San Benito County

Robert Rivas Sworn in as Speaker of The California Assembly

After a prolonged transition, the Hollister Democrat was sworn in as Assembly speaker today, taking over from Anthony Rendon of Southern California. It’s been a meteoric ascent for the 43-year-old who grew up in farmworker housing, and worked as a high school counselor and community college teacher while serving as a San Benito County supervisor.

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Fracking Debate Intensifies in Neighboring Counties

The two-hour drive between Silicon Valley’s southern tip and Coalinga is a descent from heaven to hell, Andy Hsia-Coron says. It’s a landscape—stark and lifeless—that he’d like to prevent from taking shape in San Benito County, his home of nearly three decades. Whether that’s even a threat is a subject of contention.

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