Peter Arellano Officially Joins Gilroy’s Mayoral Race

The councilman officially declared he's running for mayor during his final exploratory committee meeting on Tuesday.


After sitting on Gilroy’s city council for over a decade, Peter Arellano has his sights on a new seat, and it’s currently occupied by Mayor Al Pinheiro. The councilman and longtime resident officially declared his candidacy for mayor of Gilroy during his final exploratory committee meeting Tuesday night.

The news may be confusing for a number of people who apparently thought the councilman was already a contender in the mayoral race.

“I don’t know how to take it. Even people close to me say, ‘Well, you are running, right?’ And I go ‘No, I haven’t decided.’ As much as almost a week ago someone asked me,” Arellano said. “Have I been thinking about it for the last three months or more? Yes. Have I decided to run in the last couple of weeks? Probably in the last couple of weeks, but I hadn’t told anybody.”

The misconception may have developed when news broke that Arellano was forming an exploratory committee in March, or when his name was casually mentioned along with Gilroy's other mayoral candidates, according to Arellano's campaign communications representative, Vince D. Monroy.

However, at that time, the Kaiser Permanente physician was only forming the committee to see whether he’d have enough support to justify his candidacy. He still needed to determine what he wanted to do with his job, career and other commitments before hitting the campaign trail.

“I had to look at, ‘What am I planning on doing with my job? What am I going to do with my career?’ I was thinking about retiring—do I retire now, do I retire after the election, do I retire next year? So I had a lot of personal things I had to look at,” he said. “And everything lined up, all my personal questions have been answered and I think I have enough support out in the community that I’ve decided to run.”

Arellano’s entry into the mayoral race makes him the lone Democrat running against Republicans Dion Bracco and Don Gage. Arellano would have been running against independent Perry Woodward as well, but the City of Gilroy councilman announced Thursday that he's dropping out of the mayoral race. 

"As of this morning, I have decided to run for re-election as a council member this fall, instead of seeking the mayor’s seat. I have also endorsed Don Gage for mayor," Woodward wrote in an email.

If elected, Arellano would be the first Mexican-American in Gilroy’s history to serve as mayor, Monroy said. Arellano is focusing on the issues of neighborhood safety, improving Gilroy’s education system, jobs, and preserving the city’s open space, among a handful of others.  

“In recent years, Gilroy has experienced the highest unemployment rate, one of the highest crime rates and a challenged education system,” Monroy wrote in a prepared statement. “Council Member Arellano is committed to utilizing local government resources to lead Gilroy into an era of great prosperity and quality of life.”

The , and will be addressed during a gathering at the old Joe’s Italian Restaurant on Saturday, April 28. Arellano is expected to outline his plans for the future of Gilroy and roll out the timeline of his campaign during the gathering.

Vince D. Monroy April 26, 2012 at 03:42 AM
You are right, OldTimeGilroy. He is Dr. Arellano. Thanks for noting that. Have a great night.
Vince D. Monroy April 26, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Hi Swanee, Thanks for your support!
Ron Kirkish April 28, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Frankly, I am totally amazed that Mr. Arellano would consider throwing his hat in the ring to be Mayor of Gilroy after his unshakable support for the marijuana dispensary “MediLeaf”, and its owner Batzi Kuburovich who was recently arrested and indicted by Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen for bilking millions of dollars from investors in his Ponzi schemes. There is even a picture in the local newspapers showing Kuburovich wearing a “Vote for Arellano” tee-shirt when Peter was running for Santa Clara County Supervisor and lost overwhelmingly. Batzi knew he could absolutely count on Arellano’s support to open a marijuana dispensary in our city as can be determined from Arellano’s voting record as a City Councilman for Gilroy. The Hispanic community in the State of California overwhelmingly voted against Proposition 19, to legalize marijuana, in 2010 by an over 60% majority while Councilman Arellano was persistently voting to allow a dispensary to open in our City of Gilroy. The Hispanic community wants leaders who will protect its children from the scourge of drug abuse and drug gangs; Mr. Arellano’s voting record has shown us just the opposite. The Citizens of Gilroy should overwhelmingly reject Peter Arellano to lead our city. We expect our leaders to serve and protect us and our children. Councilman Arellano’s own voting record and “Total Lack of Common Sense” shows us all that he is absolutely incapable of doing this.
Richard Steeb April 29, 2012 at 05:07 PM
The man is a physician. His support of medicinal cannabis access is to be applauded. Nothing would do more to eliminate "drug gangs" than the complete legalization of the kind herb. Make it so.
Ron Kirkish April 29, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Folks, Richard Steeb states in his blog that "The man is a pyhsician".....a little over a year ago, I had a conversation with Dr. Arellano regarding medical marijuana; at a barbeque thrown by Bob Tapella in downtown Gilroy. I informed Arellano that I had seen a long list of ailments that pot doctors will sell their recommendations for.......included on that list is "writters cramps", to which Arellano replied, "writers cramps" is a very serious ailment that marijuana should be recommended for..........it absolutely shocked me that a so-called medical doctor would say something like this. Ron Kirkish
Ron Kirkish April 29, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Here is a link to the list that pot_doctors will sell their "marijuana recommendations" for. https://www.marijuanadoctors.com/content/ailments/index We all know full well that marijuana is addictive and yet they include recommending marijuana for those dependent on tobacco. We also see schizophrenia on the list and it is now well established that marijuana causes mental illness: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/cannabis-takes-toll-on-aborigines/story-e6frg6nf-1225795565468 and http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/cannabis-an-apology-440730.html So, let it be known, that just because one has a Dr. before his/or her name doesn't mean they have an ounce of commonsense. As we've seen with Arellano. Ron Kirkish Citizen of Gilroy
Jonas Davis April 30, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Wow Ron. You have a lot to say about the topic, and the Dr. for that matter. Firstly, you need to get your propositions right. FYI, Prop 19 was not about Medical Marijuana per se, but rather the allowance of various marijuana-related activities under the regulation of local government. Have you bothered to think that the voting community may have opposed the proposition for reasons not related to medical marijuana, especially since the measure had to do with the widespread allowance of cannabis usage rather than usage for medical-related reasons? For future reference, the medical marijuana measure was Proposition 215, which gained 65% support in Santa Clara County when it was approved by California voters in 1996. Secondly, although marijuana may be addictive, you also make issue with the fact that marijuana has been recommended to those dependent on tobacco. Did you bother to consider that nicotine is know to be the most addictive drug, above heroin, cocaine, and alcohol? In fact, marijuana doesn't even rank in the top 5 most addictive drugs: http://www.seriousrankings.com/top-10-most-addictive-drugs/ Considering, a recommendation for marijuana would seem a practical substitution for the most addictive substance known to humankind. Lastly, although it can't be denied that a Dr.'s title doesn't guarantee an individual will always exercise commonsense, an individuals position on one given topic, doesn't entail that they don't have an ounce of commonsense, as you suggest.
Richard Steeb April 30, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Coffee is more addictive than Cannabis. Cannabis is a wonderful substitute for tobacco; it helped me kick my two-pack Marlboro addiction over thirty years ago. It is well established that Cannabis doesn't hold a candle to alcohol's mental-health destruction. Get over it, Ron.
Ron Kirkish April 30, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Well Richard & Jonas, You're both a little late and a dollar short to try to and sell your garbage to your garbage to the folks. Thanks to the over reaching of those like yourselves, the folks have been very eager students to hear the truth about the terrible harms that marijuana does to the human and society. I can't thank the both of you and those like you for helping me gain willing audiences all over Northern California, including Pacific Grove, Sand City, South San Francisco, Daly City, Martinez, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Hollister, and so many more who have all decided to Ban pot shops in their cities after hearing the truth. With out you and those like you trying bring your poison into those cities, the folks would have never taken the time to listen to me. How is your friend who used to own Creme De Canna (in Santa Cruz County doing these days?) Ron Kirkish
Jonas Davis April 30, 2012 at 07:19 AM
LOL Ron. Thanks for the humorous response. I hope (for your part) that you intended to make me laugh so hard. "[S]ell your garbage to your garbage to the folks"? Can you explain how one might sell garbage to one's own garbage "to the folks" Ron? By the way, you might want to try and stay on topic here. I believe we were originally discussing Dr. Arellano and how he relates to the issue of Medical Marijuana. Somehow you have changed the subject to yourself. Either you're trying shift subjects (because you're obviously doing a bad job at the original topic) or you are trying to promote yourself. Which it is I'm not sure, because you're failing across the board. "After hearing the truth" the people decided to ban pot shops? Can you provide some substance, as to how they saw "the truth", Ron? You shouldn't assume the reader is so ignorant to take your words as 'true' without having a sounds basis for doing so. I believe the readers of Patch are more intelligent than you're giving them credit for being. By the way, did you ever bother to think these "pot shops" were banned for reasons other than the words that came out of your mouth? Really, it seems like you can't even construct a single sentence without sounding like you just got out of first grade English class. Given your posts on this thread, I'd doubt you had anything to do with the results. If you'd ever like some help, my buddy's little sister is a logic tutor. I could pass her number on to you.
Jonas Davis April 30, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Look people. Check out this Google search for Ron Kirkish. The topic of Medical Marijuana, mostly the opposition of it, show up all over the place. http://www.google.com/search?q=ron+kirkish&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a A Facebook page for his name shows him as part of the Stop Marijuana Abuse Coalition http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000818308391 It's apparent that Ron's concern is less for Dr. Arellano's campaign, then is having a political role on the issue of Medical Marijuana. Check him out in this Youtube video with Mr. Kirkish speaking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Il9raZACkw This guy has an agenda people. It's apparent he's less concerned with Dr. Arellano's campaign then he is with making a public issue out of Medical Marijuana. Try and maintain some relevance in your comments Ron. It seems you're trying to take over the thread by promoting your agenda.
Ron Kirkish April 30, 2012 at 08:05 AM
Oh Jana, Unlike you and Richard, I absolutely never ask people to just take my word as the truth when I go from city to city and county to county. I would never place myself in that position. No boys. Can I provide substance? I could but why would I want to give my game plan away? Make no sense. Suffice it to say, the truth is in the information that I give the folks. Information from around the world boys; Australia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, The United States and so much more. And you know what else, it is really cool to see the eyes of the folks when they finally see the truth and say stuff like, "I never knew", or "Oh my god, this is awesome". And, you know what else, these same folks (by the hundreds) email, call, fax, write letters, to their elected leaders; Mayors, City Councils, County Supervisors, and others telling them "BAN - BAN - BAN". And as we can see, the huge majority of cities and county's all over California are banning them. And now, since Oct. 7th of 2011 when all four California Attorneys stood shoulder to shoulder and told the world that they are going to dismantle the marijuana dispensaries, we are seeing the dispensaries closing left and right....just ask Creme de Canna. Ron Kirkish
Ron Kirkish April 30, 2012 at 08:18 AM
Take over the Thread Jonas for my agenda? Nice try.. I spent over a year sitting in every single Gilroy City Council meeting. And I had to listen to Arellano time after time tell the folks in the seats why he believed that Gilroy should have a marijuana dispensary. It was mind blowing to say the least. Listening to him and and other city councils across Northern California I finally came to the understanding it is extremely important for people know what a candidate stands for before placing a check by his or her name. I'm making very sure that the Citizens of Gilroy are totally informed about the past choices Mr. Arellano made as our representative on the dais......the people need to know the truth about this man. Ron Kirkish
Jonas Davis April 30, 2012 at 08:35 AM
No Ron. You just want to use the thread to push your anti-medical marijuana agenda. Don't lie. The People aren't as stupid as you take them to be. And statements aren't true merely because you claim them to be. It shows that you're taking that angle though because you refuse to share your "game plan." LOL. You might want to reevaluate your game plan Ron. The dark ages ended a long time ago. People like proof nowadays. The rest of us aren't as ignorant as you take us to be.
Ron Kirkish April 30, 2012 at 09:14 AM
You're right Jonas, The people aren't stupid and they are seeing right through those like you and saying, NO! Evidence? The Pro_Drug forces couldn't come close to finding enough signatures to place a single POT initiative on the Nov/2012 ballot. Your right Jonas, the people aren't stupid. Ron Kirkish
Jonas Davis April 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Thanks Ron, for admitting that I am right. Unfortunately you still don't get it. What have I stated that "people are seeing through?" Where are the holes in my logic? Show me how my claims are false? Youre the one who cant even construct a valid argument and stand upon it long before the public laughs you off of it. Thats because there is nothing substantial to rest on when trying to undermine something of compassion like medical marijuana. And even if you had the support that you claim to have, what does that have to do with the truth? Was the world really flat back when most everybody believed it was? No. You're resting on fallacious arguments Ron and only you fail to see that. Trying a to appeal to (false) popularity doesn't win arguments for you, it just shows that you are not amongst the people I am referring to when I say the people are not stupid.
Ron Kirkish April 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Jonas, You really need to get yourself to "Narconon" in Watsonville, or "The Beacon House" in Pacific Grove. It is pretty obvious from your rambling comments that you really should seek professional help. Ron Kirkish
Jonas Davis April 30, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Wow. Your Narcanon claim not only shows your inability to defend your position, which I've already shown you have no defense for, but also shows how ignorant you really are. By the way, I'm 100% clean and sober, so you're statement about recovery is uncalled for. I still support acts of compassion though. Again Ron, let's try and stay On the topic here and hold off on the agenda pushing. It's quite obvious where you stand on the topic, but the article in general was about Dr Arellano entering the race for Mayor. Don't hijack the forum by seeing it as opportunity to spread your lies to Patch readers. We are not stupid Ron. Take your falsehoods and fallacies to a more ignorant readership.
Ron Kirkish April 30, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Jonas, 100% Clean and Sober? Not a chance ........let's see, I'll bet you're a Phd too, from Stanford? Not a thing you say in these forums can be trusted. Unfortunately Jonas, you really aren't the sharpest pencil in the box....sorry to say. You haven't shown anyone anything other than you want to call the balls & strikes while your at bat.....totally bogus. Again, please seek professional help, you really need it! Ron Kirkish
Ron Kirkish April 30, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Folks, Here is a article by Former Drug Czar, John P. Walters that you will find of interest. http://www.weeklystandard.com/author/john-p.-walters Ron Kirkish
Richard Steeb April 30, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Sure, professional charlatan parasites are always entertaining.
Jonas Davis April 30, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Ok Ron, so rather than providing a rational defense for your position you have to resort to attacking my personal integrity and push lies about me personally. That's another fallacious maneuver (ad hominem) for those who can't bother to hold up a reasonable argument. Have you ever heard of libel Ron? I'd be careful what you write about other individuals. Regardless, even if I happened to use drugs (which, again, I don't), that doesn't take away the merit of my argument. It's totally aside the issue. The fact that you have to resort to that shows your inability to provide any reasonable defense to your position.
OldTimeGilroy April 30, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Could you guys take this ongoing snit to email? My inbox is being spammed by all these rather irrelevant comments, which became old about 4 posts in. Thanks in advance.
Ron Kirkish April 30, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Hello OldTimeGilroy, I'm done playing with this guys........ Best, Ron
Brian April 30, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Let me go grab some popcorn! This is getting good! BTW, Peter has MY vote!
Corinne Speckert May 01, 2012 at 04:01 PM
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Bong Sativa May 03, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Marijuana has myriad medical benefits as any doctor (including Dr. Arellano) could tell you & anyone else intelligent enough to interpret medical findings. While Ron may be an anti-marijuana crusader who takes great pride in obstructing "safe & legal access" to cannabis patients his viewpoint is certainly in the minority. Gloat while you can because it's only a matter of time until the patients & their rights granted by California voters will prevail. Stock up at your favorite San Jose dispensaries & enjoy it here because being a patient certainly has it's benefits. While it's legal for patients to buy, grow & smoke marijuana it's prohibited from being sold here. Dispensaries offer cannabis in ways patients can't produce like edibles & concentrates. Did you know that marijuana purchased illegally becomes legal once the patient takes possession of it ? The dispensary ban does little but inconvenience those who lack the means & transportation to procure their medicine elsewhere. There was plenty of marijuana available here in Gilroy before the CUA & there still is,ask anyone. Ron's efforts & the cities dispensary ban haven't prevented one person from smoking marijuana here,marijuana has been around for thousands of years. Polls show more people favor legalizing both medicinal & recreational use everyday & it's only a matter of time until marijuana comes to a storefront near you. If I knew where Ron lived I'd roll a fat one & smoke it on the sidewalk in front of his house.
Frank Mockery May 04, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I'm sending a $100.00 contribution to LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) in Ron Kirkish's name. Check out their website or NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), ASA (Americans for Safe Access),or MPP (Marijuana Policy Project) to get the real facts about this important health issue. The California Medical Assn. has endorsed legalizing marijuana & as a physician who's better suited than Dr. Arellano to have an educated opinion on this matter. Ron has his small cadre of fellow zealots to make trouble for patients,but much like those who wear hoods & continue to burn crosses they're out of touch with the majority of Americans today.
Brash Brazen May 06, 2012 at 07:17 PM
A Democrat,an Hispanic,a Doctor & a Decade of experience on the City Council makes Peter Arellano the ideal candidate to become the next mayor the citizens of Gilroy embrace !!! A new leader for a new era,now is the time to move forward together to make Gilroy a better place for everybody !!! Elect Peter Arellano !!!
Frank Mockery July 03, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Gilroy can't ban medical marijuana dispensaries & as with everything else Ron Kirkish has to say about marijuana he's proven wrong once again ! In a landmark decision Monday the Second District Court of Appeal issued it's ruling in Los Angeles County v Alternative Medicinal Cannabis Collective. The court held that Los Angeles County's "complete ban" on medical marijuana is preempted by state law & therefore void ! The court further held that the ban against medical marijuana dispensaries directly contradicts the intent of the Legislature & called the contradiction "direct,patent,obvious & palpable". The decision should have considerable impact on how the California Supreme Court rules in the various dispensary cases it's currently reviewing ! As I've said all along cities have no right to obstruct a patient's "safe & legal access" to medical marijuana,never have,never will. Ron's an anti-marijuana crusader & spokesman for California for Drug Free Youth who has encouraged municipalities across California to violate state law in an attempt to obstruct patient's rights. Now all the cities he's mislead will be forced to allow dispensaries irregardless of those cities leaders personal biases or objections. Ron has been exposed as the lawless ringleader in a conspiracy to violate California law & should consider himself lucky he isn't being prosecuted for doing so ! Dr Arellano's vocal support for medical marijuana & medical marijuana dispensaries should certainly be applauded !!!


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