camino arroyo hotel project
A commercial project at 6970 Camino Arroyo, which proposes two hotels, is under development. Photo: Erik Chalhoub

Environmental report released for Camino Arroyo proposal

A draft environmental report for a development that could add two hotels and other buildings on Camino Arroyo is now available for public review.

The 10-acre project, known as Gilroy Square, is proposed on 6970 Camino Arroyo between  Highway 152 and Holloway Road, across from the Gilroy Crossing shopping center.

Plans call for two, four-story hotels, a drive-thru fast food restaurant, and a gas station with car wash. Two warehouse buildings are also proposed for future development.

The report concluded that there is “no substantial evidence the project will have a significant effect on the environment” due to mitigation measures in place.

To view the report, visit

The public review period ends on Feb. 27. To submit written comments, email Kraig Tambornini at [email protected] or mail to the City of Gilroy, Planning Division, 7351 Rosanna Street, Gilroy, CA 95020. 

City officials say a public hearing will be scheduled at a future date after the public review period ends.

Walking tour visits bungalows

The Gilroy Historical Society’s monthly walking tours continue on Feb. 4 with a tour of the city’s bungalows.

Participants are asked to meet at the Gilroy Museum, 195 Fifth St., at 10am.

Donations to the museum are appreciated.

For information, call the Gilroy Museum at 408.846.0446.

Book sale returns Feb. 11

The Friends of Gilroy Library holds a book sale every second Saturday of the month from 10am-1pm at the library, 350 West Sixth St.

The next sale is Feb. 11.

Books will be $5 per bag for members and $8 a bag for non-members.

The Friends are in need of several people to help out in the bookstore during the week and also help with the Saturday monthly book sale. To inquire, email Jo at [email protected].

The Isabel Jewell Bookstore is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 1-3pm, Wednesday from 1-4pm, Thursday from 10am to 3pm and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 10am to 1pm.

Author to tell tales of 19th century sheriff

William Briggs, author of “Badass Lawman: Gangs, Guns and the Sheriff who Tamed the Golden State,” will give a talk at the Gilroy Library, 350 West Sixth St., on Feb. 11 at 10:30am.

“Badass Lawman” is the story of five-term Santa Clara County Sheriff John H. Adams, who faced down the gangs and guns of early California.

Briggs is the past co-president of the Morgan Hill Historical Society, and a former professor and dean in the California State University system.

Electronic waste recycling drop-off scheduled

The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce and Zero Waste Silicon Valley invite businesses and residents to drop-off their electronic waste on Feb. 25 from 9-1pm. 

This is a free contactless drive-thru event, taking place at 7471 Monterey St.

The general rule of thumb is that if it has a plug, it can be recycled. For a list of eligible items, visit

Batteries, lightbulbs, refrigerators, ovens/stoves, washers/dryers and large household appliances are not accepted.

Spice of Life recipients revealed

The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce recently released the names of the 2023 Spice of Life Award Recipients.

They are:

• Woman of the Year: Jane Howard

• Man of the Year: Mark Turner

• Large Business of the Year: Nissan of Gilroy

• Small Business of the Year: One Life Prints

• Educator of the Year: Michelle Anderson

• Volunteer of the Year: Mike Brownfield

• Non-Profit of the Year: Latino Family Fund

• Young Professional of the Year: Mark Jacobsen

• Student of the Year: Alexandra Beyret

This year’s awards ceremony will take place Aug. 26 at Fortino Winery.

Gilroyan named to Bucknell University Dean’s List

Jonathan Lei of Gilroy was named to the Dean’s List at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn. for the fall 2022 semester.

A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive Dean’s List recognition.

Lei, part of the Class of 2025, is majoring in chemical engineering.

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