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Government / Politics

New laws affecting San Benito County residents

They range from defining who can hold public office, employee classification and redistricting deadlines.

The San Benito County Board of Supervisors at a Jan. 14 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

County stalls partnership with sports complex designer over nondisclosure pact

Supervisor Botelho and members of the public concerned about transparency.

Referee Alvaro Quezada keeps close watch during a boys soccer game. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Sports & Recreation

Hollister soccer referee keeping up with the kids since 1999

Alvaro Quezada is well-known in local leagues.

Paul Rovella and Julie Baker answer questions after presentations at a Jan. 8 AB 5 workshop put on by the San Benito County Arts Council and Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Workshop briefs community on new employee classification law

Presentation gives background on AB 5, with tests to help determine if a worker should be an independent contractor or employee.

The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Benito County faces lawsuits on hwy nodes, retiree health plans

SBC and Hollister are also in litigation with developers over annexation fees.

Bryanna Morales, 15, Angela Martinez, 14, and Ariana Ventura, 15, hang out in the video game room at the Esperanza Center in Hollister during the Jan. 6 grand opening of the youth drop-in center. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

Youth programming comes to Esperanza Center

Aside from providing a place to hang out with friends, the drop-in center offers workshops, case managers and homework tutors.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Farmworker housing bill not enticing local growers

With concerns over liability and deed restriction, farmers appear unlikely to use new law AB 1783 intended to stimulate construction of farmworker housing.

Artist rendering of proposed assisted living facility. Photo from SBC Planning Commission Dec. 18 meeting agenda packet.

Housing / Land Use

Senior assisted living center moves closer to development

Facility on seven-acre site can house 195 residents.

A child care center was proposed on this two-story house on Sunset Drive. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

SBC Planning Commission denies permit for day care center

Residents point to property owner rules that prohibit commercial use in the area.

Highway 156. Photo by John Chadwell.

Transportation

Hwy 156 expansion delayed until November

Caltrans attributes holdup to right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation agreements.

Attendees held candles while singing hymns. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Benito Lifestyle

Las Posadas bring Latinx community together

Procession reenacts Biblical journey searching for shelter for the birth of Jesus.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

SJB council approves final housing element

Other actions include a timetable for rescinding the cannabis ban and selecting Mary Edge as mayor.

Three Baler defenders swarm an Aptos player during the game. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Sports & Recreation

SBHS Girls soccer- looking for the chemistry

It takes time to develop trust between players and teamwork...coach Becky Bonner sees the young team stepping up to the challenge.

Members of the fire department and San Juan Bautista City Council members pose next to the fire engine. Photo provided by Councilwoman Leslie Jordan.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista donates obsolete fire engine

San Benito, Guatemala, receives 1990 Mack Pumper. After serving San Juan Bautista, CA. for decades, it moves on to a new life in Central America.

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A cyclist rides past La Casa Rosa in San Juan Bautista. File photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

SJB planners approve new Casa Rosa plans

Design includes three one-bedroom residential units and restoring the restaurant and bar.