There were cheers last week about the record or near-record turnout levels in the midterm elections in California, and across the U.S. While the numbers were relatively high—approaching 60 percent in some California counties— they were properly...
The three-person race for mayor is crowded in Hollister—with incumbent Ignacio Velazquez competing against former county planning commissioner and city councilmember Gordon Machado and five-time candidate Keith Snow—and offers clear choices.
Regarding the possible expansion of passenger/commuter rail to Hollister and Salinas, I do feel the time has come. Upgrading the historic Hollister Branch rail line for makes sense. Considering the heavy traffic on highways...
The first two days of the 2018-19 school year at San Benito High School were a reminder of the promise and opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the administration. Following a busy summer of construction that has...
This is a story of ordinary events that unexpectedly escalated into extraordinary circumstances, of dangerous situations that were resolved peacefully—events that in other communities have resulted in tragic, even deadly consequences. But not in Hollister. In the late morning on...
Dear Editor, I have lived in Hollister for over seven years. Since I’ve been here, I have tried my best to give my input into the city and county as far as how to better help our community. I have...
Don’t be misled by so-called “safe and sane” fireworks on this holiday, or any other. These sparklers can still blind and burn skin. They can ignite housefires and wildfires. They can kill or maim pets. The “safe and sane” designation...
Nearly 29,000 San Benito County adults were registered to vote in the June 5 primary. In neighboring Santa Clara County, the number of registered voters was a record, approaching 850,000. The “turnout”—the percentage of registered voters that actually cast...
Dear Editor, I have lived in Hollister for over seven years. Since I’ve been here, I have tried my best to give my input into the city and county as far as how to better help our community. I have...
There is much to be done to safeguard the rural way of life in California. California needs to identify new ways to address ongoing, unresolved issues faced by disadvantaged communities, and inadequate forestry management/wildfire funding, while also developing and advocating...

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Most San Benito campaign cash goes to incumbents and ballot measures

The hotly contested races—and the incumbents—attracted the most contributions in San Benito County’s primary election campaigns, according to the latest reports filed...