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California Rangeland Trust to Conserve Land Near Hollister

The Wildlife Conservation Board has approved $24.46 million in grants to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat in California, including $650,000 to the California Rangeland Trust to acquire a conservation easement over some 4,503 acres.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
Term Limits Pass for Board of Supervisors and Hollister Council

Both term limits measures on the Nov. 8 ballot in San Benito County are poised to pass. The county’s Measure P addresses supervisor term limits, and Hollister’s Measure S addresses Hollister officeholders.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
Drought Dramatically Shrinking California Farmland

In the fall, rice fields in the Sacramento Valley usually shine golden brown as they await harvesting. This year, however, many fields were left covered with bare dirt.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Ecosystems and Rural Communities Will Bear the Brunt of Intensifying Drought

Drought, human-caused climate change, invasive species and a “legacy” of environmental issues are permanently altering California’s landscape and placing some communities and ecosystems at increasing risk.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Hollister Council Approves Penalties for Misuse of Public Parking Lots

The Hollister City Council voted unanimously Nov. 21 to add a new section, 9.09, “Use and Trespassing Upon City Parking Lots and Garages,” to Title 9 of the City Municipal Code.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
California Appeals Court Axes District COVID-19 Student Vaccine Mandate

Just 67 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds and and 38 percent of 5- to 11-year-olds have had the primary two-shot COVID-19 vaccine series.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Deadline Extended to Apply for Microbusiness Grant

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development extended the deadline for the county to disburse microbusiness grant funds to June 30, 2023. Qualified microbusinesses are eligible to receive $2,500 in relief funding.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
Work-From-Home Culture Takes Root in California

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows a large segment of Californians are working from home for part or all of the week. Researchers say the shift will ripple through the broader economy in ways big and small.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Panel Discusses Supreme Court Case Threatening End of Affirmative Action

A discussion on the possible outcomes of the SCOTUS decision in the case Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard. the online event delved into the impact of banning the consideration of race as a factor during the college admission process.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Observer report
California Woman Moves Closer to Canonization as Saint

The woman, who moved to Santa Cruz County in the 1950s, is said to have had visions of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and other Catholic saints.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
10% of California Legislature Now Identifies as LGBTQ

While LGBTQ candidates and their supporters celebrated several milestone victories around the nation in this year’s midterm elections, California quietly reached its own.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Gavilan Superintendent Speaks on SBC Campus

On Nov. 10 BenitoLink sat down with Gavilan Superintendent Pedro Avila to talk about the San Benito County campus planned on Fairview Road and Hwy 25.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
SBC Library to Start Lending Chromebooks, Hotspots in 2023

The San Benito County Free Library announced it will lend Chromebook computers and Mi-Fi hotspots starting in January 2023. This adds to the collection of books, movies, video games, and other items they lend to the public.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
New Law Will Provide Health Insurance Subsidies for Workers During Labor Disputes

The bill, which takes effect in July, was sponsored by the California Labor Federation, California Teamsters Public Affairs Council, and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Report Finds Racial Bias in Hiring Leaders at UC, CSU and Community Colleges

A report from the College Futures Foundation says racial bias plays a role in hiring for executive-level posts at the UCs, CSUs and community colleges.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Biden Gives PG&E $1 Billion to Keep Diablo Canyon Open

The case for nuclear power as a climate solution got a big boost when the Biden administration announced it's giving Pacific Gas & Electric Co. a $1.1-billion grant to help the company keep operating California's last nuclear plant.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
After Election Win, Bonta to Investigate Hospital Algorithms for Racial Bias

California Attorney General Rob Bonta wants to target racial discrimination in health care, including through an investigation of software programs and decision-making tools used by hospitals to treat patients.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Could These Antiviral Pills Treat Long COVID?

Stanford launches the nation’s first study of an antiviral strategy for long COVID.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
More Than 6,000 Job Cuts Roil Bay Area Economy

Tech and biotech companies have revealed plans for enough job cuts to erase more than 6,000 jobs in the Bay Area.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
San Benito LULAC Council Airs Dispute With District Leadership

In a statement issued Nov. 16, League of the United Latin American Citizens District 12 announced that San Benito Council #2890 was declared defunct, saying the council refused to follow the LULAC constitution and bylaws.

(Nov. 19, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
San Juan Bautista’s Wastewater Project May Soon be Fully Funded

San Juan Bautista City Manager Don Reynolds announced the U.S. The Department of Agriculture accepted an application for assistance that includes $14 million in potential funds for the city’s wastewater project. He also said Hollister accepted the final design for the project.

(Nov. 17, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
Pelosi to Step Down as House Democratic Leader

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not seek to lead House Democrats for another term, but will remain in Congress.

(Nov. 17, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Eureka Ran Its Chinese Residents Out. Now the Story Is Finally Being Told

Beauty drew Brieanne Mirjah D'Souza to Eureka.

(Nov. 17, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
SBC Residents Using Less Water in Response to Drought

Shawn Novack, water conservation program manager with the Water Resources Association San Benito County, writes that after a slow start, residents stepped up their efforts to conserving water in late August.

(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
New Requirements Allow Nurse Practitioners More Autonomy

The new rules will improve access to health care in many communities where it is lacking, supporters say. Some physicians are concerned the rules will expand the scope of services nurse practitioners provide.

(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Democrat Malia Cohen Prevails in California State Controller Race

Democrat Malia Cohen has won the race for California controller, beating out a Republican who gave his party its best shot in years to end its losing streak in statewide elections.

(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Report: California Likely to Have Budget Deficit

California will likely have a $25 billion budget deficit next year, state officials announced—a warning to other states about a potential recession.

(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Report: Low Screenings, Lack of Treatment

According to a report by the American Lung Association, mixed results slate California as the worst state in the country for lung cancer treatment.

(Nov. 15, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
No Reservations Needed to Visit Yosemite National Park Next Year

For the first time in three years, visitors won't need to book ahead to enter the park in 2023.

(Nov. 15, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Hospital Says Three Factors led to Financial Emergency

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Chief Finance Officer Mark Robinson said several factors have led the hospital to potentially file for bankruptcy, which include returning over $12 million to the state this fiscal year, the Anthem Blue Cross reimbursement dispute, and delayed supplemental payments totaling $13 million from the state.

(Nov. 14, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
California AG Bonta Says State Will Sue 3M, Dupont

Attorney General Rob Bonta sues manufacturers of PFAs, nicknamed “forever chemicals” because they never biodegrade. Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl are present in the bloodstream of nearly all Californians, and are present in a number of household objects; they’ve been linked to birth defects and numerous cancers.

(Nov. 14, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
Community Radio Station KSQD in Santa Cruz Seeks Signal Expansion

KSQD's current frequency contour stretches from Santa Cruz to Aptos. The expansion could reach audiences in Watsonville, Hollister, Prunedale, Monterey, Carmel, Salinas and beyond.

(Nov. 13, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report

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City Council Meeting
Monday December 5 2022   6:30 PM