Retiring Superior Court Judge Steven Sanders swore in Bob Tiffany, Bea Gonzales, Kollin Kosmicki and Mark Medina on Jan. 4. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Three new San Benito County supervisors sworn in

Kollin Kosmicki, Bob Tiffany and Beatrice Gonzales take the dias; incumbent Mark Medina also sworn in for second term.

San Juan Bautista neighborhood with ranch land in the distance. Photo provided by Valerie Egland.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: What’s the county’s strategic plan?

"The value of a Strategic Plan is in creating a framework to guide San Benito County," writes District 2 Supervisor candidate Valerie Egland.

BL Special Report

BL SPECIAL REPORT: CSAs win war of words as county capitulates and repairs roads

With over $600,000 in selective reserve accounts and after years of heated debate, county service areas get long-awaited maintenance work.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

San Benito County approves contracts for homeless shelter and road repairs

Other projects include training for social workers and electronic polling.

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Government / Politics

OPINION: Supervisors fail to narrow tax options as deadlines loom

When it comes to tough decisions true leaders have to make judgement calls in a timely manner.

The board of supervisor chose Kim Stone, principle of Sacramento-based Stone Advocacy, to lobby for the county. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Supervisors agree to hire Sacramento lobbyist

In a 3-2 vote, board of supervisors agree to hire Stone Advocacy, a Sacramento-based professional lobbyist to represent the county to try to secure more funding opportunities.


Government / Politics

Residents present concerns about county roads to COG

In the first of many meetings to come, COG directors listened to residents' ideas and complaints about county roads.

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Hollister Councilman Gillio announces candidacy for Supervisor Dist. 4

If elected, Gillio would represent District 4, which covers a vast area from Cielo Vista in Hollister all the way to the outlying communities of New Idria and Bitterwater.

Eight months after raging waters uprooted the entire community of Lovers Lane, little has been done to repair damages. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Sups seek to avert liability in repairing levees, reform defunct property-owner supported water district

Trying to beat the coming rainy season, county supervisors push forward repairs of levees, while moving to shift cost burden to landowners by restarting Pacheco Storm Water District.


Business / Economy

Supes demand cancellation of solar project, threaten litigation against ConEdison

After hearing the Panoche Valley Solar Project will not pay sales tax to the county, supervisors demand project be canceled and litigation initiated against ConEdison.

Supervisor Jerry Muenzer with a fallen down sign brought by resident Julio Salazar

Children and Youth

Supervisor Hears Neighborhood Concerns

Residents of Riverview Estates off Southside Road hope to hold a second meeting with the sheriff's office to address safety issues

Ray Espinosa said it was urgent that the county send the letter in support of SB-1. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Supervisors to send letter in support of state bill to address local road repairs

County Board of Supervisors endorses SB-1, hoping monies will come back to county for road repairs

Supervisor De La Cruz visits Washington DC.

Business / Economy

Supervisor De La Cruz reports from Washington, D.C.

County supervisor attended legislative conference to meet with Congressmen and federal staff about county governmental issues


Government / Politics

Supervisors ratify emergency service proclamation, prepare for next storm

County officials ratify emergency proclamation as emergency services prepares for next storm

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Government / Politics

De La Cruz delivers state of the county speech

New Board of Supervisors chairman lays out his vision for the county