Thursday, March 23, 2006

Did you know?

Los Gatos will be 120 years old next year. 100 years ago, the stone bridge crossing the creek at Main Street was nearly complete. Standard-gauge trains made a stop at what is now Town Plaza, and interurban trolleys ran up North Santa Cruz and Highway 9 to Saratoga. Ford's Opera House was just two years old. The first Town Hall was not yet built.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Bye Bye Birdie

Los Gatos High School presents Bye Bye Birdie Thursday, March 23 at 7pm (Student Night), Friday, March 24 at 8pm (NMF/Alumni Night), and closing night, Saturday, March 25 at 8pm. Tickets are available at the door one hour before curtain, $15 Premium, $13 Regular, and $7 Thursday. E-mail, visit Los Gatos High School, or call (408) 395-3175. This production marks the grand opening of the newly remodeled theater. I hope to see you there.

Local Newspaper Future in Doubt

Many people in town still refer to the Weekly Times as the "T-O," referring to the Times-Observer that exists today only in the Library's archives. We love our Weekly Times and its newer rival, The Daily News. In addition to these free papers, most of us subscribe to the San Jose Mercury News.

A comment last week by Councilmember Mike Wasserman raised the hairs on the back of my neck, however. He reminded me that, last year, the Murky News bought The Daily News (February 15, 2005) and then gobbled up Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, publishers of the Weekly Times (October 14, 2005). All of a sudden, all our news comes from one place. And now (March, 2006) the Mercury News is one of 12 Knight Ridder dailies that new owner McClatchy plans to sell off. It's not just us--with these two acquisitions in 2005, the Mercury controls 14 Silicon Valley community newspapers, and all of their futures are in equal peril.

Part of my reason for creating this blog was to provide an alternative source of news for my community in case the lights go out at our beloved local newspapers. I look forward to your comments.

Welcome!

Welcome to our home town, Los Gatos, California. This is one of the first blogs by and for a community. We'll cover town news, events, opinions—just like a dead tree newspaper, but without the trees and with a lot more involvement by the people involved. You don't have to live here to share your thoughts on the blog, but every post must be relevant to the good people of the Town of Los Gatos. I'm your moderator, Alastair Dallas.