Local Politics

Todd Cushman spoke at the May 15 San Benito County Planning Commission meeting and said Aromas residents don't support developing along Highway 101, citing water and traffic concerns. Photo by Noe Magaña.

County Planning Commission approves Highway 101 commercial nodes

Residents oppose zoning change, want area to remain rural.

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Mayor Ignacio Velazquez opposes development of the 400 block because he believes it is the wrong project to attract people to come downtown. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister mayor appeals Planning Commission approval of 400 block development

Ignacio Velazquez's appeal will go before the City Council on May 20. If it fails to be upheld, he will decide whether or not to sue.

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Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Hollister council moves toward recreational cannabis

City staff and constituents weigh in; first reading of new rules expected June 3.

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COG to select members for Measure G citizens oversight committee

Updated after 5/16 COG meeting: Only one category left unfilled as directors ask staff to do outreach for a trade/labor representative.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: An elected official speaks out about the elected

Recent meetings of the Hollister City Council and San Benito County Board of Supervisors have shown a lot of bad behavior by some of our elected. We should look to understand why, and ask participants to do better.

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State Assemblyman Robert Rivas at a press conference on Monday, May 13 in Salinas. Photo provided by the Office of Robert Rivas.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas calls on Governor Newsom to resist decision to open land to drilling

"This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. Fighting this destructive plan is the right thing to do to protect our health and our future," Rivas said.

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Councilman Marty Richman to support changes to cannabis rules

As the Hollister City Council considers allowing recreational operations, the District 4 representative proposes a taxing formula.

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

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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San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

San Juan Bautista Historic Resources Board considers splitting from Planning Commission

Group aims to improve project completion times and attract new, qualified members.

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Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File photo.

Congressman Panetta on proposal for oil and gas drilling on the Central Coast

"I encourage everyone to speak out and participate in this public comment period," Panetta said.

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State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Robert Rivas hosts community chat

State Assemblyman will meet with residents on Saturday, May 11 at Heavenly Bakery.

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Councilman Marty Richman spoke from the podium and challenged Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and Councilman Rolan Resendiz on claims of city staff and other council members having conflicts of interest and making back door deals. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister politics turn ugly

Councilman Marty Richman challenges Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and Councilman Rolan Resendiz on accusing staff, fellow council members of conflicts of interest and back door deals.

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The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. The court's website states the civil grand jury has two functions: Weighing allegations of misconduct against public officials and acting as the public’s “watchdog” by investigating and reporting upon various matters of county, city and special district governments. File photo.

Former grand jury members speak out

Two supervisors leave for lunch before discussion begins.

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Residents discuss how Hollister should handle flavored tobacco

At town hall, parent says youth aren’t just buying it in local stores; they’re also buying it online.

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Supervisors discuss pensions and Teeter fund

County looks to save $152,000 by prefunding payments.

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Though a solid waste rate increase of 4.3% is planned for the city of Hollister, residents will have the chance to submit a Prop 218 protest ballot. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council orders public hearing on solid waste rate increases

Proposition 218 protest ballots will be sent to residents in the coming weeks.

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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.

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Wayne Norton of Aromas will run for County Supervisor District 2 in 2020. Photo provided by Wayne Norton.

Wayne Norton enters race for San Benito County Supervisor

Water Board member and community activist says he will focus on issues important to local families.

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A truck heads into the John Smith Road Landfill. As of May 2018, the landfill has a capacity of 5.52 years if it continues to take out-of-county waste. Photo by Noe Magaña.

County takes steps to monitor landfill capacity

Law requires the facility to keep 15 years of space available for in-county use.

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Board member Ariel Hurtado grabs his bags and leaves the April 3 Hazel Hawkins Hospital Board of Directors meeting after being told his presence could jeopardize negotiations for ACE Anesthesia Group. Hurtado is an ACE subcontractor. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hospital board approves renewal of anesthesiology contract

ACE Anesthesia Group will have 10 days to accept the three-year, $1.6 million offer after it’s presented in May.

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