Los Gatos appear tonight.

Personal comment: I would be hard pressed to find any issue as controversial or divisive in recent Los Gatos history.  The nearest I am remembering was the skate park initiative, but it was not half as emotional or strident either way.  It will be interesting to see how this turns out.

For more reading: Sheila Sanchez of Patch Los Gatos wrote about this earlier today and it includes some supporting documents – for more information, please also see her article –
Gun Sales on Los Gatos Town Council Agenda Tonight

Community meeting regarding explosion in east Los Gatos reveals few answers as to the cause, neighbors worry

March 26, 2012

Tonight at the Belwood CabaC1a in east Los Gatos, there was a community meeting of neighbors with a panel of officials to discuss the explosion at the yard on Westhill and Belblossom on March 5th. Officials included Sgt Kerry Harris from the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department, two men from P G & E (one named Tamon) and a representative from the county fire department. Jim and I arrived about 1-2 minutes late so unfortunately I missed some of the names. (My apologies to the panelists whose names I missed.) Panel at the explosion meeting in east Los Gatos

Los Gatos Town Council Meeting & "State of the Town"

February 22, 2011

I will begin with a confession: as a rule, I dislike large meetings and in general will do my level best to avoid them.  So I’m not what you could call a regular at the Los Gatos Town Council meetings.  But I did go tonight, and am very glad I did.

What encouraged me to attend was a part of the agenda to honor the retiring volunteers, or as they referenced it, “end of term commendations”.  My husband, Jim Handy, served as a Parks Commission volunteer for seven years (I had thought it was nine…it felt longer!). Together with Dick Konrad (another super nice volunteer from the same hard working group) and quite a few others from other commissions, he was given a nice framed statement of appreciation from the town. (In the pic below, Jim is to the right of Mayor Joe Pirzynski and Dick Konrad is to the far right – I apologise that I do not know all of the other wonderful volunteers’ names – they are from all kinds of commissions.)

Los Gatos commission volunteers are honored by the Town of Los Gatos and given a framed statement of appreciation from Mayor Joe Pirzynski

This was nicely done, as was the segment beforehand which recognized the hard work of the Fisher Middle School Kiwanis Builders Club.  They had gathered 400 pair of jeans to donate to the needy and were beautifully & appropriately honored.

But what surprised me, and may cause me to willingly go back to another town council meeting, was the very moving speech by the mayor on the “State of the Town“.  I was truly taken by what he had to say – and apparently I wasn’t the only one as he got a standing ovation when he concluded his talk.

To get it all, you’d do best by watching the video replays on the town’s site.  I wasn’t taking notes so it’s not inconceivable that I do not recall all that he said.  But I was impressed by his discussion of our town’s sense of community despite the economic challenges, what is being done to try to keep us fiscally sound, how we’re addressing some issues (roads and sidewalks in the Almond Grove need repair, the North 40 is something we should all keep our eyes on), a sense of gratitude for how involved so many residents are and a call to action – recommit yourself to volunteering where you are now and find new ways to help make our town the desireable place it is.  That can mean helping to slow down traffic, helping with any of our fabulous community projects (Shakespeare in the Park, our musical venues and so many other worthy efforts).

There was a break in the meeting before a budget was discussed, so many of us not disposed so much to meetings (I mean the middle school kids and several of us there to support our retiring volunteers), made a quiet exit.  But, not really so quiet as Jim and I saw an awful lot of people we know at the meeting and did some catching up.

This was a very positive “meeting experience” for me.  I might just have to go back again to another Los Gatos Town Council Meeting.  At least until the break halfway through!