good times local news media events catalyst santa cruz california “Morgan metro silicon valley news local events san jose weekly Pajaronian local news articles Watsonville California Pajaro Valley” title= santa cruz media events local california weekly king city rustler newspaper media local events car sales buy new car media
56.4 F
English English Español Español
December 1, 2021

Gilroy Gets New City Administrator

The Gilroy City Council will vote on hiring Gabriel Gonzalez as the new city administrator on Monday, giving him a salary of $210,000 a year and a car allowance of $4,200 a year.Gonzalez, 46, a CSU-Fresno graduate and Santa Cruz native, has had five jobs in the past six years. He was the city manager of Rohnert Park from 2010-2013, then moved to Kansas to be near his daughter and worked as city manager for the town of Augusta for five months. Back in California, he was the interim finance director for the city of El Monte for five months before moving up to assistant city manager there, where he remained for a year.Since July he’s been a management consultant for Management Partners, a national consulting firm.Earlier in his career he worked for six years as the city manager of Mendota and for three years as a manager of the Clinica Sierra Vista, a Central Valley healthcare provider for low-income and rural workers. He was finance director for the city of Arvin for six years, starting in 1995, according to his LinkedIn profile.Gonzalez was acclaimed for his work in Rohnert Park, reducing the city’s debt from $9 million to $2.2 million, according to a report in the Community Voice newspaper. He was said to have cut costs and created a 10-year plan to manage the budget.“One of his favorite mottos is ‘if the money’s not in our bank, we don’t spend it.’” the paper reported him saying.Rohnert Park City Councilman Jake Mackenzie lauded Gonzalez for helping turn the city around when it was on the verge of bankruptcy. "He has done yeoman's work; he has guided us through some very real fiscal crises and set us on a good direction for the future," Mackenzie told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat on the manager’s departure in 2013.The city’s then mayor Pam Stafford also praised him in that newspaper. “He came in at a time when we knew that what we needed to do is get financial stability, and we're well on our way to that,” she said. “He did a great job.”Former Morgan Hill city manager Ed Tewes, has served Gilroy on an interim basis since September 2015. The city manager before that, Tom Haglund, left after seven years totake a job as general manager of the Tuolumne Utilities District in Sonora, where he has a second home.Gonzalez was picked by a council subcommittee that included Mayor Perry Woodward and councilmembers Terri Aulman and Daniel Harney. The city had been looking since September and pared 29 applicants down to six, who participated in extensive interviews.Gonzalez has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from National University and a Masters of Public Administration from CSU-Fresno.

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 to an end if the state...

Q & A with Rebeca Armendariz

Why are you running?

City settles lawsuit, pays $25K

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

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...

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...

Drop off your ballot this weekend

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is encouraging voters to drop off their ballots this weekend so they can get to counting the votes in time for Tuesday night.

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 the South County, TV personalities, politicians...

Blankley selected 2019 mayor pro tem

The Gilroy City Council is settling into a new year following the election of four council members. While Dion Bracco and Peter Leroe-Muñoz reclaimed their seats on the council, Marie Blankley was elected to the seat to which she had been appointed and Carol...

Gilroy City Council race: Meet the Candidates

The seven hopefuls vying for the three open seats for the Gilroy