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February 1, 2023

Supe Search High Hopes

38 candidates have applied to be the next schools chief, and the
top consultant for the search firm says the pool is solid
The following organizations and individuals deserve either CHEERS or JEERS this week:

CHEERS: For the news that there’s a healthy pool of candidates – 38 to be precise – who want to be the next superintendent for the Gilroy Unified School District. Bill Attea, the head consultant for the search firm hired by GUSD told school board president Tom Bundros that the pool is strong. This is most welcome news because this is such a key hire at such a pivotal time. Let’s hope in a year’s time, this search is bearing fruit in terms of student achievement and direction for GUSD.

JEERS: For the about-face resignation of Assistant Police Chief Lanny Brown. It’s not his fault that “nobody” seems to know the rules of retirement. But his abrupt departure puts an odd, and perhaps appropriate exclamation point, on the squalid business of his and Police Chief Gregg Giusiana’s secret retirements.

CHEERS: For the City of Gilroy’s move to enforce parking regulations in downtown Gilroy. The area is looking better each week, and it will never draw customers if people hog the parking places. Enforcement is the right course of action.

JEERS: For 30-year-old Julian Joseph Martinez who handed over a cell phone to Gilroy Police to prove his innocence. Videos on that phone wound up getting him charged with lewd acts with a child and sodomy with a person younger than 16. And, by the way, nice work by the GPD taking a dumb criminal off the street.

JEERS: For the shortage of farmworkers which is causing havoc in the agriculture community. It’s astounding that South County farmers like George Chiala are cutting production because the labor supply isn’t there.

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