Three years after opening, Higher Level of Care pays the city over $500k in fees annually. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Cannabis failing to bring expected revenue to San Benito County

The county and San Juan Bautista have yet to see any returns, and Hollister has not seen more than $1 million annually.

Jim Dassel presenting a map. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista holds five public meetings to discuss growth

Community engagement to create a plan will continue through September.

Bob Tiffany. Photo provided.

Government / Politics

Bob Tiffany calls for more commercial revenue and opposes slow-growth initiative

The District 4 supervisor says understanding basic financial issues will help residents make good decisions about San Benito County’s financial future.

Santa Cruz Land Trust Executive Director Sarah Newkirk, California Secretary of Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot and Santa Cruz County Supervisor Bruce McPherson. Photo courtesy of Caltrans District 5.

Environment / Nature

Wildlife crossings at highways bringing safer travels for all in San Benito County

Projects in Santa Cruz and Pacheco Pass reconnect habitats and reduce animal-vehicle collisions.

Photo courtesy of Shawn Novack.


COLUMN: Update on the Groundwater Sustainability Plan

Shawn Novack writes that groundwater is a critical buffer against the impacts of drought and climate variability/change.

Damon Felice at Gavilan Campus site. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

Project manager discusses Gavilan’s San Benito campus progress

Damon Felice says college moving forward with septic tanks.

Councilman Rick Perez supported investing in the software because he said staff needs the proper tools to do their job. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Council rejects city’s initial request for tech upgrade

Staff will research what systems other cities are using before making an $800K investment.

Rocks Ranch. Photo courtesy of Paul Zaretsky.

Environment / Nature

Rocks Ranch property benefits from $4 million grant

Funds will help the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County buy the land to protect wildlife.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Public meetings for the week of Feb. 28

Seven public agencies set to meet.

Planning commissioner David Huboi calls a motion to delay approval for housing developments based on the need for design changes to address gas and roadway concerns. Photo by Sean Roney.

Housing / Land Use

Hollister planners delay two development parcels

Questions arise over fair share improvements added to agreements.

File photo of the San Benito County Historical Park. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

County allocates remaining American Rescue Plan funds

Supervisors consider $4.8 million in infrastructure upgrades and personnel plans.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Public meetings for the week of Feb. 21

County supervisors, Hollister City Council and two school districts among agencies scheduled to meet.

Seth Capron and Michelle Conrique. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Riverview Estates taking shape

Framing begins on two homes with 22 more to go in this self-housing project.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Public meetings for the week of Feb. 14

Seven agencies scheduled to meet.

San Juan Bautista and surrounding area. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista weighing growth parameters

The City Council considers an initial proposal Feb. 15.