Tetra Tech environmental scientist Maria Hassett Patrick collects water samples for testing. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Environment / Nature

Community Water Center tests water quality of private wells

Free program checks for nitrates, arsenic and other contaminants.

Two protestors walk toward the Highway 101 overpass during a July demonstration against the rezoning of four commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Primary Election 2020: Measure K

FAQ about the controversial ballot measure on commercial zoning and development along Highway 101.

The Clearist Industrial Park will be located in the areas marked in red. Image from the Jan. 23 Hollister Planning Commission meeting agenda.

Housing / Land Use

Hollister Planning Commission approves changes to projects near airport

Two warehouses that may be used as plane hangers also approved.

Image from the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.

Housing / Land Use

Land Trust of Santa Cruz acquires most of Rocks Ranch

Over 2,600 acres to be protected; development is still planned on 60 acres near Highway 101.

A group of No on Measure K gather to give announce the submittal of an initiative to amend the General Plan to remove commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

PORC submits new initiative for November election

It would rescind numerous commercial node designations and require voter approval of zoning changes affecting ag or rural properties. Supervisor Anthony Botelho says the potential referendum would ‘hijack’ San Benito County’s General Plan.

Inside the San Benito County Free Library, built in 1960. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Survey shows library bond measure lacks voter support

Proponents of new or expanded facility say that a 7% shortfall can be overcome with more community outreach.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Transportation

San Juan Bautista considers downtown parking system

While the city expects pushback, it aims to create partnerships benefitting all stakeholders.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

Supervisors adopt hemp changes

Revised ordinance includes exclusion zone, larger setbacks and a conditional use permit requirement.

Members of LULAC, Jovenes de Antaño and Hollister Recreation cut the ceremonial red ribbon for the EHAT Technical Center, located at 300 West Street in Hollister. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Nonprofits

New technology center opens at Hollister Recreation

No cost to residents for access to 10 internet-connected computers and a printer.

San Benito County Supervisor District 2 candidates answer questions during the Jan. 30 election forum hosted by BenitoLink and the San Benito County Farm Bureau. L to R: Wayne Norton, Frank Barragan, Valerie Egland, John Freeman, and Kollin Kosmicki. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

BenitoLink and SBC Farm Bureau host primary election forum

Attendees hear from local candidates on issues, and representatives discussing Measures K and L.

San Benito County Health Officer Dr. Martin Fenstersheib speaks to the media at a Feb. 2 press conference. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Health

Details emerge on two San Benito coronavirus cases

Unidentified male had been in Wuhan, China, and surrounding areas visiting family Jan. 18-24. His wife started to exhibit symptoms five days after he returned.

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San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

SJB mayor may have violated Brown Act

City attorney says if there was a violation, Mayor Mary Edge resolved it by disclosing her conversations in a public meeting.

Customers on their way into the Hollister Kmart. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Hollister Kmart closes Feb. 2

One of nine locations shutting down in California.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2020: SBC Supervisor District 2

Five face off to represent San Juan Bautista and Aromas.

Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

SJB adopts cannabis tax rates, rescinds ban

City could begin accepting business applications in late February.