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February 1, 2023

Gym hands out free turkeys

Members of Pound 4 Pound Sports Fitness in downtown Gilroy, with signs in hand and no shortage of enthusiasm, were drawing in Monterey Street travelers with an enticing deal on Nov. 25: a free turkey for Thanksgiving. Multiple world champion boxer Robert Guerrero, who trains...

New shelter reaches milestone

A new animal shelter campus under construction in San Martin reached a major milestone Nov. 22, when crews placed the structure’s final steel beam. Santa Clara County officials held a “topping off” ceremony to mark the occasion. The new animal shelter campus is being constructed at...

7,000 housing units in 20 years?

The Gilroy City Council recommended a scenario Nov. 18 that could add more than 7,000 housing units over the next 20 years. The preferred land use alternative, as it is called, will be studied in the 2040 General Plan environmental impact report. The general plan...

Council decides: No sales tax hike in 2020

The City of Gilroy will not pursue a public safety sales tax measure for the 2020 election, the council unanimously decided Nov. 18. Two pollings of Gilroy voters in April and October found mixed support for a quarter-cent sales tax measure, according to a report...

Thefts force Gilroy to suspend use of its utility bill dropbox

The City of Gilroy issued a fraud alert to water customers who deposited their payment checks in a utility bill dropbox outside City Hall before someone broke into it this week. The city’s utility bill dropbox, located between the parking lots in front of Gilroy...

Brett Miller is new acting city manager in Hollister

Brett Miller, Hollister’s assistant city manager and manager of administrative services, is acting city manager. Miller’s appointment Friday afternoon, Nov. 15, was one of the last acts of Bill Avera on his last day on the job before his retirement as city manager. One day earlier,...

Gilroy execs to get home loans

The City of Gilroy, in an attempt to attract candidates for vacant top administrator positions, will finance home purchases for a select few. The Gilroy City Council approved the program Oct. 21 in a 5-2 vote, but not without some strong objections from councilmembers Marie...

Gilroy Police receive traffic enforcement grant

The Gilroy Police Department received a $96,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a one-year enforcement and education program, according to authorities.

South County police, DA to host gun buyback Dec. 14

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office will partner with the Gilroy and Morgan Hill police departments to sponsor a $50,000 gun buyback in the South Bay Dec. 14, 2019.

Five victims sue Garlic Festival, citing lax security

A lawsuit filed Nov. 12 in Santa Clara County Superior Court alleges that negligent security allowed a heavily armed gunman to enter the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28, killing three people and injuring at least 14 others. The lawsuit against the Gilroy Garlic Festival...