Los Gatos voters are being asked to show their support for the new Netflix development on Albright Way by signing petitions that would place the issue on the June ballot. Friday morning, a signature gatherer was in front of the Walgreen's store on N. Santa Cruz Avenue asking shoppers to sign the ballot-qualifying petition.

Developer John Shenk said in an email the petition drive is the first step in a "we want Netflix to stay in Los Gatos" campaign.

"We remain committed to the Netflix expansion and ensuring that Los Gatos receives the hundreds of jobs and the millions of dollars in new revenue it represents for the town," Shenk wrote. "We're working with community members on a plan to finally move beyond the constant barrage of legal appeals by a few naysayers. I understand signature gathering has commenced to kick off this plan and we'll release more information as it becomes public."

A sign stands in front of the Netflix headquarters on July 20, 2011 in Los Gatos, California.
A sign stands in front of the Netflix headquarters on July 20, 2011 in Los Gatos, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

After the town council approved the development last summer, and a judge signed off on it, attorneys Andy Wu and John Shepardson, and resident Jak Van Nada, filed a lawsuit saying the approval violates the General Plan's 35 foot height limit for buildings.

Calls to attorney Shepardson were not immediately returned.

It's the second suit brought against the development. The first lawsuit that was filed by residents forced the town to produce an Environmental Impact Report for the development.

Once that was done, the town council approved the development, Superior Court Judge Joseph Huber closed the case and Shenk began tearing down the existing development at Albright Way.


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The development that was approved by the town council provides for four buildings--two would be 65 feet tall and two would be 50 feet tall.

Responding to the petition gathering effort, Netflix spokesman Joris Evers issued a statement via email that said, "Netflix grew up in Los Gatos and we would love to stay here. We have committed to about half the space [two buildings] in the new development on Albright Way. We feel the project was well deliberated and the town's elected council struck a good compromise after much discussion and thought. It is unfortunate that a small group of people makes it so that the developer feels it necessary to hold a referendum on this issue."