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October 15, 2021

Council rejects ‘safe parking’ proposal

The Gilroy City Council rejected the lone bid for a parking program for the homeless Oct. 4, but agreed that it wouldn’t be the end of the discussion. One of the recommendations of the Unhoused Ad-Hoc Committee, comprised of Councilmembers Dion Bracco, Carol Marques and...

Local Scene: Foundation donates to CHS Athletics, seats open on city commissions

Foundation donates $50K to CHS Athletics The Christopher Family Foundation recently donated $50,000 to support Christopher High School’s Athletic Department. The donation will be used to augment start-up costs for all athletic department operations at the school following the cancellation of high school athletics due to...

Christopher boys, Gilroy girls win in water polo rivalry contests

In the practices leading up to the Christopher-Gilroy boys water polo match on Oct. 5, the Cougars’ Charlie Wheat and Emiliano Grieco worked on their give-and-go sequences and specific set plays.  The work paid off as Wheat scored three goals and Grieco two in a...

Committee takes back time capsule

Gilroy’s 150th anniversary time capsule, which was unveiled Sept. 13, has been removed, after controversy arose over its artwork. Mayor Marie Blankley announced at the beginning of the Oct. 4 meeting that the sesquicentennial committee rescinded the gift and removed it from city hall. The...

CalFresh benefits increase by 22%

For the first time in more than four decades, recipients of a federal nutrition program will see a noticeable jump in food benefits, coming just as pandemic-related assistance starts to wind down for many families. As of Oct. 1, payments for CalFresh (known federally as...

Grant aims to help victims of festival shooting

A $3.9 million grant will go toward the victims of the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting, the California Victim Compensation Board announced Oct. 1. The board was awarded the grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Antiterrorism and Emergency...

Police blotter, Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2021

Sept. 27 • A vehicle was reported stolen on Church Street and Welburn Avenue. • Police responded to a report of an assault on the 7000 block of Eigleberry Street at 8am and 8200 block of Church Street at 8pm. • A hit-and-run collision that damaged property...

Tree faller returns home after month away

Gilroy native John Hagins is a self-described “adrenaline junkie” who risks his life by charging into a burning forest to save others. Hagins, the owner of Skylake Tree Service, is a tree faller with Cal Fire, playing an important role that not only stops the...

Local Scene: National Night Out returns, Day in the Country auction is live

National Night Out returns The Gilroy Police Department will host National Night Out Outdoors on Oct. 5 at 4:30pm in the grass area between the library and City Hall. The free event will feature a resource fair, music, raffles, safety information, giveaways and more. Auction now live...

GECA earns national honors

Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy (GECA) has been named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School, joining 325 schools nationwide to receive the honor. The recognition comes from the U.S. Department of Education, as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. GECA, a high...