San Benito County Sheriff Captain Eric Taylor. Photo provided.

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COLUMN: Captain’s Log—Victim of gangsters or gangsters as victims?

Captain Eric Taylor with the SBC Sheriff's Office writes the first in a series of columns about the evolution of Hispanic criminal street gangs in California. Taylor has spent the majority of his career in gang enforcement, disruption and intervention.

Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

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COLUMN: This election is a referendum on growth

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes that the issue will play a primary role in a multitude of races including mayor, city council, county supervisor and the consideration of Measure N.

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COLUMN: Route selection is big step for 25 expansion, but rail needed too

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes about progress on the Highway 25 expansion and encourages further exploration of commuter rail to Gilroy.

Festival in San Juan Bautista. Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

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COLUMN: Our foundation for greatness in San Benito County

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes about the county's unique set of assets and why the community should set higher standards for growth.

Photo courtesy of Kollin Kosmicki.

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COLUMN: Attaching performance goals to EDC funding is key to success

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes why he supports establishing performance goals for the Economic Development Corporation of San Benito County.

San Benito County Sheriff Captain Eric Taylor. Photo provided.

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COLUMN Captain’s Log: How to Save a Life—Chapter 2

Eric Taylor with the SBC Sheriff's Office writes about responding to a recent standoff on Churchill Road.

Company-sponsored park in Neenah, Wisconsin. Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

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COLUMN: Business sponsorship program could vastly improve local parks

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes that San Benito County should do more to encourage local businesses to sponsor park offerings as a way to help fund improvements.

Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

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COLUMN: County should cap housing growth

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki contends the state law banning growth caps for jurisdictions like Hollister amounts to a power grab by California leaders, and that San Benito County should implement an annual cap on single-family housing in unincorporated areas since it is exempt from the rules.

Pinnacles National Park. File photo.

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COLUMN: Tourism efforts are key to economic vitality in county

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes that enhanced tourism efforts should be at the forefront of economic development in San Benito County.

A map is shown from the General Plan laying out the 16 nodes that are intended for commercial development. Photo provided.

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COLUMN: Suspending growth initiative campaign was right move

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes about the initiative's upside and why he urged Preserve Our Rural Communities to suspend the campaign after the pandemic struck.

Illustrative site plan from public filing of initiative.

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COLUMN: Project is the potential job-producer we need

District 2 Supervisor candidate Wayne Norton writes that the county has an opportunity to counter pandemic's economic impacts. (Illustrative of Strada Verde site plan taken from public filing of initiative.)

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo provided.

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COLUMN: San Benito County must plan proactively for pandemic’s economic impacts

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes that the county should start planning now for the pandemic's economic impacts and offers ideas moving forward.

Supplies loaded in the San Juan Bautista Fire Station before the distribution. Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

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COLUMN: Community steps up in historic time of need

SBC Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes about good deeds from local residents and organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

San Benito County Sheriff Captain Eric Taylor. Photo provided.

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COLUMN: Captain’s Log—How to save a life

Eric Taylor with the Sheriff's Office writes about responding to a drowning and "the heroism shown by many people yesterday."

San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina. Photo by John Chadwell.

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COLUMN: On March 24 virtual board meeting

Supervisor Mark Medina writes about changes to meetings during the coronavirus pandemic and addresses his decision to postpone C-1 rezone of Betabel node.