San Benito County Board of Education, District 1 candidates Mary Anne Filice, Shawn Herrera and Elizabeth Zepeda Gonzales.

Education / Schools

Election 2020: San Benito County Office of Education District 1

Three candidates compete for single seat on Nov. 3.

Elizabeth Martinez and Leonard Espinoza.

Government / Politics

Election 2020: Hollister School District, Trustee Area 2

Elizabeth Martinez and Leonard JT Espinoza campaign during switch to district representation.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.

Education / Schools

HSD Trustees pass resolution to dismantle school-to-prison pipeline

Board also agrees to translate all meetings and documents into Spanish.

Hollister School District Trustees Carla Torres-Deluna, Stephen Kain, Jan Grist, Robert Bernosky and Elizabeth Martinez at a Nov. 21 groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rancho Santana School. File photo by Heather Graham.

Education / Schools

HSD Board approves a $497K increase for Rancho Santana School project

Contingency fund depleted to help cover costs.

Skylar Subia holds her first booze basket ready to deliver. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

San Benito Lifestyle

Boozy Door Dash: a different kind of delivery service

SBC Facebook group inspires members to pay it forward.

Photo courtesy of YMCA of San Benito County.

Children and Youth

YMCA of San Benito County program works to support families during distance learning

Excel Beyond the Bell offers lifeline to working parents seeking help with childcare.

RO Hardin Elementary School in the Hollister School District. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Education / Schools

HSD board receives report on distance learning plans

District providing 3,500 laptops and over 1,000 hotspots for internet access.

Stylist Cindy Gilroy cuts hair outside of the salon Country Cuts in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Business / Economy

Personal care business owners discuss working outdoors

Newest state guidelines allow hair salons and barbershops to serve clients on the sidewalk.

The front office at Calaveras School/AAA displays a "Facilities Closed" banner. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Education / Schools

HSD Trustees adopt distance learning model for start of school year

Board has final authority over switching to hybrid or full in-person instruction if San Benito County is removed from the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list.

Server wearing personal protective equipment delivers fair food order to Audrey Johnson's car window. Johnson and her kids waited in line at Bolado Park during the Fair Food Fest put on from July 17-19. Photo courtesy of Audrey Johnson.

San Benito Lifestyle

County Fair hosts drive-thru food fest at Bolado Park

Dara Tobias and crew spend the weekend serving up corn dogs and funnel cakes to 300 carloads of guests.

San Benito High School administration building. File photo.

Education / Schools

SBHSD presents safety protocols for reopening

School safety team and colleagues unveil detailed plan.

San Benito High School administration building. File photo.

Education / Schools

San Benito High School presents hybrid learning model for next school year

First day of school is set for Aug. 13, but plans remain ‘fluid.’

Nelcy Pulido Cruz (left), her daughter Ruby Pulido(center left), neice Clara Elena (center right) and sister Esperanza Cruz (back right) pick up supplies to decorate their cars to join the census caravan. Photos by Patty Lopez Day.

Government / Politics

Census caravan rolls through westside Hollister

Project encourages participation in the 2020 Census before the reporting deadline on Oct. 31.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.

Education / Schools

HSD Board of Trustees approves reopening plan

First day of instruction is Aug. 17.

Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

Hollister School District releases draft plan for reopening

Parents will choose from two models—one bringing students to classrooms twice a week; the other being online only.