Neil Kitchens and Robert Rivas at the Oct. 18, 2018 election forum hosted by BenitoLink, San Benito County Farm Bureau and Youth Alliance. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Local Politics

Former Assembly candidate faces election fraud charges

Neil Kitchens denied using an address outside of the district during his campaign.

Hollister Councilwoman Honor Spencer announced her intent to run for mayor in 2020 at an Aug. 5 council meeting. Photo by John Chadwell.

Local Politics

Hollister Councilwoman Honor Spencer plans mayoral run

Marty Richman will not seek a second term.

New Resource Management Agency Director Harry Mavrogenes. Photo provided by San Benito County.

News

New RMA director aims to revitalize San Benito County

Building infrastructure, fixing transportation and attracting employers are on his to-do list.

State Senator Anna Caballero. Photo provided by the Office of Anna Caballero.

News

State Senator Anna Caballero issues statement on Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting

"We must get serious about addressing gun violence in this country, if we want to avoid another tragedy like this," Caballero said.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Local Politics

San Juan Bautista’s new city manager looks to leave a legacy

Don Reynolds says getting the City Council “on the same page” will help re-establish priorities.

San Benito County Administration Building in Hollister. File photo.

News

San Benito County amends Civil Grand Jury compensation

Jurors will be paid state minimum for up to eight meetings per month, including committee work.

Judge Omar Rodriguez was elected in November 2018 to replace Judge Harry Tobias as one of two judges at San Benito County Superior Court. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Government

A day in the life of a San Benito County judge

Omar Rodriguez reflects on his new position and ensuring that all people receive a fair hearing.

The 400 block of San Benito Street. Photos by John Chadwell.

Land Use

Deadline passes for mayor to sue over 400 block development

No sign that Velazquez has filed in San Benito County or elsewhere.

Coalition for a New Library co-chair Susan Logue at the July 13 meeting. Photo by Heather Graham.

Education

Community group seeks support for a new county library

Coalition preparing to request funds for feasibility study.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Local Politics

Two San Juan Bautista agencies work on uncoupling

Planning Commission moves to separate from Historic Resources Board.

Photo provided by the office of Assemblyman Robert Rivas.

Local Politics

Rivas speaks out on 2020 Census question

“The Census is not and must not be a political weapon that incites fear in our community," Rivas said.

Housing being constructed in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Land Use

San Benito County and cities proceed with housing element updates

Jurisdictions take action in response to governor’s call for more home building.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Land Use

San Juan Council opposes Highway 101 commercial nodes

City will send a letter to county opposing ‘massive development.’

Bryan Swanson has been with the city for three years and in that time has not had a raise. A new contract would be for three years; he would receive an automatic raise.

Government

Council members question department director contracts

Two positions will get more review of compensation and severance packages.

Photo provided by the office of Assemblyman Robert Rivas.

Education

Governor signs Golden State Teacher Grant Program

Bill proposed by Assemblymembers Robert Rivas and Patrick O’Donnell aims to staff schools