San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista prepares for cost cutting amid COVID-19

City expects to lose $190K per quarter.

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San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

Supervisors discuss COVID-19 tests and shelter order status

State allocates more testing to SBC; Hernandez wants public health officer fired.

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Preserve Our Rural Communities (PORC) members rally outside the San Benito County Administration Building on Fourth Street before a public hearing on the Highway 101 commercial nodes on Sept. 10, 2019. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Virus halts land-use initiative efforts

Members of Preserve Our Rural Communities focus on staying safe.

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Luck Park in San Juan Bautista. Photos by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

SJB Council hires firm to develop Luck Park master plan

Historical Society opposes, as it wants property to remain a park ‘per the donor’s wishes.’

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

County-mandated facial covering order could come as soon as April 24

Coverings would be required in places where it isn’t possible to maintain social distancing.

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

Government / Politics

SJB hiring part-time disaster service worker

Position will help businesses apply for COVID-19 relief funds.

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Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital staff wearing face shields fabricated by Pacific Scientific. Photo provided by Richard Henderson.

Health

Pacific Scientific supplies hospital with face shields

Engineers use open source model as a starting point.

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

Health

SBC coronavirus cases align with demographics

Latinx residents account for 63% of cases and make up 60.6% of the county’s population.

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

Agriculture

Assemblyman Rivas speaks on COVID-19 relief package for farmworkers

First-in-the-nation bills would expand paid sick leave, provide hazard pay and subsidies for child care.

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Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Children and Youth

SBC Elections Office releases results of youth ballots

Ninety-two kids cast their votes on favorite cookies, colors and apps.

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Health

County receives defective masks from state

Office of Emergency Services manager says they’d been in storage a long time.

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Catherine Dabo at her birthday celebration last year. Photo provided.

San Benito Lifestyle

Parade planned for 100-year old Hollister resident

Family invites community to participate in honoring longtime businesswoman.

The proposed Betabel commercial node location off Highway 101. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Supervisors approve C-1 rezoning of Betabel node

De La Cruz casts lone ‘no’ vote at meeting conducted online.

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Children receiving games on Friday. Photo provided by Michelle Perez-Picha.

Children and Youth

Teacher aims to keep most vulnerable kids playing during shelter-in-place

Michelle Perez-Picha at San Juan School gave out puzzles, card and board games.

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Food collected during the April 4 food drive included cereal, bread, fruits and vegetables. Photo provided by Ana De Castro.

Nonprofits

LULAC Young Adults Council holds food drive

Donations will be distributed to farmworkers and their families.

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