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March 23, 2023

Former GOP candidate for 30th district convicted of election fraud

Neil Kitchens—a Prunedale resident who ran unsuccessfully against Robert Rivas in the 2018 race for state assembly—pleaded guilty to felony election fraud on election day 2020, according to authorities.

Panetta has busy first week in Capitol

Congressman Jimmy Panetta’s first week of his second term was a busy one, as the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives faced new responsibilities and a government shutdown. Panetta and his Congressional colleagues were sworn in en masse Jan. 3 in the Capitol. By...

South Valley celebrates ‘legend’ Sig Sanchez

Local and regional representatives and public officials held an early 100th birthday celebration last week for South Valley political icon, Gilroy Hall of Famer and longtime farmer Sig Sanchez.

Dion Bracco to run for mayor in November

Longtime Gilroy City Councilmember Dion Bracco announced his candidacy for mayor on May 21. Bracco is the first to declare his run for the mayor’s seat that will be vacated by Roland Velasco, who announced in January that he would not be seeking re-election in...

Thousands begin voting by mail, first vote center opens Feb. 22 for Presidential Primary

The official March 3 Primary Election Day is more than a week away, but vote-by-mail ballots are already piling up at the Santa Clara County board of elections. Some voting centers will be open for business on Saturday, Feb. 22. This year, for the first...

Measure N is headed for a loss in San Benito County

Local slow-growth advocates and environmentalists chalked up a win in the Nov. 3 San Benito County election as Measure N—which would create the Strada Verde Specific Plan—appears headed for a resounding defeat.

Election 2020: By the numbers

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City seeks support for sales tax

Top city officials in Gilroy have begun a campaign to build public support for a sales tax increase in 2020. Mayor Roland Velasco, Police Chief Scot Smithee, Interim Fire Chief Jeff Clet and City Administrator Gabriel Gonzalez all signed an open letter posted online Sept....

Stephen Romero, Keyla Salazar, Trevor Irby killed in Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting

All three of the fatally wounded victims of the July 28 mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival were young people visiting Gilroy, attending the festival with family or friends.  Stephen Romero, 6. Keyla Salazar, 13. Trevor Irby, 25. Stephen Romero lived in San Jose. His identity was...

Primary ballots sent to military, voters

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters’ Office mailed the first ballots out to military and overseas voters on Jan. 17, for the March 3 Presidential Primary Election. Both federal and state laws require ballots for voters who are on active duty in the military...