September 11, 2020
Happy Friday Gilroy!
This week has been interesting one with changes to allowed business operations and unrelenting smokey haze and orange skies.

Let's work our way backwards today.

If you haven't taken a look at the satellite images of California, you really should take a look. The images of smoke billowing around the state are really quite astounding. According to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, most of the smoke is coming from the northern fires and has been kept aloft in the sky due to a thick marine layer. Air quality is fluctuating due to the movement in this marine layer, so be sure to keep an eye on the most recent reports when planning any outdoor activity.

In good news this week, the State of California announced that Santa Clara County has been moved from the Purple Tier, (Tier 1) to the Red Tier (Tier 2) on the State's COVID-19 blueprint. Counties assigned to the Red Tier are still experiencing "substantial spread" of COVID-19. However, the State's framework allows counties moving from the Purple Tier to the Red Tier to reopen indoor operations at some additional businesses and allows certain activities to resume, so long as appropriate protocols and protective measures are strictly followed.

The following businesses and activities are now allowed to resume under the State’s framework as well as the County’s Risk Reduction Order. Businesses and activities must be in compliance with all industry-specific mandatory directives set forth by the County and State, including having a Social Distancing Protocol on file and displayed. 

  • Schools: K-12 schools can open after the County has been in the Red Tier for 14 days. All schools must follow mandatory guidance set by the County of Santa Clara and the State of California
  • Personal care services: allowed to open indoors with modifications
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums: allowed to open indoors at 25% capacity
  • Gyms and fitness centers: allowed to open indoors at 10% capacity
  • Shopping malls: allowed to open indoors at 50% capacity (previously open at 25% capacity)

Hair salons and barbershops were previously allowed to open indoors with reduced capacity as of August 31st. Indoor dining, indoor movie theaters, and indoor gatherings remain prohibited in Santa Clara County under the local Risk Reduction Order. Other activities that the County had previously allowed but the State had prohibited can now resume. The stricter of the State or local order always controls.
We're including a chart below for easy reference of the changes.

Have a great weekend and stay safe out there Gilroy!
City Council Happenings
September 14, 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: 963 0854 7435
Password: 045888

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. 

  • A Special Meeting will begin at 5:00 PM for Interviews for the Youth Commission. The Regular Meeting will begin at 6:00 PM
  • Proclamation naming the week of September 17-23, 2020 as Constitution Week will be presented
  • Gilroy Supervising Librarian, Cassandra Wong will provide a presentation
  • An amendment to an agreement for Community Development Block Grant services and budget will be considered
  • A report on operational impacts and efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be presented
  • Amending the zoning ordinance to allow for changeable message off-site advertising signage on private property will be considered
  • An approval of a memorandum of understanding with Gilroy Firefighters Association will be considered
  • Adoption of a resolution approving an Interim Fleet Superintendent will be considered

The next regular Council meeting will take place on Monday, September 21, 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 9/15 at 6:00 PM
Historic Heritage Committee on 9/16 at 6:00 PM
First Street/State Highway 152 Update
Paving is well underway on First Street/State Highway 152!

If you haven't been down this roadway in recent weeks, it's definitely worth a drive.

Over the next few weeks crews will continue paving operations, installation of signs, and preparations for striping.

Additional information regarding the project can be obtained by contacting Caltrans at (510) 286-6115 or by visiting the project website.
Free Meals for ALL Gilroy Children Ages 0-18
GUSD is serving FREE meals for all Gilroy children, ages 0-18, at five school sites: Eliot Elementary, Glen View Elementary, Rod Kelley Elementary, South Valley Middle and Solorsano Middle, Monday-Friday, from 12 pm-2 pm. Rucker Elementary will also serve FREE meals to all children in Gilroy, ages 0-18, from 10:30 am-11:30 am, Monday through Friday.

Meals can be picked up by any adult caregiver for all children in a home, and there is no identification required. However, the first time a family does visit one of the six school sites to pick up meals, they will be asked to complete an application to determine eligibility for free or reduced meals. This application helps our district and schools receive much needed funding to be able to provide food to all children, regardless of financial status. Only one application needs to be completed per family, regardless of the number of children in the home and schools of attendance.

COVID-19: Who Should Get Tested?
Thanks for doing your part to slow the spread. To find a testing location visit: sccfreetest.org.
2020 is Gilroy's Sesquicentennial!
With everything else going on, it's easy to forget that this year is Gilroy's Sesquicentennial. 150 years ago in March, Gilroy was incorporated as City. And who better to help us celebrate this historic year than the Gilroy Historical Museum. Located near our historic downtown at 195 5th Street, the museum just installed some beautiful Gilroy 150 banners to help us celebrate. Happy Birthday Gilroy!
2020 Census - It's Time!
Gilroy's response rate to the 2020 Census is currently at 71.5%, 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.