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September 29, 2020

Design for downtown parking lot underway

The Gilroy City Council chose a consultant Sept. 21 to design a future parking lot downtown. The council agreed unanimously to award the $241,396 contract to BKF Engineers, who will design the parking lot proposed at the corner of...

Gilroy appoints police, fire chiefs

Two Gilroy public safety veterans have been appointed to the top spots of their respective departments. The Gilroy City Council appointed Pedro Espinoza as police chief and Jim Wyatt as fire chief on Sept. 21. The two will assume...

New website schedules Covid tests up to a week in advance

Santa Clara County on Sept. 21 announced a new website——that lets residents schedule a Covid-19 test up to a week ahead of time at certain sites. Appointments for the drive-thru testing at the county fairgrounds can be made five days in advance.

Anderson Reservoir will close to public through 2030

Anderson Reservoir will be closed to boating, fishing and all recreational activities for the next several years starting Oct. 1. That’s when the local water district will begin draining the lake in order to begin construction on a new discharge tunnel and seismically retrofitted dam.

What are ‘Boogaloo Bois’ and what do they want?

Then on Aug. 27, Gilroy resident Alan Viarengo was arrested for allegedly sending 24 anonymous, threatening letters to Santa Clara County Health Officer Sara Cody. Investigators serving a search warrant at his home found 138 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition and explosive materials.

Local Scene, Sept. 17: Gilroy Lions support neighboring relief efforts

Gilroy Lions President Lee Kalpin and Secretary-Treasurer Dean C. Raymond, presented Freedom Lions President Renee Skelton a check for $500 on Sept. 9.  The donation is in support of relief efforts for the damages from the CZU Lightning Complex...

County tightens Covid-19 testing order for healthcare providers

Santa Clara County on Sept. 16 expanded its existing Covid-19 testing order to tighten up requirements for large-scale healthcare providers to ensure testing is more easily available, without delays to all residents.

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.

Gilroy outlets will be dark on Thanksgiving

Gilroy shoppers looking to get a jump on Black Friday deals will have to stay home with their families on Thanksgiving this year, while many workers won’t be forced to cook dinner early. The Gilroy Premium Outlets will be...

Jim Wyatt named acting fire chief

The City of Gilroy appointed Jim Wyatt as acting fire chief Sept. 11 as its nearly two-year search for a permanent hire continues. Wyatt replaces interim chief Mark Bisbee, who was appointed in January. Bisbee was limited to 960...