Local Politics

A random sampling at two stores found no 300 milliliter canisters of butane being sold. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council approves emergency ordinance limiting butane sales

Due to increase of illegal butane hash oil labs, along with explosions and deaths throughout the state, the Hollister City Council passed an urgency ordinance to control local sales and storage of butane.

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Business Council Executive Director Kristina Chavez-Wyatt said the project fit into the city's general plan perfectly. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council Repeals 400 Block Referendum

Once the state attorney general found that the referendum did not qualify to be on the November ballot, the way was cleared for the city to repeal it and move forward with the 400 block project.

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Supervisors supported Measure C to test voters' mood for cannabis before moving forward on growing ordinance. Photos by John Chadwell.

Residents plead for county to expedite cannabis growing ordinance

Residents turned out at a recent San Benito County Board of Supervisors meeting to encourage them to move forward on a cannabis growing ordinance as quickly as possible after the passage of Measure C.

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Councilman Karson Klauer recused himself and Jim Gillio was absent for the vote on the dispensary. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council Approves Medical Cannabis Dispensary

After months of moving through the legal process, the Hollister City Council gave its stamp of approval for a medical cannabis dispensary to Monterey Bay Alternative Medicine.

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Election 2018: Updated results for June 5 primary

Updated results for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election.

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OPINION: On the proposed Gavilan College bond

"I'm amazed at the articles that have circulated floating the possibility of another Gavilan College bond to fund a Hollister campus."

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Election 2018: June 5 Primary Results

Initial results of the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election.

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County Administration Building. File Photo.

OPINION: On Treasurer-Tax Collector-Public Administrator

Mary Lou Andrade endorses candidate Melinda Casillas for June 5, 2018 primary election.

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Commissioner Carol Lenoir, center, told one resident if he was worried about traffic he should have bought his home on a cul-de-sac. Photos by John Chadwell.

Residents object to infill building project next to homes

Despite objections of nearby residents, the Hollister Planning Commission approved a tentative map and conditional use permit for a 12-unit development.

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Assemblymember Anna Caballero Announces 2018 Young Legislators Program

Assemblymember Anna M. Caballero (D-Salinas) is now accepting applications from high school students for the 2018 Young Legislators Program. The deadline to submit the electronic application is 5:00pm Monday, June 11, 2018.

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OPINION: Misleading advertisements recommend not voting for Robert Rivas

Two mailers against Robert Rivas are making the rounds thanks to Coalition to Restore California's Middle Class, paid for by the oil lobby including Chevron, Phillips 66, and Valero Energy.

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OPINION: Leaders Must Fix The County’s Underlying Problems, Not Just Recite The Symptoms

There are complex reasons for our problems and there are solutions, but there are no silver bullets.

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May 17 Election Forum was held at Bolado Park Event Center. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

San Benito County Farm Bureau hosts south county election forum

The San Benito County Farm Bureau hosted an election forum for south county residents to hear from county candidates on May 17.

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Monterey Bay Economic Partnership’s Housing 101 Comes to San Benito County

The purpose of the forum is to build more awareness of San Benito County’s housing efforts and MBEP’s housing initiative aimed at increasing housing supply across our region that addresses all income levels.

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Development Services Program Manager Mary Paxton presented the resolution for an MOU with the chamber that the council turned down. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council shoots down $390K Chamber of Commerce request

Three members of the Hollister City Council didn't move forward with a vote to award San Benito County Chamber of Commerce $78,000 annually for five years to fund tourism marketing.

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Local teachers took to the streets to show their unity over pay negotiations. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister School District teachers demonstrate over stalled negotiations

Teachers demonstrated on street corners in Hollister to let the community know that they have not been able to come to an agreement with the Hollister School District over pay.

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Robert and Christen Rivas. Photo submitted.

OPINION Robert Rivas: The Integrity and Heart We Need in Sacramento

Your voice will matter to Robert Rivas. I know firsthand, it's truly his character to listen and consider all sides. He will be unrelenting in his work to represent Assembly District 30.

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County lobbyist leaves supervisors with mixed feelings

Last December, San Benito County hired lobbyist Kim Stone at $10,000 a month. The monthly retainer was later renegotiated down to $8,000. It's still a case of wait-and-see on how successful she may be in diverting state monies to the county.

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OPINION: Could Gavilan College Pass Their Own Course in Social Justice?

Considering how they chased the big money in Santa Clara County at the expense of San Benito County, Gavilan gets an F in Social Justice.

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San Benito County joins suit against opioid manufacturers and distributors

The County of San Benito filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors for creating the opioid epidemic in San Benito County, joining a consortium of 30 California counties to do so.

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