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Business / Economy

Central CA SBDC presents Reopening and Rebuilding Trust webinar on Nov. 5

As retailers in the 14 county Central California Small Business Development Center network area continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, national retail expert Bob Phibbs will speak as part of a series of regional webinars.

Gavilan College campus in Gilroy. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

State financial crisis team to assist Gavilan College with budget

Reserves have fallen below 5%; drop attributed to decreased student enrollment.


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Health

Oct. 30 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

1,461 people have tested positive since February, 25 are active patients, 1,421 have recovered and 15 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 1.9%.

NOAA winter forecast, courtesy of Shawn Novack.

Environment / Nature

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases winter forecast

Water Resources Association Conservation Program Manager Shawn Novack writes that the forecast favors warmer, drier conditions across the southern tier of the U.S., and cooler, wetter conditions in the north thanks in part to an ongoing La Niña.

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Transportation

Work on San Benito Street begins Oct. 26

All outdoor dining furniture must be removed from San Benito Street prior to Oct. 26 at 5 a.m.

Businesses on San Benito Street will be refunded up to $15,000 for constructing parklets. Photo courtesy of city of Hollister.

Business / Economy

Hollister approves downtown parklet program

Portion of San Benito Street to be transformed into one-way thoroughfare.

Hollister City Manager Brett Miller, COG Executive Director Mary Gilbert, Supervisor Peter Hernandez, Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz, Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, County Administrative Officer Ray Espinosa and Capt. Chris Armstrong at an Oct. 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Highway 25 expansion project. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Transportation

COG holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hwy 25 widening project

$241 million project will occur in phases, with construction not expected to begin for several years.



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News Release

Bureau of Land Management modifies fire restrictions for public lands in Central California 

The changes reinstate seasonal fire restrictions issued by field offices, which allow campfires within designated campgrounds.

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Health

Oct. 29 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

1,449 people have tested positive since February, 17 are active patients, 1,417 have recovered and 15 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 1.9%.

Herman Garcia pulling illegal traps out of the Pajaro River. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

Herman Garcia pushes for watershed restoration through two controversial projects

CHEER's efforts have cleared out tons of trash and enabled steelhead trout to return to the San Benito River after 75 years.



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Government / Politics

Election 2020: Campaign finance contributions for SBC Supervisor Districts 2 and 4

Wayne Norton in District 2 race nears $73K with larger donations from unions; Dan Valcazar raises most money in District 4 with over $32K.

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Health

Oct. 28 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

1,444 people have tested positive since February, 24 are active patients, 1,405 have recovered and 15 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 1.9%.

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Housing / Land Use

San Benito County offers COVID-19 related rental assistance

Deadline to apply is Nov. 6.

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