Latest line: A good week for San Benito County, a bad one for environmentalists

San Benito County

Rural county south of Gilroy becomes first in Greater Bay Area to secure state permission to open retail stores and dine-in restaurants, with social distancing rules, due to few COVID-19 cases.











To cut state budget, Gov. Gavin Newsom kills plans for $4.75 billion November climate change bond and $1 billion for low-interest loan program for clean transportation and other low-carbon efforts.









Gavin Newsom

Has to rewrite state budget to deal with $54 billion sudden deficit due to coronavirus pandemic economic collapse, but Nancy Pelosi is working to close that gap with emergency federal funding to states.

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Author: Mercury News Staff