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City Beat Gilroy’s New City Administrator Wipe Out Watch Team Named 2016 Volunteers of the Year C ongratulations to the all the Wipe Out Watch (WOW) members, 2016 City of Gilroy Volunteers of the Year! The WOW has over 60 members who are passionate about removing graffiti and illegal signs from public property. They also serve as extra eyes for the Gilroy Police Department, photograph and report new tags (graffiti signatures) and property damage due to graffiti. One year several members spent all day Easter Sunday repainting the Luchessa sound wall panels rather than surrendering their neighborhood to taggers! The Wipe Out Watch began as a citizen effort, then in 1995 the city became more involved as community services Officer Rachel Munoz was given the task of spearheading their effort. Members meet every two months at the Gilroy Police station to discuss graffiti hot spots, new taggers, and tips for removing ink and paint. Anyone wishing to join the group can contact Officer Rachel Munoz at 408-846-0310 or email her at rachel.munoz@ T he City of Gilroy welcomed a new City Administrator in March. Gabriel Gonzalez comes to Gilroy with excellent experience and skills as a strong leader; most notably his city manager experience with the cities of Rohnert Park and Mendota. He has over 20 years of experience working in local government. Gabriel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from National University and a Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Fresno. Gabriel is excited about this opportunity to serve the Gilroy community and is looking forward to the professional challenges this position will bring. We’d also like to thank Interim City Administrator Ed Tewes for his management of the city for the last six months. His sophisticated leadership style and attention to detail has kept our city moving forward. O Joe Lomeli (left) greats Joel Goldsmith (center) and Teri Neidigh (right) at the Sunrise Fire Station. 18 n February 26, 2016 Engines 49 and 48 were dispatched to a possible cardiac arrest at Snap Fitness. The patient, Joe Lomeli, was reported to be a 70 year old male who collapsed while lifting weights and was not breathing. Before the Engines arrived; citizens Teri Neidigh and Joel Goldsmith saved Joe’s life by starting CPR and deploying an Automated External Defibrillator. The Gilroy fire crews who responded credit them with saving Joe’s life. The Gilroy Fire Department responds to between 35-40 cardiac arrest calls each year, where Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is needed prior to their arrival. In 2015 only one person received pre-arrival CPR from bystanders or family. Gilroy’s fire department has a goal of getting half the city’s population trained in CPR and is sponsoring classes with the Parks and Recreation Department. If you would like to learn more please visit their website at GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MAY/JUNE 2016 Fire Department Assists in Successful Resuscitation