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September 29, 2023

Nonprofits sue county over Betabel Road node project

San Benito County and its elected board of supervisors violated state environmental protection laws when they approved a conditional use permit for the Betabel commercial project proposed next to Highway 101, according to a lawsuit filed last week by two nonprofit organizations.  The lawsuit—filed Dec....

Elections officials hope to wrap up vote count by Wednesday

San Benito County elections officials have a total of 617 ballots left to count in the Nov. 8 election as of Monday morning. The vast majority of the uncounted ballots—498 mailed ballots—are considered “challenged,” and the voters who submitted them have until 5pm Nov. 23...

Latest results on Measure Q, R vote

The latest results in the Nov. 8 election continue to reinforce the voters’ majority opposition to the tightest restrictions on growth and development.  Measure Q has been soundly rejected, with 56.49% of ballots, or 8,865 voters casting “No” votes, according to results posted the night...

Morris-Lopez, Jordan, Sabathia lead San Juan Bautista council election

In the race for three seats on the San Juan Bautista City Council, Jackie Morris-Lopez continues to lead the field with 22.61%, or 346 ballots in her favor. Following are Leslie Q. Jordan with 20.59%, Edwin J. Sabathia with 19.74%, Jose Aranda with 19.15%...

Zanger’s lead grows in District 1 vote count

In the election for District 1 San Benito County Supervisor, Dom Zanger appears set to edge out incumbent Betsy Dirks, who was appointed to the seat in October 2021. As of Nov. 15, Zanger has received 1,921, or 51.86% of the votes counted in...

Casey holds lead in Hollister mayoral election

Candidates for local offices have expanded their leads in the Nov. 8 election, as San Benito County elections officials continue to count ballots in races for Hollister and San Juan Bautista city offices and a slew of ballot measures in precincts throughout the county.  In...

Letter: Compromise for new school

The San Benito High School district has formed a committee to begin planning for a second high school in San Benito county. As I have written many times I think this would, to put it nicely, not be a very good thing for the...

Deal promises Rivas Assembly Speaker post

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After five months of backroom jockeying and another six-hour meeting behind closed doors, California Assembly Democrats agreed Nov. 10 to a lengthy transition that will see Robert Rivas succeed Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon next summer. Emerging from a ballroom at the Sacramento Convention Center, Rivas,...

Abortion law soars ahead, casino betting props appear doomed in Nov. 8 election results

Proposition 1  — Abortion With early returns beginning to come in, Californians appear to be giving broad support to Proposition 1, which would place into the state Constitution a woman’s right to have an abortion.  As of 11pm Nov. 8, more than 68% of voters have...

Development, rezoning measures on track for failure at Nov. 8 polls

Measure Q, a hotly contested ballot question that would have required future voter approvals for many new construction projects in San Benito County, appears headed toward defeat.  Early, unofficial results of the Nov. 8 election, posted to the county’s elections site, show that “No” votes...

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