Chamber to host legislative summit

Washington and Sacramento politicians and local elected officials will be descending upon Gilroy next month to discuss policy issues and how they impact South County residents.

The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce is hosting its sixth annual Legislative Summit on Friday, April 26 from 11am to 1:30pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6070 Monterey St.

All elected officials representing Gilroy and South County will be attending the event, including Gilroy Mayor Roland Velasco, Congress members Zoe Lofgren and Jimmy Panetta, State Sen. Bill Monning, State Assemblymember Robert Rivas, County Supervisor Mike Wasserman, Morgan Hill Mayor Rich Constantine and water district board member John Varela.

The cost to attend the Legislative Summit is $45 and includes a three-course meal. To register visit or call the Chamber office at 408-842-6437.

Attendees will hear from each of the elected officials regarding important issues affecting residents in Gilroy, San Martin and Morgan Hill. There will be a 30-minute question-and-answer period at the end for attendees to ask more pressing questions of their representatives.

The Legislative Summit plays an important role for the Chamber. One year ago, the Chamber was able to coordinate a tour of Gilroy school district sites with then-Assemblymember Anna Cabballero and district officials, which featured a discussion of the impact of high-speed rail on local school properties.

Two years ago, the Chamber worked with the City of Gilroy to coordinate a tour of First Street with Monning and Caballero, which eventually led to meetings between city and state officials helping to get limited funding to repair parts of First Street.