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.

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.