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March 1, 2024

Local Scene: Dessert café to open in downtown Gilroy

Dessert café to open in downtown Gilroy

Maxima Realty Inc. announced Jan. 15 that, after working closely with Sanchan Modi, the owner of 7573 Monterey St. in downtown Gilroy, they have leased the building to Delicias Mi Ocampo.

Working together, the parties have developed plans to build out the dessert café this year. 

“Choosing Gilroy for our coffee shop is a heartfelt decision,” said Luis Rodriquez, owner of Delicias Mi Ocampo. “This welcoming community embraced me when I arrived, and now, I chose Gilroy as a thank-you to its beautiful community and wish to create a warm and inviting space where people can savor recipes that have been cherished in my family for over 80 years.”

7573 Monterey, which previously housed Clocks & Collectibles, will undergo a transformation during the build-out. Backing up to Gourmet Alley, it will provide outdoor party seating accessible by pedestrians. The store front will be completely replaced with outdoor seating available on the sidewalk. The interior will also be updated with the addition of new services to bring the building up to code. 

“I feel the landlord and tenant relationship is a partnership,” Modi said. “If trust develops then there is a potential for growth. I am excited about this partnership and our upcoming endeavors.”

Delicias Mi Ocampo is a popular vendor in Gilroy Downtown Business Association events.

For information, find Delicias Mi Ocampo on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Voting workshops scheduled in different languages

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters will host a variety of language workshops aimed at informing voters about the upcoming March 5 Presidential Primary Election. 

All workshops will be presented in the designated language. The presenters are bilingual and can answer any questions in the specific language, or in English. English-speaking and bilingual members of the public are invited to attend these workshops, where they will learn how to vote and where to vote.

“Our mission is to protect and ensure the community’s right to participate in fair, inclusive, accurate and transparent elections,” Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey said. “These workshops serve as essential resources that empower our diverse community to engage in democracy.” 

Attendees will also learn how they can get involved in the election process, including how to become an election worker or volunteer.  

All meetings will be held online via Zoom from 6-7pm. Bilingual support will be provided.  Registration information can be found online at tinyurl.com/5n95wwdu.

The dates of the workshops are as follows:

• Jan. 29: Nepali

• Jan. 30: Tagalog

• Jan. 31: Hindi

• Feb. 1: Spanish

• Feb. 5: Gujarati

• Feb. 6: Punjabi

• Feb. 7: Telugu

• Feb. 8: Tamil

• Feb. 13: Korean

• Feb. 14: Khmer

• Feb. 15: Japanese

Workshops in English, Chinese and Vietnamese were held earlier in the week.

For information, contact the Registrar of Voters’ Office at 408.299.8683, toll-free at 866.430.8683 or [email protected].

Mayor, city administrator to discuss 2024 projects

The public is invited to join Mayor Marie Blankley and City Administrator Jimmy Forbis to discuss some of the city’s accomplishments in 2023 and the projects on the horizon in 2024.

Conversation and Coffee will take place on Feb. 3 at 9:30am in the Council Chambers at 7351 Rosanna St.

To request Spanish language interpretation services for this meeting, contact [email protected] at least 72 hours before the meeting.

To learn more about the city’s accomplishments and upcoming projects, view Blankley’s January 2024 Spotlight at tinyurl.com/ysh3bppz.

Learn how to save money on landscaping

As part of Silicon Valley Reads’ “A Greener Tomorrow Starts Today,” the Gilroy branch of the American Association of University Women will host a program on drought-tolerant landscaping on Feb. 10 at 2pm at the Gilroy Library.  

At “Climate Change Is Here—What Can We Do About It,” attendees will get tips on water-saving landscaping, how to get free trees for their yard, and information on rebates for replacing lawns with drought-tolerant plants.

The panelists are Karen Aitken-Bernosky, a local landscape architect, Ashley Shannon, senior water conservation specialist from Valley Water, Kenneth Gabbard of the UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County and Our City Forest.

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