Excess aplenty, gumption and a serving of good Chingale

Played a lousy round of golf this weekend and whacked one in the
creek. Found a ball that wasn’t mine.
Played a lousy round of golf this weekend and whacked one in the creek. Found a ball that wasn’t mine. Picked it up – nice, a Titleist Pro-V – and there staring at me was the stamped logo: “AIG, Medical Excess.” They could have just dropped the “Medical” qualifier. Ah, the world is full of trickery – just have a gander at the El Portal show in front of the school board. Let’s stick to the facts and use our precious school dollars in the wisest way possible for the benefit of our students.

One former Gilroy student who just might get a shot at “The Show,” as it’s called in one of my favorite movies, “Bull Durham,” is Chris Gimenez who’s batting .320 playing spring ball for the Cleveland Indians down in Arizona. Our daughter, Shannon, knew Chris in high school and has always said he’d make it to the big leagues. Hope she’s right. It takes a lot of gumption to slug it out in the minor leagues and work and work and work to make your dream come true. He’s 26, and hopefully this is his year …

Seems we might need a major league Gilroyan replacement for NFL signal caller Jeff Garcia, who apparently and surprisingly isn’t getting any action on a new contract …

No new contract necessary for City Administrator Tom Haglund per the City Council early review session Monday night … only Councilman Craig Gartman wanted to formalize the admonition for the lapse in judgment regarding merit raises. It’s the right call to let it go with what hopefully was at the very least a frank discussion. And the good news is that the direction – if it wasn’t before – is crystal clear now. The city must undergo a cultural sea change, it simply cannot continue to conduct business as before …

“Bidness” as before isn’t going to work either in the Economic Development Corporation leadership slot being vacated by Larry Cope next week. There has to be a new model which devotes more time to fostering Gilroy “intrabusiness” – that is the relationships local businesses form with each other and with members of the community. It’s about taking care of our own, and it works both ways. A local resident, for example, shopping for a car here should get extra attentive customer service from an auto dealer, and a resident should work very hard to buy local. When close to 70 percent of area residents buy cars which are available here from an out-of-town dealer, it hurts Gilroy. It costs jobs because it cuts down on the cash circulating through the community and its hurts City Hall, too. We need an EDC director who not only can crunch the numbers related to that equation, but one who understands and believes in the concept. It needs to be a leader who can come up with creative ways to get us all driving that local economic engine together.

On that note, the answer is “No, I don’t know why struggling Gilroy Gardens is spending big bucks to advertise in San Jose when what the park needs is to cultivate loyalty and business close to home.” It’s baffling.

Nothing baffling about the wine, food and the view at Solis Winery’s Merlot Madness event last weekend. A great vertical tasting that stretched back to the 2000 vintage right up to a pour from the barrel. Very cool. Then in between sips, Tasting Room Manager Rich Arioto served up an Italian treat: Chingale (sheen-gal-A) with polenta. Chingale is Italian for wild boar sausage, which is apparently abundant in the old country because boars like to eat the grapes and the winery owners like to eat the boars, so … it all works out. Perhaps Mike and Vic Vanni would consider a new label Chingale Reserve Super Tuscan to go with a hearty meal …

Serving up some hearty country music this Saturday night at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz will be Debbie Pelliccione’s nephew and Ron and Lisa Fellows’ son, Daniel Fellows, who is the drummer for the Kelly McDonald band. Show starts at 9 p.m. Check them out on u+tube. You can also mark down June 26 when they’ll be outdoors to kick off the Morgan Hill downtown music series …

Hmmm, maybe between the Gaslighter Event Center and the new top … , er, tapas restaurant at Old City Hall, Gilroy could have a downtown

concert series …

A series of events brought Jim Deaver back to Gilroy this past weekend. The former track star who coached at Gilroy High some 15 years ago brought his Enterprise High team down from the Redding/Shasta area and ran away with the boys division at the Avis Kelly Invitational. Thanks to Mom – Jo Deaver – for passing that Gilroy tidbit along. And nice job building that program, Jim.

Next year when Jim and team are in town for the track meet, Mom can pick up a celebratory cake at our new bakery, PennyCakes. Sweet. The cupcakes are to die for if you’re having a birthday party, or some friends over, or maybe just driving by the Hecker Pass Plaza and think you’re due for a treat. The store’s interior design – by Ann Fiorio – is as cool as one of Penny Perluss’ cakes, too. A must-stop on the local rounds.

Round and round we go, where the mind stops, nobody knows … and so it is that it dawned on me this weekend that our younger daughters likely don’t know who the Blues Brothers are, so I’m on a mission from God to fix that …

Mark Derry is the editor of The Gilroy Dispatch. Reach him at [email protected]

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