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May 20, 2022

Cities pledge solutions to homeless crisis

With homelessness worsening, Californians are rightly frustrated that our state, with its abundance of wealth and resources, has not made better progress in helping people get off the streets and into housing. There is plenty of blame to go around. Major contributing factors include the...

June is Brain Awareness Month

This month, the California Legislature has recognized June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Leaders across the state are coming together to emphasize the public health emergency facing 670,000 Californians who are living with Alzheimer’s disease.   Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder...

Homeless crisis needs a regional solution

The Bay Area’s homeless crisis ranks among the most severe in the United States. More than 28,000 people—a population as large or larger than 50 of the region’s 101 cities—across the nine-county Bay Area suffer from homelessness, making the region’s homeless population the third...

Response to the attack in New Zealand

Justice, reason and respect demand that we respond to the horrific attack that targeted the Islamic community in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15. The death toll has risen to 50 as of March 20, and at least an additional 50 victims were injured...

Decisions set stage for 2019

Here are a few highlights in Santa Clara County government in 2018. New Animal Services Center Coming. Construction of the new center is scheduled to break ground in Spring 2019, with a move-in date of mid-2021. The new 37,000-square-foot building on 4.5 acres will replace...

An untold veteran’s story

Armistice Day, 100 years ago Nov. 11: They met in a park in London; that was the story. My grandfather had recently been on the front. My grandmother a young woman living in London with her family and going to college, studying botany. When...

Gavilan College announces 2018 Community Spirit Awards

The Gavilan College Board of Trustees this month announced the winners of the Community Spirit Awards for 2018.

Christopher Ranch endorses tariffs on Chinese garlic

Breaking away from the position of many U.S. farmers, Christopher Ranch, the nation’s premier garlic company, announced on Tuesday, Sept. 18, that it fully supports the imposition of a 10 percent tariff on imported Chinese garlic (under the United States Trade Representative Section 301 Investigation).“Christopher Ranch applauds the decision of the U.S. trade representative to raise the tariff to 25 percent on Jan. 1, 2019,” said Ken Christopher, executive vice president of Christopher Ranch, based in Gilroy.“For decades, Chinese exporters have flooded the US market with cheap and often illegally dumped garlic, and this tariff will help to level the playing field for American garlic farmers,” said Christopher.Recently, third-generation farmer Christopher flew to Washington DC to build bipartisan congressional support for the US garlic industry and to offer testimony to the US International Trade Commission in support of the enacted tariff. Officials from the Departments of State, Commerce, Homeland Security, Labor, Small Business Administration, and the office of the US Trade Representative were present to receive the testimony.According to the US Department of Commerce, Chinese garlic exporters have defrauded the US government out of more than $600 million of billed but uncollected duties. This represents the largest single industry of the total $2.6 billion of total uncollected duties since 2001. Unlike past duties, the proposed new tariff would require that fees be paid in advance, preventing exporters from engaging in illegal duty evasion schemes.“In broad macroeconomic terms, we recognize that an escalating trade war may not be in the nation’s larger economic interest, but immediate relief for the US garlic industry is needed,” said Christopher in the company statement. “Illegally dumped Chinese garlic continues to flood the US market, making its way to unassuming American consumers, and US farmers need our government’s support.“The anticipated tariffs of Chinese garlic will go a long way to restoring a longstanding injustice on American garlic farmers.”

South County Catholic HS plans hinge on LAFCO’s decision

While a city annexation plan is moving forward once again, the brainstorming behind a South County Catholic high school is already well under way and has been for a number of years.

Morgan Hill PEO chapter to host BBQ fundraiser for scholarships

South County residents can enjoy a Texas-style barbecue and entertainment Oct. 6 and help the local Philanthropic Educational Organization raise funds for college scholarship opportunities for young women.