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August 7, 2020

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,...

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....

#GilroyStrong is community response to festival shootings

As the 41st annual Garlic Festival was in full swing, Christopher Ranch’s executive vice president, Ken Christopher told the Gilroy Dispatch that this year could potentially change the festival forever. With bigger-name celebrities than ever before, Christopher’s most pressing...

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.

Leaders respond to Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting via tweets

With the July 28 shootings at the Garlic Festival, Gilroy has joined the ever-growing list of communities affected by gun violence, and with that came input from famous figures across the country, hashtagged #GilroyGarlicFestival and #GilroyShooting. Community leaders from...

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...

Cities oppose Senate housing plans

California city leaders have long prided themselves on the growth plans and housing requirements tailormade for their cities. Gilroy has its own growth measure passed in 2016: Measure H. Now municipalities across California fear their planning could be put...

South County reps cautious on impeachment

As the question of whether to impeach President Donald Trump loomed over the California Democratic Convention the weekend of May 31, local representatives continued to resist the pressure to advocate impeachment. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi grew more...

Local Dem leaders react to convention

This year’s Democratic state convention in San Francisco offered a select group of party regulars a sneak preview of Democratic campaign themes. Included among the 3,400 delegates at the May 31-June 2 convention were local elected officials and party...

City settles lawsuit, pays $25K

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