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December 1, 2021

Four Council incumbents face challengers

Four City Council positions are up for election in November, and all four incumbents are seeking re-election and face challengers.The last day to file paperwork for a candidate was Friday, Aug. 10, and the ballots are set. Voters will select three candidates to four-year...

Incumbents seek return to the City Council

If all incumbent Gilroy City Council members choose to run for a four-year term, one will definitely not return to the council. That’s because of the four seats available on the Nov. 6 ballot, three are open for four-year terms and is one for a...

Council OKs Hecker Pass ‘agri-tourist’ plan

Hecker Pass neighborhoods
  A divided Gilroy City Council on July 2 narrowly approved an “agri-tourist” commercial development near Hecker Pass Highway (CA 152) and Santa Teresa Boulevard. Four council members—Daniel Harney, Peter Leroe-Muñoz, Fred Tovar and Cat Tucker—rebuffed pleas from Mayor Roland Velasco and a standing-room-only crowd of...

Smith, Hirokawa head for Nov. runoff

Incumbent Sheriff Laurie Smith and retired Undersheriff John Hirokawa said Tuesday night, with about 41 percent of the total expected ballots counted in the June 5 election, they are both prepared for a November runoff battle for Santa Clara County Sheriff. As of 9pm, neither...

Rivas, Kitchens to face off

Early returns from the four counties in the sprawling 30th Assembly district left no doubt about the front-runner, San Benito County Supervisor Robert Rivas. He will likely face first-time Republican candidate Neil Kitchens in a November runoff, as fellow Democrat and Gilroy City Councilman...

Oily politics: Rivas targeted

The state’s petroleum industry is spending $320,000 in the District 30 State Assembly race to defeat fundraising frontrunner Robert Rivas. The San Benito County supervisor hopes to succeed Anna Caballero, who is running for state senate this year and represents a district that stretches...

Mayor leaves supe’s office

Gilroy Mayor Roland Velasco has left his job as an aide to Santa County Supervisor Mike Wasserman, saying he wants to devote a full-time focus to his part-time role at City Hall. Velasco, elected to his first term in 2016, said this week he left...

City releases some info on policies

Nearly two months after the death of Steven Juarez in police custody, friends and family of the Gilroyan are not giving up in their effort to demand answers from City Hall and its police department. Specifically, Juarez’ family—consisting of several generations of Gilroy residents—wants to...

Primary season kicks off

The most hotly contested local primary on June 5 could be in the 30th Assembly District, which encompasses all of San Benito County, much of Monterey County, and portions of southern Santa Cruz County, and southern Santa Clara County, including Gilroy and Morgan Hill. Incumbent...

Nominations open for June primary election

If you have ever considered running for local office in Santa Clara County, now is your chance. Monday kicked off the nomination period for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Primary Election. The nomination period ends on Friday, March 9, but can be extended to Wednesday,...