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About 150 people came to hear candidates speak at the Election Forum Oct. 11 at San Benito High School Auditorium.

Oct. 11 Forum Informal Survey results and schedule for Oct. 18 Forum

BenitoLink, San Benito County Farm Bureau and Youth Alliance host nonpartisan forum.

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Business organizations to host "Meet the Candidates" Reception

The San Benito County Chamber of Commerce, Business Council and Hispanic Chamber of the Central Coast are collaborating to host a reception October 18 for the business community to engage candidates for local offices in the November mid-term elections.

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The 400 block at the corner of Fourth Street and San Benito Street. The Vault building, owned by Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, sits in the background. Photo by John Chadwell.

Designs approved for 400 block buildings

Hollister mayor claims planning commissioners have conflicts of interest with project.

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2018 Election Forums coming Oct. 11 and Oct. 18

Our Election Forums are just around the corner! The free Forums will be held at San Benito High School Auditorium. Youth Alliance is joining BenitoLink and San Benito County Farm Bureau as hosts, offering English to Spanish translation and childcare.

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Monterey Bay Community Power pays off startup loan ahead of schedule

MBCP currently serves 97 percent of the eligible customer base across 16 cities and three counties.

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City Manager Bill Avera showing a sample of how the streets are being treated through the recent road improvements. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Hollister City Council opposes state Prop 6

Passage could halt some local traffic improvement projects.

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The job and resource fair was created to help employers and employees find one another. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Job fair connects local employers and residents

Over 60 percent of workers commute outside San Benito County.

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The annual wine and food tasting event held by Gablian Chapter Kinship Center. Photo provided.

Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center Celebrates 62nd Wine & Food Tasting

Fundraiser supports scholarships to college-bound foster and adopted youth.

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Teknova workers weighing out chemicals. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Teknova targets local students as internship program expands

Biotech company aims to hire five to 10 interns each summer.

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Joint BenitoLink and Farm Bureau Election Forums to be held in October

Two free, public forums are scheduled for Oct. 11 and Oct. 18 in Hollister.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: 100 Million Good Reasons to Oppose the Gavilan Bond

“A fool and his money are soon parted.” – English proverb

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Management Analyst Dolce Alonso went over the various options for supervisors, explaining how much money would be collected for each. Photo by John Chadwell.

Supervisors agree to place business license tax on Nov. 6 ballot

If voters pass the new business license tax in November, it is expected to raise $453,600 annually.

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Monterey Bay Community Power strikes major renewable energy deal during first year of operation

Community choice energy agency makes long-term wind energy investment.

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COG Executive Director Mary Gilbert told leaders at city council and county supervisor meetings the sales tax would raise $16 million a year. Photos by John Chadwell.

One-percent sales tax for road improvement to be on Nov. 6 ballot

Expected to raise hundreds of millions to fund local roads and widening Highway 25.

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A Good Reason to Cheer Tax Season

The total amount of taxes refunded to the community was $517,769. Of this, $171,113 was in the form of the earned income tax credit, which averaged $1,527 per household.

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Map of Pacheco Resevoir expansion

Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project Awarded $485 Million State Grant

Grant allows San Benito County Water District and its partners to move forward with planning for critical water supply expansion.

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Caltrans accelerates repairs on Highway 101 in San Benito County due to SB 1 funds

Pavement project will improve two interchanges in 4.5 lane miles, providing a safer and smoother commute for motorists.

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Matthew Manning watches the construction of houses in the Rancho Vista development. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Juan Bautista City Council approves final phase of Rancho Vista development

SJB approved final phases in development after hours of discussion on outstanding items. City manager is working with residents and developer to resolve issues of concern.

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 Melinda Casillas, left, guided supervisors through the entire budget line by line. Photos by John Chadwell.

San Benito County passes $230.9 million operating budget

Supervisors discussed and approved 72 line items that added up to more than $230.9 million to continue operating the county.

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