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In 2016, voters approved a $60 million bond for the San Benito High School. Now trustees want another $30 million. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

Housing / Land Use

Sticker Shock: One school bond too far?

San Benito County homeowners continue to see their taxes rise because of local school bonds and fees. Some longtime residents are considering moving to other states.

The San Benito County Board of Supervisors at a Jan. 14 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

County stalls partnership with sports complex designer over nondisclosure pact

Supervisor Botelho and members of the public concerned about transparency.

Aromas Community Grange. File photo.

Government / Politics

League of Women Voters to host Jan. 19 election forum

District 2 Supervisor candidates to present platforms at Aromas Grange.


Congressman Jimmy Panetta touring a strawberry farm in his district. Photos provided by the Office of Jimmy Panetta.

Agriculture

Q & A: Jimmy Panetta and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Congressman speaks on bipartisan bill that will ‘provide a clear path to legal status for our domestic farm laborers, and ensure a stable workforce for the future of agriculture.’

County Express bus at a Fixed Route stop. Photo provided by COG.

Transportation

County Express offers free rides for first week of February

Additional Intercounty Gavilan, Caltrain and Greyhound services free for month of January.

Paul Rovella and Julie Baker answer questions after presentations at a Jan. 8 AB 5 workshop put on by the San Benito County Arts Council and Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Workshop briefs community on new employee classification law

Presentation gives background on AB 5, with tests to help determine if a worker should be an independent contractor or employee.

Participants in the 2019 Startup Weekend Monterey Bay. Photo provided by Mary Jo Zenk.

Business / Economy

Startup Weekend calls for local entrepreneurs

Three-day contest will have business coaches, 3D printers and networking opportunities for contestants from around the Central Coast.

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Government / Politics

Hollister upgrades citywide phone system

Work expected to be completed by Jan. 31.

The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Benito County faces lawsuits on hwy nodes, retiree health plans

SBC and Hollister are also in litigation with developers over annexation fees.

County Office Building on Fifth Street in Hollister, which houses the San Benito County Registrar of Voters. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

Notice of Official Election Mailing to all Active Registered Voters

Elections office informs voters of pre-election mailings and reminders about how to prepare for the primary election on March 3.

Christy Schroeder with Anderson Homes gives a check to Gary Byrne (left) and Tracy Taggart (right), both with the Community Foundation for San Benito County. Photo by Sharlene Van Rooy.

Nonprofits

Anderson Homes gives back

Several nonprofits benefit from campaign which introduces new homebuyers to local programs and projects.

Sheriff Darren Thompson and deputies take a selfie with retiring Hollister Police Chief David Westrick. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Leaders say farewell to Hollister’s top cop

City and county officials roast retiring police chief David Westrick over coffee.

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Health

Flu spreads in California

As of Sept. 29, 39 people have died from the flu in California, including four children.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista implements 2019 Building Code

Every three years, California adopts new building codes to establish uniform standards for the construction and maintenance of buildings, electrical systems, plumbing systems, mechanical systems, and fire and life safety systems.

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Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Farmworker housing bill not enticing local growers

With concerns over liability and deed restriction, farmers appear unlikely to use new law AB 1783 intended to stimulate construction of farmworker housing.

Photo provided by SBHS.

Education / Schools

HPD donates surplus vehicles to SBHS auto program

The addition of two 2009 Ford Crown Victoria police cars offer more opportunities for students to learn and improve their automobile diagnosis and repair skills.

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Artist rendering of proposed assisted living facility. Photo from SBC Planning Commission Dec. 18 meeting agenda packet.

Housing / Land Use

Senior assisted living center moves closer to development

Facility on seven-acre site can house 195 residents.

Restoration work continues at the Mabie Northside Skilled Nursing Facility in Hollister after December rain flooded the building and displaced 46 residents. Photo by John Chadwell.

Health

Flooded nursing facility to reopen in February

Restoration includes flooring, repairing drywall and removing asbestos.

Intersection of Highway 156 at Highway 25. Photo by Leslie David

News

Safe roads mean happy holidays

Make sure you get everyone home safe. If you go out to celebrate the New Year, start it off right by designating a driver.


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Highway 156. Photo by John Chadwell.

Transportation

Hwy 156 expansion delayed until November

Caltrans attributes holdup to right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation agreements.

Residents who attended the Dec. 11 meeting exchanged ideas about the three alternatives for the Highway 25 transit corridor between Hollister and Gilroy. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Transportation

COG looking at Hollister-Gilroy public transit service

Three options part of a Caltrans grant-funded study on Highway 25.

Alternative two for the Highway 25 widening project. Graphic provided by COG.

Transportation

COG directors discuss options for Highway 25 expansion

Value analysis will be conducted in early 2020.

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