Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: This election is a referendum on growth

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes that the issue will play a primary role in a multitude of races including mayor, city council, county supervisor and the consideration of Measure N.

Housing being constructed in Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

COG to distribute over $300K in one-time funding

Majority of funds from California Department of Housing and Community Development program expected to go to Hollister based on population, with the county and SJB next in line.

Pinnacles National Park. File photo.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: It’s time to rename all of 25 as Pinnacles National Park Highway

District 2 supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes that San Benito County should rename all of Highway 25 as Pinnacles National Park Highway, and proposes the county start branding itself as "Home of Pinnacles National Park."

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Community Opinions

COLUMN: Highway 25 expansion is key for future progress

District 2 supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki stresses the importance of getting Highway 25 expanded sooner than later in order to improve residents' quality of life and the county's economic prospects.

Kollin Kosmicki in San Juan Bautista. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Housing plan would slow growth, require affordable units

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki says his plan would not only limit new single-family housing while the county upgrades its road infrastructure, but it would also eliminate developers' option to buy their way out of building affordable units.

District 2 Supervisor candidate, Kollin Kosmicki. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Vote on substance, not name recognition

District 2 Supervisor Candidate Kollin Kosmicki urges voters to look beyond name recognition and political signs to choose the best leader based on substance.

Kollin Kosmicki in San Juan Bautista. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Why I’m not prioritizing public endorsements in supervisor campaign

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki explains why he hasn't asked for public endorsements in the campaign and how he'd rather focus on gaining the trust of everyday voters.

Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Five solutions for alarming congestion on rural backroads

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki contends the county must address rapidly increasing use of rural backroads and offers ideas to help alleviate the problem.

Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Slow growth, road repairs and job creation are interrelated priorities

District 2 supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki makes the case that good employers are looking for desirable communities where leaders see beyond the short term.

Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Roads are chaotic mess due to rapid housing growth

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes that less building is the only way to prevent further misery, tragedy on local highways.

Kollin Kosmicki for District 2 Supervisor. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Slow Growth While Roads Are Upgraded

Kollin Kosmicki, candidate for District 2 supervisor in San Benito County, shares his plan to slow housing growth and prevent further congestion on the roads.

Housing being constructed in Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Hollister’s new growth management ordinance

Hollister Councilman Marty Richman writes that the new growth management ordinance satisfies the city's needs and state requirements.

EDC Interim Executive Director Randy Starbuck (standing) ignites discussion between workshop attendees. Photos by Melissa Melton.

Business / Economy

County’s economic development group shares plans to improve local economy

Area organizations attend a workshop on business retention/growth, multi-agency collaboration and tourism marketing plan.

Housing being constructed in Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito County and cities proceed with housing element updates

Jurisdictions take action in response to governor’s call for more home building.

Early morning in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Business / Economy

San Juan Bautista does not comply and Hollister under review for state housing requirements

San Juan Bautista Mayor César Flores and City Manager Michaele La Forge summoned by Governor Gavin Newsom to Feb. 19 meeting in Long Beach.