Fall election welcomes new school board members

November 11, 2010 — by Denise Lin

The Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District school board will have one new member—a former Los Gatos High principal—following the Nov. 2 elections.

The candidates who will be on the five-member LGSUHSD school board are Cynthia Chang, who was re-elected with 28.21 percent of the votes; Doug Ramezane, former Los Gatos High School principal, who won 27.29 percent of the votes; and Michele Van Zuiden, an educator whose two children graduated from Los Gatos High School, who was re-elected with 26.24 percent of the votes. Parent and sales director Neil Green fell short with 18.25 percent of the votes.

The new members of the Saratoga Union School District school board are Patty Buchanan and Michael A. Gipe, who were re-elected, winning 34.25 percent and 30.18 percent of the votes, respectively, and Paige Berardo, who won 23.73 percent of the votes. Candidate Ashley Chao fell short with 11.83 percent of the votes.

By a mere 40 votes out of almost 10,000 cast, Saratoga voters voted no on Measure Q, which would have limited commercial buildings downtown to two stories. At the statewide level, Proposition 19, which proposed the legalization of marijuana, also narrowly failed to pass with 51.86 percent of voters rejecting the controversial measure.

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