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April 8, 2020

Celebrating Mom

Whether she’s “Mama,” “Madre” or something else altogether, one thing is clear: South Valley adores its moms—and as such, we want to celebrate each and every one of them.

Outdoor felines impact wildlife

Lions and tigers and kitty cats…oh my! I’m not embarrassed to call myself a wild and crazy cat lady. At the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center, I’m crazy enough to dress up like a bobcat. I’ve transformed myself to become a feline “mommy”—suiting up in a full-body costume, deodorized with bobcat urine and placing a big, furry bobcat mask on my head. This technique was developed to make us as unlike a human as humanly possible and helps ensure that the bobcat kittens don’t become habituated to their human caretakers but will remain wild and wary of people when they’re released back to their native habitats.

Welcome to San Benito County

We cover Hollister, San Juan Bautista, Aromas, Tres Pinos and all of San Benito County in association with the region’s longest running publication, the...

County HHS gets a website facelift

San Benito County’s Health and Human Services Agency just got a face lift in the form of a new, easy-to-use website, according to a press release from the group.

Superintendent ready for challenges in Hollister

Hollister School District trustees approved Lisa Andrew as their new superintendent, a role she will take on this summer.

Lee: Wrap your head around these health tips

Henry Ward Beecher once said, “Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.”

Getting Out: Hike this wild corridor near home

As humankind has expanded its reach, wildlife and the natural world have retreated. Only recently have we realized that it is in our power to exhaust the resources of a world we once thought limitless. What we had previously struggled to conquer, now needs to be saved.
Anna Caballero and Karina Cervantez Alejo

Caballero and Cervantez Alejo lead District 30 race

An initial tally of votes showed Anna Caballero and Karina Cervantez Alejo, both Democrats, had the lead in advancing to a District 30 assemblymember race in November.

The top two vote-getters from this contest will go on to the general election in November, regardless of their party, explained Angela Curro, the assistant county clerk-recorder-registrar of voters, in an interview with the Free Lance before results were released. District 30 serves San Benito County, Salinas Valley, South Santa Clara County, North Monterey County and the City of Watsonville.

With all precincts partially reporting by Wednesday morning, Caballero gathered 45.7 percent, or 20,091 votes; while Cervantez Alejo gathered 25.1 percent, or 11,024 votes.

“They’re terrific,” said Caballero on Wednesday morning, as she reflected on the initial results. “I’m really pleased with them, obviously.”

Cervantez Alejo responded to the Free Lance’s requests for comment with an email Wednesday afternoon.

“This is a race that will go on until November,” Cervantez Alejo wrote. “I'm proud of all the young people that got involved in our campaign, the broad coalition of support behind me, and how hard we all worked. Close to 1.6 million of outside money in independent expenditures was spent against me, and a lot of that was in negative campaigning. I am confident that in November we will be successful.”

Republican Candidate Georgia Acosta gathered 16.1 percent, or 7,089 votes; while John Nevill, also Republican, gathered 13.1 percent, or 5,778 votes. Acosta could not be immediately reached for comment. Nevill plans to be running again in the 2018 district election, he said.

“Basically, just let people know that we’ve enjoyed the experience and that it’s been really wonderful to meet the people and get to know the issues,” Nevill told the Free Lance on Wednesday.

The district’s current assemblyman, Luis Alejo, a Democrat, termed out of the position, leaving four candidates vying for his seat. The Democratic candidates included Alejo’s wife, Cervantez Alejo, who is an educator, and Caballero, a former member of Gov. Jerry Brown’s cabinet. The Republican candidates included Acosta, who has strong roots in the agriculture industry, and Nevill, a sheep rancher and retired director of cardiopulmonary services for a hospital.

This is a developing story. Check back at San BenitoCountyToday.com for updates.