Alternative two for the Highway 25 widening project. Graphic provided by COG.

Transportation

COG directors discuss options for Highway 25 expansion

Value analysis will be conducted in early 2020.

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 reach agreement on county contract

One-year deal will be revised following compensation study.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Health

Ambulance rates increasing in 2020

Medi-Cal and Medicare patient costs will not be impacted.

Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

San Juan Bautista approves rules for cannabis facilities

Pot operations will be required to have odor mitigation plans.

PORC President Andy Hsia-Coron asked the SBC Planning Commission to hold off on a decision regarding a commercial overlay application until after the March primary election. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

SBC planners approve alternate zoning for Hwy 101 node

Attorney De Vries says C-1 overlay application for Betabel is a backstop in case C-3 rezoning is repealed by voters.

Ann-Marie Sayers speaks at a PORC demonstration in July against the Highway 101 commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito residents will vote on Hwy 101 nodes in March

Supervisors accept signatures for referendum; 1,224 more than required.

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Resident Elia Salinas speaks during public comment before the Hollister City Council went into a two-hour closed session meeting on Nov. 13. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Hollister interim city manager resigns two days after closed-door meeting

Council will discuss what happened at its Nov. 18 session.

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Supervisor Anthony Botelho at a board retreat. File photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

FPPC dismisses complaints against Botelho and De Vries

State agency cites ‘insufficient evidence’ of Political Reform Act violation in Hwy. 101 commercial node rezoning action.

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Emergency Vehicle Specialists President Stephen Haynes gives a brief tour of a Hollister Police SUV to State Senator Anna Caballero. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Hollister company serves police, fire and EMS

Emergency Vehicle Specialists Inc. installs warning lights, sirens and two-way radios.

The lot across from the Fairfield Inn at 390 Gateway Drive is the proposed location of new Holiday Inn Express. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Holiday Inn Express gets approval for site and architectural review

New hotel to include 93 rooms, a gym and indoor pool.

San Benito County representatives scattered throughout the room for MBEP's State of the Region event. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Local agencies attend State of the Region conference

Elected officials and staff learn about housing, health care and development in opportunity zones.

Mary Hsia-Coron, Tom Karis and Andy Hsia-Coron of PORC stand with with the collected petitions before they submit them to the county. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Activists submit petition against rezoning of Hwy 101 nodes

If enough signatures are found to be sufficient, the rezoning ordinance would be suspended. Supervisors could then decide to either repeal it or place it on the ballot.

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Cristal Gonzalez of El Teatro Campesino poses with masks made for the Dia de los Muertos procession. Photo provided by El Teatro Campesino.

Art & Culture

El Teatro Campesino shows volunteers how to create Dia de los Muertos masks

Workshops foster community and artistic expression.

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Supervisor Anthony Botelho at a board retreat. File photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

FPPC complaint filed against Botelho

Claimant alleges the supervisor did not disclose property holding near recently rezoned Highway 101 commercial node.

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SBHS Running back Primo Reyes runs to the end zone in a play that was negated by a holding call on Oct. 18 at a game between the Balers and the Alvarez Eagles. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Sports & Recreation

Balers remain unbeaten in league play

Defensive stand on the 1-yard line and an interception give team a comfortable lead heading into second half.