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February 25, 2021

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Selling a tax increase to voters

Gilroy School Board trustees, encouraged by a recent survey that found more than 50 percent of 501 likely November 2012 Gilroy voters would “strongly support a city sales tax for local schools,” are poised to put the ball in City Council's court.

City hires $100K community development liaison

The City of Gilroy brings on a new hire from the City of San Jose planning department to take on the role of Development Center Manager, a newly created position that largely deals with fostering development within the city.

Holiday Inn project approved after heated debate

After more than an hour of heated deliberation during Monday's City Council meeting, Council voted 5-2 to approve a 260 room Holiday Inn hotel project on the corner of Forest and Leavesley roads.

Hello? Councilman?

To contact Councilman Peter Arellano, go to the City of Gilroy website, hover the cursor over Arellano’s photo to find his city-paid cell phone number.

Council considers strict sign rules, dealerships boggled

In the midst of a city-led crackdown on business signs, auto dealers are pleading with city council to let them advertise with balloons, flags and certain types of large signs – all which are currently illegal in Gilroy – saying that the law squelches business.  

Since they must, council chooses station locale

One day, Tenth Street could be reincarnated as a gateway corridor funneling U.S. Highway 101 traffic to downtown Gilroy.

City talks bullet train, Bracco’s eligibility for council

A high-speed rail through downtown Gilroy?

Lavish overtime and benefits can’t buy Gilroy leadership

As the city of Gilroy happily reports glowing and growing sales tax numbers – “Seven straight quarters of sales tax increases” – and the unions call for new hiring, I wonder if anyone gets it. Or will we turn a blind eye to reality and take the easy way out as Mayor Al Pinheiro did in the last election? Personally, he said, binding arbitration for public safety employees was a horrible burden for the city, but he declined to take on the political fight to overturn it. That could have caused a real election rumble with the firefighters and police unions spending money to save the right for an out-of-town attorney to have the final say on pay and benefits for Gilroy’s public safety employees.

Check it out: April opening for new library

Roughly 14 years after city officials penned the first pages, the story of Gilroy's snazzy new library is wrapping up just as they had hoped: on time, on budget, and on its way to becoming the latest gem in the Garlic Capital's crown.

Council OKs ‘small animals’ ordinance

After zero discussion on the dais and no public comment Monday night, the Gilroy City Council voted 5-2 to introduce an ordinance that would limit the number of rabbits, chickens and other "small animals" city residents may own.