Local Politics

2018 Primary Election: Judge of the Superior Court, No.2

As Judge Tobias gets ready for retirement, four new candidates are vying for the position of Judge of the Superior Court in San Benito County.

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County and cities in exclusive negotiations with Recology for $100-million contract

Hollister, San Juan Bautista, and county enter into exclusive negotiations with Recology for $100 million contract. Only Hollister includes GreenWaste Recovery as backup if negotiations fail.

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San Juan Bautista City Hall

San Juan Bautista City Council holds first reading of cannabis ordinance

City council members held a public hearing on a proposed cannabis ordinance. The implementation of the ordinance is contingent upon a citywide tax gaining voter approval in November.

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While Supervisor Jerry Muenzer said he did not favor a moratorium, his comments could be construed that he might. Photos by John Chadwell.

Mention of moratorium heats up supervisor discussion

When Supervisor Jerry Muenzer mentioned a possible building moratorium, there was pushback from Supervisor Mark Medina and others at the danger of just mentioning the word.

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Call for questions on upcoming BenitoLink - Farm Bureau Election Forum

BenitoLink and Farm Bureau seeking questions from the community for the local June Primary Election Forums being held May 3.

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Panoche Valley Solar Project money begins to reach county

It has taken eight years, and the PV2 solar project is nearly a third of original design, but tax monies are finally beginning to come to San Benito County.

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OPINION: The Board of Supervisors Continues to Operate Without a Workable Staffing Plan

“We don’t have the staff” is not a management strategy, it’s the road to nowhere.

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Former Management Analyst Louie Valdez spoke candidly about what changes he thinks need to be made in governing the county. Photos by John Chadwell.

Analyst: County has no management policies beyond "keeping the boat afloat"

As county supervisors try to figure out how to recruit and retain employees, former county Analyst Louie Valdez said leadership is non-existent and board should hire new leadership.

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2018 Primary Election: San Benito County Supervisor District 4

Incumbent Supervisor Jerry Muenzer is being challenged by four residents who think they can do a better job at curbing growth and fixing roads.

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Rally may hang on Chief Westrick and Changing a Council member's vote

At least two dozen motorcycle rally supporters tried to pressure Police Chief David Westrick to call outside law enforcement to cover rally, as Mayor Velazquez and Councilman Friend tell supporters to convince other councilmembers to change their votes.

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County redesigns ballots to encourage voter participation and security

The San Benito County Registrar of Voters completely redesigned voter materials, hoping to resolve confusion while providing security and encouraging more residents to come to the polls and vote this election season.

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Hollister Council approves first phase of $2.4 million McCarthy Park renovation

After choosing from an á la carte menu of options for the renovation of long-neglected McCarthy Park, the total came to almost $2.4 million.

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Candidates for San Benito County Supervisor District 4.  Photo by Nicholas Preciado

June election candidates talk taxes and cannabis

San Benito County Association of Realtors hosts candidate forum for numerous races including county supervisor, state senate, and state assembly

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Local candidates for District 3 supervisor seat have a range of experience and interests. Photo by John Chadwell.

2018 Primaries Elections: A look at the three District 3 Candidates

Three locals, Patricia Loe, Peter D. Hernandez, Jr., and Richard A. Perez, Sr., step up to run for the District 3 supervisorial seat vacated by Robert Rivas, as he runs for state assembly.

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The Hollister City Council passed the resolution to set in motion long-awaited street repairs. Photos by John Chadwell.

Bidding begins on $3.3-million road repair project for Hollister

Hollister City Council unanimously approves resolution to move forward with bids to begin repairing downtown roads. SB-1 will fund $1.7 million of $3.3 million cost.

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The small group of students had a chance to answer three main questions directly. Photo by Jennifer López

BenitoLink Junior Journalism Project: Youth Alliance and San Benito High School host Safety Forum

Students at San Benito High School discuss school safety through a Youth Alliance forum. Among topics discussed were mental health and the school resources available for struggling students.

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Assembly District 30 encompasses only Watsonville in Santa Cruz County.

Commentary: Rivas endorsed by grassroots Democrats

Watsonville's Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club chooses local Supervisor for state Assembly

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The old Hollister Depot last served passenger service in 1955. Photos by John Chadwell.

Commuter trains coming to Hollister. Really?

School district superintendent's idea for bus yard on Leatherback site is derailed because city is entertaining the idea of commuter train service downtown.

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Statewide crime initiative gains local support

A statewide initiative to change portions of three crime-related laws is picking up steam in the local region.

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OPINION: Hollister’s Mayor Has a Problem and It’s Hurting the City

Ignacio Velazquez is playing a dangerous, win at all costs, political game on peripheral issues and the risks far outweigh the possible rewards.

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