Traffic being rerouted in July 2019 as Graniterock worked to repave a half-mile portion of John Smith Road. A realignment project has been delayed due to mitigation concerns with the California tiger salamander and fairy shrimp habitats. Photo by John Chadwell.

Transportation

County to use future Measure G monies on major roadways

Structural repairs are planned for Fairview Road, Shore Road, Buena Vista Road and San Benito Street; Supervisors want decision on two realignment projects.

Photo provided by Martin Gonzales.

History & Profiles

LULAC Youth 30th: Martin Gonzales

Martin Gonzales works to help more minorities get into—and complete—college.

Service Employees International Union members rally outside the county administrative building urging a raise on Sept. 18. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

SEIU members reject tentative agreement with county

Terms included a 3% cost of living increase and $1,000 cash bonus.

Andres Rodriguez addressing news media outlets and the participants during a demonstration he helped lead in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in July during the LULAC National Convention. Photo provided by Andres Rodriguez.

History & Profiles

LULAC Youth 30th: Andres Rodriguez

With his family as his inspiration, the national VP of LULAC Young Adults looks to give back to the community.

Mission San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Art & Culture

Hundreds sign petition to keep Christmas plays at the Mission

El Teatro Campesino performances there have become a Latinx cultural tradition.

Traffic from Highway 101 merging onto Highway 25. Caltrans expects to begin construction on a new preliminary interchange design in November 2021. File Photo.

Transportation

Mobility Partnership approves preliminary design for Hwy. 101-25 interchange

Project cost estimate now at $100 million.

Jennifer Colby, Ramona Hill and River Sauvageau stand in the center of the mandala while others continue to paint. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Art & Culture

San Juan Bautista paints its third street mandala

Project honors indigenous peoples and underrepresented communities.

Scott Fuller, developer and member of the San Benito County Business Council, reads a letter of support for the Highway 101 commercial nodes at the Sept. 24 Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Supervisors approve rezoning of Highway 101 nodes

Board commits to reviewing commercial development at Betabel, SR129/Searle Road, Rocks Ranch and Livestock 101.

Children and Youth

Hollister science class holds climate change rally

Students demonstrate as other protests take place around the world.

Service Employees International Union members rally outside the county administrative building urging a raise on Sept. 18. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

SEIU workers reach tentative agreement days after rally

Employees say it’s time for the county to increase wages.

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Local activist Mandisa Snodey asks Minister Barry Houston to smell the aroma of a book on Africa published in 1966. Snodey received the book from biologist Roy Johnson. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Art & Culture

Native peoples ceremony honors two for historical preservation

Community recognizes Richard Lopez and Minister Barry Houston at opening of SJB 150th celebration.

Photos courtesy of Betty Cervantes.

Business / Economy

San Benito Foods shuts down operations following roof collapse

Employees evacuated an hour before the incident.

Stacie Phillips participates in the first of four workouts as her teamate Kristy Park cheers her on. Both competed at the Granite Games in Hollister on Sept. 14. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Sports & Recreation

Four Hollister teams among the best in local crossfit throwdown

Over 100 athletes compete in Granite Games at Crossfit San Benito.

Graniterock crews installing speed tables at Fourth Street in San Juan Bautista on Sept. 16. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Transportation

San Juan Bautista installs five speed tables

Traffic calming measures to be added on Monterey and Fourth streets.

Families play games during SPIN's family fun day at Dunne Park in June. Photo provided by Ricardo Cornejo.

Children and Youth

SPIN offers Spanish-language workshops for parents with special needs kids

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