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O Publishers Larry & J. Chris Mickartz Proud Supporters Of: kay! Enough already! It has been raining like forever…or so it seems. It wasn’t all that long ago that we were worrying about the drought and using too much water. Today, (as I sit in my office working on this issue of magazine) Coyote Creek has overflowed and is blocking the north lanes of Highway 101, Anderson Reservoir is at 102% capacity, mud slides are threatening homes and blocking streets, and sink holes are gobbling up cars. It is just plain wet everywhere. It’s hard to remember what the sun actually looks like. I’m hoping by the time you read this that the sun is shinning and our cover (photo was taken last year) is not just wishful thinking. Our new series “Regionally Speaking” debuts in this issue with a look at our Infrastructure: Our Streets and Roads (pages 12-15). In future issues we will look at other regional topics that we feel will be of interest to you, our readers. We will also have our community leaders weigh in on the importance of thinking regionally. In our last issue we highlighted people to watch in 2017 and received many comments mentioning others within our communities that make substantial contributions to our way of life here in the South Santa Clara Valley. Two such people are highlighted in this issue: Gilroy’s newest councilman, Dan Harney (page 28) and Morgan Hill’s new councilwoman, Caitlin Robinett Jachimowicz (page 30). Also in our last issue we announced that our new website would be completed and urged our readers to surf our site. Unfortunately, due to all the back-end technical stuff, we weren’t able to go live until just recently. See our new features on page 24. We hope you will spend some time getting familiar with our site as we have some pretty cool features like searchability, electronic magazine versions of all our issues that date back to 2006 with our first issue of Gilroy Today, and People Talking, a blog type section where you can comment on our current content and provide suggestions for future articles. In closing, I would like to call your attention to our Calendar (page 10) as there are many events happening in the next couple of months and to our Community Digest section (pages 32-41) that highlights the wonderful work of our nonprofits and acknowledges the work of so many individuals in our region. Community Solutions You’re never too young to enjoy gmh TODAY , especially when your daddy is on the cover. Little Brooklyn Luevano pointing Mike Luevano to her daddy Mike in M ike Luevano joined Rebekah Children’s Services (RCS) in 2015 as Director of Communications and Development. Rebekah’s Children’s Services provides services for over 3,000 families in Santa Clara County and neighboring counties. This move brought Luevano full circle to the very organization where he began his career working as a behavioral specialist between 1995 and 2004. Prior to his current role, Luevano was an enterprise account executive with Comcast Business. Before that he was in sales with AmeriPride Services, a North American supplier of uniforms and other products to the automotive industry. Luevano also spent four years in sales and marketing in the sports and entertainment industry, and three years as Recreation Coordinator II for the Consumnes Community Services District. Luevano holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Recreational Therapy from San José State University. He is a member of the Gilroy Rotary Club, Gilroy and Morgan Hill Chambers of Commerce, the South County Young Professionals Network, and Leadership Gilroy’s Class of 2017. Luevano lives in Gilroy with his wife and two daughters. our January/February 2017 issue. It just doesn’t get “We are so grateful to the South County community for their generosity and concern for our work to ensure the hope, happiness and well-being of the 3,000 local children and their families each year. In 2017, the need for adoption, fostering, school readiness and mental health services continues to be great, but through community support we’ll continue to expand these services and their reach.” any better than this. Thanks Mike. 32 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 1) gmhtoday_Jan/Feb2017V6.indd 32 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MAR AI%0)ѽ乍(ļ̼܀ЁA4(