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SBC issues fire watch advisory

Advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday evening through 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Robert Eliason, out in the fresh air again after surgery. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Health

BL Longform: Fighting cancer, with the scars to prove it

Reporter Robert Eliason writes on his recovery from prostate surgery.

News

Wind advisory for Jan. 17-19

Offshore winds expected up to 15-30 mph with gusts of 35-50 mph.


San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

SBC Supervisors approve COVID-19 penalty ordinance

Penalties for violations of state and county guidelines range from $100 to $500 for civil cases and from $1,000 to $10,000 for commercial.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Jan. 15 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

One death and 80 new cases reported, 4,778 people have tested positive, 720 are active patients, 4,016 have recovered and 42 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 16.3%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.

San Benito High School. Photo courtesy of SBHS.

Education / Schools

Sports set to return to San Benito High School

Fall season could start as soon as Jan. 16.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. Photo provided by the office of Robert Rivas.

Agriculture

Assemblymembers Robert Rivas and Rudy Salas introduce legislation to maximize benefits of Sustainable Groundwater Management requirements

If approved, AB 252 would create a pilot program to support repurposing formerly irrigated agricultural land for less water-intensive uses.

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Business / Economy

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership offering small business relief webinar

Jan. 21 event to cover grant programs available through federal and state relief packages to help business owners get back on track through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital has tents set up outside to service a higher amount of patients. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Health

General public unlikely to receive COVID-19 vaccinations before spring

Though San Benito County is preparing to move to the next vaccination phase, limited supply could make mass inoculation difficult to accomplish.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Jan. 14 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

One hundred two new cases reported, 4,698 people have tested positive, 737 are active patients, 3,920 have recovered and 41 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 16.3%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.

News Release

San Benito County COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Portal is live

Platform is only for those individuals identified in Phase 1B. It is not a vaccination appointment system.

Site plan for Strada Verde Innovation Park. Image courtesy of Newport Pacific Land Company.

Housing / Land Use

Strada Verde project in limbo; developers weigh options

Despite rejection of Measure N in November, plans could still be approved through a normal permitting process.

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Police / Fire

Cal Fire suspends burn permits in San Benito, Monterey counties  

Suspension takes effect Jan. 14 at 8 a.m. and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris.

Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

Health

San Benito County prepares to enter Phase 1B for COVID-19 vaccinations

Move to next phase contingent on the receipt of vaccine from the state.

Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

News Release

Seniors 65+ eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine

New state tool to notify people of vaccine eligibility expected to launch next week.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Jan. 13 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Two deaths and 88 new cases reported, 4,596 people have tested positive, 701 are active patients, 3,854 have recovered and 41 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 16.3%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta touring a strawberry farm in his district. File photo.

News Release

Congressman Panetta votes to impeach President Trump

'Through this vote, we are not only holding the President accountable, we are abiding by our constitutional responsibility to secure and strengthen our democracy for our posterity,' Panetta said.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Benito County drafting new ordinance to address noncompliance with COVID-19 regulations

Supervisors will consider legislation at a special Jan. 15 meeting.

San Benito County Official Seal. Courtesy of San Benito County

News Release

Great Plates Delivered meal program returning to SBC

Delivery to qualifying participants is set to begin on Monday, Jan. 18.


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The Halayay family runs Cozy Cup Cafe in Hollister. Frank is on the right. Photo courtesy of Wendy Halayay.

Business / Economy

Local restaurant owner dies from COVID-19 complications

Frank Halayay of Cozy Cup Cafe in Hollister leaves behind his family and a community of regulars.

Health

State issues limited stay at home order for purple tier counties

All gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside the home with members of other households required to cease between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., except for those activities associated with critical infrastructure or required by law.