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September 19, 2014

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1 8 3 www.community-newspapers.com $1.00 Children, adults turn out for protest over North 40 development plan + 10 Vol. 131, No. 38 Friday, September 19, 2014 An edition of the BY JUDY PETERSON A n overflow crowd squeezed into the town council chambers Sept. 16 to hear the elected leaders of Los Gatos debate the pros and cons of the proposed North 40 development. About two hours into the meeting, the town council voted to postpone the certification of an environmental impact report and asked for more time to gather information about school and traffic impacts. The motion, proposed by Vice Mayor Marcia Jensen and seconded by Councilwoman Barbara Spector, passed with a 3-2 vote, with Mayor Steven Leonardis casting the deciding vote. Council members Joe Pirzynski and Diane McNutt were both opposed to the motion and in favor of certifying the EIR. The development project will be halted for nine weeks so that town staff can study not only potential traffic and school impacts but those of other projects underway in the area, particularly the Dell Avenue Area Project in Campbell. "The fact is we have a document before us that has not been recommended by [the planning commission or North 40 advisory committee] that's been working on this for so long," Jensen said. "This is not putting a halt or starting over. What it's doing is asking for ad- ditional information ... that allows us to make the best decision we can." In response, McNutt asked, "How much time is ever enough? "There will always be a reason to want more infor- mation," she added. "We should move ahead so we can get to the specific plan." Despite the council's decision not to hold another public hearing on the matter, residents forced one by cleverly avoiding to mention "North 40" on their com- ment cards and during their remarks at the podium. Instead, they focused on the existing problems of overcrowding at the schools and traffic congestion. The 3-2 decision prompted loud applause both within the council chambers and the overflow room. Carol Hargett, owner of Dolce Spazio Gelato, said she was "very TOWN COUNCIL VOTES TO POSTPONE CERTIFICATION OF EIR FOR NORTH 40 Jensen's motion for delay is supported by Spector, Leonardis A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY GEORGE SAKKESTAD Wild Times Wild Times The large algae blooms in Vasona Lake The large algae blooms in Vasona Lake are making it a tough year for wildlife are making it a tough year for wildlife page 14 page 14 Emergent plants and a bad algae bloom have made it a tough year for the wildlife inhabiting Vasona Lake in Los Gatos. Many of the fish are dying, much to the delight of the turkey vultures that are now hanging out in the trees near the lake. North 40, page 10

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