Herman Garcia pulling illegal traps out of the Pajaro River. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

Herman Garcia pushes for watershed restoration through two controversial projects

CHEER's efforts have cleared out tons of trash and enabled steelhead trout to return to the San Benito River after 75 years.

Dane Sanchez collects ballots from the Fire Station #2 ballot drop box. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Aromas resident claims mail-in ballot was tampered with

Lori Bennett notified when SBC Elections Office asked to verify her signature.

The proposed Betabel commercial node location off Highway 101. File photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Betabel project keeps commercial designation following lawsuit

Judge says the ordinances that rezoned the property were not included in Measure K.

COVID-19 testing site set up inside the Veterans Memorial Building in Hollister. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Health

Fewer seeking COVID-19 tests in San Benito County

A drop in the positivity rate brings progress on the state’s ‘blueprint’ ranking.

San Benito County RMA Director Benny Young. Photo courtesy of the County of San Benito.

Government / Politics

San Benito County hires new RMA director

Benny Young comes from Monterey County with over 45 years of experience.

Settling Pond at the San Juan Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista selects path to resolve water problems

City will send waste water to Hollister and import water from West Hills Water Treatment Plant.

Strada Verde Land Use Plan. Image from the Initiative.

Government / Politics

Election 2020: Measure N FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about the ballot measure for a proposed autonomous vehicle testing facility along Highway 25.

Salud Para La Gente helping farmworkers who lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic with financial assistance to obtain $1,500 at a workshop hosted at Southside School. Photo courtesy of Paula Bonilla.

Health

Southside School hosting monthly COVID-19 workshops

Health Program Coordinator Paula Bonilla hopes to give Spanish-speaking community members the tools to protect themselves.

Ready for curbside pickup outside the San Benito County Free Library. File photo.

Education / Schools

San Benito County Free Library wins $500K grant

Funds will be used to hire additional staff and improve internet connectivity.

Strada Verde Illustrative Site Plan. Image from the Initiative.

Government / Politics

Strada Verde: Second peer review claims Trical buffer zone analysis is incomplete

Trical’s consultant says the original hazard report uses incorrect assumptions.

Hollister City Manager Brett Miller, COG Executive Director Mary Gilbert, Supervisor Peter Hernandez, Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz, Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, County Administrative Officer Ray Espinosa and Capt. Chris Armstrong at an Oct. 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Highway 25 expansion project. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Transportation

COG holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hwy 25 widening project

$241 million project will occur in phases, with construction not expected to begin for several years.

Marguerite Maze Middle School. Photo by Noe Magaña.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: HSD struggles with high suspension rates

Students with behavioral issues are being pushed into the special education department, which is already overwhelmed.

Greg Knight with ABS Consulting said in case of a leak, dispersion will look like the cigarette shape as shown on the image. Image courtesy of meeting agenda packet.

Government / Politics

Peer review findings differ from Strada Verde hazard report

Consultants disagree on methodology and what would be a safe buffer zone from Trical Inc.

Duane Dauphinee will be acting RMA director. Photo courtesy of County of San Benito.

Government / Politics

Chief building official Duane Dauphinee to take over role of RMA director

Some county staff temporarily reassigned to assist the department following the death of Harry Mavrogenes.

Cattle grazing in South County. File photo.

Government / Politics

Election 2020: SBC Supervisor District 4

Five candidates running for seat vacated by Jim Gillio.