Martin Carver speaks during the housing element workshop at the community center. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Land Use

SJB housing element workshop narrows down potential sites for rezoning

Attendees favor vacant lot behind Valero gas station.

San Juan School. File photo.

Education

Aromas, San Juan schools let out early

Gas leak and power outage on the first day of school.

Attendees tour the new classroom after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Education

Chamberlain’s opens new classroom

Keith Thompson Non-Public School serves students with complex needs.

Sumo Camp members on the last day. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Sports

Former city councilman hosts backyard sumo wrestling summer camp

Roy Sims and the national team prepare for world championship in Japan.

Neil Kitchens and Robert Rivas at the Oct. 18, 2018 election forum hosted by BenitoLink, San Benito County Farm Bureau and Youth Alliance. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Local Politics

Former Assembly candidate faces election fraud charges

Neil Kitchens denied using an address outside of the district during his campaign.

Management analyst Lauren Hull presents an update regarding county service areas at the San Benito County Board of Supervisors meeting on Aug. 6. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Local Politics

County and CSAs on the path to resolving dispute

While some services are being provided, residents say weed abatement is not.

File Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police & Fire

County probation office put on lockdown

Social media posts said an individual “threatened to shoot everyone in here.”

Sang Ji walks into the courtroom at the July 31 hearing. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police & Fire

Defense strategies block hearings again in Yoon Ji murder case

Sang Ji’s new attorney aims to challenge a search warrant; Jung Choi’s attorney wants defendants tried separately.

New Resource Management Agency Director Harry Mavrogenes. Photo provided by San Benito County.

News

New RMA director aims to revitalize San Benito County

Building infrastructure, fixing transportation and attracting employers are on his to-do list.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Local Politics

San Juan Bautista’s new city manager looks to leave a legacy

Don Reynolds says getting the City Council “on the same page” will help re-establish priorities.

San Benito County Free Library. File photo by John Chadwell.

Local Politics

San Benito County to contract for a feasibility study on new library

Supervisors direct librarian to fund it from existing budget.

Academia de Mariachi Infantil Alma De Mexico performing at a July 20 competition in Morgan Hill. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

Hollister-based mariachi group plays in its first competition

Despite nerves, Academia de Mariachi Infantil Alma De Mexico enjoys performing for a big crowd in Morgan Hill.

San Benito County Administration Building in Hollister. File photo.

News

San Benito County amends Civil Grand Jury compensation

Jurors will be paid state minimum for up to eight meetings per month, including committee work.

The San Juan Bautista Council at its July 16 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Local Politics

San Juan Council OKs 3-year contract with Level 1 Private Security

City also approves letter to county opposing Hwy. 101 node development and allows cannabis facilities in industrial areas.

Protesters form a circle before marching toward the San Juan Road overpass at a July 19 demonstration over proposed development along Highway 101. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Local Politics

Protesters rally against Hwy. 101 commercial node development

Group aims to preserve ag lands and natural beauty.