Councilwoman Honor Spencer says the FPPC ruling sets her free to vote on matters concerning the high school. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

FPPC rejects conflict of interest complaint against Hollister councilwoman

Councilman Resendiz targeted comments made by Honor Spencer.

Albert Rodriguez with the Hollister Vikings Youth Football League said kids need a home field to play on. Photos by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

Youth sports leagues want to play on a home field

Representatives speak at SBHS meeting over use of Andy Hardin Stadium.

Defense attorney Arthur Cantu and defendant Sang Ji in San Benito County Superior Court on Sept. 11. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Ji and Choi trial-setting hearing is Oct. 4

Judge Steven Sanders denies motions from both defendants.

Caltrans attempted to deal with the South County curve on Highway 25 in 2015, but the rerouted portion of the road collapsed just a few months after opening. Now, repairs aren't expected to happen until at least 2022. Photo by John Chadwell.

Transportation

Hwy. 25 repairs near Pinnacles delayed until 2022

An indigenous site was found near the project in 2018.

Joseph and John Wynn sat through discussion of their cannabis project at the Sept. 3 Hollister City Council meeting. They were ready to show a slide presentation for the project, but were not asked to do so. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Cannabis and smart glass projects moving forward

John Wynn’s 200-acre cannabis campus would be complemented by a 40-acre electromagnetic glass manufacturing operation.

HPD Capt. Carlos Reynoso said it has been 16 years since motorcycle traffic enforcement has operated in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Hollister City Council approves two motorcycle officers

Dedicated HPD traffic enforcement units will return after a 16-year absence.

Inside the San Benito County Free Library, built in 1960. A city resolution said it is undersized for the programs it provides. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister council passes support resolution for library expansion

Facility is undersized for the number of programs it provides.

The San Benito High School Board of Trustees at an Aug. 27 meeting, where they heard from parents and a special education teacher about alleged inappropriate behavior in a classroom. Photos by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

SBHS trustees hear criticism over alleged inappropriate behavior

Parents and a special education teacher voice dismay with school board and administrators.

At the Aug. 19 Hollister City Council meeting, Councilman Marty Richman said that Mayor Ignacio Velazquez would rather argue about the General Plan than do something about it. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Infighting over housing development splits Hollister council

3-2 vote approves pre-zoning for a project on Buena Vista Road.

City Manager Bill Avera said staff needed to know the council's preferred number of homes that could be built annually in order to update the Growth Management Plan. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister City Council aims to reduce market-rate housing

But members are unable to settle on a compromise number.

Parents and educators held signs in silence at the SBHS board meeting on Aug. 14 as speakers spoke of their concerns about alleged incidents in a special ed classroom. Photo by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

SBHS parents and educators speak out on allegations of inappropriate behavior

Special education leader vows to advocate for students who cannot speak for themselves.

Superintendent Diego Ochoa said as a Spanish speaker he could be a familiar voice to convince people to take part in the 2020 Census. Photo by John Chadwell.

News

HSD Superintendent Ochoa gets pushback on working with 2020 Census

Two trustees object to his wish to volunteer for a city and county effort to maximize turnout.

SBHS Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum said he wanted an opportunity for the district to share with Benitolink as much about the investigation as possible. Photo by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

SBHS superintendent discusses claims of inappropriate behavior in special ed class

Parents have heard allegations of nude photos, a porn video, foul language and bullying, and school administrators say they can't share what actually occurred.

Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and County Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz cut the ribbon with youngsters from YMCA, officially opening McCarthy Street Park. Photos by John Chadwell.

News

McCarthy Street Park opens

City applies for $16 million in grants to build more parks.

Hollister Councilwoman Honor Spencer announced her intent to run for mayor in 2020 at an Aug. 5 council meeting. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Councilwoman Honor Spencer plans mayoral run

Marty Richman will not seek a second term.