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Chamber of Commerce Urban Growth Boundry Detrimental to Gilroy By Mark Turner, President/CEO, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce T he Gilroy Chamber of Commerce and the Gilroy Economic Development Corporation have both determined that an Urban Growth Boundary would be detrimental to Gilroy. It’s important for residents to be informed of the facts pertaining to the proposed UGB initiative. The information below has been provided by Tammy Brownlow, President of the Gilroy Economic Development Corporation. The so called, “Gilroy Growing Smarter” urban growth boundary initiative being proposed for placement on the November ballot would have many negative consequences for our community. After extensive research and discussion, the board of directors of the Gilroy Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) voted unanimously at their April 13 board meeting to oppose the initiative. Following are some of the more critical impacts our city will face if an urban growth boundary is put in place: Stifle Gilroy’s Emerging Economy — Harsh urban growth boundary control sends a very negative message to businesses and investors considering Gilroy for opportunities. Overregulation and lack of available land and buildings will send new and existing businesses elsewhere. Reduced Employment Opportunities and Job Growth — Lack of available buildings and land, coupled with housing shortages and increased housing prices, will force businesses to go elsewhere for opportunities and employees. Limiting Growth Limits Opportunities for Local Businesses —Businesses rely on residents to shop local. Limiting the number of residents limits the reach of existing businesses. The potential for increased consumer costs due to rising transportation costs and restrictions on new shopping areas may also impact local shopping habits and tourism dollars. Increased Housing Costs for Working Families and Young Professionals — Lack of housing options and increasing land and construction costs will cause home prices and rents to soar and will displace middle-income working families. In Gilroy, 42% of all housing units are rentals that are already priced beyond the means of many middle-income families. It’s a simple matter of supply and demand. Worsens Lingering Traffic Problems — Traffic problems like those around Christopher High School will remain and will not be fixed since necessary road improvements in the area will be halted as the private investment mechanism for improvements is eliminated. 80 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JULY / AUGUST 2016 First Tee Off for Youth Scheduled T he Gilroy Police Foundation and the Gilroy Youth Task Force have joined together to host the “Tee Off For Youth” Golf Classic scheduled for Thursday, August 11 at CordeValle Golf Resort in San Martin which is home to the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open. The Police Foundation and the Youth Task Force are private, non-profit 501(c)(3)’s that work to redirect gang- affiliated and at-risk youth through education, prevention and intervention efforts. Funds raised through the generosity of sponsors and golfers goes to support programs such as the Gilroy Youth Center (year-round free programming), Gilroy Unified School District’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support Program (PBIS), Late Night Gym for “at-risk” youth, the Parent Project, Anti-Bullying programs and providing a safe environment for youth. At this year’s golf classic, they will have professional golfer and top instructor on the Champions, PGA, LPGA and European tours, Dave Stockton. While on the PGA tour, Stockton was known for being one of the games best putters. He wrote a guide to putting called, “Unconscious Putting,” which was released in 2011 and quickly became a best seller. Dave will be providing a golf clinic prior to the start of our Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic. Registration is only $295 per person or $1,100 per foursome. Check- in begins at 10:30 the day of the event and shot gun start at 1:00 pm. Whether you play in the tournament, sponsor the event, or simply make a donation, you make a definite and immediate impact. For more information go to TeeOffForYouth.com. gmhtoday.com