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Los Gatos police release slate of ‘community engagement’ events

Los Gatos police release slate of ‘community engagement’ events

In an effort to boost relationships with the community, the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department is hosting a series of community policing initiatives throughout 2022.

The department announced last week that it will offer events like Coffee with a Cop, Walk with a Cop and the Community Police Academy to interact more with the community in “non-crisis situations.”

The first of these events, Coffee with a Cop, was set for May 3 at the Los Gatos Civic Center, where residents could meet with police officers over coffee to discuss interests, concerns and public safety insights.

Community policing is “a framework for establishing trust, exchange of information and transparency, and a positive engagement between law enforcement and the community,” the department said.

Police departments across the country are facing lack of trust from their communities. A 2021 national Gallup poll showed about 27% of Black Americans and 56% of White Americans had confidence in the police. These numbers are up from 2020’s record-low confidence rating of 48% among all Americans, marking the first time in Gallup’s 27-year history that confidence dipped below 50%.

Police Chief Jamie Field took over the department amid a dispatcher shortage and several officer retirements earlier this year. She said in January that one of her top priorities as chief would be community engagement.

The department also has two golden labradoodles, Gary and JJ, for its Therapy Canine Program. The dogs promote wellness in the department, are a resource for officers and assist in the response and treatment of trauma and mental health, as well as community outreach and engagement.

The dogs will be out at several community events this year, including a session on May 16 at Venture School.

The department will offer its first classroom-style Community Police Academy this fall for residents in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno, who can participate in presentations and demonstrations to learn more about the department.

Topics include patrol operations, laws of arrest, investigations, records processing, traffic law, communications, defensive tactics and de-escalation and supportive services. The goal is to increase education and understanding between the community and the department.

May through October, the department will host Walk with a Cop, which is modeled after the nationwide program to bring the police and community together in non-crisis situations.

“By walking through a neighborhood with community members, an officer can truly see the neighborhoods and business districts they protect and serve through the eyes and experiences of the community,” the department said in a press release. Any resident can sign up for a walk with a police officer online.

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Los Gatos springs to life with art, gardening events

Los Gatos springs to life with art, gardening events

Winning artworks in the Greater Bay Area Open are up at New Museum Los Gatos through March 12. The theme of the juried exhibit is “Listen, Learn, Change, Grow,” matching the title of a recent campaign launched by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce. Jurors included Preston Metcalf, executive director of the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, and NUMU art curator Julie Ericsson.106 E. Main St.,

In another contest, Marianne Hamilton, a dedicated Los Gatos volunteer and a longtime contributor to the Los Gatos Weekly Times, has been named Ms. Senior Universe 2022. No bathing suit competition here; this pageant celebrates women over 60 who are actively giving back to their communities.

“I’ll be 70 this year, and after a bout with breast cancer in 2020, I’m delighted by the notion of hitting that milestone,” says Hamilton, who joins others in “a refusal to accept that age dictates boundaries.”

To learn more about Hamilton and the Ms. Senior Universe Pageant, visit

Los Gatos maker Christan Mercurio is set to sell his wares at the Saratoga Rotary Art Show will be back again April 30-May 1.

“I make sustainable luxury leather handbags that are cut, punched and sewn by hand with USA-sourced vegetable-tanned leather. I make my bags for people who prefer unique handcrafted bags over those mass-produced in a factory on an assembly line abroad.”

Mercurio adds that his handbags “are made for years of hard use, a lifetime if cared for, and every element can be repaired and replaced. Production is limited as everything is saddle stitched, no machines are used, and I have a day job in high tech in Silicon Valley.”

Local author Kathleen Canrinus’s book, “The Lady with the Crown” is now available on Amazon and a perfect Book Club read. When Canrinus was 15, her mother barely survived a car accident. “The Lady with the Crown” explores how, in the blink of an eye, trauma can transform a normal family into a uniquely wounded one. It’s a story of resilience and courage, but also the reinvention of joy.

Andrew Fanelli, founder of All Pro Tae Kwon Do Studio in Los Gatos, is now a Grandmaster in the art of tae kwon do. This level achieved by few, so not a surprise that more than 300 people were on hand for the ceremony. For 35 years, Fanelli has trained thousands of students in the martial art. All Pro Tae Kwon Do, 15545 Los Gatos Blvd, Suite D,

Spring seems to be springing earlier this year. A victim of the pandemic, the wildly popular Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Market will not be held. Santa Clara County Master Gardeners, organizers of the event, say they “hope to return with a full event in 2023.”

Love Apple Farms, on the other hand, has terrific vegetables for sale. “Our spring tomato plant sale—now with lots of other veggies and herbs—will be held from March 27 to June 27. The farm, which serves as the kitchen garden for Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos, is located at 5311 Scotts Valley Drive in Scotts Valley. If you need gardening know-how, classes are offered.

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