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Gilroy man injured in rear-end accident
Gilroy
– A 39-year-old Gilroy man suffered minor injuries after he was
rear-ended while stopped at the intersection of New and Church
avenues in an unincorporated area northwest of Gilroy.
Gilroy man injured in rear-end accident

Gilroy – A 39-year-old Gilroy man suffered minor injuries after he was rear-ended while stopped at the intersection of New and Church avenues in an unincorporated area northwest of Gilroy.

Michelle Baxter, 22, of Gilroy, was approaching the intersection on New Avenue, from the north about 12:15pm Tuesday. She was driving too fast to stop and struck the rear of the man’s vehicle, which was waiting at a stop sign.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and the woman was not injured. The man was treated at Saint Louise Regional Hospital.

Five will receive Eagle Badges Saturday

Gilroy – Five young men will receive their Eagle Badges – the highest ranking in the Boy Scouts of America – Saturday.

The Court of Honor recognizing the five Eagle Scouts from Troop 707, takes place beginning at 7pm, Saturday at the LDS Church in Gilroy, 7999 Miller Ave. The Scouts receiving their Eagle award are: Devin Collins, Justin Lance, Rick Mora, Nick Rutman and Brad Scherck.

County wins lawsuit, another pending

San Jose – Santa Clara County has successfully defended a lawsuit filed by the San Jose Downtown Association to stop a planned concert theater at the county fairgrounds.

Earlier this week, San Jose Superior Court Judge Leslie C. Nichols dismissed the association’s claim that a proposed ticket assessment fee was an illegal tax and that the county was in violation of bonding and bidding laws.

Nichols had previously rejected a claim that the county had violated the state’s environmental review process. The county still faces a lawsuit from the city of San Jose.

Bill will reclaim property tax revenue

San Jose – Assemblywoman Sally Leiber, D-Mountain View, has introduced a bill to reclaim some of the $51 million in property tax revenue the Santa Clara Valley Water District must give up to cover the state’s budget gap.

Assembly Bill 1590 would alter the way the $350 million that cities, counties and special districts are paying to the state as part of deal with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to balance the budget and protect against future takings.

Water district officials have argued that the district has been tapped unfairly because it was charged the same rate as other enterprise districts even though it has water supply and flood control operations, a non-enterprise function. The state’s rational is that enterprise districts, or those that charge a fee for service, can afford to pay more because they can pass the costs on to customers.

The district is by far the largest beneficiary of the legislation, but Leiber said Wednesday that about two dozen districts would benefit.

Send news items to City Editor Robert Airoldi. FAX to 842-2206, mail to Gilroy Dispatch, 6400 Monterey Road, Gilroy, CA 95020, or e-mail [email protected]

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