September 25, 2020
Happy Friday Gilroy,
It's been another week of good news as COVID-19 cases continue to decline in the County. This does not mean that the case numbers are as low as we would like, but as can be seen in the graph below, we are making progress. Santa Clara County currently has 2.6% of COVID-19 cases in California which is remarkable given that the County is home to 5% of California's total population.

Be vigilant and stay safe Gilroy!
City Council Happenings
September 21, 2020 City Council Meeting Recap:

  • A contract for design of a parking lot at Eigleberry and 7th Street was approved
  • A contract for a Citywide sign replacement project was approved
  • A report on operational impacts and efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic was presented
  • New members were appointed to the Youth Commission
  • Guidelines on the role of elected officials during emergency operations were approved
  • A request by the Gilroy 150th Committee to install an El Camino Real bell and plaque was approved
  • The decision was made to establish a City Council ad hoc subcommittee to address the City's homeless issue
  • Jim Wyatt was appointed as Gilroy's Fire Chief
  • Pedro Espinoza was appointed as Gilroy's Police Chief

The next regular Council meeting will take place on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 6:00 PM. Additionally, there will be Council Study Session on Monday, September 28, 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.

Planning Commission on 10/1 at 6:30 PM
Gilroy City Council Appoints New Police and Fire Chiefs
On Monday, September 21, 2020, Gilroy City Council appointed Gilroy Police Captain Pedro Espinoza as Chief of Police for the City of Gilroy and Acting Fire Chief Jim Wyatt to Gilroy Fire Chief. Both candidates come to their new positions with extensive experience, leadership skills, and passion for our community.


We are excited to see both Chief Espinoza and Chief Wyatt apply their leadership and experience to these new roles.
Homeless Prevention COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program
Do you know someone struggling to pay rent? Find some relief through this rental assistance program. Applications are due in less than a week.

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

Applications are due by 11:00am, Wednesday, September 30th, 2020. Applications should not be submitted until they are complete and in one combined document/packet. 

Gilroy Library Opens Up Limited Services
The Gilroy Library is opening limited services including Grab&Go Checkout and access to computers.

Lobby Holds and Grab&Go Checkout, Computers, and Curbside by Appointment are available on Mondays & Tuesdays 3pm-7pm and Wednesdays – Saturdays 1pm-5pm.

Patrons will be required to wear a mask & social distance for lobby services. You will need Library card and PIN. For information and curbside appointments visit https://sccld.org/curbside

The library bookdrop is open for returns 24/7

For limited self-serve computer/printing service: Call (408) 540-3947 to make an appointment or https://sccld.org/computers/computer-appointments

For more information regarding library services visit: https://sccld.org/locations/GI/.
VTA Seeking Public Input on Draft 2021 Service Plan
Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is currently seeking public input on the Draft 2021 Transit Service Plan.

The 2021 Transit Service Plan will have to reflect several new realities related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including lower sales tax revenues, new travel patterns, and potentially lower ridership. Three proposals are the subject of community engagement through mid-October. These scenarios reflect a 10-, 20-, and 30-percent reduction in service hours when compared to the pre-COVID network (i.e. VTA’s New Transit Service launched in December 2019). Based on community feedback and analysis, VTA staff will revise the three service plan proposals and bring to the Board for consideration on December 3, 2020.

All proposals are located on the VTA website for information and comparison. The plans and the proposed differences can be viewed by route or by city, and are available in multiple languages.

VTA will host two virtual community meetings that will feature a presentation from staff and opportunities for the public to ask questions and provide input. Please RSVP for one of the following community meetings:

September 29, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Virtual Community Meeting
RSVP on Eventbrite

If you cannot attend either meetings, the recordings will be posted to VTA’s YouTube channel. Your participation in how we shape the future of transit is much appreciated!
For more information about this effort, read the VTA Headways blog.
PG&E Helping Customers Prepare in Advance of Public Safety Power Shutoff Events with New Watch and Warning Notifications
The following is an excerpt from a press release from PG&E dated September 22, 2020, containing important information for our community regarding Public Safety Power Shutoff events.

In response to direct customer feedback requesting more information as soon as possible to ensure they have time to prepare and plan in advance of a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event, PG&E will provide Watch and Warning notifications this year.

Watch Alert

Whenever possible, an initial Watch notification will be sent two days in advance of a potential PSPS event, followed by an additional Watch notification one day before the potential PSPS event, notifying customers of the possibility of a PSPS event in their area based on forecasted conditions.

Warning Alert

A PSPS Watch will be upgraded to a Warning when forecasted conditions show that a safety shutoff will be needed, and that it is going to happen soon. Whenever possible, Warning notifications will be sent approximately four to 12 hours in advance of the power being shutoff.

Both Watch and Warning notifications are directly tied to weather forecasts, which can change rapidly. For example, predicting the time and area of landfall for tropical storms and hurricanes in the southeast United States.

Watch and Warning alerts will be issued via automated calls, texts and emails.

Customers are encouraged to update their contact information and indicate their preferred language for notifications by visiting www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-800-742-5000, where in-language support is available.

COVID-19 Testing
sccfreetest.org has a ton of COVID-19 testing options. Which one is right for you? ⁣⁣
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I don’t have symptoms and I want to walk in without an appointment, and I may not have insurance ➡️ Pop-up testing ⁣⁣
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I want to schedule ahead of time and skip the wait, and I may not have insurance ➡️ Community testing ⁣⁣
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I have insurance! ➡️ Your provider ⁣⁣
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Know your COVID-19 testing rights. If you have a healthcare provider, Santa Clara County requires them to provide you a FREE COVID-19 test. If you were denied a free test by your provider, visit scccovidconcerns.org to report your experience.

Thanks for doing your part to slow the spread.
Only a Few Days Left to Fill Out Your Census!
As of yesterday there were only 6 days left to fill out your 2020 Census! Do it today and tell all your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to do the same! It could make the difference between getting the funding we need for fire prevention services, emergency services, job training, schools, and roads, or getting cut short.

Complete your 2020 Census today at my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 

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.