The San Juan Road overpass across Highway 101. The red circle is where a protest rally will take place on July 19 at 4:45 p.m. Image provided by PORC.

Land Use

Protest of commercial development on Highway 101 set for July 19

Demonstration related to zoning changes near Aromas and San Juan Bautista.

Group of demonstrators pray before the end of the vigil. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Local Politics

Locals join in national immigration vigil

Group demonstrates against separation of families and treatment of children at the border.

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.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Community Opinion

COMMUNITY OPINION: Free Lance article on Hollister Salaries: Incompetence or Fake News?

Hollister Councilman Marty Richman says if you're going to do a compensation analysis, it's better if you have some idea of what you're talking about.

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.’

The road leading to the San Justo Reservoir is closed to public access. File Photo by Noe Magaña.

Land Use

Supervisors, residents unhappy with timeline to reopen San Justo Reservoir

Next hurdle is securing funds for zebra mussel eradication plan.

Frederik Venter speaks to residents at traffic calming meeting. Photos by Heather Graham


Residents discuss ways to calm traffic on Central Avenue

Speed bumps, island medians and decorative paint are among proposed improvements.

Development Services Director Bryan Swanson described the cell tower deal as exciting, with 50 years of revenue ahead. Photo by John Chadwell.

Land Use

Hollister signs cell tower lease

Operator pays the city $1.4 million upfront.

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

Local Politics

County hires new Resource Management Agency director

Supervisors favor succession plan for continuity.

Skip Spiering, representing the San Benito Hemp Campus, spoke at the June 19 San Benito County Planning Commission. Photos by Heather Graham.


San Benito Hemp Campus aims to reuse existing ag facility

Planning Commission unanimously approves development.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


County committee nominations for Farm Service Agency now open

Nominations and elections will be held in northeast San Benito County.

San Juan Bautista Councilman John Freeman. Photo provided.

Local Politics

SJB Councilman John Freeman to run for Supervisor

"As an experienced elected city official, I will help improve infrastructure and roads making San Benito County an even better place to live," Freeman said.

Ann Kennedy presents update to the Gavilan College Board of Trustees. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.


Gavilan school board gets Measure X update

Plans for bond spending and timeline given during June meeting.

Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Our Economy

Hollister City Council approves recreational cannabis ordinance

Allows sales starting July 3 to individuals over 21, home deliveries and other minor changes within city limits.