Should Los Gatos outsource its police services?

The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department has a bit of a struggle over a $200,000 or more “bill” that Los Gatos handed to the city of Monte Sereno for overtime and other expenses relating to the  murder investigation of Ravi Kumra.  Monte Sereno feels that the contract it has with the town of Los Gatos covers those inevitable overruns so has refused to pay. As a result of this financial burden, it’s being suggested that Los Gatos outsource its police services to the county sheriff’s office.

Is that a good idea?

Many locals don’t seem to think so, and state that if outsourced, the quality of policing in town will fall.  “The police won’t really know the areas or the community”, said one neighbor of mine.   Other objections include the lack of ties to the community, slower response times projected, and potentially higher costs, too.

What do you think?

The issue will be addressed at the April 21st 2015 Town Council meeting, located at the Los Gatos Civic Center Council Chambers. 110 E. Main Street Los Gatos, CA 95030.  I’d bet that it will be the most packed meeting Los Gatans have ever seen.



Additional information

The Los Gatos Town Council meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 7pm in the council chambers.

Link to the town’s Police Dept page:

San Jose Mercury News Article:    Los Gatos: Police outsourcing issue delayed

More information can be found under the Los Gatos Town Council’s agenda’s on the town’s site.  May take some time to find and read all of them – the site isn’t entirely intuitive.


Attempted Kidnapping on Lark Avenue by Los Gatos Creek Trail

November 15, 2011

On Sunday afternoon, a 17 year old girl was attacked by a would-be kidnapper on Lark Avenue near the Los Gatos Creek Trail.  She fought back and got away.  The police have issued a press release (which does not appear to be on the town’s website – I looked under the crime alerts and crime info and didn’t find it there).  I have uploaded it to one of my sites, though, and you can read the attempted kidnapping press release by clicking on this link (it will bring up a pdf of the file).

The victim gave a good, detailed description of both the attacker (a 45 year old looking Hispanic male, appx. 5’6″ and 150 lbs wearing dirty paint-spattered jeans and a red shirt) and his vehicle (dark brown car with patches of non-matching paint, either blue or black). Please read the entire press release for all of the details.  Let’s get this guy off the street.

Los Gatos Prescription Medication & Drug Disposal

November 03, 2011

This Saturday, November 5th 2011 from 9am to 12 noon, the town of Los Gatos is providing a prescription medication and drug disposal opportunity at the Los Gatos Parks and Public Works Service Center (41 Miles Avenue, Los Gatos 95030). This free service is available to the Los Gatos and Monte Sereno residents and employees only.

Most of us have old medicines that are either no longer needed or which have exceeded their “use by” date. This is a great excuse to go through your medicine cabinet and find them and get them disposed of properly. (Please do not throw out in your garbage or flush down the toilet as eventually these drugs can find their way into the waters of the San Francisco Bay or other waterways and adds to the pollution troubles we experience.)


Highest & Best Use

March 29, 2007

Have you ever noticed the Verizon Building on Los Gatos Boulevard? It has an architectural style that screams “1960’s” with apparently no windows facing the front but a strange sort of grille decorating the facade instead.  It backs into one edge of Blossom Manor (a neighborhood in Los Gatos – well, mostly in the county but with a Los Gatos mailing address – that was once apricot orchards).  Verizon, with its huge network (I’m assuming you’ve seen the ads), needed more space and wanted to do an expansion on the current site. The neighbors didn’t agree that this was a good plan. The result: the Town of Los Gatos is going to buy the property from Verizon, for $3.2 million,  and it may well become the new police headquarters. I’ll keep you posted!