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June 15, 2024

Guest View: Regulators want to spend billions to reduce a fraction of water usage

Hydrologists measure large amounts of water in acre-feet—an acre of water one-foot deep, or 326,000 gallons. In an average year, 200 million acre-feet of water fall on California as rain or snow. The vast majority of it sinks into the ground or evaporates, but about...

Guest View: The heartwarming return of O.D.’s in Gilroy

od's kitchen downtown gilroy
In the heart of Gilroy, a culinary gem has stood the test of time, serving as a beloved gathering place for locals and visitors alike. For 35 years, Mike and Rocio's family-owned restaurant, O.D.’s Kitchen, has been an integral part of the community, and...

Guest View: California has a budget deficit, but there’s disagreement about how big

There’s an old adage that one must first acknowledge a problem exists before it can be addressed. It bears repeating because of a huge disagreement over the size of California’s state budget deficit. In December, the Legislature’s independent budget analyst said the state faces a...

Guest View: California will continue to struggle with existential issues in 2024

California enters the new year with its existential issues still unresolved, and a new one—an immense budget deficit—threatens to make dealing with them even more difficult. California has made very little progress, if any, on narrowing its shortage of housing, its levels of homelessness and...

Mayor’s Update: Looking ahead in 2024

Marie Blankley
Happy New Year, Gilroy! 2024 is sure to be a big year, beginning with a milestone birthday for me in February: 60 years old. Yikes! 2023 was a year of many accomplishments for Gilroy, and 2024 shows no less promise. In 2023, we saw the...

Guest View: The path forward in 2024

Zach Hilton
2023 is in the rear-view mirror and with the 2023-2024 legislative work plan already established, the Gilroy City Council will dive right into many items that need to be completed in 2024.  Once the new City Council is seated after the Nov. 5, 2024 election,...

Spoking My Mind: Happy New Gear

bicycle new year resolution
Yes, a very happy new gear to all! Did Santa bring you a new bicycle last month? Spectacular! Send me a picture of you and your new ride—landscape is preferred over portrait—and I’ll try to feature it in a future column.  Have you signed up for...

Guest View: Push for labor laws can have negative consequences for workers

When federal government and state governments passed laws governing wages, working hours and other workplace conditions prior to World War II, agricultural labor was exempted. Many years later, after the 40-hour work week became standard, California’s Industrial Welfare Commission decreed that farmworkers could work up...

Guest View: Successful reading skills upgrade offers a lesson for politicians

A decade ago, California’s political apparatus finally recognized a yawning achievement gap in its public schools, separating poor and English-learner students from their more privileged classmates. While overall, California’s nearly 6 million K-12 students were not faring very well in state and federal tests of...

Spoking My Mind: The most wonderful time of the gear

lighted bike spoking my mind
Hooray! We made it to another December! Covid appears to be dropping further and further behind, not unlike Cycle Guy on a group ride. Still, let’s all remember to stay vigilant, be wise, care for ourselves and others…and ride on! According to the latest intel...

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