Local Politics

Map of County Express Bus Route

COG to Hold Public Transit Meetings

The meetings will be held in both San Juan Bautista and Hollister.

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County Supervisor Robert Rivas is a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights

Equality California Endorses Robert Rivas for Assembly

Civil Rights Group Recognizes Rivas' Support of the LGBTQ Community.

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Hollister City Council approves amendment to ordinance to allow adult-use in cannabis supply chain, excluding dispensaries

Taking into consideration that recreational marijuana will eventually out pace medical use, the council approved a change to city ordinance to allow recreational production and distribution, but no dispensaries.

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San Juan Bautista City Council begins process to hire permanent city manager

San Juan Bautista begins search for permanent city manager.

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"Hitler's Power," an opinion piece by the editorial board of the Hollister Evening Free Lance, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1933. Photos by Frank Perez.

Our Local Press and the Holocaust: The First in a Series

Beginning with Adolf Hitler's rise to power in Jan. 1933, this is the first in a series about how our local press covered the Holocaust

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Jimmy Panetta visiting students at San Benito High School. Benitolink file photo

San Benito County received $3.4 million out of $76.9 million in federal grants for Central Coast in 2017

Congressman Jimmy Panetta announced over $76.9 million in federal grants for Central Coast counties, out of which San Benito County received just $3.4 million.

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Kevin O'Neill said report may have had valid recommendations, but there was no data to back it up. Photo by John Chadwell.

Consulting company terminates its own consultant after he delivers flawed report to fire committee

Because of complacency within its own ranks, Emergency Services Consulting Int. fires one of its contractors along with his boss, after delivering report to fire committee. New report due in February.

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Supervisors backtrack on support letter after Richman's claim of legalized bribery

Supervisors were ready to sign letter of support against appeal of SB-1, but pulled back after resident Marty Richman questioned fairness and supervisors' motives.

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Appeal to resubmit permit to manufacture medical cannabis in Hollister for children fails

Previously denied permits to cultivate, manufacture and dispense cannabis, owner of 817 Industrial Drive property appeals to resubmit for manufacturing medical cannabis for children. His attempt fails.

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Pain at the pump...will the new tax survive the 2018 repeal vote?

Statewide Office Candidates Are Coming to Hollister

With gas tax hikes being recent history, California voters are only months away from a possible repeal. Meet the candidates face-to-face to learn their visions California’s future.

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Robert Rivas speaks to a community member.

OPINION: The clear choice is  Robert Rivas for Assembly

Aromas knew San Benito County Supervisor Robert Rivas was a champion of protecting the environment, fixing our local roads, building better schools for our children, and proving healthcare for all Californians.

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Supervisor Robert Rivas Photo provided by Rivas for Assembly

San Benito County native, Robert Rivas to run for Assembly

Robert Rivas announces that he will be a 30th Assembly District candidate.

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OPINION: Make a Difference – Run for Public Office

Win or lose, merely running for public office can give you insight and stir your imagination.

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Conflict of Interest rules: Did Klauer cross the line?

Klauer was too close for comfort for group filing complaint with Fair Political Practices Commission

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Contests up for June 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election

The Nomination Period for the June 2018 election is February 12 through March 9.

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Councilman Karson Klauer, second from left, recused himself concerning properties on Industrial Drive. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister Councilman Karson Klauer under investigation for conflict of interest

The state agency is investigating Klauer for possible conflicts of interest involving the city's cannabis ordinance and real estate deals that may have benefited his father and a co-worker.

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Rick Rivas (left) and Mark Medina (right) listen to residents about the levees in Lover's Lane area. Photo by John Chadwell

OPINION: Looking Back At 2017

As San Benito County Supervisor for District One, Mark Medina reports to the community on his first year in office.

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Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills ruled on the landmark case.

Monterey Co. ruling on Measure Z expected to affect other counties with similar measures

Judge's decision on Monterey Co.'s Measure Z says existing state and federal laws pre-empt county vote

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Hollister council reverses itself, allows marijuana facility on Industrial Drive

After agreeing not to cultivate marijuana in its building at 807 Industrial Drive, Hollister City Council approved a resolution to allow Euphoric Life Inc. to manufacturer and distribute medical delivery systems outside the county.

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Jim Rydingsword and Enrique Arreola tried to make their case that the city should pay $200k, but the city wasn't buying it. Photos by John Chadwell.

County asks for $200K for homeless shelter; city counters with $129K

After explaining the county has raised nearly $3.6 million to build and operate homeless shelter, Hollister refuses to pay full $200k, the amount county figures is its fair share.

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