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GILROY—In a move that was a “total surprise” to the leadership of the Gilroy Welcome Center, Mayor Don Gage led a push Monday night to slash $200,000 from the organization that promotes tourism, the city and its businesses around the world and redirect the money to the city’s general fund to support activities for at-risk youth.
The city council has carved out a vision for Gilroy’s next 15 years and, after its annual two-day strategic planning session, there’s a blueprint that outlines the steps needed to establish Gilroy as one of the most desirable destinations in the country.
In the midst of all the shoulder patting, thanking, well-wishing and congratulating that transpired at the City Council chambers Dec. 7 when the public officially welcomed Don Gage as their new mayor, retiring Councilman Bob Dillon’s parting words put it best.
After a hearty debate with opposition coming from those who have been against it from the start, the final version of the hefty 50-year, $660 million, 2,800 page Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan was passed on a 4-3 vote during Monday's Council meeting.
Saturday Oct. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m., Gilroy voters have the chance to ask those running for mayor and City Council tough questions at a public forum at the Gilroy Library.
Gilroy Political Action Committee, a group of local business owners affiliated with the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday they are endorsing water district board member Don Gage for mayor, praising his "depth and breadth" of business experience.
During Monday's meeting, City Council voted 6-0 to demolish an unreinforced masonry building on Monterey Street in downtown in order to create a city-owned pedestrian paseo connecting Monterey Street to Gourmet Alley.
After a long period of convoluted and emotionally charged discussion, Council voted 4-1 during Monday's regular meeting to make an exception to a city ordinance that limits the number of market-value residential allotments to approve a 91-unit residential project west of Monterey Street and east of Wren Avenue, near Gilroy Veterinary Hospital.
Despite the fact Gilroy City Council shot down a possible joint city-school sales tax that would help safeguard the Gilroy Unified School District from a possible $8.1 million cut in state funding next year, some school board trustees haven't dismissed the possibility of pushing for a re-vote on the measure. It could yield up to $11.5 million annually depending on a 0.25, 0.50 or 1 percent local sales tax increase.
More than 60 people showered City Council with pleas to keep the pool at South Valley Middle School open during their regular meeting Monday night.
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