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May 23, 2024

City halts negotiations on Gilroy Gardens property

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The City of Gilroy has halted negotiations with a company that previously showed interest in purchasing the city’s 536-acre property that includes Gilroy Gardens.  In a May 9 announcement, Gilroy Communications Manager Rachelle Bedell said the city has ceased talks with BayEcotarium that began under...

A look inside: Anderson Reservoir diversion tunnel

Crews for Valley Water and various construction contractors later this month will finish digging a new 1,736-foot diversion tunnel for Anderson Reservoir—which has been about 80% complete since February. In late May, crews will dig out the final 350 feet of the tunnel by opening...

Newsom proposes lower spending on homelessness, affordable housing

After Gov. Gavin Newsom rolled out a deficit-bridging budget plan in January, advocates pushing for more affordable housing and shelters hoped he might reconsider his intent to make deep cuts—or scrounge up some more money. On May 10, Newsom released a revised proposal showing that...

County celebrates new ambulance fleet at Saint Louise Regional Hospital

A fleet of 12 new ambulances dedicated to transporting patients among the county’s hospitals and medical offices was unveiled at Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy on May 9.  The new emergency medical vehicles will improve transport times among Santa Clara Valley Healthcare’s three hospitals—SLRH,...

Vineyard brings romantic vibe to South Valley

I love our local wineries but have to admit I haven’t been to them all. In an attempt to spice things up and seek something new, I wanted to take a trip to Leal Vineyards near Hollister.  I decided I wanted to slow it down,...

Local Scene: Academic Honors

Escobedo graduates Gilroy resident Selene Escobedo, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies, graduated from Biola University at the spring 2024 commencement ceremony. The ceremony took place on May 3 and 4.  Quilt show benefits AAUW The AAUW Gilroy branch will host a quilt show and lunch from 11am-2:30pm May...

Gilroy woman arrested on suspicion of causing $300K in fire damage

A 49-year-old woman with a conviction for arson has been taken into custody in connection with a fire that caused about $300,000 in damage, Gilroy police said May 10. Sonia Garcia, 49, was accused of propping tires against the building in the 7900 block of...

Police urge caution during Bicycle Safety Month

May is National Bicycle Safety Month, and Gilroy Police are encouraging everyone to participate safely and reminding drivers to be extra alert for more people pedaling and walking on the roads.  “Everyone deserves to reach their destination safely,” Gilroy Police Sgt. Michael McMahon said. “Unfortunately,...

Burning Man comes to South Valley

The 12th annual unSCruz event, a four-day bounty of free style art projects, oddball vehicles, tricycles, motorized gizmos, outlandish costumes, food and drink extravaganzas, music, dance and more unfolded May 2-5 at the San Benito County Fairgrounds.  The campout event, which sold out in an...

Pilots lead disaster response exercise at San Martin Airport

Pilots and local officials from Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Martin gathered at the San Martin Airport on May 4 for the annual Disaster Airlift Response Team’s annual disaster training exercise.  The event was organized by the South County Airport Pilots Association. Also in attendance...

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