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Profound and Unwanted Changes for Los Gatos

 

Village House of Books does not regularly take political stances, but we feel that this issue is one of paramount importance to the survival of the local businesses we know and love in Los Gatos and our business itself, so we can’t be silent.

Village House of Books is in opposition to the proposed North 40 Development. Many things define our community, but probably the most important is our charming downtown. The Downtown cannot be replicated by any development, but it can be harmed grievously by an unwise one. The North 40 development before you will do serious damage to the economic vitality of the downtown. The Los Gatos downtown is a fragile entity and it requires a critical mass of people to be vibrant: people walking the streets and the shopping. The North 40 Specific Plan allows for 400,000 new square feet of retail (60,000 sf in the first proposal). That is not much below the mammoth 525,000 sf of retail at Santana Row. Our downtown has not more than 230,000 sf of ground floor retail. Combine the North 40 project with the damage already done to the downtown from competition by the revitalized downtown Campbell and we have the potential for a serious drop in people visiting our downtown. What happens if 10 to 20% less people visit the Downtown? The North 40 will have beautiful walking streets, plenty of new restaurants with outdoor seating, national retail stores, and abundant parking conveniently off the Lark Ave exit of Highway 17. As one of the current council members wrote during the North 40 study session: “It is difficult to see what specific restaurant and retail providers would not impact our downtown”

The North 40 proposal stands in direct contradiction to the Town’s North 40 Vision Statement. How is 400,000 sf of retail “seamlessly woven into the fabric of our community…complementing…other Los Gatos residential and business neighborhoods.” And supposedly the North 40 will “…address the Town’s…commercial unmet needs.” Does Los Gatos have 400,000 sf of “commercial unmet needs?” Does anyone really believe that?

Do we want the downtown to become like Saratoga’s? The North 40 will do to our downtown what Valley Fair and Santana Row has done to Downtown San Jose: destroy it. Los Gatos has suffered without a bookstore for years since the closure of Borders…North 40 will destroy Village House of Books. Our Downtown is under attack from traffic congestion, lack of parking, and competition. The planning Commission and Council should be working to promote our Downtown, not voting for a second one.

This is a revised letter as originally prepared by the Committee to Protect Downtown Los Gatos.

Sincerely,
Steve and Cheryl Hare, Owners of Village House of Books
Kendrick Hough, Social Media Coordinator for Village House of Books

The Official Website of the North 40 Plan:
http://www.losgatosca.gov/1729/North-40-Specific-Plan-Area

The Planning Commission
North 40 Proposal
110 E. Main Street
Los Gatos,  CA 95030
Email

Council Members
Town Council
North 40 Proposal
110 E Main St
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Mayor Spector
Vicemayor Sayoc
Council Member Jensen
Council Member Leonardis
Council Member Rennie

The Official Website of Town Not City, a grassroots organization committed to defeating the plan.
Town Not City Facebook

Please add your voice by copying and personalizing the form letter below and add your feelings on the North 40 plan and email it to the Planning Commission.

[Name of your business or property] I am writing in opposition to the proposed North 40 Development. Many things define our community, but probably the most important is our charming downtown. The Downtown cannot be replicated by any development, but it can be harmed by one. The North 40 development before you will do serious damage to the economic vitality of the downtown. The Los Gatos downtown is a fragile entity and it requires a critical mass of people to be vibrant: people walking the streets and the shopping. The North 40 Specific Plan allows for 400,000 new square feet of retail (60,000 sf in the first proposal). That is not much below the 525,000 sf of retail at Santana Row. Our downtown has not more than 230,000 sf of ground floor retail. Combine the North 40 project with the damage already done to the downtown from competition by the revitalized downtown Campbell and we have the potential for a serious drop in people visiting our downtown. What happens if 10 to 20% less people visit the Downtown? The North 40 will have beautiful walking streets, plenty of new restaurants with outdoor seating, national retail stores, and abundant parking conveniently off the Lark Ave exit of Highway 17. As one of the current council members wrote during the North 40 study session: “It is difficult to see what specific restaurant and retail providers would not impact our downtown”

The North 40 proposal stands in direct contradiction to the Town’s North 40 Vision Statement. How is 400,000 sf of retail “seamlessly woven into the fabric of our community…complementing…other Los Gatos residential and business neighborhoods.” And supposedly the North 40 will “…address the Town’s…commercial unmet needs.” Does Los Gatos have 400,000 sf of “commercial unmet needs?” Does anyone really believe that?
Do we want the downtown to become like Saratoga’s? The North 40 will do to our downtown what Valley Fair and Santana Row has done to Downtown San Jose: destroy it. Our Downtown is under attack from traffic congestion, lack of parking, and competition. The planning Commission and Council should be working to promote our Downtown, not voting for a second one.

I strongly urge you to vote against this North 40 Development Proposal.

[Your Name]

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Join Us For Illuminator Rising

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One of our favorite local authors, Alina Sayre, is about to release the next book in her fantastic Illuminator series, The Illuminator Rising. Alina Sayre is a frequent guest at Village, and we can’t wait to see what happens in Book 3: The Illuminator Rising on June 25th.

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You can chat with her and pick up your copy of her latest book, or start her series with a signed copy of the Illuminator’s Gift only fromalinavillage Village House of Books.

We’ll shed light on the new book starting at 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 25th.

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Junie B. Jones Has a Birthday! You’re invited!

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Yes you!

It’s Summertime, and that means fun at Village House of Books!

Did you know that Junie B. Jones’ favorite month is June? It’s true! It’s right in her name, and it also happens to be her birthday!

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You can celebrate Junie B. Jones’ birthday with us with a fun party where you will design your own cake, make your way through mystifying mazes and solve pernicious puzzles!

We’ll be celebrating at Village starting at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 25th!

We’ll be providing snacks and drinks as part of the party, please RSVP in the store or online through Facebook or emailing villagehouseofbooks@yahoo.com. If you have any allergies, please let us know before the event to make sure your children are safe.

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Is It Half-Full or Half-Empty?

What is true is we are only half-way to where we want to be!

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We are still collecting books for the San Francisco Giants’ book drive.  Please help us fill the window and bring wonderful used books to hundreds of deserving children through the Junior Giants program. The window is looking a little empty, and we need your help!

We are hoping to fill the window by June 18th, and only with your books can we reach our goal!

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Book Release Party on May 24th

Book Release Party

May 24th

6:30 PM

@ Village House of Books

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Dr. Peter Abaci, the director of the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center, wants to have a conversation with you about pain. His book, Conquering Your Chronic Pain is a unique resource to work through your own pain.

Your perception of pain is due to the effects of pain on your neural processes, and Conquer Your Chronic Pain dives into the effects of pain on the brain.

It takes the latest cutting-edge research about the brain and puts in practical terms that you can use right now to confront your own pain.

Dr. Peter Abaci has included chapters in his book about navigating the complex health care system that seems designed to do anything but defeat your pain. This book describes the strategy to navigate the complex healthcare waters, finding treatments and practices that work for you and how to talk to your doctor about them.

Dr. Abaci has spent twenty years running the Pain and Wellness Center in Los Gatos as well as conquering his struggle with his own chronic pain.

If you or someone you love is heroically struggling against chronic pain, you need to pick up this invaluable resource.

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Thursday, May 5th: Elephant & Piggie Thank You Party!

Elephant and Piggie have so much to be thankful for…but they decided to throw a party to thank you for reading our books. Join us on Thursday for our…

Elephant and Piggie Thank You Party Day!

We’ll be reading two of Mo Willems’ great books featuring our pig and elephant friends. We have We Are In A Book and The Thank You Book.

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We will spend the rest of the day enjoying really fun Piggie and Elephant activities!

You’ll be able to make puppets and/or masks so you can act out your own Elephant and Piggie adventures! Snacks will be provided, so bring the whole family to enjoy the party.

Please RSVP either by emailing the store at villagehouseofbooks@yahoo.com or on our Facebook RSVP page, let us know how many kids are coming and whether there are any allergies we need to be aware of. If you’re interested in the rest of the Children’s Book Week events, please check out the link here.

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Friday, May 6th: Duck And Goose At The Beach!

Shake your Tail Feathers!
It’s Time for a Duck And Goose Beach Party!

1 PM to 2:30 PM

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This is the only beach party where you won’t get
any sand in your suit! Join us for a story time with three great duck and goose stories.

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Duck & Goose
Duck & Goose Go To The Beach
Duck & Goose Let’s Dance

Then join us for a set of super fun activities for the rest of the afternoon!

You can build your own sand castle, make your own Duck & Goose masks, and do a little beach bottle bowling at Village House of Books!

Cool off with a drink and eat a snack to end a great party with Duck & Goose!

Please RSVP to this event at our Facebook event page or by e-mailing us at villagehouseofbooks@yahoo.com. If you’re interested in any of the other Children’s Book Week activities, please follow the link here.