Measure C’s primary goal seems to be to trick voters in San Benito County into voting to overturn the county ban on commercial marijuana cultivation next to rural Homes and neighborhoods—without telling you that is what you would be...
There’s still time. To ensure an accurate representation of the agriculture industry in this country, the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has extended their 2017 Census of Agriculture response deadline through spring, and the Rural...
As the U.S. House of Representatives continues discussion on proposed immigration legislation, the California Farm Bureau Federation cannot support a part of the bill that addresses agricultural employees.Now before Congress, H.R. 4760, the Securing America’s Future Act, would fund...
Showy military displays go back millennia, to ancient Egypt and Greece and beyond. Yet, the U.S. has no consistent tradition of big military parades, especially since the Second World War. Why is that?Ask any senior officer. She or he...
If you live in a County CSA, you’re paying for services you may not be getting. San Benito County has 27 County Service Areas (CSA). If you live in one of the following CSAs, the County has contracted with each...
To borrow from Lincoln, “Of the people, by the people, and for the people,” these words can apply to a program called Community Choice Energy (CCE) tasked to provide solar and wind sourced electricity for communities.“Of the people” can...
Like the vast majority of Californians, especially those on the Central Coast, I view the threat to our planet from climate change as an over-arching, existential issue. That’s why I strongly support the proposal currently before the Hollister City Council for Hollister to band together with all of the jurisdictions in San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties as the Monterey Bay Community Power Joint Powers Authority.
Almost one year ago, City Manager Bill Avera reminded the Hollister City Council during the Dec. 21, 2015 meeting about discussions on medical marijuana, and he provided them with the urgency ordinance adopted several years ago as well as the ordinance adopted by the city that prohibits dispensaries within city limits.
It has been a great privilege to represent the Central Coast in the State Assembly for the past six years. I'm honored that voters put their faith in me three times since 2010 to be there champion in Sacramento.
Until I received a call from the lovely reporter from KION yesterday I had no idea that the city had lost its mind again.

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When Clara Bisceglia Zanger inherited orchards along the Pacheco Valley in the 1940s, she encouraged her three sons—George, Joseph and Eugene—to use...

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EPA orders study of old mine site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today, Dec. 13, that it has reached a settlement with Buckhorn Inc., ordering the Ohio company...