The Gilroy Dispatch: Our View (Editorials)

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Our View: Who's minding the creeks?

It was a call from Pat Vickroy of Gilroy that brought attention to the problem of trash in and along Gilroy’s waterways and just who’s responsible for gathering and hauling it away.

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Repairs coming to First Street?
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 5:20 pm

What is happening to First Street? Why doesn’t the city take care of this major road? It is literally crumbling to pieces. If you pay attention to any of the entry areas to the shopping centers you will see all the pebbles and rocks from the street. This road is the worst road in our city and it seems like there has been little or no effort to maintain it.

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Stop lights at Eagle Ridge need a tweak
Updated: March 15, 2015 - 3:45 pm

There are two lanes coming out of Eagle Ridge at Club Drive. Obviously both lanes trigger the light to change. If the car coming out of Eagle Ridge (low traffic volume) is making a right turn, they stop at the right and continue south on Santa Teresa if no traffic is there. If you are travelling north on Santa Teresa (down the hill toward Club Drive), you have to stop at the light turning red from the car making a right turn, but that car has long since gone from the intersection and you are left sitting there with no traffic in any direction waiting for the light to become green again. Would you explain the reasoning why they didn't design to have the left lane leaving Eagle Ridge be straight or left turn and the right lane only turn right, and have the lights adjusted to support that?

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Dogs at El Roble Park raise concerns about health & safety
Updated: March 06, 2015 - 5:16 pm

When did El Roble children’s Park become an El Roble Dog Park, too? As you can imagine, not all who bring their dogs to El Roble Park are responsible dog owners. For health and safety reasons, I no longer bring my grandchildren to the park because of the smell, urine and dog feces left behind. The dog sign and waste bags at the entrance of the park have caused a significant change to a park designed for neighborhood children to encourage its use as a dog park, too. The exponential increase in dogs and their owners at the park has also played havoc with the neighborhood dogs, who are now barking in protest at every dog not from this neighborhood. Let’s do the right thing and support a dedicated dog park for our best friend, so we can keep our children’s play area safe and healthy.

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Police rely on public for alerts to tagging around Gilroy
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 4:42 pm

What's with all the new graffiti in Gilroy? Last week someone tagged the walls on the new KB Homes property on Luchessa. It got cleaned up and two days later it reappeared—and worse. All the way home toward Gavilan there was graffiti on new round-about rocks, on Thomas Road then on Mesa. Not cool. We moved to Gilroy to avoid stuff like this.

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Turn signal timing needs fixing at First and Wren
Updated: February 24, 2015 - 10:58 am

This question is in regards to the traffic signal at the intersection of First and Wren. When driving west on First Street, and entering the left turn lane, and the signal is red. Cars waiting. The green arrow comes on for the cars to proceed. The signal seems to have short time span for cars making left turns. On regular occasions, only four cars are able to clear the intersection before the amber arrow comes on. I have seen as many as three additional cars attempt to clear the intersection. Can more time be added to the left turn signal before a nasty accident happens?

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No running on CHS track until proper signage is put in place
Updated: February 11, 2015 - 3:41 pm

Could you please try to help me get the gate opened at Christopher High School so runners/joggers can use the track during non-school hours? What’s the deal, we pay taxes! Don Christopher doesn’t own the thing, he donated it and we paid for the land, maintenance, etc. This community should support people who want to stay in shape and need the resources to do it. Running on a padded track is best for runners/joggers. It saves our knees.

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