Work on the high-speed rail project is well underway on a 115-mile stretch in the Central Valley. Photo by Leslie David.

Business / Economy

State still plans to run high-speed rail through San Benito County

Construction in Pacheco Pass would start in three to five years.

Though a solid waste rate increase of 4.3% is planned for the city of Hollister, residents will have the chance to submit a Prop 218 protest ballot. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister City Council orders public hearing on solid waste rate increases

Proposition 218 protest ballots will be sent to residents in the coming weeks.

Board member Ariel Hurtado grabs his bags and leaves the April 3 Hazel Hawkins Hospital Board of Directors meeting after being told his presence could jeopardize negotiations for ACE Anesthesia Group. Hurtado is an ACE subcontractor. Photo by John Chadwell.

Politics

Hospital board approves renewal of anesthesiology contract

ACE Anesthesia Group will have 10 days to accept the three-year, $1.6 million offer after it’s presented in May.

The 400 block of San Benito Street. Photo by John Chadwell.

Land Use

Planning Commission approves use permit for 400 block development

Mayor’s second letter to commissioners fails to delay vote.

HSD Superintendent Diego Ochoa discusses LCAP issues at Ladd Lane Elementary School on April 9. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

HSD Superintendent holds special meetings with parents and teachers

Ochoa discusses needs for next school year that will affect budget.

Jose Antonio Barajas stands at an April 15 hearing at San Benito County Superior Court. He will be tried for premeditated, first degree murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

Three eyewitnesses say Jose Antonio Barajas fired shot that killed Ariana Zendejas

District Attorney goes for premeditated, first-degree murder; defense says Barajas was only shooting at the tires and didn't mean to hit anyone.

The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. The court's website states the civil grand jury has two functions: Weighing allegations of misconduct against public officials and acting as the public’s “watchdog” by investigating and reporting upon various matters of county, city and special district governments. File photo.

Former grand jury members call for repeal

Ex-foreman and forewoman say a 2015 county ordinance obstructs investigations of county departments.

Hollister Police Captain Carlos Reynoso explained that the repeaters would help radio signals penetrate buildings and more broadly cover the city. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

Hollister council approves digital radio repeaters for police department

Six tower units expected to improve reception inside buildings and remote areas within city limits.

The entire proposed concept design for Brigantino Park from a presentation by Kimley-Horn design engineers. Photo by John Chadwell.

Land Use

Hollister City Council views concepts for Brigantino Park

Park presents a ‘branding opportunity,’ but generating revenue early is critical for success, designers say.

American Legion Post 69 riders on San Benito Street. Around 15 local riders took part in filming promotional videos for the Hollister Rebel Rally. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister Rebel Rally promotional videos capture San Benito County

Marketing of July event plays on ‘It’s all about the ride’ theme.

Many of those attending the March 28 Hazel Hawkins Hospital Board of Directors meeting voiced their approval of the current anesthesia group, as well as concern about accusations against anesthesiologist and outspoken board member Ariel Hurtado. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hospital staff voice support for current anesthesia group during contract talks

ACE Anesthesia praised by 10 nurses for its dedication and expertise.

Sang Ji walks into the courtroom during a March hearing as Jung Choi confers with defense attorney Harry Damkar through her Korean interpreter. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

Ji and Choi will be tried separately

Criminal proceedings against Ji suspended while expert determines if he is mentally competent to stand trial.

The Hollister School District Board of Trustees was briefed on the status of funding and spending for the new, yet-to-be-named school at Santana Ranch. Photos by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

New school close to being fully funded

Hollister School District anticipates developer fees and a $1 million state reimbursement to make up $455,000 shortfall.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hospital board in knots over search for management company

Unsigned letter accuses Hazel Hawkins board member Ariel Hurtado of pressuring CEO Ken Underwood to act.

It is estimated it will take nearly $350,000 to repair a half-mile stretch of John Smith Road. Photo by John Chadwell.

Land Use

Supervisors aim to expedite improvements for John Smith Road

Board plans April vote to consider spending $350,000 on resurfacing a half-mile strip of road.