Local Politics

OPINION: Is the cannabis industry hiding organized crime bosses?

Who is really behind the shadowy network of the so-called medical/recreational cannabis industry coming to San Benito County? Like Russian nesting dolls, do shell companies conceal organized crime?

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Council amends traffic impact fees, declares "Hollister open for business"

Apparently taking Teknova CFO's words to heart that Hollister is not open for business, city council amends traffic impact fees to attract expansion and new businesses.

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 San Juan Bautista City Hall

San Juan Bautista City Council Hires Interim City Manager

The interim city manager will also help council members find and hire a permanent replacement.

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OPINION: SBHS thanks the county for support of Nash Road closure and bypass

The road closure is designed to improve safety on the 3,000 student campus and create a bypass for vehicles

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Councilman Jim Gillio described at length the financial aspects of the 400 Block development. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council certifies mayor's petition, will rescind decision on 400 Block or put on ballot at next meeting

Hollister council passes resolution to certify signatures on petition referendum to stop development of 400 Block and will hear options to either rescind development or put it on upcoming ballot.

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Students arrive at ArtSpace in downtown Hollister for art classes.

SBC Arts Council "Veterans' Voice Project" Continues and Expands

SBC Arts Council "Veterans' Voice Project" moves into second year and adds elements that will include high school students and new project partners.

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Jimmy Panetta speaks at environmental meeting at Aromas Grange

Congressman Jimmy Panetta covered all the hot political buttons at the Aromas meeting, from immigration reform to rising sea levels.

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Medical Cannabis Delivery Services

OPINION: Medical cannabis deliveries in Hollister: Who will speak for the mobility impaired?

With permitted, taxed and regulated brick-and-mortar medical cannabis dispensaries coming to Hollister, what will the city do to accommodate 'mobility impaired' patients who need delivery services to obtain medicine.

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County understaffing hinders bridge repairs, supes approve $2.7 million realignment of John Smith Road

Road report to supervisors reveals lack of county staff has delayed repairs of 10 bridges and it will cost $2.7 million to realign John Smith Road to intersect with Fairview Road.

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Eight months after raging waters uprooted the entire community of Lovers Lane, little has been done to repair damages. Photos by John Chadwell.

Sups seek to avert liability in repairing levees, reform defunct property-owner supported water district

Trying to beat the coming rainy season, county supervisors push forward repairs of levees, while moving to shift cost burden to landowners by restarting Pacheco Storm Water District.

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Sups approve naming new jail extension after retired sheriff Curtis J. Hill

When Sheriff Darren Thompson asked supervisors to name new jail facility after retired sheriff Curtis J. Hill, the issue was almost derailed over a lack of insurance connected to actual construction of facility.

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SEIU demonstrates for wage increase, sups oppose union-backed AB 1250

Union members marched outside county building protesting a lack of agreement regarding wage negotiations while supervisors pass resolution in opposition to same union's supported legislation.

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OPINION: Facebook Live Streaming Council Meetings

People should be able to live stream (shoot video and run it live from that location) at public meetings. Not everyone can attend and the information should be shared.

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The Community Foundation for San Benito County's building is in downtown Hollister. LDavid photo

BenitoLink receives $10,000 Grant from Community Foundation for SBC

As BenitoLink looks ahead to its fall donor campaign, the Community Foundation for San Benito County gives a big show of support for local news and information with a substantial grant

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Hollister council increases percentage of TOT reimbursement

Hollister city council raises the reimbursement rate of transit occupancy taxes (TOT) from 50 to 70 percent. Councilman Karson Klauer said hotels should not get more of the TOT than city.

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Hollister council approves staffing for cannabis enforcement

After mayor objects to using fees to pay for new city employees to monitor cannabis, city council unanimously approves resolution, delays discussion on cannabis permits, approves one cultivation site.

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Petition for referendum on 400 Block back on council's agenda

After a long discussion behind closed doors, Hollister council unanimously, with Mayor Velazquez absent, votes to put 400 Block discussion back on agenda for next meeting.

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Local residents march for immigration reform in 2013.

Politicians comment on upcoming reform of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Caballero calls DACA a "promise made and one that should not be broken"

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Hollister mayor threatens suit against city over 400 Block, officials say his "facts" wrong

Ignacio Velazquez says he will sue city over 400 Block and that officials are misleading the public. City and county officials do not support the mayor's story and the city manager questions his motives because Velazquez tried to develop the 400 Block

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County employees ask supes to negotiate increase in wages and benefits

After a number of years without raises, county employees come to the Board of Supervisors to ask them to sit down and negotiate

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