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Gilroy City Hall. Photo: Erik Chalhoub

A group seeking to recall Gilroy City Councilmember Rebeca Armendariz will now start collecting signatures after its petition was approved by City Clerk Thai Pham on June 14.

Proponents now have until Oct. 12 to gather at least 6,217 signatures, or 20% of the 31,082 registered voters in Gilroy city limits, in the hopes of placing the initiative on a future ballot. 

The recall effort began in April, after an administrative investigation by Hanson Bridgett concluded that Armendariz violated several city ordinances when she helped organize a 2021 Halloween party at her residence in which two people were shot and killed and two others were injured. Armendariz was issued 10 administrative citations, amounting to $1,200 in fines, which she has appealed.

Recall group spokesperson Kelly Ramirez said the proponents plan to collect up to 10,000 signatures to allow room for errors. Signature-gatherers, wearing bright yellow shirts, will be stationed at various locations throughout the city over the coming weeks.

The group has created a website,, where it intends to post information about volunteer training as well as top funders to the committee.

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