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Pinnacles National Park. File photo.

Community Opinions

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.

San Benito County Sheriff Captain Eric Taylor. Photo provided.

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COLUMN: Captain’s Log—Policing by Consent

SBC Sheriff Captain Eric Taylor writes that there has been an effort in the last few decades to get back to community policing and development of public trust.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: Coronavirus tests our spirit

Wayne Norton writes that a public health emergency requires all county residents to exemplify values of selflessness, generosity, and deep concern for friends and neighbors.

John Freeman. Photo provided.

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COLUMN: Who really cares about economic prosperity in San Benito County?

District 2 supervisor candidate John Freeman writes about a new land-use initiative.

Photo provided.

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COLUMN: At the end of the day…

District 2 supervisor candidate Valerie Egland writes that campaigning and commitment reveal people all look at San Benito County from points of view that stem from various depths of experience and longevity.

Pinnacles National Park. File photo.

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COLUMN: It’s time to rename all of 25 as Pinnacles National Park Highway

District 2 supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes that San Benito County should rename all of Highway 25 as Pinnacles National Park Highway, and proposes the county start branding itself as "Home of Pinnacles National Park."

San Benito County Sheriff Captain Eric Taylor. Photo provided.

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COLUMN: Captain’s Log with SBC Sheriff Captain Taylor

Taylor writes that his column is an effort to bring clarity to the role of law enforcement in our communities of Hollister, San Juan Bautista and San Benito County.

John Freeman during the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce 2020 election forum. Photo by Noe Magaña.

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COLUMN: San Benito County can have its cake, and eat it too

District 2 supervisor candidate John Freeman writes that by applying open space easement to Highway 101 nodes, San Benito County can have both its needed commercial development and the rural open space it desires to maintain.

Partygoers. Photo provided by Debbie Rey.

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COLUMN: Long time county resident celebrates big 90

A group of people surprised George in Fallon, NV, where he currently resides.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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COLUMN: Highway 25 expansion is key for future progress

District 2 supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki stresses the importance of getting Highway 25 expanded sooner than later in order to improve residents' quality of life and the county's economic prospects.

Water Treatment Plant. Photo provided by John Freeman.

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COLUMN: A plan to solve San Juan Bautista water issues

John Freeman writes about a plan originally started in early 2018 to solve the State Water Board 'Notice of Violation' that the wastewater system still struggles with.

San Benito High School main administration building. File photo.

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Letter to the Editor: SBHS responds to school bond story

District addresses info in recent BenitoLink article.

Kollin Kosmicki in San Juan Bautista. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Housing plan would slow growth, require affordable units

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki says his plan would not only limit new single-family housing while the county upgrades its road infrastructure, but it would also eliminate developers' option to buy their way out of building affordable units.

San Juan Bautista neighborhood with ranch land in the distance. Photo provided by Valerie Egland.

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COLUMN: What’s the county’s strategic plan?

"The value of a Strategic Plan is in creating a framework to guide San Benito County," writes District 2 Supervisor candidate Valerie Egland.

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