67.2 F
Gilroy
June 12, 2024

Mayor’s Update: Gilroy’s next two years

Gilroy Mayor Marie Blankley
In June the City Council approved our financial budget for fiscal years 2024 and 2025. For the next two years this budget drives the City’s spending and funding allocations within the limits of our revenue sources. As your mayor and a CPA by profession,...

Spoking My Mind: Three cheers and the Red, White and Blue

coyote lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park bicyclists
I recently pedaled past what used to be Gilroy’s Sunshine Bicycles. Instead of all those shiny new bikes in the windows, all I saw was a lonely, little “For Rent” sign. Truly the end of an era. Shifting gears from sad to happy… A super Cycle...

Guest View, Zach Hilton: Making steps toward housing for all

Zach Hilton
In the past year, Gilroy has made strides to plan and promote more affordable housing opportunities for our residents. This is needed now more than ever before.  According to the State’s recently released new income guidelines, a household of one whose income is $96,000 is...

Guest View: Slash fossil fuel subsidies instead of the climate budget

California is struggling (again) to balance its state budget. Forecasting a $31.5 billion deficit for the next fiscal year, Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed cutting $6 billion from the historic $54 billion climate budget approved last summer—and the state Legislature agrees on some $5 billion...

Guest View: Migrant flights reveal how politicians would rather toy with people than talk solutions

With 2024 campaigns heating up, immigration politics are as well, and we can expect the election cycle to bring much fire and brimstone. Sadly, as has long been the case in U.S. history, immigrants will likely suffer as a result of the political maneuverings.    Seeking...

Guest View: Plan to overhaul mental health system offers a glimmer of hope

Gov. Gavin Newson’s announcement in the spring to radically reshape California’s mental health care was compelling for several reasons. One is personal: I have an adult son with schizophrenia, a condition that’s impacted our lives for almost 30 years and counting.  My son is 44...

Guest View, Zach Hilton: Biking for a vibrant city

Zach Hilton
Whose town has the true Pedal Power? Meaning, the most people with wind in their hair, and with wheels turning. With young people and adults rolling in the open air.  Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition invited cities across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to a...

Spoking My Mind: Opportunities lost and found

Recently, I was gazing out the window of our VRBO, two tall flights above the narrow, cobblestone path below. Florence’s early-morning street view was certainly a lot quieter than our previous one in Rome! Off to the right, I spied two colorful bicycle wheels...

Guest View: Largest corporations should pay their fair share

President Joe Biden is right. The massive tax cuts under the Trump administration turned out to be nothing more than a giant giveaway to the world’s largest corporations.  Mega corporations like FedEx, Nike, General Motors, Ford, Chevron and dozens of others have paid nothing or...

Guest View: Raising taxes on corporations could chase businesses out of state

The governor just released his revised spending plan for the California budget, and while he did not admit that we are headed towards a recession, he did acknowledge the state faces economic uncertainty.  His assessment of the state’s growing fiscal challenges brings a greater focus...

SOCIAL MEDIA

10,025FansLike
1,155FollowersFollow
2,589FollowersFollow