Local Politics

Pain at the pump...will the new tax survive the 2018 repeal vote?

Statewide Office Candidates Are Coming to Hollister

With gas tax hikes being recent history, California voters are only months away from a possible repeal. Meet the candidates face-to-face to learn their visions California’s future.

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Robert Rivas speaks to a community member.

OPINION: The clear choice is  Robert Rivas for Assembly

Aromas knew San Benito County Supervisor Robert Rivas was a champion of protecting the environment, fixing our local roads, building better schools for our children, and proving healthcare for all Californians.

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San Benito County native, Robert Rivas to run for Assembly

Robert Rivas announces that he will be a 30th Assembly District candidate.

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OPINION: Make a Difference – Run for Public Office

Win or lose, merely running for public office can give you insight and stir your imagination.

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Conflict of Interest rules: Did Klauer cross the line?

Klauer was too close for comfort for group filing complaint with Fair Political Practices Commission

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Contests up for June 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election

The Nomination Period for the June 2018 election is February 12 through March 9.

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Councilman Karson Klauer, second from left, recused himself concerning properties on Industrial Drive. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister Councilman Karson Klauer under investigation for conflict of interest

The state agency is investigating Klauer for possible conflicts of interest involving the city's cannabis ordinance and real estate deals that may have benefited his father and a co-worker.

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Rick Rivas (left) and Mark Medina (right) listen to residents about the levees in Lover's Lane area. Photo by John Chadwell

OPINION: Looking Back At 2017

As San Benito County Supervisor for District One, Mark Medina reports to the community on his first year in office.

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Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills ruled on the landmark case.

Monterey Co. ruling on Measure Z expected to affect other counties with similar measures

Judge's decision on Monterey Co.'s Measure Z says existing state and federal laws pre-empt county vote

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Hollister council reverses itself, allows marijuana facility on Industrial Drive

After agreeing not to cultivate marijuana in its building at 807 Industrial Drive, Hollister City Council approved a resolution to allow Euphoric Life Inc. to manufacturer and distribute medical delivery systems outside the county.

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Jim Rydingsword and Enrique Arreola tried to make their case that the city should pay $200k, but the city wasn't buying it. Photos by John Chadwell.

County asks for $200K for homeless shelter; city counters with $129K

After explaining the county has raised nearly $3.6 million to build and operate homeless shelter, Hollister refuses to pay full $200k, the amount county figures is its fair share.

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Tom Habashi, CEO of Monterey Bay Community Power, stands next to a poster about the agency in Watsonville.

Updated: Monterey Bay Community Power charges ahead

Monterey Bay Community Power will take over buying electricity from PG&E soon for the Tri-County area

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Hollister to impose 45-day prohibition on recreational marijuana

The Hollister City Council passed an ordinance that will prohibit the growing, processing or sale of recreational marijuana for at least 45 days until a decision can be made to make it permanent or modify it.

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SBHS accepting feedback from public on facility needs analysis

Members of the public are invited to comment in writing, on or before Jan. 4, 2018 or appear in person at the hearing on Jan. 9, 2018

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Elections office is the two story building on the right.  (Google Photo)

Important Notice from San Benito County Elections Department

A postcard will be sent to 6,210 voters who have not voted in the last 4 years and have not changed their name, address, or party preference.

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Supervisor Robert Rivas described Kim Stone as "acquaintance" who is more than qualified to advocate for county. Photos by John Chadwell.

Question of transparency raised over Rivas' nomination for lobbyist

For the most part, fellow supervisors see no issue that Robert Rivas did not disclose that his brother worked with Kim Stone, whose agency was chosen to lobby for the county.

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Opinion: A Maze: City Staff Fails to Provide Analysis and Public Info

Vehicle leasing maze looks like poor staff work and the details were not provided to the public.

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Supervisors agree to hire Sacramento lobbyist

In a 3-2 vote, board of supervisors agree to hire Stone Advocacy, a Sacramento-based professional lobbyist to represent the county to try to secure more funding opportunities.

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Hollister city council moves forward on growth management plan

In a surprising move Hollister council proposed 244-unit cap for single-family homes rather than 165 units, and no limits for affordable housing and other categories.

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San Juan Bautista residents speak out on proposed cannabis ordinance

San Juan Bautista residents speak out on cannabis

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