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Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Oct. 29 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

1,449 people have tested positive since February, 17 are active patients, 1,417 have recovered and 15 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 1.9%.

NOAA winter forecast, courtesy of Shawn Novack.

Environment / Nature

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases winter forecast

Water Resources Association Conservation Program Manager Shawn Novack writes that the forecast favors warmer, drier conditions across the southern tier of the U.S., and cooler, wetter conditions in the north thanks in part to an ongoing La Niña.


Herman Garcia pulling illegal traps out of the Pajaro River. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

Herman Garcia pushes for watershed restoration through two controversial projects

CHEER's efforts have cleared out tons of trash and enabled steelhead trout to return to the San Benito River after 75 years.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Government / Politics

Election 2020: Campaign finance contributions for SBC Supervisor Districts 2 and 4

Wayne Norton in District 2 race nears $73K with larger donations from unions; Dan Valcazar raises most money in District 4 with over $32K.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Oct. 28 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

1,444 people have tested positive since February, 24 are active patients, 1,405 have recovered and 15 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 1.9%.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito County offers COVID-19 related rental assistance

Deadline to apply is Nov. 6.

Dane Sanchez collects ballots from the Fire Station #2 ballot drop box. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Aromas resident claims mail-in ballot was tampered with

Lori Bennett notified when SBC Elections Office asked to verify her signature.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Oct. 27 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

1,442 people have tested positive since February, 22 are active patients, 1,405 have recovered and 15 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 1.9%.

The proposed Betabel commercial node location off Highway 101. File photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Betabel project keeps commercial designation following lawsuit

Judge says the ordinances that rezoned the property were not included in Measure K.

The road leading to the San Justo Reservoir is closed to public access. File photo by Noe Magaña.

Environment / Nature

Congressman Panetta urges prioritization of San Justo Reservoir zebra mussel eradication in final FY2021 spending package

Local reservoir has been closed since 2008.

Sunnyslope County Water District candidates Jim Parker, Jerry Buzzetta and Andres Builes.

Government / Politics

Election 2020: Sunnyslope County Water District

Three candidates compete for two seats on Nov. 3.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Oct. 26 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

1,442 people have tested positive since February, 23 are active patients, 1,404 have recovered and 15 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 1.9%; county offers rental assistance program with Nov. 6 deadline.

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Transportation

Work on San Benito Street begins Oct. 26

All outdoor dining furniture must be removed from San Benito Street prior to Oct. 26 at 5 a.m.

COVID-19 testing site set up inside the Veterans Memorial Building in Hollister. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Health

Fewer seeking COVID-19 tests in San Benito County

A drop in the positivity rate brings progress on the state’s ‘blueprint’ ranking.

San Benito County Official Seal courtesy of San Benito County

Government / Politics

County receives complaints about public employee political activity

SBC said no evidence has been found that county employees, who are prohibited from such activities in their official capacity, have been involved in recent calls.

Photo courtesy of Community FoodBank.

Nonprofits

Community FoodBank to receive 73,000 pounds of food

Largest donation in the organization's history.

San Benito County RMA Director Benny Young. Photo courtesy of the County of San Benito.

Government / Politics

San Benito County hires new RMA director

Benny Young comes from Monterey County with over 45 years of experience.

Businesses on San Benito Street will be refunded up to $15,000 for constructing parklets. Photo courtesy of city of Hollister.

Business / Economy

Hollister approves downtown parklet program

Portion of San Benito Street to be transformed into one-way thoroughfare.


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Hollister City Manager Brett Miller, COG Executive Director Mary Gilbert, Supervisor Peter Hernandez, Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz, Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, County Administrative Officer Ray Espinosa and Capt. Chris Armstrong at an Oct. 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Highway 25 expansion project. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Transportation

COG holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hwy 25 widening project

$241 million project will occur in phases, with construction not expected to begin for several years.

Highway 156. File photo.

Transportation

Property acquisition and utilities continue to delay Highway 156 expansion

If Caltrans can’t reach agreements with landowners, they’ll be settled in court.

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