October 9, 2020
Happy Friday Gilroy!
This has been a momentous week for the City as the Gilroy City Council appointed Jimmy Forbis as the new City Administrator. Mr. Forbis has been serving as the Interim City Administrator since March 2020 upon the resignation of the previous City Administrator. But Mr. Forbis is not new to the City, prior to his stint as Interim City Administrator, Mr. Forbis spent four years as the Finance Director for Gilroy.

Mr. Forbis has an extensive background in the public sector with a total of seventeen years of municipal experience, holding a variety of positions ranging from Management Analyst, to Utilities Business and Budget Manager, and Finance Director. He has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University.

Mr. Forbis has shown strong leadership, empathy, and resiliency as he has led our City through the pandemic and other challenges of 2020 and we look forward to continued decisiveness and clarity under his ongoing management of the City.

Have a great weekend and stay safe!
City Council Happenings
October 5, 2020 City Council Meeting Recap:

  • Results of the "Support Gilroy" media campaign were presented.
  • Council approved the designation of California Highway 152 in Gilroy from Monterey Road to Santa Teresa Boulevard (1st Street) as "Veterans Memorial Highway."
  • Council appointed Jimmy Forbis to the position of City Administrator.

The next regular Council meeting will take place on Monday, October 19, 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 10/13 at 6:30 PM
Physically Challenged Board of Appeals on 10/13 at 9:00 AM
Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Committee on 10/14 at 6:00 PM
Revised County Health Officer Order
This week, the County of Santa Clara Public Health issued a Revised Risk Reduction Order, which will go into effect when the County moves into the State's Tier 3 (Orange Tier). Under the Revised Risk Reduction Order, all businesses in the County will be allowed to operate so long as the State order allows them to operate, including indoor dining and indoor gatherings.

It is important to note that even though an activity is allowed, it still may not be safe. COVID-19 continues to pose a serious risk to our residents. And residents are encouraged to be cautious, stay home when possible, minimize interaction with anyone outside their household, maintain social distance, wear a face covering, and move activities outdoors when possible.

The County is currently in the State's Tier 2 (Red Tier). If current trends continue, the State could assign the County to the less restrictive Orange Tier as early as October 13, 2020.

COVID-19 Testing at San Ysidro Park Pop-Up
Free walk-in Covid-19 testing for anyone without symptoms will be available at San Ysidro Park on 
  • Tuesday, October 13 from 1 PM – 5:30 PM.  
  • Wednesday, October 21 from 1 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, October 28 from 1 PM – 5:30 PM

The County Health Department recommends the following persons get tested:
  • Anyone who has been exposed to someone who tested positive
  • Anyone who works with the public should get tested once a month
  • Anyone who rides public transit
  • Anyone who attends a mass gathering  

Persons experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact their health provider for testing.  

For more information on testing and available testing sites visit SCCFreeTest.org.
Free Flu Shots - Drive-Thru
Free flu shots will be available through a drive-thru service at Valley Health Center in Gilroy on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. No appointments are needed and all are welcome regardless of immigration status. Everyone 6 months and older needs a flu shot every year, in the fall.

Shots will be available at this location for everyone 12 years and older. Children age 12-17 must be accompanied by a guardian. Younger children can get their shot from their regular doctor. To more locations for free flu shots and information visit: www.sccphd.org/flu

  • Free Flu Shots
  • Valley Health Center Gilroy
  • 7475 Camino Arroyo, Gilroy, CA 95​020
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • No cost.
  • No appointments needed.
  • All are welcome regardless of immigration status.

Protect your family. Reduce your chance of ending up in the hospital.
Make a Plan and Be Prepared to Vote!
With the election less than 28 days away, ballots are being mailed to all voters this week. Voters are encouraged to vote in the safety of their homes using your Vote-by-Mail ballot.

Official Secure Ballot Drop-Boxes are located outside: Gilroy Council chambers, Gilroy library, Rod Kelly School, and Gavilan College Student Center.

In-person voting is available at any Santa Clara Co. Vote Center beginning October 31, 2020 to November 3, 2020. Locations of in-person voting centers are available on the City's website.

Voter Centers will be following Public Health protocols and all voters will be required to

  • wear a mask (masks will be supplied for voters who need one), and 
  • social distance. 

Key Dates and Deadlines for the November 3, 2020, Presidential General Election:

  • Last Day to Register to Vote: October 19, 2020
  • If you miss the last day to Register to Vote, Voters can use Conditional Voter Registration – October 20, 2020 – November 3, 2020
  • County Voter Information Guide Mailing Period: September 24 – October 13, 2020
  • Vote-By-Mail Ballot Mailing Period: October 5 – October 27, 2020
  • Vote Centers Open: October 31, 2020 – November 3, 2020
  • Remote Accessible Vote by Mail Ballots – October 5, 2020 – November 3, 2020. Military & Overseas voter were sent a ballot September 4, 2020 – September 19, 2020
  • Weekend Voting at the Registrar of Voters (ROV) Office: October 24, 2020 – October 25, 2020 & October 31, 2020 – November 1, 2020

Bike Lanes Are for Bicycles, Not Trash Containers
Is today or tomorrow trash day for you? Please think twice about placing your trash cans into the bike lanes. Recology South Valley asks that you place the carts up against the curb. Please don't place them in the bike lane, Recology trucks have the ability to reach the carts placed up against the curb. The California Vehicle Code requires that the bike lanes be free of obstructions. People biking to work, home, recreation, dining, groceries, and school count on the bike lanes to be open.

Take the Gilroy Bike Pledge https://bit.ly/GilroyBikePledge and win a prize pack from local businesses!
ReCreate Gilroy
On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, we will be sharing the findings from the recreation and facilities needs assessment as well as recommendations for the future of Gilroy Recreation and the community. The findings will be discussed in a virtual meeting via ZOOM. To register in advance, click here.

Meeting times are:
  • English 5:45 to 6:45pm 
  • Spanish 7:00 to 8:00pm

For more information visit http://www.recreategilroy.com/.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Recreation Manager Adam Henig, adam.henig@cityofgiloy.org.
Great Shakeout
Get Ready to Shakeout! Earthquakes may happen anywhere you live, work, or travel.Join the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Management on October 15, 2020, at 10:15 a.m. to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” during the Great ShakeOut. Practice how to protect yourself and take steps to be prepared at home, at work and in your community.

Everyone can participate! Learn more at http://bit.ly/GreatShakeOut2020.
Explore the New Silicon Valley Clean Energy eHub
You have the power to help change the world. The Silicon Valley Clean Energy eHub contains free information and resources to explore what kind of impact you can have by switching to electric cars and appliances. eHub features tools that allow you to browse, compare and shop for efficient, electric appliances from the comfort of your own home.

Gas vehicles are the largest source of emissions in Silicon Valley, and nearly one-quarter of local emissions come from heating water and indoor air. As a customer of SVCE (your community-owned electricity provider) you have the power to take actions that stop pollution. By transitioning from gas-powered cars and appliances to the clean, carbon-free electricity you already receive, you can save money and have a positive impact in our community.