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Gilroy School Chief Asks for Voter Support

At this time, we’re housing our children in school buildings where their own parents attended classes 30 or 40 years ago. The average age of schools in the Gilroy Unified School District is 30 years old and five schools are more than 50 years old. The District has taken great care of the schools but they need to be renovated and rebuilt.

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Blight on Camino Arroyo
Posted: May 20, 2016

About a month ago I contacted the Outlets management group about the weeds growing on Camino Arroyo between the two sections of the Outlets, and they don’t seem to be doing anything about it. I was wondering if maybe this is the city’s issue. I must say it looks really bad out there, especially considering a lot people come from out of town to go to the Outlets in particular. To have the weeds taller than 12 feet is unbelievably tacky and an eyesore.

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Vandalism keeps CHS track closed to public
Posted: May 16, 2016

A while back I wrote to the Red Phone asking when GUSD administration was going to open the CHS (padded) track to us runners/taxpayers so we can save our knees. You did your research and we were promised it was going to happen after the signage was completed and after the grand opening of the facility. Both of those things are completed and the track isn’t open to the public. Could you please hold the school district accountable to their promise? As a homeowner who pays property taxes, I will not support their upcoming Bond Measure if I can't use the tracks at CHS & GHS!

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Tall weeds on Gurries Drive
Posted: May 16, 2016

We have a big weed problem next door. No one cleaned it up last year. We do not know who owns the property. If someone throws a match, the whole block could go. We don’t know how to get in touch with anyone. I wish we could have someone look into this for us. The property is on the 300 block of Gurries Drive. I’m really worried about it.

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Rebuttal to roadwork schedule
Posted: May 04, 2016

I would like to make a rebuttal to some of the comments made the Gilroy city street engineer regarding the projects along Santa Teresa and Luchessa. He says the city doesn't have control over the schedule for the projects being executed by developers. I ask, why not? The developers have to file a building permit with a completion date. I think that was a non-legitimate answer.

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City workers at Las Animas Park
Posted: April 15, 2016

I walk around Las Animas Park twice every day. On the morning of March 25, I noticed at the baseball field there were 11 city workers working most of the day where the adult softball league plays. I walked once again in the afternoon and the same amount of people were still there but were just standing around and watching one guy who was truly working. Is it necessary for 11 city workers to work practically all day on one field? I would like to know if our taxpayer money is going toward these 11 workers standing around all day supposedly working on the same baseball field. Does the softball league make that much revenue in order to reimburse for these city workers wasting a whole day fixing this field? I certainly hope it was not my taxpayer money being wasted. If it was my taxpayer money, I am sure the taxpayers of Gilroy would like to be informed how much this cost. I would appreciate you looking into this matter as soon as possible. 

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Projects on Luchessa and Miller-Santa Teresa
Posted: April 08, 2016

I would like to know what year will the stretch of Luchessa Avenue between Monterey Road and Princevalle Street be completed. That project has been ongoing for three years. Also, I would like to know when the intersection of Miller Avenue and Santa Teresa Boulevard would be completed. The electronic sign needs to be updated again. These two projects are very much of a nuisance to the driving public.

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Weekly poll

Should Gilroy voters tax themselves to raise $170 million to improve the schools?

This is the most important thing on the local ballot. Schools say they need the money to improve conditions and ease crowding from a growing population. Opponents say they are taxed enough. It will cost taxpayers $60 a year for every $100,000 of their home's valuation for 30 years. What do you think?

Total Votes: 208

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