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Hollister Council Meeting Gets Heated

The June 21 Hollister City Council meeting turned fractious when a resolution to amend an ordinance on campaign was brought back after failing to pass June 6. The meeting devolved into an attack on both the ordinance and Mayor Ignacio Velazquez.

(June 28, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
Backers of TriCal Buffer Zone Submit Signed Petitions

Supporters of a 3.5-mile buffer zone initiative around agriculture chemical distributor TriCal, Inc. submitted 5,096 signatures on a petition to establish a division between the proposed development of Strada Verde Innovation Park and TriCal.

(June 8, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report

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Motorcycle rally could return to Hollister in 2023

The famed Hollister Fourth of July motorcycle rally may not be happening this year, but it might return for 2023 if the voters say so in this November’s election. The Hollister City Council narrowly voted earlier this month to place …


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Citizens seek no-build buffer around TriCal

Arguing that county officials and an out-of-town developer have ignored the voice of the voters over the last two years, a group of local residents has been circulating a petition to place a measure on the Nov. 8 ballot that …


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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.


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Did California Voters Send a ‘Message’ on Crime? Not So Fast!

Do California's election results in Los Angeles and San Francisco mean this blue state is flirting with turning red? That's what the national media is trying to say. But there's a lot more to the story.


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Supervisors certify growth initiative petition

San Benito County officials certified the citizens’ petition for an initiative that would require voter approval for certain land rezoning decisions, but are waiting for an impact report on the proposal before deciding whether to place the measure on the …


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Why Didn’t More Californians Vote?

California mailed out more than 22 million ballots to registered voters ahead of Tuesday's primary election. But as of Friday, just 4.5 million had been counted.


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Sotelo, Curro slated to win supervisor seats

Unofficial June 7 election results show that two San Benito County Supervisor candidates—Mindy Sotelo in District 3 and Angela Curro in District 4—as well as Sheriff Eric Taylor have secured enough votes to win their contests outright and avoid a …


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Confusion, Contradictions Swirl in Lead-Up to California Primary

First up: Erratic emails. Californians searching for information on how to cast their ballots (which you can find in CalMatters' Voter Guide) may have been baffled by a series of Monday emails from the secretary of state's [...]


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California Primary Results: Who Is Advancing to November?

The June primary is when California voters choose the top two for governor, statewide offices, U.S House, Assembly members and some senators.


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Sotelo, Curro, Dirks leading supervisor races

Mindy Sotelo, Angela Curro and Betsy Dirks are leading their respective San Benito County supervisor races in what will be a shakeup of the five-member board. As of 8pm June 7, in District 3, Sotelo garnered 61% of the votes, …


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