October 16, 2020
Happy Orange Tier Gilroy!
This week California moved Santa Clara County from the Red Tier to the Orange Tier in the "Blueprint for a Safer Economy." The Orange Tier allows more businesses and activities to resume including:

Allowed Indoors:
  • Indoor pools
  • Gyms and fitness centers max 25% capacity
  • Family entertainment centers max 25% capacity
  • Indoor dining max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Movie theaters, max 25% capacity or 100, whichever is fewer
  • Places of worship max 25% capacity or 100, whichever is fewer
  • Wineries max 25% capacity

Allowed Outdoors:
  • Bars (where no meals provided)
  • Breweries (where no meals provided)
  • Distilleries (where no meals provided)
  • Outdoor gatherings (up to 200 people are allowed)

Not yet allowed to resume:
  • Concert venues
  • Festivals
  • Live theater
  • Nightclubs
  • Saunas and steam rooms
  • Theme parks

Keep in mind that activities allowed under the Order are not necessarily safe. Certain activities, such as dining indoors and gathering, are still high risk. Please continue to wear a mask, limit your contact with others, keep your distance from anyone outside your household, and get tested.


In other news, Monterey Gateway Apartments recently opened, featuring 75-senior affordable housing units, half of which are reserved for formerly homeless seniors.


Have a great weekend and stay safe!
City Council Happenings
October 19, 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

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. 

  • Presentation by VTA on the 2021 Service Plan
  • Consideration of a contract for the 2020-2021 Citywide Pavement Maintenance Project
  • Consideration of a budget amendment for the First Street Water Utility Improvements Project
  • Consideration of an agreement with the Cities of Giroy, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, and Community Media Access Partnership
  • Consideration of issuance for multifamily housing revenue bonds
  • Discussion on the Gilroy Garlic Festival Memorial
  • Annual update on the downtown improvement incentive program


The next regular Council meeting will take place on Monday, November 2, 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.

Parks and Recreation Commission on 10/20 at 6:00 PM

Our Playgrounds Are Opening!
With recent changes to County and State Orders, we can now open our playgrounds! In order to properly inspect and sanitize playgrounds for opening, crews will be opening playgrounds in phases throughout the week of Monday, October 19, 2020, with all playgrounds being opened for use by Friday, October 23, 2020. 

Please respect your neighbors and friends while at the playgrounds and follow the posted guidelines to help keep our outdoor playgrounds safe, open, and fun:
Homeless Prevention COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program: APPLICATION PERIOD EXTENDED
Due to a low number of applicants, updates have been made to this program to encourage participation. These updates include:

  • The income limits/guidelines for families to participate have changed. Families under the category of Very Low Income or 50% of medium-income are now eligible.
  • An increase of rent relief funds per family. Qualifying families can now receive up to a maximum of $3,000 in support.
  • To encourage early submittals, the program is now first-come-first-serve until funds are depleted. 

The City of Gilroy, in partnership with St. Joseph’s Family Center, is providing Community Development Block Grant CARES Act funding (CDBG-CV) towards a rental assistance program. These funds will help very-low income tenants with paying a portion of their rents to avoid eviction. This program is tailored in response to Governor Newsom’s Statewide Covid-19 Tenant and Landlord Protection Legislation in an effort to protect the most vulnerable tenants. 

Visit www.stjosephsgilroy.org to review the eligibility requirements and download the Homeless Prevention COVID-19 Rental Assistance Application and forms. The completed application, and all required documentation, can be sent through a link on the website. You can also pick up and drop off completed applications at: 

St. Joseph’s Family Center 
7950 Church Street, Suite A Gilroy, CA 95020.
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm 
(408) 842-6662, ext. 22
Apply Now for Open Seats on City Boards and Commissions!
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!
After School in the Park
Designed using Santa Clara County’s Public Health Orders and recommended best practices, this program features a stable group of 10 participants who will be able to enjoy fun-filled recreational activities like tennis, soccer, group games, arts and craft s and STEM projects.

Instructor: Recreation Staff
Ages: 6-11
Days: Tuesdays and Thursday, 2:30-4:00pm
Location: Las Animas Veterans Park and Recreation Building