I first met Sam Farr in 2002 when I was the lead reporter for the now dead Pinnacle weekly, based in Hollister. I was doing a story on yet another election year for our elected representatives and wannabe representatives.
When County Supervisor Robert Rivas proposed increased government transparency upon assuming the chairmanship of the San Benito County Board of Supervisors the idea had my full, unqualified, support. However, he has pulled a classic bait and switch.
This is in response to the “City places dogs before humans with local parks” article that appeared in the March 18 Free Lance. The article was noted to be submitted by the Community Insight Board, which claims to be an independent panel of volunteers.
A bad decision regarding the selecting and financing of energy programs can cost you a lot of money, make selling your home more difficult and, under certain circumstances, it might even lead you to default on your tax bill, and that’s an expensive proposition.
I read with interest the article in the San Jose Mercury News regarding the leasing of 27 acres for commercial development by Evergreen Valley College. The persons who wrote the article live in the San Jose ­ Evergreen Community College District. They felt that this decision would have long-lasting, negative impacts on Evergreen Valley College. They cited many legitimate concerns for opposing this lease. It is ironic that the leasing of these 27 acres will also have a long lasting negative impact on the voters/taxpayers of San Benito County. Because the police academy was located on the 27 acres, the academy would have to relocate to another location.
The benefits of recording school board meetings are minor compared to the value of what can be achieved by actually attending meetings and voicing your opinion to the school board members who need to hear from you before they act on matters. Listening to the recording is listening to ancient history; the school board has already made a decision. You will hear the school board talk, but they will not hear you.
I had to laugh out loud regarding the article about insurance monsters. The voting public created them and put them on steroids with Obamacare. It’s about time the public is suffering the consequences of it’s actions. For some reason, people equate insurance with access to health care. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I just want to talk about the tax hike. I feel it’s unfair to keep raising taxes whenever they please.
In response to: “Insurance dispute prompts canceled contract”, Free Lance of Friday, March 11, 2016:
Spring is coming. The weeds in my back yard are growing where the grass died last summer. The sodded area next to The Vault is growing very well. The numbers of decorated utility boxes and murals are growing. New houses are growing all around Hollister. Even the potholes on Fourth Street between San Benito and Monterey streets are growing.

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