Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

San Benito County seeks collaboration from cities on COVID-19 penalties

Supervisors focus on ordinance for unincorporated areas due to limited enforcement capabilities.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

State Senator Caballero asks Newsom to fill supervisor seat

Jim Gillio stepped down from District 4 position in July.

Strada Verde Illustrative Site Plan. Image from the Initiative.

Government / Politics

SBC Supervisors question hazard report on Strada Verde

Author defends his study after Botelho calls it flawed.

Dan De Vries. Photo courtesy of Dan De Vries.

Government / Politics

SJB Councilman Dan De Vries won’t seek reelection

He previously held seats on San Juan and San Benito County Planning Commissions.

Carlos P., 6th grader at HDLA school, participated in the Feb. 29 canvassing around Hollister. Photo courtesy of Youth Alliance.

Government / Politics

In-person outreach for U.S. Census expected to end one month early

Pandemic has limited local efforts to social media posts and phone calls.

Calavera Coffee owner Evan Morris takes an order from a customer. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Calavera Coffee opens at new location in Hollister

Owner Evan Morris is pleased with the first day of business.

Hollister Police Department. Photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

Petition calls for HPD officer to be fired

Though cleared of wrongdoing, Miguel Masso is surrounded by controversy over a 2012 shooting in Oakland.

Site plan for Strada Verde Innovation Park. Image courtesy of Newport Pacific Land Company.

Housing / Land Use

Strada Verde impact study calls for 3.5-mile buffer zone

Report says the location of the proposed autonomous vehicle testing facility is too close to a distributor of agriculture fumigants.

Drive-thru boxes at the Post Office on Maple Street in Hollister. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Hollister Post Office warns of drive-thru mail theft

Resident incurred over $300 in late fees because checks were stolen.

Members of San Benito Citizens for a Brighter Future and Preserve Our Rural Communities demonstrate outside the San Benito County Administration Building before a July 21 Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Strada Verde initiative going on November ballot

Project supporters and opponents both urge San Benito County supervisors to put the proposed autonomous vehicle testing facility before voters.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

San Benito County refining guidelines for COVID-19 penalties

Supervisors split over terms of ordinance.

Inside the San Benito County Jail expansion. Photo provided by the San Benito County Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

County jail releases over one hundred detainees since pandemic

Completion of jail expansion stalled by radio equipment supply issues.

Su Casita Multiservicios owner Patricia Castro opens a bottle of champagne to celebrate her new business location following a July 12 fire in downtown Hollister. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Su Casita Multiservicios holds ribbon cutting ceremony for new location

Owner Patricia Castro plans to reopen on July 20, eight days after her previous shop burned in a downtown Hollister fire.

Photo by Jake Medina.

Police / Fire

Coyote Fire continues burning near Panoche Valley

1,508 acres scorched at 100% containment as of July 18; resident calls Cal Fire response ‘amazing.’

Teamsters Local Union No. 890 representative Jorge Valenzuela addresses the crowd in front of Hollister City Hall. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Benito Foods employees protest in front of Hollister City Hall

Company is negotiating with the city on water fees related to tomato cannery waste.