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Perry Woodward has deep local roots and political experience but got the city sued when he bypassed the general plan to expand Gilroy’s boundaries. Velasco showed much better judgment on that issue, as well as with his votes to continue funding for the Gilroy Welcome Center and campaign finance.
Daniel Harney, Cat Tucker, Tom Fischer
It’s a good crop of local candidates for the city’s top office. We don’t think you could go wrong with almost any of them, although we can’t say that about Craig Gartman, who pleaded guilty to stealing money from the Memorial Day parade. Paul Kloecker and Tom Fischer have been thoughtful members of the planning commission and are straight shooters. Dan Harney is an articulate, thoughtful Silicon Valley exec. Architect Reid Lerner has fresh ideas, as does downtown businessman J. Brennan, but no experience. Fred Tovar has been on the school board for two terms and is the only pro-Measure H candidate. We worry that he missed two big candidate forums. Cat Tucker has experience and voted no on the 721 acres but probably would have switched her vote when the matter came to LAFCO. Without her, though, the council would be a boy’s club.
GUSD Board of Trustees
Mark Good, James Pace, B.C. Doyle
Vote for anyone but Paul Nadeau. Nadeau has dropped out of the race because of a conflict of interest and if he places in the top three the board will be able to appoint someone in his place for the next two years with no election.
Gilroy Measure H, Urban Growth Boundary
Setting a growth boundary, in which land beyond it can only be developed with voter approval, was a tough call. We don’t want to do anything to stop important commercial development in Gilroy, but we don’t want to see the place become San Jose. Requiring future development beyond the boundary to be decided by the voters is the best way for everyone to have input. And there’s enough room within the boundary to grow business and housing.
Gavilan Board of Trustees
She has decades of experience working at all levels in the school and understands the issues community colleges face.
Don’t just talk about helping the needy; do something.
It’s time to do something about transportation and this has some real South Valley benefits.
A bond to help school safety and construction.
Extends a law that funnels money from the federal government to needy patients.
A measure that would stop water and transportation projects by taking the vote from the locals who need them.
Will increase government transparency.
Continues a successful tax on earnings of over $250K to help schools.
Raises tax on smokers to offset health care costs.
Opens up reviews for lesser sentences for nonviolent criminals.
Allows parents to pick the best language for their bilingual children in school.
Protest against Citizens United, the federal law that allows unlimited political contributions from corporations.
Sets up extraneous government monitoring of the adult film industry.
Takes aim at cutting state prescription drug costs.
Replaces death penalty with life in prison, which comes out as a savings for taxpayers.
Extends background checks to ammunition buyers.
Legalizes recreational sales of marijuana.
Won’t prevent use of plastic bags.
Spends more on death penalty.
Bans plastic bags statewide.