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San Benito County Sheriff Captain Eric Taylor. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

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.

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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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John Freeman registering to run for District 2 Supervisor. Photo provided by John Freeman.

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COLUMN: Why I want to be your next District 2 Supervisor

San Juan Bautista City Councilman John Freeman shares his vision and goals for the office.

A view of the bountiful San Juan Valley, taken from Fremont Peak. Photo provided by Wayne Norton.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Protecting agriculture a top priority for San Benito County

Wayne Norton calls for action on required climate action planning.

Frank, Monica, Serena and Francisco Barragan. Photo provided by Frank Barragan.

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COLUMN: Preserving our community and our heritage

District 2 candidate Frank Barragan writes, "My focus as supervisor will be to work with our local, state, federal officials as well as our county departments to move the needle on improving our road infrastructure, economic development, and public safety."

Social media can enlighten or demean discussion of public issues. Photo provided by Wayne Norton.

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COLUMN: Public deserves better than Hollister council member’s slur

"Snark might play well on social media, but it is a poor substitute for leadership," writes District 2 Supervisor candidate Wayne Norton.

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Kollin Kosmicki in San Juan Bautista. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Why I’m not prioritizing public endorsements in supervisor campaign

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki explains why he hasn't asked for public endorsements in the campaign and how he'd rather focus on gaining the trust of everyday voters.

Pajaro Compass Network, River Parkway Riparian Project Pitch. Photo provided by Valerie Egland.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: “Park-onomics “ 2019

Three folders reveal 10 years of experience 'pitching' for the county.

Microgrids. Photo provided by John Freeman.

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COLUMN: A plan to end the effects of Public Safety Power Shutoffs

San Benito County District 2 Supervisor candidate John Freeman writes about a plan to build resiliency into the electrical grid.

Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

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COLUMN: Five solutions for alarming congestion on rural backroads

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki contends the county must address rapidly increasing use of rural backroads and offers ideas to help alleviate the problem.

Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

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COLUMN: Slow growth, road repairs and job creation are interrelated priorities

District 2 supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki makes the case that good employers are looking for desirable communities where leaders see beyond the short term.

Kollin Kosmicki for District 2 Supervisor. Photo provided.

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COLUMN: Path to economic prosperity in San Benito County

District 2 supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki offers ideas, such as reduced impact fees for job creators, to improve economic development efforts in San Benito County.

Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

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COLUMN: Roads are chaotic mess due to rapid housing growth

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes that less building is the only way to prevent further misery, tragedy on local highways.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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COLUMN: A Way Forward on Highway 101

District 2 Supervisor candidate Wayne Norton proposes an enhanced public voice in decision making.

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