Inside Behavioral Health, Juan Gutierrez, administrative services manager, said he read the report but could not comment. Photo by John Chadwell.


Civil Grand Jury probe of Behavioral Health Department finds mismanagement

Report finds staff fear retribution, patients experience long waits and the department returned a $12 million grant.

Peter Hernandez and Zoe Lofgren.

Government / Politics

2022 General Election: 18th Congressional District

Peter Hernandez and Zoe Lofgren address top issues of the newly formed district.

Hollister City Manager Brett Miller said the current debt for wastewater bond is approximately $60 million. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister residents may look at lower wastewater rates next year

City is moving $5 million to make a bond payment in 2023.

Monterey County Sheriff Bomb Squad member coming out of the area where the bomb detonated on Aug. 5, 2022. Photo by Chris Mora.

Police / Fire

Juvenile involved in bomb explosion to be prosecuted locally

The minor was injured when a homemade device exploded in a Hollister home on Aug. 5.

The San Benito County Board of Supervisors during the Sept. 13 meeting. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

San Benito County Supervisors dump 4 ‘New Community Study Areas’

They agree on removal as a statement to the community that they will not approve housing in those unincorporated locations.

Amy Bravo and Michael Salinas said they left their positions with the county's Behavioral Health Department to start their nonprofit to help youth throughout the county. Photo by Juliana Luna.

Youth drug prevention nonprofit gets $80k from Hollister

Councilmembers lauded the nonprofit Youth Recovery Connections’ efforts to help the county’s youth but said their business model was ‘unsustainable.’

The Board of Supervisors will vote on a resolution to make it clear to residents that no housing would be permitted in the Bolsa Area. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Supervisors poised to fund info campaign on election measures Q & R, Strada Verde

Board passes resolution to set the record straight and counter what Supervisor Bob Tiffany calls ‘falsehoods’ on social media by spending up to $50,000.

In the pipeline since 2019 the two sites will increase cannabis cultivation by more than 677,000 square feet.

Government / Politics

Hollister Planning Commission approves two cannabis greenhouses

In the pipeline since 2019, the sites will increase cultivation by more than 677,000 square feet.

Hollister City Council voted a one-year memorandum of understand with the Economic Development Corporation of San Benito County with a 90-day termination clause. Photo of the monitor screen in the chambers by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister council gives Economic Development Corporation another chance

In 2021 the city terminated its agreement with the county agency. This year the mayor tells the EDC to focus on the airport area.

The county sent out 2,000 notices of the event. Sixty-six people attended the Landfill Expansion Town Hall and workshops. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

County holds landfill expansion town hall and workshops

The county sent nearly 2,000 notices to promote the town hall; 66 showed up.

Proponents of Strada Verde Innovation Park say Measure R is part of plot to secretly acquiring land around the project and eventually build thousands of homes. They claim Palo Alto-developer Philip R. Taylor is backing Measure R, while buying thousands of acres around Strada Verde.


BL Special Report: Company transferred 27 parcels along Hwy 25 corridor

Developer Philip Taylor deeded more than 7,400 acres of land in North County to a Delaware-based LLC. 

The house at 1371 Hillcrest Road has been an eyesore for over a year. Photo by John Chadwell.


Sheriff’s Dept. arrest three men for drugs, weapons and child endangerment

Deputies found three children aged approximately 3, 8, and 10 years old, living in squalor.

TriCal has been at the same location over 40 years. Google Earth photo.

Government / Politics

San Benito County supervisors add Measure R to Nov. 8 ballot

Despite questions about motive behind it, if it passes, a 3.5-mile buffer zone will be placed around the TriCal property on Hwy 25.

Manuel Martinez Vazquez said he understood when Judge Breen told him he had given up his right to remain silent. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Manuel Martinez Vazquez pleads guilty to second-degree murder

He was charged with the 2021 DUI-related death of Sarah Villar and will be sentenced Oct. 6.

Betabel fruit stand recently built. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Betabel Road project continues to move forward

Once a commercial use permit is granted, the developer can begin to submit construction applications and plans.