Highway 101 from the Betabel exit. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Transportation

Caltrans creating business plan for Highway 101

Document aims to identify funding for transportation projects in San Benito County and elsewhere.

Third Street in San Juan Bautista. Photo provided by Jill Paragan.

Business / Economy

San Juan Bautista to celebrate Small Business Saturday

Jill Paragan with SJB Community Business Association encourages shopping in recognition of local businesses and the contributions they make to our economy and community.

San Benito Foods will be responsible for securing its own wastewater permit. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Council removes city from responsibility for tomato cannery wastewater

Members terminate industrial water discharge permit granted by regional water board.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista passes $3.2 million budget

No salary increases and a 6.8% decrease in expenditures.

Lois Long at Lois's Unique Home Furnishings in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Nighttime holiday shopping returns to San Juan Bautista

Merchants stay open late on Saturdays through Dec. 19.

Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez cuts the ribbon on Nov. 14 celebrating the reopening of San Benito Street after a beautification project. Photo by John Chadwell.

News

Hollister holds ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating San Benito Street reopening

Changes include parklets, one-way traffic flow and diagonal parking.

Victoria Montoya and her 94-year-old mother Longina at La Catrina in Hollister. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Indoor dining returns to San Benito County

COVID infections drop to allow restaurants to serve inside at 25% capacity.

Inaka's parklet in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

SJB Historic Resources Board adopts new requirements for parklets

Board members claim the city is not enforcing some guidelines.

Jarad Gallagher, chef and owner of The Smoke Point BBQ and Provisions in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

The Smoke Point BBQ and Provisions opens in San Juan Bautista

Chef Jarad Gallagher wants to change people’s idea of barbecue.

News Release

CARES Act funding to be used for Hollister downtown re-opening

Ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for Nov. 14.

Businesses in the Hollister Farms Shopping Center. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister gives $4.25 million subsidy to Hollister Farms developer to keep project alive

Councilwoman Lenoir calls the agreement a ‘tough pill to swallow.’

The intersection of San Felipe Road and Highway 156. The plan is to bring the intersection into city limits for a proposed vehicle testing facility known as the Hollister Research Campus. Image courtesy of Google Earth.

Housing / Land Use

Another vehicle research facility on the horizon

Hollister City Council unanimously approves pre-zone for new car campus.

So far, COVID-19 has cost Hollister $1.6 million in lost tax revenue. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Business / Economy

Pandemic brings drop in Hollister’s sales tax revenue

The city has a $1.6 million deficit compared to last fiscal year.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Business / Economy

Small Business Administration releases streamlined forgiveness application for PPP loans of $50K or less

Action simplifies the Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars. 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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.