San Benito County Local News: Elections & Politics


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Image caption: Translated from the Greek, “Democracy” means “people power.” How much power do the people have in California?
People Power! What Is Democracy, and How Does It Work in California?

Democracy is a 2,500-year-old system of government still looked on today as the best system, because under a democratic system, the people govern themselves. But is that all there is to it? What is democracy? And how does it work …

Image caption: The California Supreme Court has defined the state’s legal and political agenda for more than 170 years.
How the California Supreme Court Blazes Legal Trails

The California Supreme Court has kept the state at the forefront of legal issues surrounding abortion, the death penalty and same-sex marriage, starting in its earliest days in the Gold Rush era.

Image caption: The cycle of crime and homelessness is escalating, but it doesn't have to be that way.
Homelessness and Crime in California: Even More Complex Than You Think

The links between homelessness and crime are complex, and the idea that unhoused individuals present a danger to their community seems to be exaggerated.

Image caption: California continues to work on legislation that would make voting easier.
Voting Rites

California keeps on taking legislative steps that will keep it ranked in the top 10 of voter-friendly states.

Image caption: There are more than 300 community service districts in California.
Community Services Districts, Explained

Community service districts can do most anything a city government can do. Here’s how they work and how to start one.

Image caption: California cities switch to more inclusive, district-based elections system.
Voting Rights...the Final Frontier

Pushed by activists, cities move from at-large elections to district races.

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07/16/2024
The Republican hopeful brought in more cash than Democratic rival Adam Schiff for the first time this campaign during the latest quarter, but still has less to spend.

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07/10/2024
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Foreman says unprofessional behavior extends beyond the well documented battles in the Hollister City Council.

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07/08/2024
CalMatters launched Digital Democracy in April, and its impact has rippled across the Legislature.

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07/04/2024
California lawmakers met into the night on July 3 to finish the November ballot before heading off on summer vacation until Aug. 5.

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07/01/2024
Small and low-income school officials say the bond measure deal is unfair. The money is allocated through matching grants, so wealthier districts that can raise more local funds will get more money from the state.

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06/28/2024
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The San Benito High School District Board of Trustees on June 25 approved for the general election ballot two $70 million companion bonds which, if passed, would finance the construction of an additional high school in Hollister.

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06/19/2024
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Voters in Gilroy will be asked in the Nov. 5 election to approve a quarter-cent local sales tax that would be dedicated strictly to increased police, fire protection and related public safety services.

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06/14/2024
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The San Benito High School Board of Trustees on June 11 took the next step in establishing a second high school by voting unanimously to put two $70 million bonds on the Nov. 5 ballot.

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06/11/2024
On June 11, Solano County elections officials announced the verification of necessary signatures for the California Forever sponsored initiative to amend the county General Plan to be on the November ballot.

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06/07/2024
The two-day CalMatters Ideas Festival wrapped on June 6 with more than a dozen events examining critical policy issues impacting the lives of millions of Californians.

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06/04/2024
California is hailed as a national leader for voting access. But visually impaired voters and their advocates say they still face unnecessary barriers, despite bills and lawsuits. Some election officials raise security concerns.

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05/30/2024
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A lot of work goes on behind the scenes in our extensive election coverage.

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05/28/2024
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A proposed land-use initiative aiming to slow growth has gathered sufficient signatures and is now heading to the San Benito County Board of Supervisors.

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05/28/2024
It’s time for the folks in California’s Capitol to play let’s-make-a-deal – or actually, many deals.

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05/28/2024
After University of California students were arrested or suspended for protests, student workers are striking at three campuses. The Office of President says the strike violates the union contract.

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05/24/2024
California lawmakers voted to offer an official apology for the state’s role in supporting slavery and moved several reparations bills but let others die.

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05/19/2024
The job action starting today at UC Santa Cruz isn’t about pay, but instead is in response to how UC deployed police to clear pro-Palestinian encampments on campuses.

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05/16/2024
The state’s multibillion-dollar shortfall shapes which spending bills survived the ‘suspense file’ hearings by the Assembly and Senate appropriations committees.

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05/15/2024
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The San Benito County Board of Supervisors voted this week to commision a report on the possible impacts of a new land use initiative expected to appear on the ballot in November.

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