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June 20, 2021

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Supervisor candidates share views at farm bureau forum

The San Benito County Farm Bureau held its traditional candidate forum for various seats, including the three open spots on the board of supervisors.

Board moves ahead with Calfire extension

San Benito County supervisors on Tuesday approved moving ahead on the extension of a contract for fire protection with Calfire and directed staff to bring it back to the board for final action and discussion at a future date.

Supervisor: ‘I had no idea’ about brother’s alleged threat on fire...

City Councilman Doug Emerson contends that the brother of Supervisor Robert Rivas threatened to have his sibling reverse a vote for a $3.4 million fire contract if the Hollister official did not prompt a cancellation to San Juan Bautista’s recent town hall meeting over the proposed merger.

Letter: Supervisor says Free Lance editorial missed points

I would like to thank the Free Lance for its ongoing coverage of the current fire protection issues facing San Benito County. However, some of the content of the editorial published April 17 requires clarification. As a former firefighter, a present county supervisor and a homeowner, I am keenly aware of the challenges this community faces in maintaining high-level, cost-effective fire protection for all of its residents. We have been presented with an opportunity, and indeed a necessity, to improve performance, eliminate duplication of effort, and raise the level of local accountability going forward.

Supervisor backs city tax extension for fire; demanded removal of Calfire...

The county supervisor leading the charge to end a long-held relationship with Calfire and contract with Hollister for fire services is making the case for a new, countywide tax district that would fund a broader agency.

San Benito County is the apple of Martinelli’s eye

Watsonville juice maker seeks local orchard land for apple production

Free Lance Editorial: Politics trumps public safety in debate over fire...

Self-interests were on full display last week at the San Benito County board meeting, where officials gave priority to politics over public safety.

Bill to aid local agriculture truckers

Proposal aims to limit CHP fines on over-length trucks in San Benito Co.

Supervisors to consider budget reserve policy

Over 3 years, county used $15M from reserve dollars, depleting it from 15 to 6 percent of general fund

Flame lit for dueling fire bids

Hollister and Calfire present plans to offer service to county