Photo courtesy of Shoe Palace. Faces have been covered for the youth's privacy.

Education / Schools

Pilot program at SBC Juvenile Hall aims to change youth behavior

Shoe Palace and facility supervisors are encouraged by the results.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

SBC Supervisors approve COVID-19 penalty ordinance

Penalties for violations of state and county guidelines range from $100 to $500 for civil cases and from $1,000 to $10,000 for commercial.

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

Housing / Land Use

Strada Verde project in limbo; developers weigh options

Despite rejection of Measure N in November, plans could still be approved through a normal permitting process.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Benito County drafting new ordinance to address noncompliance with COVID-19 regulations

Supervisors will consider legislation at a special Jan. 15 meeting.

Voting station on Nov. 3 at the San Benito County Elections Office. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

November election by the numbers

San Benito County Elections Office gives the who, what and when.

Early morning in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

Three apply for SJB Planning Commission vacancies

Jackie Morris-Lopez, Priscilla Ribeiro and EJ Sabathia submit for two seats; former councilman Dan De Vries said he intends to submit an application.

David Gonzalez (middle) joins other graduates in applauding during the ceremony. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Nonprofits

LULAC youth councils remain active during the pandemic

While most activities have been virtual, members also coordinated in-person events such as graduations and food drives.

A customer picks up her order from Running Rooster in downtown Hollister on Jan. 7. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Running Rooster closing until indoor dining is allowed

Downtown Hollister restaurant to close after Jan. 10.

The old designs for the proposed park. Image from meeting agenda packet.

Housing / Land Use

SJB likely to change Franklin Circle Park design

Though the Planning Commission adopted plans in December, community members prefer an alternative option.

Seal courtesy of San Benito County Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

Human remains found on Salinas Grade Road

Police state that the body is believed to be male, and could have been there as long as a few weeks to a few months ago.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Transportation

COG explores contracting for legislative advocacy

Executive Director Mary Gilbert estimates the agency would spend about $30,000 annually for representation.

Road crew closed off one lane near Somerset Drive on Union Road in August 2020. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Transportation

COG approves draft list of regional transportation projects

Costs exceed projected revenue by $100 million.

Bill Lee. Photo by Noe Magaña.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: Business owner spends years recovering from embezzlement

After a slow, limited response from San Benito County, Bill Lee received $200,000 in restitution from a former employee. Now he’s suing a past customer to recoup another $743,000.

Supervisor Anthony Botelho at a press conference in July 2020. File photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

County changes public records policy

Outgoing Supervisor Anthony Botelho claims the latest set of public records requests are meant to harass staff.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

San Benito County approves employee salary agreements

Supervisors forgo bonus and pay raise.