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February 26, 2024

Gilroy Rotary awards more than $56K to local orgs

The Rotary Club of Gilroy presented $56,516 worth of grants to local organizations and programs at a recent meeting at the Gilroy Lodge on the Hill.  The grants will help fund reading programs, books for libraries, materials for multi-cultural events, sports activities, student counseling programs,...

New ‘turbo roundabout’ open at Highways 25/156

All lanes are now open at the new “turbo roundabout” intersection at Highways 25 and 156 in San Benito County. The California Department of Transportation released a how-to video on Youtube—in both English and Spanish—advising travelers how to approach and navigate the new intersection,...

Rivas leads effort to combat growing retail theft problem

Nearly four months after forming a bipartisan select committee and two hearings later, Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas announced legislation Feb. 15 to combat shoplifting and organized retail theft—just beating a legislative deadline to introduce new bills. The Hollister Democrat joined Democratic Assemblymembers Rick Zbur of...

Wet weather ‘a big boost’ for district’s reservoir levels

Santa Clara County’s water storage reservoirs are at healthy levels due to the rainy winter, according to Valley Water.  The local water district’s 10 reservoirs are collectively about 130% of their normal water levels for this time of year, Valley Water spokesperson Matt Keller said...

Local football players compete in Wedemeyer all-star game 

Football, fun, rain and more competition than usual in an all-star game. That was the story for many local gridiron seniors on Feb. 3, in the 49th annual Charlie Wedemeyer Game at Los Gatos High.  Athletes from Gilroy, Christopher, Live Oak and Sobrato filled out...

Car club to host fundraiser for Morgan Hill family involved in tragic collision

Elisa and Valentina Ornelas—ages 7 and 4, respectively—enjoyed Volkswagens as much as their father, Cesar Ornelas, who is a collector of vintage vehicles. They loved riding in his yellow Bug, which the girls called “the banana,” or his green Volkswagen (“the green bean”) to...

Religion: Applying the golden rule

A few years ago, I read that all major religions have characteristics of the Golden Rule in their beliefs. I don’t remember where I read this, but the knowledge stuck with me. The Golden Rule says something like, “treat others as you would want...

Morgan Hill man charged with swindling $2.4M from victims

Prosecutors in Santa Clara County are charging a Morgan Hill man with multiple counts of fraud-related crimes after he allegedly befriended people only to swindle them.   Sayed Faquiryan, 45, is charged with grand theft, securities fraud, identity theft, passing bad checks and filing a false...

SVCT’s ‘Percy Jackson Musical’ features youth cast and crew

South Valley Civic Theatre’s upcoming production, “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” is making its way to the stage Feb. 23 at the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse.  The show is based on the popular book “The Lightning Thief” by author Rick Riordan, which was...

Bill proposes bond measure for offshore wind energy

In a step toward building the first massive wind farms off California’s coast, three Assemblymembers on Feb. 12 proposed a $1 billion bond act to help pay for the expansion of ports. The bill, if approved, would place a bond before voters aimed at helping...

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