Local Politics

Kim Stone during her presentation to supervisors on Oct. 23. File photo by Noe Magaña.

San Benito County parts ways with Sacramento lobbyist

Supervisors would rather put funds toward economic development.

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A cyclist rides past La Casa Rosa in San Juan Bautista, where the sidewalk is blocked. File photo by Noe Magaña.

San Juan moves forward with abatement on La Casa Rosa

City Council directs attorney to seek penalties.

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State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas introduces environmental bill package

“Clean water is essential to our agricultural economy, so it’s critical we know what’s being sold to irrigate crops is safe,” said Rivas.

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State Assemblyman Robert Rivas speaks about the importance of the census at a Feb. 21 committee meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

2020 Census will be available online

For the first time, the national survey goes to the web; phone and paper surveys will continue.

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Three cannabis companies operate out of the same building on Shelton Drive. Higher Level of Care will run its dispensary from the front part of the building. Photo by John Chadwell.

Higher Level of Care wins permit for cannabis dispensary

City anticipates it will open in spring.

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The ASB Convention was held in the San Benito High School auditorium. Photo courtesy of Nick Rabago.

San Benito High School holds election convention

Annual Associated Student Body convention features speeches, delegates and campaigning as SBHS elects new student leaders.

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Physician Marni Friedman was asked to speak on the dangers flavored tobacco products at the Feb. 19 Hollister City Council meeting. She said the tobacco industry targets youth to make them lifelong addicts. Photo by John Chadwell.

High school students speak out about flavored tobacco

Two Hollister City Council members will sit on ad hoc committee to gain consensus for an ordinance.

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Mayor Cesar Flores reads City Manager Michaele LaForge's resignation letter during the San Juan Bautista City Council special meeting on Feb. 25. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Juan Bautista sets salary for temporary manager position

City Manager Michaele LaForge’s final day set for March 7.

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LULAC hosts ethics training workshop for public officials

State law requires elected officials to receive training on public service ethics laws and principles every two years.

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County project manager Richard Felsing described the Tanimura & Antle project during the Feb. 20 board meeting. Photo by John Chadwell.

Planning Commission approves 96-acre vegetable transplant nursery off Highway 156

Tanimura & Antle’s mechanized operation could bring jobs and attract new tech businesses.

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Michaele LaForge follows up with Lab Technician and Water Operator for San Juan Bautista Luis Vasquez while he tests nitrate levels for a potential fourth well for San Juan Bautista. File photo by Becky Bonner.

San Juan Bautista City Manager submits resignation notice

Michaele LaForge is expected to receive a performance evaluation at a Feb. 25 special meeting of the San Juan Bautista City Council. Council members will also consider appointing an interim city manager.

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San Benito County forms committee for hemp cultivation ordinance

Ag Commissioner says local farmers are interested and have inquired about purchasing property.

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Salvador Mora called out Mayor Ignacio Velazquez for accusing fellow council members of collusion with developers without proof. Photo by John Chadwell.

Social media spats spill into Hollister City Council meeting

Mayor Velazquez and Vice Mayor Richman receive pointed criticism.

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Big rig trucks of all types drive on John Smith Road every day. Photo by John Chadwell.

Potholes on John Smith Road beat up cars, fray nerves

Resident says county can't fix the road or communicate with constituents.

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Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline

San Benito County Office of Education and Youth Alliance to host community workshop.

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Hollister city manager to retire

Bill Avera has worked for the city for 25 years.

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Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File photo.

Jimmy Panetta named Assistant Whip for the 116th Congress

"I am honored to have the opportunity to shape and advocate for policies that will help my community on the central coast of California and those like it around the nation," Panetta said.

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(Left to right): County Admin Officer Ray Espinosa, SJB Councilwoman Leslie Jordan, SJB Councilwoman Mary Edge, SJB Councilman John Freeman, SJB Mayor Cesar Flores, Supervisor Peter Hernandez, Board Chair Mark Medina, Supervisor Anthony Botelho, and Supervisor Jim Gillio. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Supervisors’ retreat discusses Brown Act

Board also receives advice on closed session and conflicts of interest.

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Gavilan College seeks applicants for Measure X oversight committee

Committee will oversee implementation of bond approved by voters in 2018.

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Cars at the stop light at Union Road and Highway 156 intersection near the San Juan-Hollister Road intersection. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Intersection at San Juan-Hollister and Union to become cul-de-sac

Change is part of $105.9 million Highway 156 Improvement Project.

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