I would very much appreciate knowing why the San Benito County Board of Supervisors is in favor of accepting OUT OF COUNTY trash and why the Hollister City Council is in favor of allowing OUT OF CITY sewage. 

I’m fairly certain if either or both bodies were to seek the opinion of constituents in this regard, the majority of constituents would be totally opposed to allowing OUT OF COUNTY trash deliveries to the county dump and accepting OUT OF CITY sewage at Hollister’s wastewater treatment plant. 

At the truly alarming rate of development in the city and county, we will more than likely need any expansion of the facilities for our own purposes.

Jane Dabo Cruz


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  1. Unlike other the commenters I agree with Ms. Cruz that this kind of misrepresentation by local elected officials is a serious issue and must be explored. In the opinion of this citizen a major portion of blame should fall on the local news media who claim to practice journalism while in fact only providing boosterism and event related reportage. If its not “nice” they don’t want to hear about it.
    In a democracy, journalism is tasked with the investigation and exposure of malfeasance no matter the identity or social position of potentially culpable persons or companies. The Fourth Estate* is historically seen as a surrogate voice of the community at large and should not refuse to oversee activities like those which Ms. Cruz mentions.
    How did those Amazon facilities appear in Hollister without any politician being aware of what entities were behind their construction?
    Why are huge developments being built while our roads are in even worse shape than when my wife and I purchased our North County property in 1989?
    These questions are important to the community and we need a real media presence to do its watchdog duty. As the digital news era grows, local issues get shuttled further to the side in favor of things like promoting San Benito Wine and food specialties in hopes of becoming like Napa, a foolish pipe dream for those of us who can barely afford to live here.

    * “The term Fourth Estate or fourth power refers to the press and news media both in explicit capacity of advocacy and implicit ability to frame political issues.”

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