Two protestors walk toward the Highway 101 overpass during a July demonstration against the rezoning of four commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

PORC petition on Highway 101 nodes meets signature requirements

Supervisors will now have to decide whether to repeal the rezoning ordinance or place it before voters.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas speaks as Supervisors Gillio and Hernandez listen on (to the far right). Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

BenitoLink hosts town hall with elected officials

Rivas, Hernandez and Gillio answer audience questions on senior care, mitigated ag land, PG&E power shut-offs and their legacies.

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OES Manager Kevin O'Neill stands with Congressman Jimmy Panetta surveying the flooding out at Lovers Lane in 2017. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Manager Kevin O’Neill leaves emergency services post

He recalls the community’s ‘resiliency and compassion’ during Lovers Lane flooding in 2017.

Greenwood Ford off San Felipe Road in Hollister. The dealership was previously Tiffany Ford, owned and operated by four generations of the Tiffany Family. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Tiffany Ford sells to Greenwood Chevrolet

Family opened the dealership in 1910.

A cyclist rides past La Casa Rosa in San Juan Bautista, where the sidewalk is blocked under the building's balcony. The city closed off the sidewalk in front of 107 Third Street in September 2018 after receiving a safety complaint. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Juan Historic Resources Board says remove La Casa Rosa balcony to make building safe

Sidewalk under balcony closed since September 2018 due to safety complaint.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

Chicken Festival clucks into San Juan Bautista September 16

Event includes cook-off, chicken queen coronation, music, and live chicken displays.

Lois Locci. Photo provided.

Schools & Education

QA with Gavilan College Trustee Lois Locci on open seat

Anyone interested in running for the position has until August 10 to file with the San Benito County Registrar of Voters.

Photo by Leslie David.

Housing / Land Use

Old Hospital demolished to make room for self-help housing

The new self-help housing project, known as Riverview II, will feature up to 25 homes on 4,000 square-foot lots.

Photo by Nicholas Preciado

Health

Community FoodBank hosts open house

The Community FoodBank held an open house Friday May 18 to highlight a new choice market model.

Gavilan President Dr. Kathleen Rose speaks at the May 10 San Benito County Business Council meeting at San Juan Oaks. Photo by Nicholas Preciado.

Schools & Education

Gavilan president talks $248 million bond and local campus

Gavilan President Dr. Kathleen Rose recently spoke of future efforts to improve higher education in San Benito County via a general obligation school bond that could be placed on the November ballot.

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Government / Politics

2018 Primary Election: 30th State Assembly District

Several candidates of various backgrounds will face off on June 5 for the open, contested seat for California's 30th State Assembly district.

San Juan Bautista City Hall

Agriculture

San Juan Bautista City Council holds first reading of cannabis ordinance

City council members held a public hearing on a proposed cannabis ordinance. The implementation of the ordinance is contingent upon a citywide tax gaining voter approval in November.

Business / Economy

Two Hollister businesses enter startup challenge finals

Arti-Culture and Ohana Shave Ice enter the final round for Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. While this is Arti-Culture's first entry, Ohana came in second place last year in the Main Street Division.

Candidates for San Benito County Supervisor District 4.  Photo by Nicholas Preciado

Government / Politics

June election candidates talk taxes and cannabis

San Benito County Association of Realtors hosts candidate forum for numerous races including county supervisor, state senate, and state assembly

Photo courtesy Pixabay

Government / Politics

Statewide crime initiative gains local support

A statewide initiative to change portions of three crime-related laws is picking up steam in the local region.