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Leading Ladies, Gilroy's downtown business owners

They sell antiques, piñatas and medical supplies, organize princess parties and major home repairs; they pour coffee, give facials and lead pottery classes, they are the women of downtown Gilroy, part of the fastest-growing segment of small business owners in the country.

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Tree was the root of this stop sign's troubles
Posted: October 15, 2015

I would like to know if there is a city ordinance that states how many feet from a stop sign a tree can be. I can specifically name the corner of Sunrise Drive and Cooper Place and several others in that vicinity. Driving from Rancho Hills Drive towards Santa Teresa Blvd., there is a stop sign before Cooper that has a tree growing about 3 feet more or less in front of it. During the day you really have to look for the sign in order to see it and at night it’s hardly visible. Granted, the roadway alerts you to the stop ahead but it's dangerous not to see it. I drive this area quite frequently and have had occasions in which I have almost passed it. I'm sure someone not entirely familiar with the area could miss it. Most of the other stop signs do not have trees right in front of them so I wondered. Thank you for looking into it.

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City of Gilroy, schools and Caltrans are ready for rains
Posted: October 08, 2015

With all weather agencies predicting a 95 percent chance of a major El Nino this winter, has the city prepared itself by clearing all dried brush and debris located in the drains, spillways and culverts?

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Is anyone monitoring homeless camping?
Posted: October 01, 2015

Hi, I am calling about the vacant lot between Alexander Street and the railroad tracks on 10th Street. The same lot that once was occupied by Nob Hill Foods and Indian Motorcycles. I realize that a growing number of homeless have relocated to Gilroy in desperate need of assistance. But, what I don’t understand is why these citizens have been allowed to destroy the property by cutting through a chain link fence on a main thoroughfare giving them full access to the property for the construction of a tent city made out of cardboard. Each day it grows bigger and bigger and nothing has been done to stop it. How is it that a city that opposes the use of flags and banners for small businesses think that this is okay? Thank you.

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Is something rotten about Gilroy's street fruit vendors?
Posted: September 17, 2015

Yeah, it’s really amazing. I was reading the paper today about how a guy holding a white cross standing at a street corner is carded by a code enforcer for being unsafe and you get these street vendors on 6th and Church Street that are selling trays or racks of fruits, nuts, this and that, and nothing is ever done. Those people are all over the place and cars stop. These guys are illegally selling bags and cartons of fruit. Why isn’t code enforcement doing something about that? I think it’s wrong that people are selling fruit on street corners. It’s not right. Why isn’t code enforcement doing something about that?

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Can Gilroyans use recycled water for irrigation?
Posted: September 10, 2015

There are a number of sanitation districts that are making treated water available to use for irrigation. I would like to set up a system at my place to use treated irrigation water, but have not heard anything about availability from either Morgan Hill or Gilroy. Does either city have any plans to make the water available? If not, what about Hollister, or another local city? It would be nice to be able to have a back lawn again.

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What ever happened to the Auto Center sign on 101?
Posted: September 04, 2015


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