State Assemblyman Robert Rivas speaks as Supervisors Gillio and Hernandez listen on (to the far right). Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

BenitoLink hosts town hall with elected officials

Rivas, Hernandez and Gillio answer audience questions on senior care, mitigated ag land, PG&E power shut-offs and their legacies.

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Service Employees International Union members rally outside the county administrative building urging a raise on Sept. 18. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

SEIU members reject tentative agreement with county

Terms included a 3% cost of living increase and $1,000 cash bonus.

Wayne Norton of Aromas is running for San Benito County Supervisor District 2 in 2020. Photo provided by Wayne Norton.

Government / Politics

Firefighters Association endorses Wayne Norton for Supervisor

"I am extremely proud to have earned the support of county firefighters," Norton said.

Government / Politics

Town Hall: Report to the County coming Oct. 10

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas, Supervisor Peter Hernandez and Supervisor Jim Gillio will attend to update citizens on their past year in office.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas (right) at a Jan. 2019 art exhibit in Gilroy. Photo by Leslie David.

Transportation

Q and A: Robert Rivas on AB 1266

State Assemblyman speaks on the bill he authored, which he said improves safety by allowing cyclists to take safer, well-marked paths through intersections.

OES Manager Kevin O'Neill stands with Congressman Jimmy Panetta surveying the flooding out at Lovers Lane in 2017. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Manager Kevin O’Neill leaves emergency services post

He recalls the community’s ‘resiliency and compassion’ during Lovers Lane flooding in 2017.

Project Homeless Connect. Photo provided.

Health

San Benito County’s homeless census report

Community Services and Workforce Development says results show decrease in local homelessness.

US Capitol building. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Government / Politics

Congressman Panetta supports impeachment inquiry

"I support this inquiry because, and as I have always stated, we must secure evidence upon which to base such a significant decision as the impeachment of a sitting president," Panetta said.

Alma Smith spoke at the Sept. 16 Hollister City Council meeting and said she never thought she would end up in a homeless shelter. Photos by John Chadwell.

Health

Homeless shelter residents praise program

Two describe their stay at the HOME Resource Center.

Service Employees International Union members rally outside the county administrative building urging a raise on Sept. 18. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

SEIU workers reach tentative agreement days after rally

Employees say it’s time for the county to increase wages.

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Councilwoman Honor Spencer says the FPPC ruling sets her free to vote on matters concerning the high school. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

FPPC rejects conflict of interest complaint against Hollister councilwoman

Councilman Resendiz targeted comments made by Honor Spencer.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File photo.

Government / Politics

Panetta secures federal grants for Hollister and Monterey airports

Hollister Municipal Airport to receive $5 million for taxiway construction.

Aztec dancers lead a peace march to the LULAC Health Fair on Sept. 14. Photos by Patty Lopez Day.

Government / Politics

LULAC peace march leads to health fair

Adults and youth stand in solidarity with immigrants.

Road sign redirecting traffic at the site of a Sept. 19 water main break at San Benito and Olive streets.

Government / Politics

Water main break on San Benito Street

City crews working at San Benito and Olive streets.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Congressman Panetta accepting applications for Service Academy nominations

"I commend the candidates for their pursuit of service to our country, and I look forward to assisting them in any way that I can," Panetta said.