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September 26, 2022

Mayor should earn $80,000

To the Editor, We should consider paying our mayor $80,000 salary plus benefits. This is a small amount compared to what other public employees are paid. Our city is way generous. Gilroy is a diverse city of 50,000 Gilroyans made up of Silicon Valley professionals,...

Public-private solutions to homelessness

It takes three things for a community to end homelessness: political will, supportive policies and money. Most communities have one or two of these ingredients, but harnessing all three at the same time has proven hard. As a result, more than 100,000 California residents are...

‘Walkable, bikeable’ future is now

It’s a Saturday afternoon in Gilroy, and the family is looking for something to do.  You decide to stay local and get the bikes ready for a ride. You call up the neighbors and meet on the Levee Class l Bike/Ped Trail, which is...

It is time to make it easier to start a business in Gilroy

It is not easy getting through the permits and fee process to start a business in Gilroy compared with other cities. Local architects say it can take from one to three years to start a business with additional fees that may not be known...

Pipeline project improves water reliability

South County residents get 100 percent of their drinking water from local groundwater sources. The Santa Clara Valley Water District knows how critical it is to keep this key source reliable. A new project under way in Morgan Hill will help do just that. Earlier...

Student seeks new respect for veterans

Concerned that his fellow students needed to know more about World War II and the bravery and sacrifices of ‘The Greatest Generation,’ Mount Madonna senior Cyrus Kamkar recently organized a veterans panel held at his private school. He expanded the panel to include veterans...

Make trees a priority

Trees play an important role in the health and vibrancy of a community. I grew up in a small Montreal suburb, Candiac, where trees were part of the city’s fabric. A homeowner’s property line was defined by the placement of a city-owned maple tree—most...

California schools are underfunded compared to U.S.

At its Jan.17 meeting, the Santa Clara County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution for full and fair funding for California Public Schools by state lawmakers. The resolution highlights California’s poor national standing in funding for public schools. California ranks 45th nationally in the...

2017: A year in review at the Water District

2017 will be a memorable year for Santa Clara County, especially for water resources management. It was the year that broke our state’s longest dry streak with record-setting precipitation. A year of transition between extremes – from drought to floods. A year for big...

Bicyclists and pedestrians made great strides in Gilroy this year

Here’s a year in review that all Gilroyans should be proud of. Our City of Gilroy Bicycle Pedestrian Commission has taken part in many aspects for change and advocacy. For the first time we created a Strategic Plan. It’s our guiding document and changes throughout...

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