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February 3, 2023

Local Scene: LAFCO meeting set; home repairs for eligible homeowners

LAFCO scheduled to consider Gilroy annexation

The Local Agency Formation Commission of Santa Clara County will hold a virtual public hearing on Feb. 1 at 1:15pm to consider a request by the City of Gilroy for the expansion of its Urban Service Area to include 55 acres in the northern portion of the city.

Known as the Wren Investors and Hewell Urban Service Area Amendment, 50 acres of the property extends west of Wren Avenue, south of Vickery Avenue and north of Tatum Avenue. Another five-acre property nearby, northeast of the intersection of Vickery Lane and Kern Avenue, is also included in the proposal.

Most of the property sits across from the former Antonio Del Buono Elementary School, now the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s South County Annex.

No development proposals have been submitted for the property. However, a conceptual plan by the developers suggest the property could house 307 residential units, with 102 of those being high-density on 10 acres.

A report and related materials is expected to be available on the LAFCO website at by Jan. 27. Those interested may attend the meeting or submit written comments which should be filed one day prior to the hearing by email to [email protected]

Free home repairs available for eligible residents

The City of Gilroy and Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley (RTSV) are hosting an informational workshop on Jan. 25 to promote free home repairs and safety modifications for qualifying homeowners. 

The workshop will be held from 11-11:30am at the Gilroy Senior Center, 7371 Hanna St. Spanish interpretation assistance will be available.

RTSV has been providing home repairs and accessibility modifications at no cost to low income homeowners since 1991. Income-qualified and eligible homeowners in the City of Gilroy can receive a variety of home repair services specific to their needs. 

This program is funded in part by the City of Gilroy’s Community Development Block Grant. For information, contact 408.578.9519 or [email protected] Applications are available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and English or online at

Local students recognized at SNHU

Three locals were named to Southern New Hampshire University’s Fall 2022 President’s List. 

The fall term runs from September to December.

The students are:

• Christopher Sanchez of Gilroy

• Gavin De Carlo of Gilroy

• Christopher Smith of San Martin

Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 and above for the reporting term are named to the President’s List.

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution in Manchester, NH.

Gilroyans named to President’s List at Gonzaga

Gilroy residents Audrey Burke and Shane Dodd were named to Gonzaga University President’s List for fall semester 2022. 

Students must earn a 3.85 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.

Gonzaga University is a private Catholic University in Spokane, Wash.

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