Built when cattle were driven through town, Sally Street will undergo traffic calming to slow down speeders. Photo by John Chadwell.

Transportation

Hollister to install traffic calming measures on two city roads

Study found that motorists exceed speed limits by at least 10 mph.

Construction workers on the roof of new housing units. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

San Benito High trustees okay first reading of school impact fees policy

Without identifying which projects would be funded, the board will give the plan a second reading and vote on adoption Oct. 26.

Dustin Bogue, CEO of Third Millennium Partners, wants to assure county residents there will be no false start even as bulldozers began work on first phase of development. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Developer of San Juan Oaks project has history in San Benito County

Third Millennium Partners CEO assures residents he has been involved in five local developments.

Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

Government / Politics

No SBC employees or hospital staff have been fired for refusing vaccinations

Governor’s mandate requiring that all state and healthcare workers prove they are vaccinated or be tested weekly does not say what will happen to workers who don’t cooperate.

Shawn Tennenbaum told the board that due to COVID-19 there is a significant shortage of substitutes and that it was important to provide pay rates that are competitive with surrounding school districts. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

San Benito High School District approves raise in substitute teacher pay

Competitive job market and increased demand for their services have reduced substitutes’ availability.

The developer said there are plans to invest heavily in the golf course and clubhouse, as well as building the neighboring community of 1,084 units. Google Earth Photo.

Housing / Land Use

San Jose developer buys San Juan Oaks property

The $43.75 million purchase by Third Millennium Partners includes the golf course and clubhouse.

The first load of packages for Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Amazon delivery hub opens in Hollister

The facility will route packages to customers San Benito County, Monterey Peninsula and Los Banos.

Jeff Tilton, a senior consultant and vice president of National Demographics Corporation, explained the basics of redistricting. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

San Benito County holds first public hearing on upcoming redistricting

Eight more gatherings will be held to inform residents on how they can be involved in the process.

PG&E crews were still working along Sunnyslope Road the morning after the Sept. 27 crash disrupted power to over 800 homes. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Car crash on Sunnyslope Road causes power outage to 834 residents

The accident location is the same where a pedestrian was killed on June 20.

Old Pendergrass Hotel

Housing / Land Use

Hollister Planning Commission approves plan for 12 apartments in old Pendergrass building

Units expected to be available in early 2023.

File photo of Hollister City Hall. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Hollister Council and public clash over flags again, rescind flag policy

Opposers of the Christian flag say the push is in retaliation to the LGBTQ flag being displayed in June. Councilman walks out in protest during discussion.

Students near Nash Road and Monterey Street intersection. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

San Benito High School District renews School Resource Officer program for 3 years

The district will pay the City of Hollister $253,650 over a three-year period to provide police services on and around the campus for students, staff and visitors.

Henry Garcia shows Henry Rhunke where the proposed River Walk Trail will circle the Betabel property. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Wildlife refuge phase of Betabel Road project begins

Herman Garcia says he’ll seek funding from Silicon Valley companies to build the environmental portion.

Jose Barajas is facing six felony counts, including murder, and possibly a second trial for two more felonies allegedly committed while in jail. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Judge sets dates in two SBC murder cases

Jose Antonio Barajas’ trial begins Oct. 4; Manuel Martinez Vasquez comes back to court Oct. 28.

Fewer than hoped for attended the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack. Photo by John Chadwell.

History & Profiles

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

The 9/11 ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Building was somber as older first responders told of how the national mood has changed in 20 years.