Rob Bernosky said supervisors and hospital employees have contacted him to ask about what the board is doing to head off bankruptcy. Photo by John Chadwell.


Nurses, resident ask Hazel Hawkins for transparency

Hollister resident Robert Bernosky says the hospital needs to have emergency meetings with stakeholders to address the financial crisis.

San Benito County Superior Court. File photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

San Benito County sheriff’s deputy charged with felony in false imprisonment case

Deputy Matthew O’Keefe also faces a domestic battery charge.

Special Counsel Michael Sweet told the hospital board and the public that there was a short window of 'weeks not months' of available funds. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hospital says three factors led to financial emergency

Special counsel says Hazel Hawkins may continue to operate ‘weeks, not months’.

In a 4-1 vote San Benito County Board of Supervisors disagreed with appeals against the Betabel project. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Appeals on Betabel project unsuccessful

Opponents of the commercial development in unincorporated San Benito County have 30 days to file a lawsuit in an effort to stop the project.

People gathered at the Strada Verde Information Center to await early election results. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Early election returns give lead to opponents of Measures R and Q

Hollister mayoral candidates, opposers of Measures give early impressions.

The district board voted unanimously to move forward with Chapter 9 filing to be completed by Dec. 31. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hazel Hawkins authorizes Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing

Health district board determines the hospital is insolvent. 

Hollister police serve search warrant by breaching door to apartment but suspected shooter was already gone. Photo courtesy of the Hollister Police Department.

Police / Fire

Police cordon off Hollister neighborhood after reported shooting

Suspected shooter has not been found.

The 3.5-mile buffer zone would have no effect on Santa Clara County where a developer bought the Uesugi Farms site, just across the river from Strada Verde. Google Earth image.

Government / Politics

What is the purpose of Measure R and its 3.5-mile buffer zone?

Voters are confused by Measure R pro/con mailers and are left questioning its purpose and impact.


With a 4-1 decision, San Benito County Supervisors urge ‘no’ on Measure Q

Resolution follows public comment from a wide variety of residents and business leaders.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo by Leslie David.


Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital terminates CEO Hannah

Steve Hannah was let go because the board chose “to go in a different direction,” board chair says.

Government / Politics

Hollister council changes rules for loans to new downtown businesses

After failing to attract start-up entrepreneurs and being requested for more flexibility, it will consider each applicant’s needs on a case-by-case basis.

Image provided by Rider McDowell.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito County planners approve Betabel project

Despite the majority of speakers’ objections the commission approved the commercial development that is expected to generate more than $4 million annually in taxes.

City and county officials attended the roundtable. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

State treasurer says Strada Verde is what Newsom wants

Fiona Ma says California needs to ‘keep tech here.'

John Smith Landfill. Photo Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Government / Politics

San Benito County seeks new landfill operating pact

Supervisors say the current agreement is a bad deal.

After hearing victim impact statements, Manuel Martinez Vasquez was sentenced to 19 years to life for the DUI-related murder of Sarah Villar. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Manuel Martinez Vasquez sentenced to 19-to-life for second-degree DUI-related murder

Family and fiancé of Sarah Villar give impassioned statements.