Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Congressman Panetta’s staff to hold March mobile office hours

Mobile office hours are an opportunity for members of the community to meet with congressional staff and are offered in addition to meetings in the Salinas and Santa Cruz congressional offices.

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Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey receives $150,000 from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Funds to support legal immigration services in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties.

The Suncoast Organic Farm entrance. Planned expansion includes a beer garden, special events and a tasting room. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

County Planning Commission approves Suncoast Organic Farm expansion

New operations to include beer and wine tasting, beer garden and special events.

The Lazy Bumb Hare Scramble in 2019. Photo provided by Brian Garrahan.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito County Planning Commission approves off-road race

The Lazy Bumb Hare Scramble takes place near Panoche on March 7 and 8.

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Police / Fire

Prescribed burn in San Vicente Redwoods

Though the 22-acre burn is in Santa Cruz County, smoke may be visible in San Benito County.

Christopher Larios, 34, will continue to be held without bail in connection with the alleged murder of Raul De La Rosa on Dec. 23, 2014. Photos by John Chadwell.


No bail for Christopher Larios in 2014 homicide

Arraignment hearing set for March 12.

Photo courtesy of Census Bureau website.

Government / Politics

Census 2020 approaches

The 2020 Census strives to count every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The count is required by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.

More than just classrooms, SBHS special education facilities include a sensory room, speech and language center, modified P.E. classroom, an educationally related counseling space, and transition classroom for adult students who spend much of their day in the community. Photo provided by SBHS.

Education / Schools

SBHS Life Skills facilities get upgrade

Architects worked with San Benito High School's special education staff to plan amenities for learning spaces in the centralized facility.

Marcus Edwards, general manager of Jardines, said changing to paper straws was a no brainer. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Environment / Nature

San Juan Bautista moves to ban single-use plastics

Businesses have until May 15 to comply.

Official Ballot Drop Box. File photo.

Government / Politics

Info on March 3 primary election polling stations

Official ballot drop box located in alley between Elections Office and San Benito County Free Library.

Institute for Innovation and Economic Development Executive Director Brad Barbeau, Michelle Doty and Denise Mellor of That Garlic Stuff (2018 winners of Main Street division), and judge Doug Yount at the 2018 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. File photo.

Business / Economy

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay application deadline draws near

Participants have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of business experts to get valuable feedback, and compete for prizes and exposure to the local community for business development and funding.

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San Benito High School main administration building. File photo.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2020: School Bond Measures L, M and R

SBHS, Aromas-San Juan Unified and Cabrillo seek millions in funding.

Retired San Benito County employees at the Feb. 18 Board of Supervisors meeting stand to show support for a petition requesting full health benefits and reimbursement. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Retired employees submit petition to supervisors demanding full health coverage

Seventy-two former county workers claim it was promised to them.

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

Government / Politics

Elections Office provides info on political signs

The placement of political signs is regulated by state law and city ordinance.

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Community Foundation plans financial well-being workshop for women

Topics will include budgeting, debt management, investments, retirement accounts, life insurance basics, estate planning, asset protection, and more.

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California Congressional District 20 encompasses all of San Benito and Monterey counties, and portions of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Map courtesy of public domain.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2020: California 20th Congressional District

Two challenge incumbent Jimmy Panetta for a seat in the House of Representatives.

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Government / Politics

Community Action Board solicits proposals for strategic plan development

Proposals are due March 9 by 3 p.m.

Rocks Ranch. Photos by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

Wildlife corridor under Highway 101 enters planning stage

Crossing at Rocks Ranch would connect the Santa Cruz and Gabilan mountains.

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Education / Schools

Textbooks for Hollister Gavilan courses available at San Benito County Free Library

Available as part of a course reserves pilot project from the library aimed at eliminating barriers to equal access to information, pursuing higher education, and achieving academic success.

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Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.


San Juan Bautista considers downtown parking system

While the city expects pushback, it aims to create partnerships benefitting all stakeholders.

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