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January 17, 2021

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...

Family fuels Rivas

Bold. That’s how Robert Rivas, newly elected assembly member to California’s 30th district describes himself, his leadership style and his campaign. “I’m not afraid to make a decision, so long as it’s the right decision to make,” said Rivas said in his first interview...

Marques victory adds slow-growth vote

In the Nov. 6 election for three four-year seats on the Gilroy City Council, there were no surprises. Not so for the single two-year seat. In the major upset of Election Day in Gilroy, incumbent Dan Harney lost to slow-growth advocate Carol Marques for the open...

SCC voters help pass Gavilan’s $248M bond

Although ballots are still being counted by election officials, updated results for the Nov. 6 election have the likely passage of Gavilan College’s $248 million Measure X bond as well as the election of three new members to the school’s governing body. “This is a very exciting...