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July 20, 2024

San Benito elections get official returns

All of the votes in San Benito County have finally been counted following the Nov. 6 election. The County has released a final report on the election which is available at www.sbcvote.us. In a press release the county registrar of voters said the jurisdictions will be...

Council upset may tilt balance

In a major upset in the Hollister city elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6, newcomer Rolan Resendiz, a likely ally of Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, unseated one-term District 2 Councilmember Mickie Solorio Luna. The campaign was contentious, with personal attacks on Resendiz raised by Luna’s supporters. Despite...

Trio of new trustees has shared vision for Hollister SD

A trio of school board candidates running on the same campaign slate with a shared mission to bring equity back to Hollister School District are sitting one-two-three in the race for three at-large seats, according to the latest unofficial election results from the San...

SCC voters help pass Gavilan’s $248M bond

Although ballots are still being counted by election officials, updated results for the Nov. 6 election have the likely passage of Gavilan College’s $248 million Measure X bond as well as the election of three new members to the school’s governing body. “This is a...

Gavilan’s $248M bond passes by slim margin

The future is bright for Gavilan College with the passing of a $248 million bond measure Nov. 6 as well as the election of three new members to its governing body. A combined 57 percent of voters in Santa Clara and San Benito counties (who...

Hopkins withdraws from Gavilan TA7 race

Jason Hopkins, a candidate in Trustee Area 7 for the Gavilan Community College Joint District Board of Trustees, has withdrawn from the race, citing “personal and health reasons.” Hopkins, however, will still appear on the Nov. 6 ballot and told the Free Lance that he...

SBHS alum looks forward to joining board

As a former admissions officer at two different colleges, Miguel Sahagun Jr. knows what it takes for a high school graduate to make the leap into higher education. However, the San Benito High School alumnus also realizes how valuable a technical education can be as...

City races will be contested in November

With the filing period for candidates set to close Aug. 10, voters likely will have choices in all of the races for Hollister City Council and San Benito County Board of Supervisors. As of July 31, several candidates had filed to run for mayor and...

Voters OK pot and hotel taxes

San Benito voters approved Measure C on Tuesday,with 58 percent in favor of setting up a tax structure for future expansion of the county’s budding cannabis business into unincorporated San Benito County. With citizens of Hollister and San Juan Bautista excluded from the vote, the...

Rivas, Kitchens to face off

Early returns from the four counties in the sprawling 30th Assembly district left no doubt about the front-runner, San Benito County Supervisor Robert Rivas. He will likely face first-time Republican candidate Neil Kitchens in a November runoff, as fellow Democrat and Gilroy City Councilman...

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