San Juan Bautista Waste Treatment Plant. Image from Draft Report.

Environment / Nature

BL Special Report: Solving San Juan Bautista’s water problems

City consultant comes up with solutions to address hard water, aging wastewater treatment plant and other problems.

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Government / Politics

Candidates for the November 3 General Election

Several offices have been given extended nomination periods until Aug. 12.

Thousands of cans wait to be filled with processed tomatoes the morning of Aug. 6. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Meeting between Hollister and San Benito Foods expected on Aug. 10

Interim City Manager Brett Miller said if there is an agreement, it would go to the City Council on Aug. 17.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

Nomination period extended for San Juan Bautista offices

Currently, no one has qualified to run for city treasurer or city clerk.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


August 7 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

709 people have tested positive since February, 9,256 tested in total, 51 are active patients, 654 have recovered and four have died; deadline for Community Action Board's Non-Traditional Service Provider Assistance Grant program extended to Aug. 17.

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Sports & Recreation

COVID-19 guidance released for youth sports

This guidance impacts all youth sports and activities, including school-based, club, recreational youth sports and studio sports including but not limited to: cheerleading, dance, gymnastics, and martial arts.

San Juan Bautista Councilman John Freeman. File photo.

Government / Politics

John Freeman seeking reelection to San Juan Bautista City Council

Freeman writes that he is running again to complete important projects such as improving the city drinking water and wastewater treatment system.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Congressmen Panetta co-introduces Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act

If approved, the legislation would provide authority for the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to work collaboratively with state partners to implement wildfire mitigation projects.

Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

San Benito County seeks collaboration from cities on COVID-19 penalties

Supervisors focus on ordinance for unincorporated areas due to limited enforcement capabilities.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

State Senator Caballero asks Newsom to fill supervisor seat

Jim Gillio stepped down from District 4 position in July.

A temporary order signed June 22 allowed the San Benito Foods tomato cannery in Hollister to begin operations for the 2020 season, but now the facility must shut down by Aug. 8 unless it pays the city $2.5 million. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

San Benito Foods to close Aug. 8 if it does not pay $2.5 million operations fee

Attorney argues the cannery’s closure would cause ‘irreparable harm to the community’ by eliminating 450 local jobs.

Strada Verde Illustrative Site Plan. Image from the Initiative.

Government / Politics

SBC Supervisors question hazard report on Strada Verde

Author defends his study after Botelho calls it flawed.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


August 6 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

699 people have tested positive since February, 9,176 tested in total, 55 are active patients, 640 have recovered and four have died; Houligan's Restaurant in Hollister to close permanently on Aug. 16; Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program hosting 'Operation Green during COVID-19' webinar on Aug. 12; Chamber of Commerce hosting 'HR in the Era of COVID-19' webinar on Aug. 14.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Housing / Land Use

San Juan Bautista City Council seeks state aid for renters

City is applying for funding through a block grant program.

Farmworkers in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Gov. Newsom signs executive order aimed at helping agricultural workers

Assistance includes targeting high-risk workplaces, stronger guidance on compliance and temporary housing for self-isolation.