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February 1, 2023

New hospital system requires bigger subsidies

The new Santa Clara County Health System that began operation this month offers new stability for healthcare services, especially for thousands of Medicare, Medi-Cal, uninsured and South County residents—but it also has a price tag for all county taxpayers. The addition of O’Connor Hospital in...

Updated: Charter schools fear impact of proposed rules

Gov. Gavin Newsom late on Tuesday, March 5 signed into law Senate Bill 126, which ensures that all corporate charter schools are held to the same transparency and accountability standards as neighborhood public schools. During the debate on the Senate bill and several still-pending Assembly...

GECA named 2019 Calif. Distinguished School

Dr. TJ Owens Early College Academy was among 162 middle and high schools recognized as a 2019 California Distinguished School by the State Dept. of Education, according to a Feb. 25 announcement. The program recognizes outstanding education programs and practices. Schools are awarded for achieving...

Family continues to mourn

The attendees reiterated their intent to hold Gilroy police accountable for Juarez’s death, just a couple days after the Santa Clara County district attorney announced his office had completed an investigation that exonerated the officers involved in Juarez’s arrest.

Judge says YES to hospitals, NO to AG

A U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles rejected a bid by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to block the purchase of two failing Verity Health System hospitals by Santa Clara County. The Feb. 22 ruling cleared the way for the county to close its...

19-year-old arrested for recent burglaries

Gilroy Police earlier this week arrested a young man on suspicion of recently burglarizing two homes.

Support staff gets 6% in retroactive raises

Gilroy school district negotiators agreed to a new contract with its support staff that was then ratified by the board of education at a Feb. 14 meeting. The Gilroy Federation of Paraeducators came to an agreement with Gilroy Unified School District on the deal that...

School board approves $3M in cuts

Gilroy Unified School District’s Board of Education approved nearly $3 million in cuts to the 2019-2020 budget, citing a continued trend of declining enrollment, lost revenue and increased costs. Board President James Pace said the latest cost-saving measure, approved unanimously on Feb. 14, was not...

St. Louise hearing canceled, ruling on hospitals’ fate could come any day

There will be no federal court hearing of a request by Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s motion to block the sale of O’Connor and Saint Louise hospitals by Verity Health System to Santa Clara County. U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner on Feb. 14 canceled...

San Martin rape suspect back in court Feb. 21

The judge also ordered a restraining order against Bobian, prohibiting him from being within 300 yards of his accuser for at least one year.