San Benito County interim Public Health Officer Dr. David Ghilarducci. Photo provided.

Health

Q&A: Public Health Officer David Ghilarducci on COVID-19

He talks about the recent increase in cases and why the 18-49 age group is seeing the most infections.

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Residents who attended the Dec. 11 meeting exchanged ideas about the three alternatives for the Highway 25 transit corridor between Hollister and Gilroy. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Transportation

Residents prefer passenger rail as public transit option on Hwy 25 corridor

Survey examines three choices for travel between Hollister and Gilroy.

San Benito County Administration Building. File Photo.

Health

County health official attributes new COVID-19 positives to ‘people gathering more’

Of the 1,245 tests conducted at Vets Memorial Building, four have come back positive.

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MACE member Al Gutierrez at the 2019 Cinco de Mayo dance gives an emotional speech about Adolfo Berlanga, the late owner of El Nopal Bakery in Hollister. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Education / Schools

Local scholarship organization ends after 50 years

MACE struggles to attract new members.

Una Mas Saloon in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

San Juan Bautista council mulls closing bar over occupancy violations

Customers at Una Mas Saloon were reportedly shoulder-to-shoulder on Memorial Day, but owner says that’s false.

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About 120 trucks make daily roundtrips from Gilroy to the Graniterock Southside Road quarry. Photo by Leslie David.

Housing / Land Use

Graniterock moving more than 300,000 cubic yards of dirt to Southside quarry

The company is infilling parts of the mined land as part of the reclamation project.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Business / Economy

San Juan Bautista council approves outdoor business operations on Third Street

Program will run at least six months to help local merchants.

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A group called San Benito Citizens for Brighter Future Protested out in front of San Benito Superior Court during the May 19 hearing, demonstrating in favor of the Betabel development. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Court stops Betabel rezoning until after state shelter order is lifted

Judge Breen gives PORC 30 additional days to pursue land use referendum.

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Hollister City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

Hollister agencies to apply for COVID-19 grant funding

Staff seeks $30K from CARES Act, while the fire department puts in for two FEMA grants.

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Norma Nichols with her son Seth, daughter Ella, and niece Nicole Fernandez after being notified she would be be recognized for her leadership. Photo provided.

Education / Schools

Advocate for students with disabilities receives parent leadership award

Norma Nichols helps set the path for Spring Grove School to serve those in special education.

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

Business / Economy

San Juan Bautista considers using Third Street for outdoor dining

Main thoroughfare could become a temporary one-way street, allowing restaurants and businesses to use curbside space.

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San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista looks to reopen parts of city

Working in accord with state rules, City Council discusses expanding outdoor dining, waiving business license fees, and orders the post office lobby open 24/7.

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San Juan Bautista City Councilman Dan De Vries (middle) during a May 21 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

SJB Councilman receives misdemeanor, probation for 2019 domestic disturbance

Court orders Dan De Vries to attend counseling meetings.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

San Benito County seeks to ease more shelter-in-place restrictions

Supervisor Botelho said county was “one infection away” from failing to meet state requirements on easing restrictions.

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Customers line up to pick up their orders on May 7. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Paine’s Restaurant working to stay afloat

Owner said event cancellations account for about $100K of lost income.