October 2, 2020
Happy October Gilroy!
Last week Bay Area health officials released guidance on how to celebrate Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos safely given the current status and spread of COVID-19 in our community and the wider Bay Area. In this guidance, health officials recommend that we participate in lower risk activities as contact tracing has shown that gathering and mixing are key contributors to infection.

Lower risk activities for celebrating these events include:
  • Carving pumpkins or hosting a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in your home.
  • Visiting an outdoor pumpkin patch, while wearing a mask and maintaining distance from others.
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at least 6 feet apart while wearing masks, with a very small group of neighbors or friends. Fewer people with more distance is safer.
  • Having a virtual costume contest.

Health officials also included guidance on activities that are very high risk, or not permitted by state and local orders. Activities such as attending a crowded party held indoors or outdoors or having a trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots are strongly discouraged and in some cases not permitted under the current orders.

Have a great weekend and stay safe!
City Council Happenings
September 28, 2020 City Council Study Session Recap:

  • Council reviewed the proposed Capital Improvement Program for fiscal years 2020-2021 through 2024-2025 and provided feedback. This item is anticipated to come back to Council for approval in November. The Capital Improvement Program documents are available for review on the City's website.

October 5, 2020 City Council Meeting Agenda Highlights:
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: 958 0951 6521
Password: 513331

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. 

  • Staff will present the final report on the "Support Gilroy" media campaign.
  • Staff will present a standing report on operational impacts and efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Council will consider designation of California Highway 152 in Gilroy from Monterey Road to Santa Teresa Boulevard (1st Street) as "Veterans Memorial Highway."
  • Council will consider appointment of 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.

South County Regional Wastewater Authority Board on 10/7 at 8:00 AM
Open Government Commission on 10/8 at 7:00 PM
Straight Talk: A Virtual Q&A with Gilroy’s New Police Chief Pedro Espinoza
Please join us for a special virtual town hall meeting with Gilroy's new Police Chief Pedro Espinoza; learn about his philosophical approach and passion for our community, share your feedback and concerns, and ask questions in this informal virtual meeting. Viewers will be able to view the meeting LIVE On Facebook and will be able to submit questions and comments through the Facebook LIVE video or email at straighttalk@cityofgilroy.org.
  • Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

Spanish translation will be available.
DRAFT 2040 General Plan Update
On Thursday, October 1, 2020, the Gilroy Planning Commission held an online Public Hearing to review the Draft 2040 General Plan and the associated Environmental Impact Report. This meeting can be viewed on the City's Meetings Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/GilroyCityHallMeetings. The City Council, who makes the final decision on adoption of the General Plan, is tentatively scheduled to review all associated documents on November 2, 2020, at 6:00 pm.

The General Plan contains the goals and policies upon which the City will base its land-use decisions and incorporates the requirements of the Gilroy Urban Growth Boundary, approved by the voters in 2016.

The Draft General Plan, Environmental Impact Report, and Staff Report are posted on the City’s website on the October 1, 2020, Planning Commission Agenda Packet: http://gilroyca.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx.
Keep Wipes Out of the Pipes!
Only the three P’s belong in the toilet: pee, poop, and toilet paper. Period. Anything else – including wipes – is bad news for the pipes that carry water from your home to our water resource recovery facility.

Companies heavily advertise their “flushable” wipes, but most wastewater experts will tell you that there’s no such thing as a flushable wipe. Flushable wipes may flush down the toilet just fine, but so will your keys, phone, or jewelry. Wipes simply do not disintegrate as they move through your plumbing system and are one of the most common causes of clogs and back-ups.

Please protect our system and KEEP WIPES OUT OF THE PIPES.
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!
Home-Buyer Below Market Rate Webinar
The City's Below Market Rate (BMR) Home Program Administrator, HouseKeys, is hosting a webinar on Thursday, October 8th, at 6 PM on the City of Gilroy's Ownership Program and how interested home-buyers can have the opportunity to purchase an affordable home in Gilroy. If you wish to attend this webinar, please register through the following link: https://housekeys.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lfkVStimS-ePs1gHQrmLYg
ReCreate Virtual Meeting to Present Project Findings and Recommendations
Santa Clara County COVID-19
Santa Clara County is currently in the Red Risk Level under California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The different Risk Levels affect the restrictions on activities and businesses based on counties’ COVID case numbers plus testing positivity rates. We remind everyone that it is as possible to move to a more restrictive Risk Level as it is to move to a less restrictive Level or stay in the same one. Please stay diligent, wear a mask, keep distance from others (the more the better), and get tested for COVID-19.

More information on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy here: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Flu Vaccine - It's Time
Getting a flu vaccine this fall can reduce your risk of getting flu and help save scarce medical resources needed to care for people with COVID-19. It’s important for everyone to do their part to stay healthy this flu season.

Prevent the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses:
  • Mask Up: Cover your nose and mouth with a mask when out in public.
  • Lather Up: Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Sleeve Up: Roll up your sleeve to get a flu shot.

The more people vaccinated against flu, the more people will be protected from flu. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2GiEAwN.