GGS Letter to CA High Speed Rail Supporting Downtown Station

Our purpose was to preserve prime agricultural land, focus development inward and promote the revitalization of our historic downtown core. We strongly feel that compact development will benefit the City of Gilroy in many ways and that having the High Speed Rail station downtown (adjacent to our historic Caltrain depot and multi-modal transportation hub) will stimulate economic development in Gilroy through Transit Oriented Development.

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GGS General Meeting Minutes from Jan. 16, 2018

Carol Marques and Linda West have also been meeting with city staff to see what can be done about the empty buildings, façade improvements, keeping the area clean and the implementation of Main Street USA. Carol asked the group for approval for them to state that GGS also wants to see improvements made in the downtown. The unanimous consensus was that Carol and Linda could state that GGS is in agreement as they continue to meet with those involved with the downtown.

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Gilroy Growing Smarter Fall Newsletter

At a Council Study Session on Dec. 6th two topics will be discussed: the Highway 101 CHSR alignment options that have been analyzed by the High-Speed Rail Authority, and staff's comments on the three other alignments currently under consideration by the Authority (East Gilroy, Downtown Viaduct and Downtown Embankment). Staff comments do not 

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Local Open Space Advocacy Group Announces Name Change, New Leader

The Land Trust of Santa Clara Valley, formerly Silicon Valley Land Conservancy, is a nonprofit whose renaming and reorganization commenced as part of an overall plan to preserve and protect the remaining agriculture and open space in Santa Clara County, as well as the adjacent counties. The new executive director, Greg Leonard, is a local food systems crusader and grew up working his grandfather’s farm fields in the "Valley of Heart’s Delight".
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GGS Letter to City Council Seeking Answers re. Great Wolf Application

Gilroy Growing Smarter is not taking a formal position on Great Wolf Lodge at this time.  However, we do have concerns that we want you to publicly address (either through the city website or social/news media) before a decision is made to enter negotiations with Great Wolf.  

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GGS General Meeting Minutes from March 28, 2017

Connie announced that HSR is holding an Open House to provide information and receive community input on the project. It will be held on Tuesday, April 18 from 5-8 PM at the IFDES Hall, 250 Old Gilroy St. in Gilroy. Everyone was urged to attend so that they would be fully informed in order for GGS to take a position on a preferred alignment at our next meeting.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oil -Gas Leasing and Development- John and Carolyn Hernandez spoke to the group regarding a public meeting they attended in March that was held at the Central Coast Field Office regarding an amendment to the BLM's Resource Management Plan (RMP). The BLM is asking for public comment by April 6 on the Environmental Impact Statement that is reviewing five different alternatives. that could affect the Sargent and Castro Valley Ranches just south of Gilroy west of Hwy. 101

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