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Vol. 131, No. 43 Friday, October 24, 2014
An edition of the
BY JUDY PETERSON
hen the new public library opened more than
three years ago, it was an immediate hit with
Los Gatos teenagers. Perhaps one reason for
its popularity is that kids were consulted about the de-
sign of the library's teen room before it was built.
Town manager Greg Larson says the town learned
back then that teenagers want a place "to see and be
seen," a sentiment echoed by LGS Recreation execu-
tive director Stephen Ma.
Ma was one of the adults who spoke during an Oct. 21
town council discussion about the Venue: A Place for Teens.
The Venue, which sits behind Los Gatos High School on 1.7
acres, opened 20 years ago as a teen center. It closed more
than two years ago because of a lack of funding.
But behind the financial collapse was the reality that
the Venue was little used by local teens. Ma thinks
that's because it didn't fit teenagers' criteria as an after
school hangout where kids could get food, and socialize
and be seen in an adult setting.
"I do want to support teens but I don't think this is
the proper location to do that," Ma said.
The president of CASA—Community Against Sub-
AND THE SAGA CONTINUES:
TOWN COUNCIL DISCUSSES
THE FATE OF THE VENUE
Town looks to youth to help make
decision about use for building
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Ari Ohriner has fun making a tie-dye shirt while attending the Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival at
the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley in June 2014. The JCC celebrates its
40th anniversary this year.
JCC Turns 40 JCC Turns 40
Addison Penzak Jewish Community Center Addison Penzak Jewish Community Center
of Silicon Valley celebrates a special anniversary of Silicon Valley celebrates a special anniversary
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