Pedro Avila. Photo courtesy of Gavilan College.


Interview with Gavilan College’s new President-Superintendent Avila

Pedro Avila reimagines Gavilan College

Official Ballot Drop Box. File photo.


Candidates who have filed for Nov. Election

Several races have extended filing period of one week.

TriCal has been at the same location over 40 years. Google Earth photo.

Government / Politics

San Benito County supervisors add Measure R to Nov. 8 ballot

Despite questions about motive behind it, if it passes, a 3.5-mile buffer zone will be placed around the TriCal property on Hwy 25.

Betabel fruit stand. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Betabel Road project continues to move forward

Once a commercial use permit is granted, the developer can begin to submit construction applications and plans.

kids reading in the library June 30, 2022. Photo by Juliana Luna.


San Benito County Library receives $11.8 million grant

The funds will increase internet connectivity for students.

A truck heads into the John Smith Road Landfill. Photo by Noe Magaña.

News Release

County to host John Smith Road Landfill Expansion town hall workshop

Meeting to take place on Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Building in Hollister.

As of 2018 California had 107 gun laws, the most of any state, according to a research project of State Firearm Laws. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Government / Politics

California’s latest gun laws

New legislation takes up advertising, ghost guns and liabilities.

Powerpoint slide by David Medeiros during the Aug. 2 Planning Commission meeting.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista planners take up controversial issues

The Planning Commision receives a presentation on projects along Hwy 101, discusses commissioners’ commitment to the position and the recent Sphere of Influence meetings.

Nearly two dozen people came to the Don't Dump on San Benito forum to hear about the county's move to expand the John Smith Landfill. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Don’t Dump on San Benito group holds information forum

The meeting on the future of the John Smith Landfill covers traffic, toxins and alternatives to expansion.

Union Road between Airline Highway and Fairview Road will be renamed César Chávez Way. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Section of Union Road to be renamed Cesar Chavez Way

Local residents recount their connection to the civil rights leader and what it means to them to honor him.

Crossing the finish line at the first Wonky Street event. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hollister turns road used as ‘drag strip’ into kart racing course

Many who attended the family race day said they favored leaving Hollister’s Ladd Lane as-is.

Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

News Release

FEMA offering COVID-19 funeral cost relief

Expenses that may be covered include cremation, internment, casket or urn and funeral ceremony.

The RHNA draft focuses on four recommendations put forth by COG concerning an increase in workforce housing and the elimination of single family zoning. Photo by Kinsey Canez.

Housing / Land Use

Draft of regional housing allocation plan OK’d for public review

San Benito County Council of Governments issues four policy recommendations to Hollister, SJB and the county.

Settling Pond at the San Juan Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo by Robert Eliason.

News Release

SJB reaches a settlement with the Regional Water Quality Control Board

The settlement includes relief for some of the fines and a suspension of future fines and penalties until the force-main project is build.

Active-shooter drills are just one scenario various local agencies practice. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

House passes Active Shooter Alert Act

Bill heads to the Senate floor.