Gilroy Today 2007 07 July/Aug - Page 3

From the Editor

W

J . Chris Mickartz

Well , it s time for the Garlic Festival . Larry and I are particularly fond of the Festival . I served on the first organizing committee back in 1979 , it was that experience that gave me the penchant to take a more active role in my community . Since that first festival , I have served two times as Entertainment Chair and twice as Promotions Chair — currently serving as Promotions Co-Chair . Larry has also been active , having served as Chairperson of Ticket Sales and as a Director on the Board . But the most endearing role the Festival played in our lives was on the day that we became re-acquainted at the Festival … a year later , we became partners for life .

It is always a pleasure to provide you with information about the Festival and hope that you will get a feel for just how profound an influence it has had on Gilroy and our way of life . You won ’ t want to miss it this year , the garlic fries are to die for .
An individual who we feel has had a profound influence on Gilroy and our way of life is our city administrator , Jay Baksa . The newspaper is quick these days to point out how Jay may have too much influence on our City Council but those of us who remember Gilroy before Jay know that he is someone who not only has Gilroy ’ s best interest at heart but has leadership skills that warrant the trust and confidence placed in him . But having said that , we also wanted to show you the impact he has made on our children through his involvement in our local sports programs . We trust you will enjoy seeing another piece of what makes Jay such an outstanding individual .
For those of you who haven ’ t seen the new police station up close and personal , we took a few photos for you , see pages 8-10 . Although we couldn ’ t photograph some of the more interesting areas , we hope we have given you a glimpse of the huge house that Gilroy built .
In closing , we are happy to announce that we have gone live with Gilroy Today . Visit our website :

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