The Hollister Planning Commission was concerned about environment and safety issues for the battery facility. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hollister Planning Commission prepares for blackouts and brownouts

The commission approved an unmanned battery storage facility in preparation for increased power usage in the county.

Superior Court Judge Patrick Palacios said the plaintiffs missed the CEQA statute of limitations and he dismissed the lawsuits to stop the Betabel project. Photo by John Chadwell.


Portions of cases against Betabel project dismissed

San Benito County judge rules portions about the California Environmental Quality Act were filed past the statute of limitations.  

The supervisors approved authorizing the county administrative officer signing an NDA with the hospital board. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Supervisors approve NDA with health care district concerning potential partner

The board also takes action on controversial sculpture and appoints a new public health officer.

Nurses demonstrated outside Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital before going inside to voice their concerns about pending Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Photo by John Chadwell.


Healthcare District declares Chapter 9 bankruptcy

More than 100 nurses and doctors attend the announcement meeting.

According to the draft 2040 General Plan, California Red Legged Frog is among a total of 40 special-status animal species that are known or suspected to potentially occur in the vicinity of Hollister. Photo by Ashley Spratt US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Government / Politics

Hollister 2040 General Plan: Natural Resource and Conservation Element

City residents are encouraged to read the General Plan draft and comment on it throughout the summer.

Deputy Matthew O'Keefe is potentially facing criminal and civil trials for allegedly falsely imprisoning a woman last year. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Sheriff’s deputy’s felony false imprisonment case delayed until July

Deputy Matthew O’Keefe is facing possible criminal and civil trials and will remain on administrative leave during an administrative investigation.

Mayor Mia Casey saw the agenda issue as one of disrespect while Councilman Rolan Resendiz looked at it as a First Amendment violation. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Councilman Rolan Resendiz to get written reprimand for violations of code ethics and conduct

The city also takes action on fireworks show, property purchase and City Council salary.

Supervisors agreed that a coalition of counties would bring better results in addressing homeless issues rather than the state's lack of accountability. Photo by John Chadwell.


San Benito County endorses ‘comprehensive program’ to address homelessness

The California State Association of Counties aims to form a coalition of counties and draft language to change the funding system.

Sunnyslope and Fairview roads separate Hollister's city limit (Sunnyslope Village at top left corner) with the unincorporated San Benito County (Santana Ranch and Holliday Drive neighborhoods). Photo by Kareem Omar.

Housing / Land Use

Hollister’s draft General Plan available for review

The 2040 document will be the city’s blueprint for growth for decades to come.

When Councilman Rolan Resendiz kept talking and accusing Mayor Mia Casey and Councilwoman Dolores Morales of taking money from developers, Casey called a five-minute recess and walked out of chambers. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Councilman Resendiz maligns colleagues again

Mayor Mia Casey says she will do whatever it takes to restore order to meetings.

With little discussion from board members, except for Devon Pack, the San Benito Health Care District approved Hazel Hawkins CEO Mary Casillas to seek a $10- million line of credit. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hazel Hawkins seeking $10-million line of credit

San Benito County Health Care District’s consultant said the hospital has no surplus working capital to rely on for emergencies.

Jessica Chacon Aviles is facing trial for hit-and-run resulting in the death of Nikko Espinoza. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Hollister woman to be arraigned May 18 on fatal hit-and-run charge

Her attorney argues there is no proof of a crime.

Councilman Rick Perez broke down several times as people extolled his kindness and dedication to serve the city. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Investigation finds Councilman Rick Perez violated code of ethics

Considering censorship and committee removal, the City Council opted for lesser punishment because Perez was dealing with his son’s addiction. 

Nearly 50 healthcare professionals and child protection activists came together April 14 to recognize unsung heroes among them. Photo by John Chadwell.


Child Abuse Prevention Council holds first “Unsung Hero” event

Community advocates and healthcare professionals honor ten colleagues for their contributions toward protecting children.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital patients walking near the main entrance. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Report: Hazel Hawkins among 200 hospitals in state facing closure 

Study says 50% of hospitals in California are losing money every day.