Downtown San Juan Bautista closed its streets on Aug. 10 and 11 to welcome the annual Antique and Craft Fair. Photo by Becky Bonner.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

SJB Antique and Craft Fair gives the local economy a boost

Vendors talk about the value brought to the community.

Kathy Schipper (center), Heidi Connor, and Zack Shubkagel (to her right) with Schipper Design talk about Creatives for Community with BenitoLink board members (clockwise) Deane Judd (foreground right), Lois Locci, Karminder Brown, Robert Marden, and Rohit Sharma. Not shown: BenitoLink board member Raul Céja. Photo by Jessica Willis.


Local marketing and design agency helps nonprofits

BenitoLink receives Schipper Design Creatives for Community grant and will share its new look in coming weeks.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Our Economy

San Benito County Workforce Development Board offers new job website

New site highlights workforce services like on the job training, youth employment and business support services.

Supporters of a ban on flavored tobacco products tried to appeal to Hollister City Council at an Aug. 5 meeting. Photos by John Chadwell.

Local Politics

Hollister City Council continues wrestling with flavored tobacco sales

Members vote down a proposed amendment as insufficient; ad hoc committee will go back to the drawing board.

Groundwater profile. Image provided by Shawn Novack.

Land Use

Groundwater plan is moving along

The North San Benito Basin has been classified as a medium-priority basin.

The management company of the Fairfield Inn at 390 Gateway Drive in Hollister is looking to build a second hotel across the street. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Our Economy

Holiday Inn Express may come to Hollister

New hotel would be across from Fairfield Inn and managed by the same company.

BenitoLink intern Francisco Romero (Center) with other Emma Bowen Fellows at the opening night of the 2019 Emma Bowen Foundation Annual Summer Conference in New York City. Photo Provided by Jules Shapiro, INN Director of Communications and Marketing.


BenitoLink welcomes Emma Bowen fellow

Francisco Romero joins team to work on web development.

San Benito County Free Library. File photo by John Chadwell.

Local Politics

San Benito County to contract for a feasibility study on new library

Supervisors direct librarian to fund it from existing budget.

Tina Ribero, Jeana Arnold, Beth Welch, Brenda Weatherly, Jill Pagaran, and Kathy Schipper sign a contract to develop a five-year marketing plan to increase tourism in San Benito County. Photo provided by Jill Pagaran.

Our Economy

San Benito County Tourism begins drafting five-year marketing plan

Leaders in the Hollister Downtown Association, San Juan Bautista Committee and Community Foundation see potential for increased tourist spending in San Benito County.

Photo courtesy of California High-Speed Rail Authority.


High-Speed Rail Authority will hold August town hall in Gilroy

San Benito County elected officials say they plan to attend.

Second Chance Success Panelists Brian Evans, Pablo Gaxiola, Michael Salinas, Amy Bravo, Rolando Barrientos and Jose Rodriguez discussed second chance employment opportunities at a July 16 workshop hosted by the San Benito County Workforce Development Board. Photo by Melissa Melton.

Our Economy

Breaking recidivism through second chance employment

Workshop encourages businesses not to reject job applicants because of criminal history.

Protesters form a circle before marching toward the San Juan Road overpass at a July 19 demonstration over proposed development along Highway 101. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Local Politics

Protesters rally against Hwy. 101 commercial node development

Group aims to preserve ag lands and natural beauty.

Photo of Red Cross volunteer walking through the flooded areas of Hollister during the Winter 2017 floods. Provided by Red Cross.


American Red Cross elects new officer, welcomes new board members

The Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of the Central Coast has approved a new officer for the 2019-20 year. The board also begins the new fiscal year, which began July 1, with four new members who were voted on in recent months.

Mason Churchill, a 17-year-old with fragile x syndrome, has blossomed since starting work with Growing Hearts Garden Center. Photo provided by Chris Evans.


Growing Hearts one at a time

Hollister nonprofit is helping Mason Churchill, a 17-year-old resident with fragile X syndrome, develop both personally and professionally.

The 2019 LEAD Cohort. Pictured from left to right front to back: Laura Romero, Kaki Rusmore, Ceci Romero, Lenina Sanchez, Alexandria Dami, Ivan Meza, Jennifer Ramirez, Maribel Alvarez, Brandi Lamb, Clare Margason, Darren Gertler, Richard Cheatham, Mindy Sotelo, Salina Chacon, Jody Rogers and May Nguyen. Photo Provided by LEAD.


LEAD offers lessons for tri-county area nonprofits

Professional development institute hosts information session Aug. 6.