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News Release

San Benito County closes Board of Supervisors chambers to the public

Members of the public can still participate via the various Zoom platforms or live stream the meetings.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

SBC Board of Supervisors calls on National Guard for support

Members will assist with sorting, packing and food distribution at Community FoodBank on April 3.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas speaks as Supervisors Gillio and Hernandez listen on (to the far right). Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

BenitoLink hosts town hall with elected officials

Rivas, Hernandez and Gillio answer audience questions on senior care, mitigated ag land, PG&E power shut-offs and their legacies.

San Juan Bautista Councilman John Freeman. Photo provided.

Government / Politics

SJB Councilman John Freeman to run for Supervisor

"As an experienced elected city official, I will help improve infrastructure and roads making San Benito County an even better place to live," Freeman said.

Valerie Egland at a February 2019 meeting of the San Benito County Planning Commission. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Valerie Egland to run for county supervisor

Egland is currently on the San Benito County Planning Commission and president of REACH San Benito Parks Foundation.

File photo of the San Benito County Board of Supervisors at the May 21 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Supervisors opt for short contract extensions until management is hired

Board expects decision on new RMA director this week.

Supervisor Anthony Botelho at a 2017 board retreat. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Supervisor Anthony Botelho will not seek reelection in 2020

He plans to focus on his business and take time to travel.

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Government / Politics

Supervisors revisit idea of full-time compensation

In 2017, the board attempted to raise their salaries by 37.5% but abandoned the move following public opposition.

San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina. File photo.

Supervisor Mark Medina announces run for re-election in 2020

Medina says he will continue to work with local small businesses, agriculture industry.

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Business / Economy

Q and A: Peter Hernandez on hemp

County supervisor shares his concerns, suggests getting creative to counter odor nuisance.

San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina. Photo by John Chadwell.

Opinion

COLUMN: Notes From The Chair

In this latest column, San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina discusses road repair funds and upcoming transportation projects.

A portion of San Benito Street located between Southside Road and Union Road is part of the list of upcoming road repairs via SB 1 funds. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Supervisors approve road projects for next fiscal year

Funds from SB 1 planned for improvements to Fairview, Union, Hospital, Buena Vista and Southside roads. Repairs range from resurfacing to filling potholes.

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Agriculture

Supervisors split on hemp moratorium

Motion to temporarily halt plans for industrial cultivation fails. Board will revisit the issue April 16.

San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina. Photo by John Chadwell.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Notes From The Chair

San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina writes about a recent board meeting in this latest column.

County Agriculture Commissioner Karen Overstreet said only 50 applications will be approved for cultivating cannabis in San Benito County. Photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

San Benito County to open applications for cannabis business permits

Consultant HdL Companies will handle the initial phase.