In this 28 minute interview, Becca Reed from CMAP, sits down with Dan Harney and has a conversation about Gilroy, his vision for the city and Gilroy’s changing role in Silicon Valley.
” Protecting our heritage trees is important to the community fabric of Gilroy. Can you imagine Gilroy without an urban forest?” (March 2018)
“I believe that the city should run as efficient as possible. We continue to pay for inefficiencies as a result of outdated management and IT systems. We need to invest in people, process and technologies and rely less on consultants”
“Gilroy accounts for 2.5% of the population in Santa Clara county, yet we have 10% of the homeless population” said Council Member Harney after asking for a workshop to address the growing problem in Gilroy
“Paul was tenacious, despite his illness he fought very hard to attend every city council meeting. He told me politics is a lot like baseball- if you go up enough times the law of averages says you’ll eventually get elected.”
Council Member Harney opposed every step of the developers application stating the new project for an affordable seniors apartment complex does not provide safe access to essential services such as public transportation, grocery and drug stores, or provide a safe route for pedestrians and cyclist to reach downtown. The project was approved 6-1 vote, Council Member Harney was the only dissenting vote.
“Gilroy Gardens is an important component to our recreational tourism strategy, an economic driver and an important employer for our youth. I can’t imagine trading the Gardens for more housing development.”
“We can no longer stand on the sidelines. We need strong leadership representing Gilroy and our voice must be heard.”