News Release

SBC issues fire watch advisory

Advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday evening through 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. Photo provided by the office of Robert Rivas.


Assemblymembers Robert Rivas and Rudy Salas introduce legislation to maximize benefits of Sustainable Groundwater Management requirements

If approved, AB 252 would create a pilot program to support repurposing formerly irrigated agricultural land for less water-intensive uses.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Business / Economy

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership offering small business relief webinar

Jan. 21 event to cover grant programs available through federal and state relief packages to help business owners get back on track through the COVID-19 pandemic.

News Release

San Benito County COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Portal is live

Platform is only for those individuals identified in Phase 1B. It is not a vaccination appointment system.

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Police / Fire

Cal Fire suspends burn permits in San Benito, Monterey counties  

Suspension takes effect Jan. 14 at 8 a.m. and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris.

Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.


San Benito County prepares to enter Phase 1B for COVID-19 vaccinations

Move to next phase contingent on the receipt of vaccine from the state.

Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

News Release

Seniors 65+ eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine

New state tool to notify people of vaccine eligibility expected to launch next week.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta touring a strawberry farm in his district. File photo.

News Release

Congressman Panetta votes to impeach President Trump

'Through this vote, we are not only holding the President accountable, we are abiding by our constitutional responsibility to secure and strengthen our democracy for our posterity,' Panetta said.

San Benito County Official Seal. Courtesy of San Benito County

News Release

Great Plates Delivered meal program returning to SBC

Delivery to qualifying participants is set to begin on Monday, Jan. 18.

12 of the 15 winners from the 2019 art poster contest. Photo courtesy of SBC Integrated Waste Management.

Art & Culture

Recology accepting submissions for 2021 art poster contest

Local students grades TK-12 can send in artwork until March 19; 15 winning posters will be enlarged and displayed on the side of collection trucks.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

News Release

Congressman Panetta and colleagues pass resolution compelling Vice President Pence to invoke 25th Amendment

House of Representatives currently voting to impeach President Trump in relation to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.


Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital increases bed capacity and staffing during COVID-19 surge

COVID-19 patients account for approximately 62% of the hospital’s inpatient admissions.

Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

News Release

San Benito County to follow state tier system in administering COVID-19 vaccines

County health officials urge residents to continue to social distance, avoid social gatherings and use face masks until vaccines are widely available.

San Benito County Official Seal. Courtesy of San Benito County

News Release

San Benito County closes Board of Supervisors chambers to the public

Members of the public can still participate via the various Zoom platforms or live stream the meetings.

San Benito Health Foundation Photo provided


San Benito Health Foundation Receives COVID-19 Vaccines

Dr. Cooperman was the first health worker to receive the Moderna vaccine at the San Benito Health Foundation Clinic, as frontline health care workers get priority.