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May 30, 2023

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.

CCW defendants seek to disqualify DA

Four defendants in an alleged CCW bribery scheme have filed a motion to take Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen off the case.

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...

Brett Miller is new acting city manager in Hollister

Brett Miller, Hollister’s assistant city manager and manager of administrative services, is acting city manager. Miller’s appointment Friday afternoon, Nov. 15, was one of the last acts of Bill Avera on his last day on the job before his retirement as city manager. One day earlier,...

Former GOP candidate for 30th Assembly District is charged with election fraud

Neil Kitchens, a Republican candidate who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the 30th District State Assembly seat in 2018, has been charged with five counts of election fraud. Kitchens pleaded not guilty at an arraignment June 27 in Monterey County Superior Court, according to court...

City settles lawsuit, pays $25K

Both the plaintiff and defendants hailed the settlement as a success.

Mixed-use building approved by council

The Gilroy City Council this week unanimously approved a mixed use building that will sit on Monterey Road near Highway 101. The project approved Jan. 14 is planned to have 69 market rate units and 9 affordable housing units for a total of 78 apartments....

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...

Sexual assault case under investigation

Accusations that a homeless man sexually assaulted a woman at his makeshift shelter in San Martin remain under investigation, according to authorities. The man has not been charged with a crime, and was released from custody shortly after his arrest last week. The suspect...