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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City Council

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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Planning Commission

Gilroy Planning Commission meetings are held in the City Council Chambers at 7351 Rosanna St. on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

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City Hall Closed in observance of Presidents' Day

City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2024.
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Know Your Code: Fences and Hedges in Residential Areas

Today were providing some information on the code around fences and hedges in residential areas to help us all create a beautiful and safe community.
02/12/2024

Save the Date: April 29th for the 2024 State of the City Address with Mayor Marie Blankley

The community is invited to join Mayor Marie Blankley for the 2024 State of the City Address.
02/12/2024

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