Martin Carver speaks during the housing element workshop at the community center. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Land Use

SJB housing element workshop narrows down potential sites for rezoning

Attendees favor vacant lot behind Valero gas station.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Events

Congressman Jimmy Panetta to speak at San Benito Health Foundation ceremony

Changes to the facility include solar panels, LED lights and an ethanol-fueled generator.

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.

Management analyst Lauren Hull presents an update regarding county service areas at the San Benito County Board of Supervisors meeting on Aug. 6. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Local Politics

County and CSAs on the path to resolving dispute

While some services are being provided, residents say weed abatement is not.

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.

Supporters of a ban on flavored tobacco products tried to appeal to Hollister City Council at an Aug. 5 meeting. Photos by John Chadwell.

Local Politics

Hollister City Council continues wrestling with flavored tobacco sales

Members vote down a proposed amendment as insufficient; ad hoc committee will go back to the drawing board.

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.

Adults and children form a circle around the signs they created for a July 26 demonstration. Photos by Melissa Melton.

Local Politics

SBC residents demonstrate against migrant detention centers

Group prays and shares words of hope for detainees and vulnerable community members.

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.

Photo provided by the office of Assemblyman Robert Rivas.

News

Assemblymember Robert Rivas issues statement following mass shooting at Gilroy Garlic Festival

"Gilroy is resilient and our community will come together," Rivas said.

San Benito County Free Library. File photo by John Chadwell.

Local Politics

San Benito County to contract for a feasibility study on new library

Supervisors direct librarian to fund it from existing budget.

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.

Photo courtesy of California High-Speed Rail Authority.

Transportation

High-Speed Rail Authority will hold August town hall in Gilroy

San Benito County elected officials say they plan to attend.

The San Juan Bautista Council at its July 16 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Local Politics

San Juan Council OKs 3-year contract with Level 1 Private Security

City also approves letter to county opposing Hwy. 101 node development and allows cannabis facilities in industrial areas.