Local Politics

Management Analyst Dolce Alonso went over the various options for supervisors, explaining how much money would be collected for each. Photo by John Chadwell.

Supervisors agree to place business license tax on Nov. 6 ballot

If voters pass the new business license tax in November, it is expected to raise $453,600 annually.

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OES Manager Kevin O'Neill said the normally three-month reimbursement time frame is longer because of fires across California. Photos by John Chadwell.

FEMA slow in reimbursing for flood damages partially because of fires

Kevin O’Neill, manager of Office of Emergency Services, reported the county has eight flood-related projects with a cost of $1.8 million. So far FEMA has reimbursed only $107,500.

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The federal jury spent three weeks evaluating the Martinez v. San Benito County case. Photo by Garrick Wong.

County wins lawsuit, Martinez considers filing for mistrial or appeal

After losing her lawsuit against the county, Nancy Martinez told supervisors she isn’t done and plans to continue the fight to decriminalize mental illness in the community.

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Anissa Dizon is running for the ASJUSD school board. Photo provided.

Educator Anissa Dizon runs for seat on Aromas-San Juan Unified School Board

Veteran educator ready to bring her expertise to governing board of her hometown's school district.

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After 10 years on the Hollister City Council, Ray Friend is leaving and moving to Oregon. Photos by John Chadwell.

Retiring Hollister Councilman Ray Friend receives tribute

Friend announced in July his retirement plans to move to Oregon to be near his family.

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David McPherson with HdL gave a presentation to demonstrate many choices that go into designing a cannabis ordinance. Photos by John Chadwell.

San Benito County partners with HdL Companies to design cannabis ordinance

Consulting group says county could gain $2 million to $8 million in annual pot tax revenue.

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COG Executive Director Mary Gilbert told leaders at city council and county supervisor meetings the sales tax would raise $16 million a year. Photos by John Chadwell.

One-percent sales tax for road improvement to be on Nov. 6 ballot

Expected to raise hundreds of millions to fund local roads and widening Highway 25.

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Matthew Manning watches the construction of houses in the Rancho Vista development. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Juan Bautista City Council approves final phase of Rancho Vista development

SJB approved final phases in development after hours of discussion on outstanding items. City manager is working with residents and developer to resolve issues of concern.

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 Melinda Casillas, left, guided supervisors through the entire budget line by line. Photos by John Chadwell.

San Benito County passes $230.9 million operating budget

Supervisors discussed and approved 72 line items that added up to more than $230.9 million to continue operating the county.

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Rolan Resendiz (left) with Arti-Culture Owner Joel Esqueda. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Rolan Resendiz announces run for Hollister City Council

For the first in a long time, all five seats on the Hollister City Council will be up for election this November. With these new seats available, the city is faced with an opportunity for new representation and voices to be heard.

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Ray Friend leaves Hollister Council after 10 years

Ray Friend has served Hollister for 25 years, first on the Planning Commission and then the Hollister City Council. He is moving to Washington state to be near his family.

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Mike Corbin is hopeful there will be a sanctioned 2019 rally, but in any case, will still have his own event. Photos by John Chadwell.

With no official biker rally in 2018, whispers begin about next year

Local businessman Mike Corbin and Florida promoter want to partner with local nonprofit for 2019 motorcycle rally, hoping city council will change position and approve it.

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Hollister City Hall exterior. Photo by Diviana Navarro.

Hollister City Council off for July Legislative Recess

This is the third summer in which the council has taken a legislative recess.

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Marty Richman said he wants to help people better understand how local government works and what they need to do to get what they want from it. Photo by John Chadwell.

Marty Richman to run for Hollister City Council

Marty Richman served in the military for over 22 years and still wants to contribute his time and knowledge so residents will better understand how their local government is supposed to serve them.

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Management Analyst Melinda Casillas told the county board that several years worth of data had already been added to the OpenGov system. Photos by John Chadwell.

OpenGov system could offer transparency into county government

The Stanford-created data system OpenGov could give residents and county staff greater flexibility at extracting information from departments.

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Photo by Noe Magaña

Final statewide primary election results certified

The results are expected to be presented for adoption at the July 24 San Benito County Board of Supervisors meeting.

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The San Benito County Behavioral Health Department on San Felipe Road in Hollister. A new, larger building is being planned by San Benito County supervisors. Photo by Tom Leyde.

New building for behavioral health department planned

The department’s new home will be constructed on a lot of about two acres the county purchased, behind the current offices at 1131 San Felipe Road in Hollister.

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Frederick Douglass - American, Abolitionist, Former Slave

COMMUNITY OPINION: This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.

Celebrating the Fourth of July was hypocritical for Frederick Douglass then as it is today!

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The Saturday, June 30 protest in Hollister was one of over 600 across the nation. Photo by Becky Bonner.

San Benito County residents join nationwide protest against Trump administration immigration policies

Residents in San Benito County joined a national movement Saturday, June 30 to protest immigration policies like family separation.

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RMA Director John Guertin has been accused of lying to CSA members and was grilled by Supervisor Mark Medina over a lack of services to CSA. Photos by John Chadwell.

CSAs at odds with county, threaten class-action lawsuit

As one CSA accuses county of incompetence and threatens law suit, Supervisor Mark Medina says county is taking CSA monies and not providing services neighborhoods have paid for.

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