March 9, 2020

State of the City

Article by Mark Turner, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce President/CEO

About 100 people gathered at Old City Hall Restaurant last Thursday evening to hear Mayor Velasco’s last State of the City address.

The Mayor recalled various events over the last 3+ years that stood out to him during his tenure, some more humorous, others more serious and a few more tragic. He highlighted the efforts of the community following the Garlic Festival incident last year and recalled how the community pulled together to get through the difficult time.

In his 30-minute speech, the Mayor challenged the City Council in the areas of tourism and economic development. He also thanked outgoing City Administrator Gabe Gonzalez for his work over the last 4 years and welcomed interim City Administrator Jimmy Forbis as he takes the reigns for the next 8 – 12 months.

The event, which was hosted by the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, also provided an opportunity for the Chamber to roll out its Community Vision Document. The Document is a 7-year plan which includes input from other organizations such as:

  • Gilroy Police and Fire
  • Gilroy Unified School District
  • Gavilan College
  • The City of Gilroy
  • Bike and Pedestrian Committee
  • St. Louise Regional Hospital
  • Visit Gilroy
  • Gilroy Gardens
  • Gilroy Downtown Business Association

The Community Vision Document provides an opportunity for the Chamber to consistently convene the leaders of these organizations to track the progress of their goals and objectives ensuring progress is being made. The ultimate question asked of each organization was, 7 years from now, as we look back, what will your organization say it accomplished in order to make Gilroy a better place to live, work and raise a family?

Efforts to assemble the Community Vision Document were first launched approximately 2 years ago at a Chamber Board Planning Meeting. The Chamber Board felt it was important to create a vision document which brought various organizations together to achieve a better community.

Tourism & Local Upcoming Events

Article by Jane Howard, Director Visit Gilroy

In this ever-changing world of Tourism, we certainly have a lot of changes going on since 2020 has begun. Here are a few fun facts to show you just how important the tourism industry is. According to recently released U. S. Travel Association and Visit California data:

  • Travel supports nearly 16 million American jobs
  • Travel is the number one industry for 1st jobs, nearly 4 in 10 Americans started their careers in travel and tourism.
  • The travel industry supports nearly 16 million U.S. jobs and generates more than $2,000,000,000,000 ($2 trillion) to our economy
  • California has more than 1 million direct jobs for the tourism industry

Although these numbers are on a global scale, keep in mind that tourism due to recent events is lower than it has been in years currently. The way to show support for our community is to spend your dollars right here in Gilroy! Some examples are to go wine tasting at our local Gilroy wineries, dine out at a local restaurant such as The Milias, Westside Grill or Garlic City Café or even go golfing! The money you spend locally, comes back around full circle, such as when you shop at Gilroy Premium Outlets. 1 out of every 5 dollars in sales tax revenue received by the City is generated at the Outlets. That’s valuable funding that helps pay for local police, fire, roads, parks and more. So, just know that your local support has an impact!

We recently had Daylight Savings arrive, which means we have time to spend more time outside in the sun after work! Here are some of our local events coming up – buy your tickets and mark your calendars!

March 2020
March 21st – Flamenco Dancers at Gallery 1202
(Doors open at 6:00pm, performance will start at 7:00pm. There will be refreshments, free wine tasting and food)

March 27th – Gilroy Gardens 20th Anniversary Opening Day
Gilroy Gardens is celebrating its 20th season in 2020 with a big birthday party that lasts all season long!

April 2020
April 3rd 7-9pm Tigers Be Still, Limelight Actors Theater
Tigers Be Still is a comedy and is the first show of the year!

April 4th – Art, Wine, Bubbly & Chocolate Lovers’ Affair Downtown Gilroy
Confirmed List of Participating Wineries: Calerrain Wine, Fernwood Cellars, Guglielmo Winery, Heller Winery, Kirigin Cellars, Lion Ranch Vineyards and Winery, Martin Ranch Winery, Morgan Hill Cellars, Solis Winery, Seeker Vineyard, Satori Cellars, Verde Vineyards, Sarah’s Vineyard, Stefania Wine and Fortino Winery

April 4th – Monthly Walking Tour: Old Gilroy Railroad and Alexander Streets
(Meet in front of the Gilroy Museum, 195 Fifth Street at 10:00am)

April 19th – Paella Dinner at Fortino Winery 2-5pm
Feel like some authentic Spanish Meat Paella? That was a trick question…We’ll see you there. Also available: wines, beers and sangria will be available to purchase.

Coming Attraction… A Theater Near You

Article by Mark Turner, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce President/CEO

On a recent tour with Paul Gunsky, owner and operator of the new CineLux Gilroy Café & Lounge, Chamber President Mark Turner was able to see firsthand what guests at the theatre will experience. Turner said, “Gilroyans will be well pleased with the theater from the minute they walk in. It’s plain to see that great care has been taken to create a movie theatre experience second to none.”

Paul Gunsky said, “Our largest auditoriums have been completely redesigned: exit doors repositioned to allow for gigantic wall to wall screen with pristine sound systems featuring 7.1 sound accompanied with Klipsch speakers and comfortable VIP seating.”

At the CineLux Gilroy Cafe & Lounge, guests will enjoy the comforts of a brand-new theatre which boasts cutting-edge technology and customer-preferred amenities including:

  • Reclining Loungers that are electric-powered, plush, oversize recliners with footrests.
  • A state-of-the-art viewing environment.
  • Enhanced sound systems that enable customers to hear the movies as the filmmakers intended.
  • Reserved seating that can be secured online in advance, at the kiosk in their lobby.
  • Concession stand featuring popcorn, Pepsi fountain drinks, popcorn, fresh kettle corn and favorite candy brands; plus Angus beef sliders, chicken sliders, chicken tenders with fries, pretzels, churro bites, individual-sized pizzas, and of course, hot delicious Angus beef hot dogs.
  • Online reserved seating.
  • A bar featuring craft beers and local wines.

While Paul could not provide an exact date of when the theater would open, he indicated they are very close. Paul appreciates the community’s support and patience while they add the final touches.

California Might Smash the Gender Binary in the Toy Aisle

Article by The Hustle

Lawmakers in California are considering a bill that would prohibit department stores from separating toys, clothing, and other kiddie wares by gender.

The bill applies to retailers with 500+ employees. Starting in 2023, businesses that receive a violation notice would have 30 days to smash the toy-aisle patriarchy, or face a $1k fine.

Feminist Hulk would’ve been proud

To the bill’s supporters, separate aisles for “boy’s toys” and “girl’s toys” make about as much sense as Toothpaste for Men and Pens for Her (although the Amazon reviews for the pens are pretty great).

They don’t want Billy to be bullied just because he’s into Barbie.

As you’d expect, the bill is controversial. Several commentators said the Golden State has bigger priorities to focus on, whether you think the cause is noble or nuts.

Some stores are already ahead of the curve

Five years ago, Target said it was phasing out gender-based signs in its stores. Tastes change, and in some cases, gender-based suggestions might be more passé than gender-reveal parties. (Seriously: Those stunts can be dangerous.)

Key Employment Law Issues When Addressing Workplace Illnesses

By Matthew Roberts, CalChamber

Our employee has recently returned from traveling in an area where there is an illness epidemic. What can we do to address the employee’s exposure and protect our workplace?

Under the federal and California Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), an employer has an obligation to provide a safe and healthy work environment. However, managing illnesses in the workplace implicates a number of medical and privacy concerns that an employer must balance.

Injury/Illness Prevention Plan

Part of an employer’s OSHA obligation to provide a safe and healthy work environment is the creation and implementation of an Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP). The IIPP should contain a communicable disease policy and procedure that includes employee awareness training regarding diseases, procedures for reporting and addressing symptoms, and procedures for issuing personal protective equipment, if necessary.

Medical Screenings, Exams, Vaccinations

Employers must use caution and should consult with legal counsel before requiring current employees to undergo medical screenings or examinations to test for illnesses.

Under these circumstances, a medical screening or examination can occur only when the employer, based on objective evidence, observes symptoms which indicate that an employee may suffer from a medical condition that impairs that individual’s ability to perform essential job functions or poses a direct threat to the safety of others.

This means that an employee who has returned from a region experiencing an epidemic, but without symptoms, likely cannot be subject to a required medical examination.

If an employee is demonstrating symptoms, you may require the employee to leave the workplace because that individual is a direct threat to the safety of others, and may require the employee to undergo a medical examination to verify that it is safe for the employee to return to work.

For diseases for which there are vaccinations, most employers may not require employees to be vaccinated unless the employer can show that the immunization is job-related and consistent with business necessity.

Even in situations where an employer may require vaccinations, there may be additional religious accommodation issues to explore with legal counsel.

Leaves of Absence

Although most cases of seasonal illnesses do not constitute a “serious medical condition,” complications from an illness may create a serious medical condition that requires the use of available job-protected leave under the federal Family Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act.

Of course, any contraction of an illness is a qualifying reason to use California Paid Sick Leave time.

Maintaining Privacy

As with any issue involving an employee’s health and medical conditions, any information the employer receives must be held private.

When employees inquire about the steps the employer is taking to protect workers from illnesses, the employer needs to prepare an appropriate message that addresses employees’ concerns while also protecting employee privacy.

The Gig Work Battles Continues

Article by Dan Walters, CalMatters

When the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, was awaiting final congressional action in 2010, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a speech to county officials, uttered 24 words that have haunted her ever since.

Referring to the controversies that surrounded the groundbreaking legislation, she said, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it — away from the fog of the controversy.”

It was immediately interpreted — misinterpreted, she has insisted — as meaning she and other Democrats were jamming Obamacare through Congress without knowing its ramifications.

California’s Democratic legislators now face a similar situation vis-à-vis legislation they passed last year that would outlaw free-lance or contract working arrangements of hundreds of thousands of Californians.

Assembly Bill 5 codifies a state Supreme Court decision defining who can and cannot be considered a contract worker. It’s aimed, its labor union sponsors and legislative supporters say, at the “misclassification” of workers as contractors, which denies them the benefits and protections of being payroll employees.

Its specific targets were “gig economy” companies such as Uber and Lyft and one motive behind both the lawsuit that produced the Supreme Court ruling and AB 5 was creating new opportunities for union organizing once workers became payroll employees.

The unions and the author of the bill, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a San Diego Democrat, gave exemptions to a few categories of work. But it’s drawn criticism from artists, photographers, dancers, musicians, journalists and many other freelance workers who say it has damaged their incomes because employers shied away from giving them non-payroll work.

It’s also created great uncertainty on how it might be applied to whole industries. Could, for example, owners of fast-food restaurant franchises be considered employees of the parent franchising corporations?

As the Legislature reconvened this year, dozens of bills were introduced to carve out more exemptions. Meanwhile, the trucking industry has tied up the legislation in court vis-à-vis independent truckers. And Uber and other transportation and delivery services are sponsoring a ballot measure to exempt themselves from the measure.

Republicans drafted most of the bills. Although they are powerless to pass anything in a Legislature dominated by Democrats, they believe that the backlash from free-lancers — most of whom are certainly Democrats — gives them something of a wedge issue.

Gonzalez, speaking for herself and the sponsoring unions, says she’s open to fine-tuning the measure. She’s introduced one measure herself to clear up exemptions for estheticians, electrologists, manicurists, barbers and cosmetologists.

However, Gonzalez also refuses to make any fundamental changes in AB 5 and has the backing of her party, powerful unions and, indirectly, the Supreme Court. Were AB 5 to be repealed, the court’s ruling would stand and that could mean job-by-job legal battles over employment status.

Gonzalez is trying to dampen the criticism by proposing tax breaks and direct assistance to freelancers to help them incorporate as businesses or otherwise cope with AB 5’s effects.

“We know many of California’s independent contractors who operate as actual small businesses are making a good faith effort to comply with AB 5 and formalize themselves and their business licenses,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “This one-time relief will help these business owners with the transition to becoming LLCs (limited liability corporations).”

How AB 5 ultimately plays out is unclear. One ironic scenario could be that the Uber, et al, initiative would pass, thus exempting the unions’ original targets, but the measure’s provisions would still apply to everyone else.

March 2, 2020

State of the City and Community Vision

Article by Mark Turner, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce President/CEO

Thursday evening, Mayor Roland Velasco will deliver his final State of the City address at Old City Hall Restaurant. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and the cost is $45 per ticket. Price includes dinner.

Along with the State of the City address, the Gilroy Chamber will be rolling out its Community Vision Document, a 7-year vision plan for the community. The Community Vision Document was developed over a two-year period with input from such organizations as:

  • Gilroy Police and Fire
  • Gilroy Unified School District
  • Gavilan College
  • The City of Gilroy
  • Bike and Pedestrian Committee
  • St. Louise Regional Hospital
  • Visit Gilroy
  • Gilroy Gardens
  • Gilroy Downtown Business Association

The objectives included in the Community Vision Document give us a view of what can be done to create a better place to live, work and raise a family.

You can purchase a ticket by clicking here

What's New with Business?

Article by Eric Howard, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce Business Relationship Manager

Gilroy Gardens to Celebrate 20 Years with Best Birthday Party EVER. Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park will be celebrating 20 years of family fun and magical memories with special birthday party-themed attractions and activities throughout the 2020 season. Near the Main Plaza, guests can check in at the Birthday Clubhouse and learn a special birthday rap. The festivities continue at “party patios” throughout the park, with different themes ranging from pirates and fairy princesses to sports heroes and mad scientists. There will be a giant birthday card that guests can sign, as well as Memory Spots that spotlight the park’s unique history and special memories that have been created over the last two decades. Barb Granter, Vice President & General Manager of Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, said, “We wanted to invite everyone to help us celebrate our 20th birthday, so we’ve turned the entire park into one big birthday party that lasts all season long—with pinwheels and bubbles and cupcakes with sprinkles! We welcome everyone who has grown up with Gilroy Gardens to come celebrate this very special occasion at this very special place.” The park’s official Opening Day is on Friday, March 27. The park will also be open for Gilroy residents only on Saturday, March 21 and will have a special birthday event exclusive to 2020 Premium Card members on Sunday, March 22. Tickets and season memberships can be purchased online at

Please join Community Solutions for the 17th annual Helping Hands & Healing Hearts Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 20, 2020, 11:15 am–1:30 pm, at the Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center. Community Solutions annually recognizes a community leader dedicated to improving the lives of others and an individual who has triumphed over personal adversity to positively change the course of his or her future. This sell-out event is a treasured tradition for local businesses and community members, and supports programs and services creating positive change for children, families and individuals in our local community. Tickets/information:

Gilroy Assistance League’s (GAL’s) Impressions “Sweet 16” Home + Garden Tour is on Mother’s Day weekend, May 8 and 9, 2020. The annual tour features three unique and sprawling homes of South County. The tour begins at 810 W. San Martin Avenue, San Martin. Doors open at 10:00 am; guests must check in at the first home by 2:00 pm. Home and Garden Boutique, found at the last home on the tour, closes at 5:00 pm daily. Hors d’oeuvres and no host wine will be available. Tickets are $35 in advance (online at or  from active GALs members) or $40 at the door each day.

Coronavirus Update

By CalMatters

As the first two coronavirus deaths were reported in the United States, California schools and universities were preparing for the potential that COVID-19 will disrupt learning and worry students and their parents.
Among the developments:

  • In Solano County, where the nation’s first community-spread COVID-19 patient lived, K-12 public schools offered parents the option of having their children learn from home, CalMatters’ Ricardo Cano, Felicia Mello and Elizabeth Aguilera report.
  • California State University started shutting down studying-abroad programs in South Korea. CSU already recalled students studying in China.
  • Five new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Northern California, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
  • Catholic churches altered communion, The Orange County Register reported.
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency. Two people died in Washington including a man in his 70s who lived in a nursing home in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland.
  • The Washington nursing home outbreak prompted calls for precautionary tactics at elder care facilities, because older people are at heightened risk for COVID-19, Kaiser Health News reports.

Earlier: The feds on Friday dropped efforts to house people with symptoms at Fairview Development Center in Costa Mesa. Costa Mesa’s city council had won a temporary court order blocking its use.

The California Department of Public Health said in a statement that Costa Mesa’s lawsuit blocking Fairview’s use came as hospital bed space “was critically needed.”

  • “Having people who are not sick occupying available hospital beds placed a burden on the health care system and limits critical access for patients in a time of great need.”

Presumably, the Fairview question could be revisited as the virus spreads.

Recommended Strategies from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Actively encourage sick employees to stay home:

  • Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
  • Ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies.
  • Talk with companies that provide your business with contract or temporary employees about the importance of sick employees staying home and encourage them to develop non-punitive leave policies.
  • Do not require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
  • Employers should maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member. Employers should be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.


Separate sick employees:

  • CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately. Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).


Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees:

  • Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.
  • Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
  • Instruct employees to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained. Place hand rubs in multiple locations or in conference rooms to encourage hand hygiene.
    Visit the coughing and sneezing etiquette and clean hands webpage for more information.


Perform routine environmental cleaning:

  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
  • No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.
  • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.


Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps:

  • Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew, can be found at on the CDC website.
  • Advise employees to check themselves for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting travel and notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
  • Ensure employees who become sick while traveling or on temporary assignment understand that they should notify their supervisor and should promptly call a healthcare provider for advice if needed.
  • If outside the United States, sick employees should follow your company’s policy for obtaining medical care or contact a healthcare provider or overseas medical assistance company to assist them with finding an appropriate healthcare provider in that country. A U.S. consular officer can help locate healthcare services. However, U.S. embassies, consulates, and military facilities do not have the legal authority, capability, and resources to evacuate or give medicines, vaccines, or medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.


Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19:

  • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
  • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.


Chamber to Convene Elected Officials for Annual Summit

Mark Turner, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce President/CEO

The Gilroy Chamber is convening its 7th Annual Legislative Summit, which is scheduled for Friday, April 24, 2020. This is a regional event for South County. The Summit has allowed local business owners and residents the opportunity to hear from their elected officials about issues that affect them most.

One of the 5 Purposes of the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce is to represent the interest of business with government. The Legislative Summit is just one of the ways the Chamber does that. Other ways the Chamber does that is through their attendance and City Council meetings, addressing concerns of local business owners with elected officials and City staff, building relationships with County, State and Federal elected officials, not to mention tracking bills in the State Legislature.

This year’s Summit will take place at the Elks’ Lodge (Lodge on the Hill) located at 2765 Hecker Pass Highway from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The line-up of elected officials is as follows:

  • Congresswoman, Zoe Lofgren
  • Congressman, Jimmy Panetta
  • Gilroy Mayor, Roland Velasco
  • Morgan Hill Mayor, Rich Constantine
  • California State Senator, Bill Monning
  • California State Assemblymember, Robert Rivas
  • Santa Clara County Supervisor, Mike Wasserman
  • Valley Water District 1 Director, John Varela

The cost is $45 per person and includes lunch. Register online at or call the Chamber office at 408-842-6437.

California Getting Tough on Homeless?

Article written by Dan Walters, CalMatters

Gov. Gavin Newsom devoted most of his State of the State address this month to California’s ever-growing crisis of homelessness, outlining a broad new approach and pledging that he will make it work.

“I don’t think homelessness can be solved,” he concluded, “I know homelessness can be solved. This is our cause. This is our calling.”

Buried in the speech was a hint as to why he’s taking ownership of what many would consider to be an intractable problem.

“The public has lost patience,” he told legislators. “You have lost patience and I’ve lost patience.”

A week before Newsom spoke, a new statewide poll revealed that loss of patience — what appears to be a declining level of compassion for those living in squalor on the streets and a rising demand for action, even compulsion.

The poll by the USC Price School of Public Policy and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy found that “likely California voters appear conflicted about their compassion to help those experiencing homelessness and their desire to keep homeless encampments out of public areas.”

While Californians still want the homeless to be helped, two-thirds of poll respondents also want their encampments removed from public areas and high-risk fire zones.

Newsom and other politicians survive by sensing what voters want and what they will not tolerate and acting accordingly. We may be, therefore, seeing the beginnings of a tougher approach — not only clearing encampments from public sidewalks and other high-visibility sites, but perhaps compelling the homeless with mental ailments to undergo therapy.

Newsom talked of modifying state and federal policies that essentially did away with compulsory treatment of the mentally ill, calling not only for more comprehensive care but, if necessary, requiring it via “conservatorships” for those unable to care for themselves.

Clearing homeless encampments from public places has been virtually impossible, at least in Western states, because of a 2019 federal appellate court ruling — which the Supreme Court refused to review — that says local governments cannot prohibit the homeless from camping unless they provide alternative locations.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeal ruling cites the 8th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting “cruel and unusual punishment” and declares that anti-camping laws “punish a person for lacking the means to live out the universal and unavoidable consequences of being human.”

However, in a little-noticed footnote, the court declared, “Even where shelter is unavailable, an ordinance prohibiting sitting, lying, or sleeping outside at particular times or in particular locations might well be constitutionally permissible. So, too, might an ordinance barring the obstruction of public rights of way or the erection of certain structures,” if such a law is needed to “protect the public health, safety and welfare.”

Relying on that footnote, the city of Sacramento’s staff has proposed an ordinance to prohibit the homeless from camping within 25 feet of river levees, hospitals, bridges, fire and police stations, pump stations and other public facilities and it was scheduled for approval at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

A staff report cites numerous fires and other hazards associated with homeless camps and declares, “The proposed ordinance is an exercise of the city’s authority to protect the public health, safety, and welfare as recognized by the 9th Circuit …”

Were it to survive the inevitable legal challenge, Sacramento’s ordinance would, in effect, respond to the findings of the USC poll about the public’s loss of patience that Newsom also underscored in his address.

What to Do With the Dam Water?

Mark Turner, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce President/CEO

The Chamber’s Government Relations Committee will be convening a meeting to discuss the State of Anderson Dam. For the sake of public safety, the Federal government has ordered Valley Water to drain Anderson Dam. The environmental impact of doing so is far greater than the environmental impacts that have caused years of delay. Valley Water Director, John Varela, will be present to discuss future plans and impacts should Valley Water have to comply with the order to drain the dam. The Government Relations Committee meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 13 from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce, 7471 Monterey Street.