Fine art photographer Kirti Bassendine's exhibit was up for Arts Advocacy Day at the state capitol on April 23. Photo provided by Kirti Bassendine.

Art & Culture

Local artist Kirti Bassendine exhibits in Sacramento

San Benito County fine art photographer helps introduce the homeless to the community by sharing their stories of instability and disruption.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Government / Politics

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.

(From left to right) SBHS Senior Class Vice President Evan Rosales, Student Representative to the Board Faith Fernandez, ASB President Alanah Martinez and ASB Vice President Ian Sills. Photo courtesy of Joe Fernandez.

Children and Youth

SBHS students attend education conference in Sacramento

Attendees present proposals to State Assembly and Senate Committees on Education.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas (right) at a Jan. 2019 art exhibit in Gilroy. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

Q and A with Assemblyman Robert Rivas

The former county supervisor responds to questions concerning statewide issues, finances and local representation in Sacramento.

Robert Rivas. File photo.

Government / Politics

Rivas takes oath of office

The former county supervisor will represent San Benito County, Watsonville, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, the Salinas Valley and Big Sur at the state level.

Lobbyist Kim Stone said she hopes to get a portion of the state surplus diverted to the county. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

County lobbyist leaves supervisors with mixed feelings

Last December, San Benito County hired lobbyist Kim Stone at $10,000 a month. The monthly retainer was later renegotiated down to $8,000. It's still a case of wait-and-see on how successful she may be in diverting state monies to the county.

Supervisor Robert Rivas described Kim Stone as "acquaintance" who is more than qualified to advocate for county. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Question of transparency raised over Rivas’ nomination for lobbyist

For the most part, fellow supervisors see no issue that Robert Rivas did not disclose that his brother worked with Kim Stone, whose agency was chosen to lobby for the county.

Protesters against fracking in Hollister last October.

Business / Economy

Bus Ride to Protest Fracking Leaves March 15th

San Benito residents who care about their water will protest in Sacramento