Retiring Superior Court Judge Steven Sanders swore in Bob Tiffany, Bea Gonzales, Kollin Kosmicki and Mark Medina on Jan. 4. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Three new San Benito County supervisors sworn in

Kollin Kosmicki, Bob Tiffany and Beatrice Gonzales take the dias; incumbent Mark Medina also sworn in for second term.

Larry Avira has been homeless for seven years and lives on beyond the wall of a subdivision of new homes. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

The wall between home ownership and homelessness

Homeowners claim DeNova Homes misled them about the homeless situation near new homes and they fear those who live by railroad tracks.

VFW Honor Guard member lays wreath during the 2020 Wreaths Across America ceremony. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

Wreaths Across America honors veterans

Limited ceremony takes place at Hollister cemeteries.

Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez on Zoom and Councilman Tim Burns in the meeting chambers on Dec. 17. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Council votes against citing for noncompliance with COVID-19 restrictions

Majority of members unsupportive of urgency ordinance put forth by Mayor Velazquez.

Outgoing Hollister Councilwoman Carol Lenoir said she is done with politics. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Councilwoman Carol Lenoir bids farewell at final meeting

Rick Perez and Tim Burns sworn into office, with Mayor Ignacio Velazquez also sworn in for fifth term.

Vivian Stubblefield said, "I'm for the Constitution and against the lockdown." Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Group protests stay-at-home order

Around 30 people gather in support of reopening businesses under current COVID-19 guidelines.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital has tents set up outside to service a higher amount of patients. Photo by Noe Magaña.


230 COVID-19 vaccine doses allocated to San Benito County

Additional doses are expected in the weeks ahead, but it’s unknown when they’ll be available to the public.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital has tents set up outside to service a higher amount of patients. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Hazel Hawkins Hospital CEO gives COVID-19 update

ICU is at capacity, but the working environment is stable, Steven Hannah says.

Matthew Sanchez said he hopes to begin rebuilding by next summer. He enlisted local architect and Hollister Planning Commissioner David Huboi to draw up the design. Design courtesy of David Huboi.

Housing / Land Use

Owner of 435 San Benito St. to rebuild after July 12 fire

Matthew Sanchez is a third-generation Hollister resident who enlisted a local architect and planning commissioner to design a new building.

The Panther Fusion System can analyze 120 COVID-19 tests simultaneously. It's expected to be operational at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital by late December or early January. Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins.


New machine increases COVID-19 testing capabilities at Hazel Hawkins Hospital

Panther Fusion System processes up to 120 patient samples at one time.

San Benito Foods will be responsible for securing its own wastewater permit. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Council removes city from responsibility for tomato cannery wastewater

Members terminate industrial water discharge permit granted by regional water board.

Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez cuts the ribbon on Nov. 14 celebrating the reopening of San Benito Street after a beautification project. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hollister holds ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating San Benito Street reopening

Changes include parklets, one-way traffic flow and diagonal parking.

Students wait for temperature checks before coming onto campus. If San Benito County remains in the red tier through December, SBHS may open on Jan. 11. Photo courtesy of SBHS.

Education / Schools

San Benito High School prepares for possible reopening in January

Superintendent Tennenbaum, Principal Ramirez and other staff explain how returning to in-person instruction would work.

Businesses in the Hollister Farms Shopping Center. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister gives $4.25 million subsidy to Hollister Farms developer to keep project alive

Councilwoman Lenoir calls the agreement a ‘tough pill to swallow.’

The intersection of San Felipe Road and Highway 156. The plan is to bring the intersection into city limits for a proposed vehicle testing facility known as the Hollister Research Campus. Image courtesy of Google Earth.

Housing / Land Use

Another vehicle research facility on the horizon

Hollister City Council unanimously approves pre-zone for new car campus.