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Gilroy Mayor Marie Blankley (from left), Morgan Hill Mayor Mark Turner, Congressmember Zoe Lofgren, Valley Water Director John Varela, Assemblymember Gail Pellerin and Senator John Laird joined Gilroy Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Victoria Valencia and others during the Legislative Summit on April 14 at Old City Hall Restaurant. Contributed photo

The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce hosted its 10th annual Legislative Summit on April 14 at Old City Hall Restaurant, an event that brings together elected officials who represent Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Martin with community and business leaders. 

With nearly 100 people in attendance, elected officials presented information ranging from workforce and education initiatives to the widening of Highway 101. Anderson Dam was discussed along with infrastructure updates to South County. Other topics included resiliency of California’s energy grid, mental health resources, and resources for first responders. 

The elected officials who presented included Gilroy Mayor Marie Blankley, Morgan Hill Mayor Mark Turner, Congressmember Zoe Lofgren, Assemblymember Gail Pellerin, Senator John Laird and Valley Water District Director John Varela. Assemblymember Robert Rivas and County Supervisor Sylvia Arenas were unable to attend. 

Laird presented Fran Beaudet, owner of Old City Hall Restaurant, with a certificate that read: “In Honor of Your Longstanding commitment to the success of the City of Gilroy…I want to thank you for your many years of service in our downtown. You are a shining example of how small businesses help our community thrive.”

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