September 4, 2020
Happy Labor Day Weekend Gilroy!
Hopefully this weekend provides an opportunity to relax, renew, and refresh.

But before we get into Labor Day, did you know that International Bacon Day falls on the Saturday before Labor Day? And the holiday's motto? "Bacon is a vegetable." My life is now complete.

Here are few facts you may not know about the annual Labor Day tradition:
  1. Labor Day in Canada began in 1872 in Toronto but quickly made its way south to the U.S. Originally it began as a significant demonstration demanding rights for workers.
  2. The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City.
  3. Labor Day celebrates the contributions and achievements of all those in the workforce.

Enjoy the end of summer and stay safe out there Gilroy!
City Hall will be Closed on Monday, September 7, 2020 and will Re-open for Regular, Virtual Business on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
City Council Happenings
September 8, 2020 City Council Meeting Study Session:
To participate in this meeting, view the meeting live on the City website at www.cityofgilroy.orgfacebook.com/CityofGilroy, or on Cable Channel 17, and call one of the the phone numbers listed below, enter the meeting ID and password, and provide your verbal public comments throughout the meeting.

1 (669) 900-9128
1 (346) 248-7799
1 (253) 215-8782
Meeting ID: 938 3566 5842
Password: 780114

Written comments emailed to shawna.freels@cityofgilroy.org OR mailed to Gilroy City Clerk, 7351 Rosanna Street, Gilroy, CA 95020 will be distributed to the Council Members and kept in the record. 

  • The September 8, 2020, study session will provide an update on the current status of homelessness in Gilroy.

The next regular Council meeting will take place on Monday, September 14, 2020 at 6:00 PM.

During the shelter in place, board, committee, and commission meetings will take place virtually and will be streamed to facebook.com/GilroyCityHallMeetings. Public comment for these meetings will be taken by email. Individual meeting agendas will provide the appropriate email to provide public comment for each meeting.

Arts and Culture Commission on 9/8 at 6:30 PM
Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Committee on 9/9 at 6:00 PM
Library Commission Meeting on 9/9 at 7:00 PM
California Blueprint for a Safer Economy
On August 28th, 2020, the State released its Blueprint for a Safer Economy (“Blueprint”), which created a tiered system of COVID-19 restrictions that all counties in California must follow. Santa Clara County is currently in Tier One (Purple) and will remain there until the State declares that Santa Clara County may move into Tier Two. The State’s most restrictive rules apply to Tier One.

As long as Santa Clara County remains in Tier One, all Tier One restrictions will apply. As always, Santa Clara County residents and businesses must follow both the State and County Health Officer Orders, and where there is a conflict between the two, the stricter Order must be followed.

Tier One restrictions are similar to the restrictions announced by the State on July 13, 2020 for counties on the State’s former “Monitoring List.” The only changes are the following:

  • Hair salons and barbershops may now operate indoors. (All other personal care services businesses may operate outdoors only.)
  • Indoor shopping malls may now operate indoors, but only if they close all common areas and food courts and limit capacity to 25% (or to the capacity required by the County’s Risk Reduction Order, whichever is stricter).
  • Retail businesses must limit capacity to 25% (or to the capacity required by the County’s Risk Reduction Order, whichever is stricter).
  • Grocery stores must limit capacity to 50% (or to the capacity required by the County’s Risk Reduction Order, whichever is stricter).

See the following charts for further information on what is allowed indoors and outdoors in Santa Clara County:


Excessive Heat Watch this Weekend
Temperatures are rising again and an excessive heath watch is in effect for areas away from the coast beginning Saturday and lasting through Monday. The National Weather Service is predicting highs for Gilroy ranging from high 80's to low 100's.

Prevent heat-related illnesses by observing the following guidelines:
  • Drink more water than usual
  • Limit outdoor strenuous activities during the hottest times of the day
  • Help elderly, kids, & pets stay cool
  • Seek air-conditioned buildings
  • Wear light-colored clothing & a hat
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a parked vehicle
2020 Census - It's Time!
Gilroy's response rate to the 2020 Census is currently at 70.8%, lower than the response rate in 2010 and lower than any other city in Santa Clara County.

If you haven't completed the census yet, now's the time! Funding for our community is based on the census so we need everyone's help to ensure we get counted and receive needed funding for our community.

Fill out your 2020 Census today at my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020.
PG&E and PSPS Notifications
The recent rotating power outages provide a good reminder to update your contact info with PG&E so the company can contact you with important safety alerts and outage updates.

For customers who have not yet confirmed or updated their contact information, please visit www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts or call the PG&E contact center at 1-866-743-6589.

And as we head into Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) season, when these types of outages are more likely, you can monitor plans for and view current PSPS events, at the PG&E PSPS alert page.
COVID: Who Should Get Tested?
  • Anyone who is experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms
  • Anyone who has been exposed to someone who tested positive
  • Anyone who works with the public should get tested once a month (first responders, retail workers)
  • Anyone who rides public transit
  • Anyone who attends a mass gathering

The County Public Health Department monitors testing to ensure enough tests are completed to slow the spread of COVID-19. With adequate testing, the Public Health Department can help isolate those who test positive and use contact tracing to notify anyone who may have been exposed. Testing results also inform our Health Officer about what next steps to take concerning Health Orders. Results also help our doctors understand how the virus is moving in our community.
Thanks for doing your part to slow the spread. To find a testing location visit: sccfreetest.org.