Speak up for Smart Growth in Gilroy

Gilroy City Councilmembers need to hear from you about the location of the High Speed Rail (HSR) station in Gilroy. Please tell the Council to keep the station downtown, not put it out in the open space of the Agricultural Preserve.
 
What You Can Do
Join me and members of Gilroy Growing Smarter at the city council study session this Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 6PM (Gilroy City Hall, 7351 Rosanna St., Gilroy, CA) and urge councilmembers to reaffirm their preference for a HSR station in downtown Gilroy.
 
What’s Happening

Gilroy City Council is still deciding where to build the city’s HSR station, and are still considering placing it in the agriculture preserve. While city councilmembers won’t be taking any action at this meeting, this is an important opportunity for them to hear from you before their recommendation is made.
 
Why It Matters
A previous report on the Comparative Economic Impacts of Gilroy HSR Alignment Options concluded that the viaduct to downtown alignment would have the most benefit for Gilroy and the least adverse impacts. The report also stated that locating the station in the Agricultural Preserve would cause the most long-term negative impacts to natural resources and to downtown businesses.
 
In November 2016 Gilroy voters passed Measure H, which aimed to prevent sprawl, protect local open space and farmland, and put the focus on city-centered growth. A downtown HSR alignment clearly supports this goal. Please join me in urging the Gilroy City Council to reaffirm the downtown as the preferred alignment and station location.
 
Thank you for speaking up.
 
Sincerely,
 
Paul Ledesma
Legislative Advocate

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