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Dig a little in any city in Santa Clara County and you’ll find its agricultural roots. But in Gilroy, that past is still very much on the surface. Not only is the city famous for the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, it’s also a thriving center for boutique wine production. (Coincidentally, the town is named after John Gilroy, an itinerant barrel maker, who got his hands on the land by marrying the daughter of a ranchero.) Two of the top employers in town are garlic giant Christopher Ranch and agri-business company Olam International. Another horticultural high point can be found in the city-owned Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park: the “circus trees” of Axel Erlandson, a Swedish American farmer whose hobby was cultivating oddly shaped trees. But even here in the southern end of Santa Clara County, the forces of urbanization are at work, with a population that has almost doubled since 1990.

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Gilroy is a charter city operating under the guidance of a city council that consists of seven members who are elected at large.

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City begins negotiations on Hecker Pass adventure park

The Gilroy City Council unanimously agreed to enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Select Contracts on Sept. 13 to discuss financials and other aspects of a proposed bike and adventure park on the hillside near Gilroy Gardens. The proposal …

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Camping ban near Gilroy schools may move forward

Crews recently cleared a homeless encampment underneath a bridge on IOOF Avenue that crosses Miller Slough, where parents of students from the adjacent schools have frequently expressed their concerns over safety for their children. But with limited shelters already at …

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Gilroy’s Christopher High Track and Field Team Makes History in CCS Championships

The Cougars’ Kingsley Okoronkwo (triple jump) and Melia Middleton (300-meter hurdles) earned berths to the CIF State Championships May 27-28, and they’ll be joined by para athletes Ashton Pluckhan, Ella Rodriguez, Isabella Browne and Sydney Saulo.

(May 25, 2022) → Read the full Gilroy Dispatch report
Gavilan College Selects New Leader

Pedro Avila comes from Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), where he serves as Vice President of Student Services.

(May 24, 2022) → Read the full Gilroy Dispatch report
Upcoming Meetings & Events
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Planning Commission Meeting
Thursday October 6 2022   6:30 PM

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Arts and Culture Commission
Tuesday October 11 2022   6:30 PM

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Gilroy City Council Meeting
Monday October 17 2022   6:00 PM

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Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
Tuesday October 18 2022   6:00 PM

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