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Address:   7351 Rosanna St, Gilroy, CA 95020


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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Gilroy City Council denies electronic billboard plan

The Gilroy City Council rejected a proposal March 20 that would have allowed two digital billboards along Highway 101. On a 4-3 vote, the council denied an appeal by property owner Mike Conrotto and billboard company Outfront Media, who sought …

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City honors late Gilroyan with room dedication

The Gilroy City Council agreed Feb. 27 to name a classroom in the Gilroy Senior Center after Theodore “Ted” Carpenetti, an active participant of the center who died in July 2022 at the age of 105. Carpenetti lived in Gilroy …

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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.

Gavilan College Selects New Leader


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

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