Old warehouse that is proposed to be demolished to make room for a two-story commercial/residential building. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

SJB to consider new restaurant project

Applicants also propose three residential units on the building's second floor.

Residents, including District 2 San Benito County Board of Supervisors Kollin Kosmicki, at the in-person town hall meeting on Nov. 30, 2021. Photo by Katie Moorer.

Government / Politics

Water and sewage rates in San Juan Bautista may rise more than predicted

Study cites COVID-driven labor shortages and increased costs of materials.


News Release

San Benito County agencies offer safe disposal of sharps and medications

It is estimated that 1 million Californians inject medications, using around 936 million sharps at home every year.

Veolia Project Manager Fermin Garcia. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Hollister Wastewater Treatment Plant to the rescue

The city’s modern, efficient operation will be replacing San Juan Bautista’s antiquated facility.

Photo courtesy of Amalia Ellis.


Mission 10 race returns Jan. 29

Registration available online now for 38th annual race sponsored by Hollister Rotary Club. All proceeds benefit local scholarships and charities.

Neal and Suzy Velez. Photo by Robert Eliason.


In a San Juan Bautista shopping arcade, not so far, far away

Trouble Maker Toys and Comics opens in Tuccoletta Hall’s Plaza Market.

Current restrooms at Verutti Park in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Verutti Park and Franklin Circle projects move forward

San Juan Bautista budgets $476,000 total; construction is expected to begin in December.

The Great San Juan Bautista Rib Cook-Off

Date/Time April 29, 2022 to May 01, 2022 11:00 AM until 05:00 PM Description Date: April 29-May 30 2022 Time: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Times vary per day. Location: 3rd Street, San Juan Bautista Welcome to The Great San Juan Bautista Rib Cook Off! If you're looking for the most fun you can possibly

Park interpreter Marcos Vizcaino with Valley Christian Elementary School students. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Schools & Education

Fourth-grade students on field trips return to San Juan Bautista

They bring a sign of normalcy and hope for the small tourist town.

SJB’s Holiday of Lights Parade 2021

Date/Time December 04, 2021 to December 04, 2021 06:00 PM until 08:30 PM Description The Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista is excited to bring back the Holiday of Lights Parade to San Juan Bautista. This event is the first live celebratory event since 2019. Date: December 4 Paraded Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Parade

San Juan Bautista Historic Downtown Merchant Holiday Open House

Date/Time November 20, 2021 to November 20, 2021 11:00 AM until 07:00 PM Description Date: November 20 Time: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Location: 3rd Street, San Juan Bautista San Juan Bautista Historic Downtown Merchant Holiday Open House with extended shopping hours and specials and is also the SJB 3rd on 3rd monthly event If

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

Government / Politics

SJB Planning Commission adopts guidelines for parklet construction

Recommendations include design emphasis on safety and compliance with disability laws.

Kristina Hastings at Bliss Blendz. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Bliss Blendz is a flavorful addition to downtown San Juan Bautista

Fresh ingredients feature in the menu of smoothies, coffees and salads.

Dia de los Riddles. Photo courtesy of El Teatro Campesino.

Art & Culture

Day of the Dead re-envisioned for the COVID era as an online event

El Teatro Campesino continues exploring the possibilities of virtual theater.

HOME Resource Center in Hollister. File photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista OKs using federal funds to rehab county homeless shelter

$231K had been designated for homeless services.