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T O D A Y Celebration of garlic… a source of community pride and vitality. Festival General Admission: $12.00

Steak Sandwich at Gourmet Alley: $6.00

Bobble Head at the Mercantile: $13.00

Souvenir Wine Glass: $10.00

Community Pride: PRICELESS

July/August 2007

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July 27th, the 29th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will unfold. About 130,000 visitors will flock into our community to help us celebrate the pungent bulb, garlic. And over 4,000 of us will volunteer to help make this year’s event a success.

do the great jobs that they do throughout the year. In 2006 volunteers contributed almost 42,000 hours of service to the Festival. Assuming an average work year of around 2,080 hours, volunteers contributed the equivalent of about 20 years of work. That is phenomenal!

As in past years, there will be lots of great food, cooking demonstrations, children and adult entertainment, arts and crafts and garlic souvenirs. There will also be a couple new things: 1) the authentic Gilroy Garlic Festival garlic french fries as only Gourmet Alley can make them; and, 2) the new Garlic Showdown featuring prominent Bay Area chefs competing in an Iron Chef competition on the Cook-Off Stage at High Noon on Sunday.

As a result of all those volunteer hours — in the Gilroy Garlic Festival’s 28 years of existence— it has given back some $7,500,000 to the community, an average of over $277,000 per year. Volunteer hours have equated to dollars each year since the very first festival in 1979. Five local nonprofit organizations benefited from the first festival, sharing in the $4,500 that was dispersed. Last year, 2006, 169 organizations shared $253,000. Other contributions have included part of the purchase of the ranch site at Christmas Hill Park and other park improvements totaling $840,000; $200,000 to the Gilroy Foundation, and $250,000 to the Gilroy High School for a new activity center. Also, a $250,000 pledge has been made to the Gilroy Cultural Center with $100,000 already paid.

But the Garlic Festival story isn’t really about a mere three days in July. It’s about a community — a community of volunteers that come together time and time again to not just put on one of the best food festivals in the world but to help the local non-profit organizations

Several organizations use the Festival as an opportunity to develop teamwork and comradery. Have you ever had a chance to watch the Gators Swim Club swarm over the Festival grounds as the gates close?

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A BI-MONTHLY PUBLICATION FOR AND ABOUT THE COMMUNITY OF GILROY


Gilroy T O D A Y A BI-MONTHLY PUBLICATION FOR AND ABOUT THE COMMUNITY OF GILROY

How to reach us: Gilroy Today Published By: InfoPOWER Communications 7446 Rosanna Street Gilroy, CA 95020 Telephone: 408.848.6540 Email: info@gilroytoday.com EDITOR J. Chris Mickartz COPYWRITING Larry & J. Chris Mickartz PHOTOGRAPHY Larry J. Mickartz

CONTRIBUTORS Finance Jeffrey M. Orth, CSA, ChF Health & Fitness Deb Smith, F.A.T.E. Fitness Real Estate Marta Dinsmore/Peter Casper

Display advertising Contact us at 408.848.6540 or email info@gilroytoday.com for ad placement, information, and availability. Community Events & Information Submit for free inclusion, space permitting. Š Copyright 2007. All rights reserved. No part, either editorial or display advertising, may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher or author.

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J. Chris Mickartz

ell, 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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Happy buyers consider all the angles… Real Estate professionals see it all the time — jittery buyers — bold before they sign on the dotted line but walk-away after an offer is made. The National Association of Realtors reports more than 10 percent of real estate transactions fail and buyer’s remorse is often a factor when deals fall through. The consequences of buyer’s remorse aren’t just emotional, often it has to do with the financial investment. But when a buyer walks away from a transaction after a formal offer is made, they may lose earnest monies or expose themselves to lawsuits. Homeowners can avoid second-guessing themselves if they are diligent and patient in their search for housing: 1. Don’t jump at the first thing, look at comparative listings. 2. Consider not only the aesthetics and financing but also length of commute, tolerance for yard work, neighbors, and area amenities.

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1. Jot down impressions of homes you may consider buying. Make a a list of the pros and cons. 2. Take the initiative to meet your prospective neighbors. 3. Hire an interior designer to help you decide if the new place can be adapted to your sense of style. 4. Visit the shops and stores nearest your prospective new home. Is the drive to the grocery store a little further than what you are currently use to?

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T H O S E W H O D O

Jay Baksa

City Administrator

LEADER

coach

Shaping the lives of our young athletes for over two decades.

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ost people in Gilroy know that Jay Baksa is the City Administrator. That is his work and his profession. The “not work” part of his life is his passion, his joy of life.. .and that is, his love of sports and coaching. Jay does not have a formal count but he estimates that he has coached 1,100 to 1,200 games starting with his three sons years ago and continuing till today with high school basketball. Jay has worn the coach’s hat in soccer, which he never played, basketball, baseball and volleyball. Sports have been a big part of his life. As a young boy he remembers going to Cleveland Indian games with his cigarsmoking grandfather. In high school, Jay was an outstanding football and basketball player. He admits he didn’t do well in baseball because he couldn’t hit the curve. He played basketball at Ohio Wesleyan University and was co-captain his senior year.

Jay Baksa goes over pre-game issues with the 2002-3 Gilroy High School Junior Varsity Team. MVP, Many of the students pictured here have gone on to play college sports. Jay’s high school admitted him to the Midview Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. As his sons grew, Jay committed to coaching and helping with their teams. He started coaching soccer when the regular coach had to drop out and rather than disappoint the players he stepped in. Jay and friend, Craig Martin, had remarkable success in soccer when they took the local youth team all the way to a State association championship in the mid 1980’s. Jay admits that work can sometimes make one cynical but the enthusiasm, energy, hopefulness and commitment he sees in his players puts everything back in balance. Over the years, he has watched many transition to adulthood. As a coach, Jay has had an opportunity to have an impact on the lives of hundreds of young players. It makes Jay feel good to see so many former players find success. If you attend the Garlic Festival on a Friday, you might see Jay driving a tractor with a bunch of aspiring basketball players picking up garbage. He tells the incoming freshmen that this is their first tryout for the team. He wants to see how hard they work, how well they work together, and how well they follow instructions. “Playing basketball for the high school is a community thing; giving back to the community by working at the Festival is part of the players’ community responsibility” he says. Don’t think that Jay only devotes time to coaching. He was on the Founding Board of Leadership Gilroy and continues to be involved with fundraising. He is an active Rotarian who is committed to “giving back” through his involvement on the Chartable Giving Committee. With retirement just around the corner, Jay plans to do a little teaching and mentoring in the world of city managers. He also wants to get involved in some environmental issues and of course…to continue coaching.

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T H E B I G H O U S E T H A T G I L R O Y B U I L T

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he first time you see the new Gilroy Police Station you may think that there must be a mistake because the building is so big. “It must belong to some other BIG city, not little old Gilroy.” But, wait a minute. Let’s step back and get some perspective! Gilroy is one of the fastest growing cities in Santa Clara County. Unofficial projections put the population at 50,000 and continued controlled growth is expected. So, Gilroy has gone from a sleepy little farm town to a significant and desirable residential community with a growing retail and industrial base and this is, after all, a government building. It takes years of planning and paper shuffling to build this type of facility, so what you build had better be around for a while, a long while. With this in mind, the new Gilroy Police Station can easily be referred to as “a station for Gilroy’s future”. No one can question that the police department had outgrown the old station. The building might be a little big for now but Gilroy will grow into it, and grow into it, and grow into it. The new station is expected to serve the needs of the community for the next thirty years. The old station at 18,000 square feet is dwarfed by the sheer size of the new station. The second floor which houses all the offices and support functions is 45,000 square feet over 58,000 square feet of parking and storage. Originally the parking area was to have been a basement below grade but that plan proved to be too expensive. The parking area also holds a new jail facility. Currently the jail only functions as a 12 hour holding jail but as needs change, it could become a Type 1 jail that could hold people short term while they await a hearing. The exterior entrance to the jail is controlled by a “sally port.” Officers can drive in Continued on page 15

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Above inset: Tribute to C.J. Laizure, Gilroy’s first police chief above lobby. Left: Work stations in the Records Area Below (l): Two stations in the Communications Center (r) Community Meeting Room


The HEALTH

CONNECTION

Let’s Do a Little Belly Aching!

By Deb Smith, Personal Trainer Owner of F.A.T.E. Fitness for Adults in Transition - Energize!

One of the most effective abdominal exercises is the crunch

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any of us have been performing abdominal exercises for years. I’m often asked “how come my stomach is not flat?” or “how do I get my abs to look like those I see in the magazine?” Some of those 6-pack ab pictures you see in the magazines are owned by men and women who work out for hours each day to achieve that body. For most people, a flat, toned stomach can be a realistic goal, but it does take hard work, commitment, AND using proper form while performing the exercise. Our abdominal muscles are three interconnected muscles: upper abs, lower abs, and oblique (sides). It is important to strengthen these muscle groups as they are our CORE muscles. The core is the origin of movement, and having a strong core means being able to stabilize the spine and effectively move the body with varying loads; such as lifting boxes, vacuuming, picking weeds, trimming your bushes, dancing with your partner … the list goes on and on. So a powerful core allows you to perform many activities with less likelihood of injury. There are some specific things you can do to flatten your stomach and build up your ab muscles, but it will involve a comprehensive fitness program including cardiovascular conditioning (aerobic activity) and proper nutrition. First, you’ll have to do at least 30 minutes of cardio training 3 or 4 times a week. The cardio will help burn the excess fat around your abs to help tone them. Second, make sure you eat lots of lean meats, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Stay away from high calorie and fatty junk food.

Third, and most importantly, 4 to 5 times a week you’ll need to do some specific core exercises. One of the most effective abdominal exercises is the crunch. Here are some helpful hints which will ensure a safe and effective abdominal workout:

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Lie down on your back and bend your knees, placing your hands behind your head; cradling your head. Try to keep your elbows back (wide) with fingers unlocked behind your head. Pull your belly button towards your spine, and

flatten your lower back against the floor.

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Slowly contract your abdominals, and pull your ribs in toward your hip bones. Think of folding your abdominal area.

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Exhale as you come up and keep your neck straight, chin up.

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Hold at the top of the movement for a few seconds, breathing continuously.

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Slowly lower back down, but don’t relax all the way.

Here are two fun core exercises you can do standing. Rib to Hip

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent and neutral spine (pelvic area slightly tilted). Pull your naval in toward your spine and try to keep the lower abdominal area tight throughout the exercise. This exercise can be performed with a resistance band, hand-weights (or improvise by using two water bottles or two soup cans). Place the weights at your hips. Slowly drop your rib down toward your hip bone. Imagine that your lower body is your foundation — very little movement from your hips down. The work happens in your Powerhouse (the muscles from your ribs to your hips)

Muffin Busters

(Eliminates the “Muffin Overflow” – area just above our pant line) Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent and neutral spine (pelvic area slightly tilted). Pull your naval in toward your spine and try to keep the lower abdominal area tight throughout the exercise. This exercise can be performed with a resistance band or handweights. Place your weights by your rear-end with your palms facing out to the back wall. Slowly drop your rib to your hip. Imagine that your lower body is your foundation — very little movement from your hips down.

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Long “TERM” Thinking

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here are a number of so-called “financial experts” that believe that individuals should only buy term insurance instead of permanent insurance. This belief stems from the misguided idea that life insurance should not be used as a cash accumulation vehicle. They recommend that people should buy a cheaper term policy and invest the premium difference in stocks, bonds and/or mutual funds. There is a fundamental problem with this strategy… the majority of term policies do not result in a paid death claim. The reason is simply that most people out-live their term insurance coverage. These people often enjoy 20 or more years of low cost premiums, but are now facing a choice between no coverage or dramatically higher premiums. Some of these people no longer even have a choice of continuing coverage because of declining health issues that have rendered them uninsurable. What if there was an alternative that was both permanent and low cost? What if this alternative provided level premiums for the life of the contract? Would knowing that your premium was level for the term of the policy, and the fact that the insurance company could never drop you because you have become uninsurable, be of comfort to you? Well, there are such products available today! Universal life (UL) policies, combined with a no lapse guarantee rider, are offered by number of quality insurance companies today. A low-cost UL policy with a no-lapse guarantee rider looks a lot like a term policy, but it provides greater benefits than a standard term policy. This is accomplished by paying the minimum premium required to guarantee the death benefit to age 100, or 120 in some cases, resulting in both level premium and death benefits for life. Although there is a minimum amount of accumulated cash value in the policy that will eventually become nothing in later years, the death benefits will be guaranteed without regard to future policy cash value. A UL policy, engineered as previously described, looks a lot like a term

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by Jeffrey M. Orth, CSA, ChFC

policy. However, this so-called “life-time term” policy is in fact permanent insurance. An important benefit to this strategy for life insurance protection is the flexibility commensurate with this type of product. As the years progress, your life’s goals may change. Years from now you may wish to accumulate cash value in your insurance policy to later supplement your retirement income. With this in mind, you may simply increase your premiums with the intention of accumulating cash on a tax-differed basis that can be taken out income tax-free some time in the future. If you desire the protection that permanent life insurance provides, while keeping your premiums as low and predictable as possible and maintaining flexibility in the future, it might be a good idea to talk to financial consultant or insurance professional about the value of a term insurance alternative. A7JC-0503-07


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2007 Gilroy Garlic Festival

Cook-off & Cooking Events Friday, July 27 Don Gage, Master of Ceremonies 11:15

Entertainment

Garlic City Harmony Ted Sanchez, Star-Spangled Banner

11:30

Opening Ceremonies

Judy Lazarus 2007 Garlic Festival President

12:30

Local Celebrity Chefs

Gloria and Michael Melone

1:30

Celebrity Chef

Evelyn Miliate Raley’s Bel-Air, Nob Hill

2:30

Celebrity Chef

Lisa Freeman Wild Game and Outdoor Cooking

3:30

Local Celebrity Chef

The Daygo Brothers Don DeLorenzo & David Bozzo

Saturday, July 28 Guy Fieri, Cook-off Contest Master of Ceremonies 9:00

Cook-off Contest

Judging

12:15

Cook-off Contest

Winners Announced

Dan Green & Kate Callaghan, Masters of Ceremonies 1:00

Celebrity Chef

Andrea Froncillo The Stinking Rose Restaurant, The Franciscan

2:00

Celebrity Chef

Guy Fieri, Food Netwook Host Dives, Diners, Drive-ins

3:00

Celebrity Chef

Dan Green, Evening News Anchor, KSBW-TV

4:00

Celebrity Chef

Jay Minzer, Personal Chef, Florida

Sunday, July 29

Garlic Showdown Don DeLorenzo, Master of Ceremonies 10:30

Entertainment

Len Stimac & Company

11:00

Local Celebrity Chefs

Bob Filice, Local Chef

12:00

Garlic Showdown

Professional Chefs compete for $5,000

2:00

Garlic Showdown

Winners Announced

Bob Filice, Master of Ceremonies 2:30

Local Celebrity Chef

The SakaBozzo Show Sam Bozzo & Gene Sakahara

3:15

Cookware Drawing

Le Creuset of America, Inc. Ten Piece Cooking Set

3:30

Celebrity Chef

Jay Minzer, Personal Chef, Florida with local celebrity chef, Val Filice

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Police

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Inside a jail cell at the new police station facility.

and shut-off the area so that the area can be completely sealed-off from the rest of the parking structure — no chance of the suspect running from the car. The offices on the second floor are carefully designed to suit the needs of the different departments. The detectives have closed-off units that allow for more privacy. The gang task force has an open area that allows for more interaction. Staff and administrative offices have easy access to one another. The whole building is well laid out and shows a tremendous amount of foresight and planning. Retired Assistant Chief Lanny Brown and City Planning Department, Bill Headley, were the project managers on the station. The lobby is open, spacious and as inviting as a police station can be. There is a large tribute to the first Gilroy police chief, C.J. Laizure, and local police work that dominates the lobby area. Right off the lobby and with direct access to the outside is a large community meeting room. With prior arrangement this room can be made available to community groups. Also off the lobby are small meeting rooms where victims and witnesses can meet privately with officers. The station also house the 911 communications and dispatching group in a spacious open area. This area is a marked contrast to the previous basement dungeon location. There are new areas for evidence processing and storage. Everything is well laid out, consistent with current police procedures and reasonably state of the art. The fixtures and appointments are functional, not extravagant. In the center of the building is a two-story atrium with a common area for officers and staff. The beautiful wall renderings, live plants and sky lights remind officers that not all is as gloomy and depressing as what they might see on the street.

Gilroy Police Department MISSION:

Providing excellent public safety services in partnership with the community.

VISION:

Building community partnerships to provide a safe environment in which to live work and play

VALUES:

• Respect • Integrity • Compassion • Teamwork • Innovation • Accountability

MOTTO:

Pride, Professionalism, Service

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garlic festival,

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Parents and kids of all ages scour the park and pick-up the trash left by volunteerism and dollars to support our non-profit organizations, it festival goers. When the gates close each night, the grounds look pretty has spawned numerous business ventures. One of the most prominent effect has been a viable and effective Chamber of Commerce; bad but when they open the next day, they are fresh and clean… in large part due to the profits from beer sales at the thanks to the many hands of the Gators. In 2006 the Festival. Businesses around town that have keyed off Gators earned over $6,000. Jay Baksa, full-time Gilroy Travel anywhere the garlic branding include Garlic World, Garlic City City Administrator and part-time GHS basketball Mercantile, Garlic Festival Foods (no direct associacoach, explains how he uses the Garlic Festival garbage today and mention tion to the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association), Garlic pick-up as the first try-out for incoming basketball that you are from Glass, Garlic Shoppe and garlic.com Soon the Garlic players, “It answers questions like: How hard do they Gilroy and someone Festival building downtown will host offices for the work? Do they follow instructions? Do they work well Association, retail space and condos. will say with others?” he notes. “Garlic Festival.”

Gilroy High School receive over $50,000 from volunteer hours at the Festival last year. “Without the Garlic Festival we would have a lot more candy sales and some programs would not be alive. Where else could we raise $50,000 on one weekend?” states Jack Daley, Activities Director, Gilroy High School. It is no surprise that Gilroy High School hosts a team in every sport and attends numerous tournaments year-round. Both Jack Daley and Garlic Festival Director, Brian Bowe, refer to the Garlic Festival logos on the GHS Student Activity Center with pride.

The Garlic Festival might be a great event to the rest of the world but to the citizens of this beautiful little town it is a source of community pride and energy.

Often we forget about the impact of the festival year-round. Besides giving Gilroy an identity, a spirit of

2006 Gilroy Festival Committee Photo by Bill Strange

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