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02/20/2024
Transportation Planner Douglas Kean says less than 1% of county residents use San Benito County’s public transit system and that transit operations need to be fundamentally restructured.

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02/16/2024
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Residents will vote March 5 in the District 1 race for a seat on the San Benito County Board of Supervisors, with incumbent Dom Zanger facing off against challengers Stacie McGrady and Dustin Weber.

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02/12/2024
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San Benito County has submitted an expanded letter of intent to the San Benito Health Care District as it continues to push for the creation of a Joint Powers Authority to run Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

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02/12/2024
San Benito County was founded Feb. 12, 1874, ending its 24 years as part of Monterey County. It was an inevitable chapter in a story that began in 1797. And that story is about land.

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02/09/2024
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Two are running to fill the District 2 seat on the San Benito County Board of Supervisors: incumbent Kollin Kosmicki and challenger John Freeman, a member of the San Juan Bautista City Council.

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02/09/2024
In a 4-1 vote, the San Benito County Board of Supervisors agreed to remove four “New Community Study Areas” from the county’s General Plan. Supervisor Kollin Kosmicki introduced the motion and Supervisor Bea Gonzales voted “no.”

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02/09/2024
Board of Supervisors hopefuls speak about repairing roads, providing affordable housing and the landfill expansion project.

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02/07/2024
Incumbent Bea Gonzales and challenger Ignacio Velazquez are running in the District 5 seat, which covers north county between Hwy 25 and Hwy 156, the Hollister Municipal Airport and downtown Hollister.

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02/07/2024
A proposal was delivered to the San Benito Healthcare District, which included an updated Letter of Intent, a draft Joint Powers of Authority agreement, and other paths for achieving financial viability.

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02/05/2024
California’s primary is March 5, and candidates running for county seats can win if they get more than 50% of the votes. If no candidate wins outright, the top two move on to the Nov. 5 general election.

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02/01/2024
Before the sun came up, county staff, law enforcement and volunteers gathered to perform the 2024 Point-in-Time count, which counts homeless people in the county every two years.

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02/01/2024
San Benito County planners voted 4-1 against the John Smith Landfill expansion project’s EIR, conditional use permit and General Plan amendment.

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01/26/2024
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The county is addressing the issue of illegal dumping with new initiatives for 2024, including a new online reporting tool to pinpoint illegal dumping sites.

The county has also raised its dumping fines to up to $10,000, the highest possible in the state of California.

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01/26/2024
Three candidates are running for the seat: incumbent Dom Zanger and challengers Dustin Weber and Stacie A. McGrady. District 1 is the northeast part of the county.

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01/17/2024
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Though overshadowed by the presidential race, many state and local contests that affect residents of San Benito County will be decided on March 5.

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01/17/2024
The San Benito County Board of Supervisors proposed changes to the county’s 2035 General Plan’s agriculture policy, as well as its land use element, housing element and circulation element.

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01/13/2024
Two candidates are running for the District 2 seat: San Juan Bautista Councilmember John Freeman and incumbent Kollin Kosmicki.

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01/03/2024
Measure G has brought in more money than originally projected, generating $43.3 million as of March 2023. It was expected to generate about $33 million by that time.

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01/02/2024
BenitoLink looks ahead to construction projects in the county that are expected to begin or be completed in 2024.

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01/01/2024
A presentation to the San Benito County Board of Supervisors on morbidity and mortality rates noted that cardiovascular-related deaths are declining, but injury deaths have risen.

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12/21/2023
A group of county residents challenged former Hollister mayor Ignacio Velazquez’s candidacy for the San Benito County Board of Supervisors, but Registrar of Voters Francisco Diaz affirms his eligibility to run.

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12/20/2023
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The Strada Verde Innovation Park project remains stuck in limbo since the approval process was halted earlier this year. Despite a spat that put it in the spotlight, no recent progress has been made to move it forward.

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12/19/2023
Complaints can be submitted in writing via email or traditional mail to the Elections Department; all will be personally overseen by the County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters.

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12/19/2023
The San Benito County Planning Commission voted to recommend to the Board of Supervisors that it delete four New Community Study Areas from the 2035 General Plan after Senior Planner Kelley recommended removing those areas from consideration for future developments.

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12/13/2023
After months of negotiations, supervisors approve a contract agreement with SEIU, Management Employees Group and Law Enforcement Management Employees.

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12/11/2023
San Benito County Sheriff Eric Taylor told BenitoLink the county auditor’s office discovered “hundreds of thousands” of dollars in misappropriated funds used to purchase merchandise under fraudulent accounts from the San Benito County Free Library.

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12/08/2023
The deadline to submit nomination for the March 5 primary election was Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. Here is the unofficial list of candidates vying for office.

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11/17/2023
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The San Benito County Sheriff’s Office has opened a case against former Supervisor Anthony Botelho for allegedly stealing political signage opposing the embattled Strada Verde Innovation Park project. The signs in question were removed Nov. 14 within the Hollister city limits and unincorporated San Benito County.

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11/14/2023
In collaboration with the Offices of the County Administration, Emergency Services, and Sheriff, the elections staff are implementing precautionary steps to ensure the safety and well-being of employees. Vigilance and caution are being exercised in the handling of election mail.

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11/05/2023
Behavioral Health Management Services Manager Nancy Abellera and Hollister Police Department Officer Staci Esqueda have had success in reducing mental health crisis incidents through the Support, Awareness, Follow-up and Engagement (SAFE) program,
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