This column was written and contributed by San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina. The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent BenitoLink or other affiliated contributors.
During the month of January the San Benito County Board Of Supervisors met on Monday, January 7 to swear in our newest elected supervisors Jim Gillio and Peter Hernandez. Supervisor Jim Gillio will represent District 4 which includes South County, Southeast Hollister, Tres Pinos, Ridgemark, Paicines, Bitterwater, and New Idria. Supervisor Peter Hernandez will represent Southwest Hollister, south of South Street and east of Memorial Drive.
The board of supervisors met on January 15 and we nominated the chair of the board and the vice chair of the board and many different committees. I was elected to the chair of the board by a unanimous vote and Jaime De La Cruz was unanimously elected as the vice chair of the board. We appointed three new planning commissioners Robert Gibson, Robert Eggers and Eduardo Navarro. Robert Scagliotti was appointed to Fish and Game advisory committee and Paul Hain and Sandy Swint appointed to the parks and recreation commission.
Over the next year during my chairmanship my primary goal is to bring more transparency to what the board of supervisors and staff are doing to and have our residents hold us accountable as elected county representatives. I will also work with our staff to ensure exceptional customer service is provided to the residents of San Benito County.
My more tangible goals are as follows:
- Earn back the trust in our Community Services Areas by ensuring we are performing the tasks we have initially agreed we would take care of for these members. These CSA areas are paying over and beyond the property tax percent and the additional percent will pay for the expenses incurred on the CSA tasks.
- Have a plan in place, preferably a list and due dates for improving our county roads as the monies we receive from Measure G must be spent on roads and not any other projects.
- We as a county will need to help revitalize the Economic Development Corporation as we must have tax revenue to increase our revenues. We need to employ our residents with good paying jobs! We can no longer stand on the sidelines and hope businesses will research San Benito County and decide to open their businesses in our county. We must be proactive and find these businesses and bring them to San Benito County, but this requires upfront capital to be spent and years later we will reap the rewards. We must invest in our future.
- We must have a better training program to make certain our employees are successful. This starts with the board of supervisors as when we recognize there is a problem we must bring it to the CAO’s attention and he must deal with these issues with urgency! We must equip our managers and employees with the right tools to do their job. We must train, train and train these employees!
In closing, as the chair of the board I will make myself available to anyone and my commitment is to represent all residents. I am available by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, text or phone (831) 801-4784. Thank you for allowing me to represent San Benito County.
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