Local Politics

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Business organizations to host "Meet the Candidates" Reception

The San Benito County Chamber of Commerce, Business Council and Hispanic Chamber of the Central Coast are collaborating to host a reception October 18 for the business community to engage candidates for local offices in the November mid-term elections.

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Flags outside the courthouse. A new judge will be elected to the San Benito County Superior Court after the November elections. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Election 2018: San Benito County Superior Court Judge No. 2

Following the June elections, Gregory LaForge and Omar Rodriguez continue on to the November ballot.

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Briggs Building in downtown Hollister. File photo.

Election 2018: Gavilan Community College Trustee Areas 5 and 7

Two seats up on the community college board that serves Santa Clara County and San Benito County.

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Two of the mayoral candidates have held the office before and the third has tried to secure the office twice. Photo by John Chadwell.

Election 2018: Hollister Mayoral Race

Two-time incumbent Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, former mayor Gordon Machado and consistent challenger Keith Snow vie for mayoral seat in November.

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Councilman Dan De Vries speaking during the council meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Juan Bautista recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Local activists are working with mission and state park to increase indigenous narrative.

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Dr. Ariel Hurtado, third from left, was the only San Benito Health Care District board member who voted against a partnership between hospitals. Photos by John Chadwell.

As partnership talks collapse, Hazel Hawkins financial picture shows serious stress

Rural hospitals are struggling nationwide because of declining insurance reimbursements. Some familiar with HHMH wonder if this is the problem, while others believe management decisions resulted in the hospital’s current state.

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Carol Lenoir (center) during a Planning Commission meeting on May 27. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council appoints Carol Lenoir to open seat

First session for new District 1 councilwoman is Oct. 15.

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The 400 block at the corner of Fourth Street and San Benito Street. The Vault building, owned by Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, sits in the background. Photo by John Chadwell.

Designs approved for 400 block buildings

Hollister mayor claims planning commissioners have conflicts of interest with project.

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2018 Election Forums coming Oct. 11 and Oct. 18

Our Election Forums are just around the corner! The free Forums will be held at San Benito High School Auditorium. Youth Alliance is joining BenitoLink and San Benito County Farm Bureau as hosts, offering English to Spanish translation and childcare.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: Why more people do not run for public office

Many successful business people, the kind we need in elected positions, do not run for office. An ugly letter received by a candidate demonstrates why.

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Valerie Egland took the opportunity to thank the board for the work done for the River Parkway Trail project and the maintenance of the Anza Trail. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Bypass road near high school named River Parkway

New name expected to help guide visitors to the proposed River Parkway Trail and regional park.

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San Juan Bautista City Council. From Left to Right: Councilman Chris Martorana, Councilman Dan De Vries, Mayor Jim West, Councilman Tony Boch and Vice Mayor John Freeman. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Juan Bautista City Council approves sludge removal contract

Because of cost, the city might have to settle for removing less than planned.

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Only Hollister School District Trustee Rob Bernosky, left, voted against the settlement in closed session meeting. Photo by John Chadwell.

County and Hollister School District agree to confidential settlement, details still sketchy

HSD accepts a fraction of what it said it was owed. How much money remains missing and how many other schools are involved is unknown.

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Five apply for open Hollister City Council seat

Appointment expected to be made Oct. 1.

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Of the five members on the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Board of Directors, lone physician Ariel Hurtado (second from left) said the board has violated the Brown Act more than once. Photo by John Chadwell.

Candidate for health care district concerned about Brown Act violation

Current board member says hospital has violated act in the past.

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San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito County approves contracts for homeless shelter and road repairs

Other projects include training for social workers and electronic polling.

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