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San Benito County Administration Building in Hollister. File photo.

News

San Benito County amends Civil Grand Jury compensation

Jurors will be paid state minimum for up to eight meetings per month, including committee work.

File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police & Fire

Police and Fire revive man after suspected overdose

Police say officers administered Narcan, a medication used in cases of opioid overdoses.

The San Juan Bautista Council at its July 16 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Local Politics

San Juan Council OKs 3-year contract with Level 1 Private Security

City also approves letter to county opposing Hwy. 101 node development and allows cannabis facilities in industrial areas.


SBHS Assistant Principals Deborah Armstrong and Laurie Chavez. Photo provided.

Education

SBHS welcomes new assistant principals

Deborah Armstrong to handle the multi-tiered support system, Laurie Chavez to take on safety and discipline.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Events

San Juan Bautista Chicken Festival returns in September

Free event to feature chicken cook-off, music, dancing and live displays.


Neil Kitchens and Robert Rivas at the Oct. 18, 2018 election forum hosted by BenitoLink, San Benito County Farm Bureau and Youth Alliance. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Local Politics

Former Assembly candidate faces election fraud charges

Neil Kitchens denied using an address outside of the district during his campaign.

Hollister Councilwoman Honor Spencer announced her intent to run for mayor in 2020 at an Aug. 5 council meeting. Photo by John Chadwell.

Local Politics

Hollister Councilwoman Honor Spencer plans mayoral run

Marty Richman will not seek a second term.

New Resource Management Agency Director Harry Mavrogenes. Photo provided by San Benito County.

News

New RMA director aims to revitalize San Benito County

Building infrastructure, fixing transportation and attracting employers are on his to-do list.

State Senator Anna Caballero. Photo provided by the Office of Anna Caballero.

News

State Senator Anna Caballero issues statement on Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting

"We must get serious about addressing gun violence in this country, if we want to avoid another tragedy like this," Caballero said.

The 400 block of San Benito Street. Photos by John Chadwell.

Land Use

Deadline passes for mayor to sue over 400 block development

No sign that Velazquez has filed in San Benito County or elsewhere.


Buddy, a three-month old puppy, is now recovering after a night with the vet and is now with Animal Care Services. Photo provided by Hollister Police Department.

Police & Fire

Hollister Police arrest man on animal cruelty charge

Police say three-month old dog picked up and thrown to the ground during argument.

File Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police & Fire

County probation office put on lockdown

Social media posts said an individual “threatened to shoot everyone in here.”

SBC Sheriff deputy Luis Espejo works security at the main entrance to Christmas Hill Park following the Garlic Festival shooting on July 28. Photo courtesy of SBC Sheriff's Office.

Police & Fire

SBC Sheriff deputies respond to Garlic Festival shooting

Officers assisted with security and searching perimeter of the festival.

Sang Ji walks into the courtroom at the July 31 hearing. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police & Fire

Defense strategies block hearings again in Yoon Ji murder case

Sang Ji’s new attorney aims to challenge a search warrant; Jung Choi’s attorney wants defendants tried separately.

Hollister Police Chief David Westrick, along with principals (left to right) Diana Herbst, Scott Wilbur and Ken Woods, told Hollister School District trustees that school resource officers are part of a team that builds relationships. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education

Principals give high grades to school resource officers

Specially trained Hollister police serve as educators, counselors and mentors to students at several schools.

Kathy Schipper (center), Heidi Connor, and Zack Shubkagel (to her right) with Schipper Design talk about Creatives for Community with BenitoLink board members (clockwise) Deane Judd (foreground right), Lois Locci, Karminder Brown, Robert Marden, and Rohit Sharma. Not shown: BenitoLink board member Raul Céja. Photo by Jessica Willis.

Nonprofits

Local marketing and design agency helps nonprofits

BenitoLink receives Schipper Design Creatives for Community grant and will share its new look in coming weeks.

The management company of the Fairfield Inn at 390 Gateway Drive in Hollister is looking to build a second hotel across the street. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Our Economy

Holiday Inn Express may come to Hollister

New hotel would be across from Fairfield Inn and managed by the same company.

Tina Ribero, Jeana Arnold, Beth Welch, Brenda Weatherly, Jill Pagaran, and Kathy Schipper sign a contract to develop a five-year marketing plan to increase tourism in San Benito County. Photo provided by Jill Pagaran.

Our Economy

San Benito County Tourism begins drafting five-year marketing plan

Leaders in the Hollister Downtown Association, San Juan Bautista Committee and Community Foundation see potential for increased tourist spending in San Benito County.

Most Read

Parents and educators held signs in silence at the SBHS board meeting on Aug. 14 as speakers spoke of their concerns about alleged incidents in a special ed classroom. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education

SBHS parents and educators speak out on allegations of inappropriate behavior

Special education leader vows to advocate for students who cannot speak for themselves.

Superintendent Diego Ochoa said as a Spanish speaker he could be a familiar voice to convince people to take part in the 2020 Census. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education

HSD Superintendent Ochoa gets pushback on working with 2020 Census

Two trustees object to his wish to volunteer for a city and county effort to maximize turnout.

Martin Carver speaks during the housing element workshop at the community center. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Land Use

SJB housing element workshop narrows down potential sites for rezoning

Attendees favor vacant lot behind Valero gas station.

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