Serena Garcia points to other graduates as she walks down the stage after receiving her diploma. Photos by Noe Magaña.


SBHS graduates sent off with fireworks

Thousands attend first and possibly last graduation at new multi-purpose field.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Local Politics

San Juan Bautista considers raise for employees

At budget workshop interim city manager recommends 3%, while others seek 5%.

Gustavo, Alejandra and Gustavo in the downtown Hollister restaurant La Catrina. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Restaurant by day, cookie business by night

Thanks to its success, La Jerezana cookie production is moving out of La Catrina restaurant.

San Benito High School


SBHS trustees discuss naming new facilities

Process will resume at June 11 meeting.

San Juan Bautista City Councilman Dan De Vries (middle) during a May 21 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.


San Juan Bautista Councilman Dan De Vries arrested over domestic disturbance

He posted bail and was released three hours later.

American Legion Commander Robert De Luna addresses attendees during the 2019 Memorial Day ceremony at the Vets Building in downtown Hollister. Photos by Noe Magaña.


Memorial Day celebration honors fallen and enlisted service members

Banners placed outside Vets Building.

Lasuen Drive in San Juan Bautista. A break in a water line occurred during a backfilling process in the area. Public Works employees were able to stop the leak around 2:36 p.m. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Land Use

San Juan Bautista Public Works stops water line break

Break occurred on Lasuen Drive during backfilling process.

The San Juan Bautista City Council at its May 21 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Land Use

San Juan Bautista increases budget for Verutti Park restrooms

City Council also approves outdoor smoking ban, hires new engineering firm and requests funds for pavement management program.

The road leading to the San Justo Reservoir is closed to public access. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Land Use

Resident urges county to work on reopening San Justo Reservoir

Supervisors add their support, plan to dig into details at June meeting.

The San Benito County Board of Supervisors at the May 21 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Supervisors opt for short contract extensions until management is hired

Board expects decision on new RMA director this week.

Gloria Hernandez meets with social worker Noemi Perez before going to an appointment. Photo provided by Cyrena Salinas/Whole Person Care.

County program aims at reducing emergency visits

Through departmental collaboration, Whole Person Care works to help clients gain independence.

After the grand opening ceremony, Alpaca Headquarters owners Heather (left) and Julia (third from left) Brodersen socialize with performers and attendees. Photos by Noe Magaña.


Alpaca Headquarters moves to new location

Mother-daughter duo sell Peruvian clothes, art and accessories.

Todd Cushman spoke at the May 15 San Benito County Planning Commission meeting and said Aromas residents don't support developing along Highway 101, citing water and traffic concerns. Photo by Noe Magaña.


County Planning Commission approves Highway 101 commercial nodes

Residents oppose zoning change, want area to remain rural.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Local Politics

COG to select members for Measure G citizens oversight committee

Updated after 5/16 COG meeting: Only one category left unfilled as directors ask staff to do outreach for a trade/labor representative.

Supervisor Anthony Botelho at a 2017 board retreat. Photo by John Chadwell.

Local Politics

Supervisor Anthony Botelho will not seek reelection in 2020

He plans to focus on his business and take time to travel.