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June 30, 2022

Local Scene: City town hall; arts events

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City administrator holding town hall City Administrator Jimmy Forbis will host a virtual town hall on June 22 at 6pm. During the Town Hall, community members will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding any City-related topic. To request Spanish language interpretation services for this meeting, contact...

Stockton garlic festival announces dates

A Stockton-based promoter who made waves with some Gilroyans when it announced it will be hosting its own garlic festival recently unveiled details of the event. The California Garlic Festival will be held at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds on Aug. 13-14. The Tony Noceti...

Mount Madonna School celebrates graduates

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Mount Madonna School announced Grace Timan as its Class of 2022 valedictorian and Ben Pearson as salutatorian.  Timan, who started attending MMS as a preschool student, and Pearson in kindergarten, earned this distinction through hard work and focused effort, edging out their peers at the...

Election turnout low in South County

Gilroy and Morgan Hill had some of the lowest voting precincts in Santa Clara County in a primary election noted for its poor turnout. Ballot counting continues in the county and across the state, with no changes from the preliminary results reported the night of...

Group to begin gathering signatures in councilmember recall effort

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A group seeking to recall Gilroy City Councilmember Rebeca Armendariz will now start collecting signatures after its petition was approved by City Clerk Thai Pham on June 14. Proponents now have until Oct. 12 to gather at least 6,217 signatures, or 20% of the 31,082...

Vegetation fire burns near Redwood Retreat Road

UPDATE 5PM: Cal Fire personnel on scene downgraded the size of the fire to two acres, and were canceling incoming engines as crews had surrounded 75% of the acreage with retardant. Mop-up is underway, according to Cal Fire radio dispatch. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Cal Fire is reporting a vegetation...

New Gavilan College women’s basketball coach Indira Kaljo knows what it takes to change things for the better

New Gavilan College women’s basketball coach Indira Kaljo knows exactly the situation she’s getting into.  The Rams haven’t fielded a team in three years, and recruiting to Gavilan is notoriously difficult for a variety of reasons.   A challenge for Kaljo? Yes. Daunting? Absolutely not. Not for...

Council split on new executive hiring

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The Gilroy City Council was split on hiring a new community development director June 6 after some members questioned whether she would move closer to the area. With a narrow 3-2 vote, the council appointed Sharon Goei to fill the position after Karen Garner resigned...

Highway 101/25 interchange plans progress

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors approved a document June 2 that completes another step in the years-long process to construct a new overcrossing at the chronically congested Highway 101/25 interchange. The board unanimously approved the addendum to an environmental report for...

‘Beauty’ shines through in latest SVCT show

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It’s safe to say that Nicole Yarbrough knows more about “Beauty and the Beast” than the average person. The Livermore resident will star as Belle, one of the leads in South Valley Civic Theatre’s upcoming performance of the classic Disney tale. Turns out, this will...