San Benito’s Native Son, Anti-Fracking Activist Robert Rivas, Heads to Sacramento

Bold. That’s how Robert Rivas, newly elected 30th District assemblyman describes himself, his leadership style and his campaign. 

Oil Industry Attacks Anti-Fracking State Assembly Candidate Robert Rivas

Big Oil has put Robert Rivas in the crosshairs, marking the first time the industry has targeted a local candidate running for higher office.

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.