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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Sam Farr to San Benito—Stay poor my friends

Marty Richman writes that San Benito County needs more revenue to support its residents; without it the county will just become a sleepy backwater and pocket of poverty.

Supervisor Anthony Botelho at a board retreat. File photo by John Chadwell.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: An open letter to Sam Farr

Supervisor Anthony Botelho writes about Measure K and the Highway 101 nodes.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: Public access to swimming

John Bessa suggests opening the SBHS aquatic center for increased public use on a year round basis.

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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.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: The analytics of history

Cesar Gamboa writes about how historical narratives have been employed for ideological reasons as opposed to technical ones.

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.

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.

District 2 Supervisor candidate, Kollin Kosmicki. Photo provided.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: Vote on substance, not name recognition

District 2 Supervisor Candidate Kollin Kosmicki urges voters to look beyond name recognition and political signs to choose the best leader based on substance.

Educators from Spring Grove School help Santa by responding to letters from students. Photo provided by Rob Bernosky.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: Merry Christmas to the educators of San Benito County

HSD trustee Rob Bernosky writes that educators are seemingly facing more problems in recent years than before, and that they deserve a great holiday.

Hollister City Hall. File photo.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: A teen’s take on a divided community

"While I'm sure our city council has done much to help the community, there are some things that you simply can not forgive and forget," writes local high school student Jody Gibbs.

Kollin Kosmicki in San Juan Bautista. Photo provided.

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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.

Comic credit: I. Chapa. Provided by Catherine Booth-Vaughan.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: Who’s Driving?

Catherine Booth-Vaughan writes about her first experience at a Hollister City Council meeting.

Photos provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

San Benito Lifestyle

Victorian Home Christmas Tour scheduled for Dec. 7

This is the second year for the tour of historic Victorian homes in San Benito County.

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.

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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.

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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.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: Keeping the camel’s nose out of someone else’s tent

“The camel's nose is a metaphor for a situation where the permitting of a small, seemingly innocuous act will open the door for larger, clearly undesirable actions.” – Wikipedia.

Kollin Kosmicki for District 2 Supervisor. Photo provided.

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COLUMN: Slow Growth While Roads Are Upgraded

Kollin Kosmicki, candidate for District 2 supervisor in San Benito County, shares his plan to slow housing growth and prevent further congestion on the roads.

Housing being constructed in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: Hollister’s new growth management ordinance

Hollister Councilman Marty Richman writes that the new growth management ordinance satisfies the city's needs and state requirements.

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