Government / Politics

Public Input Sought on Hospital Director District Map Options

Public Meetings to be held Thursday, February 19 in San Juan Bautista and Hollister to review three draft plans for the establishment of five single-member director districts

On Feb. 26, the directors of the San Benito Health Care District will consider three draft plans for the establishment of five single-member director districts. Currently, directors are elected on an at-large basis.

The district has hired a demographer to prepare three draft plan maps showing five districts consistent with state and federal law, population equality, the Federal Voting Rights Act and communities of interest. The proposed district maps will be presented, available for review and comment at two public to be held Thursday, Feb. 19 from 2-4 p.m. in the San Juan Bautista City Council Chambers at City Hall, 311 Second St., San Juan Bautista and from 6-8 p.m. at the Oasis Chapel adjacent to the Hazel Hawkins Mabie Health Care Center at 991 San Juan Road in Hollister.

The demographer, Jeanne Gobalet, Ph.D., will consider all oral and written comments when finalizing the proposed districts that will be presented to the Directors at their regular meeting at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26 in the Hazel Hawkins Hospital board room located in the main hospital building at 911 Sunset Dr. Spanish tranlsation services will be available.
The three draft plans may be downloaded here and will also be available for review from Friday, Feb. 13 to Thursday, Feb. 19 on the Hazel Hawkins Hospital website at and at the Hazel Hawkins Mabie Health Care Center, which is open six days a week Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  and Saturdays from 8-11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Hazel Hawkins Hospital at (831) 637-5711.



Kristina Chavez Wyatt

With more than a decade of community engagement, business advocacy, public relations and government affairs experience, Kristina Chavez Wyatt specializes in building and favorably positioning projects, programs, products and organizations via building coalitions of support through grassroots community engagement. She currently focuses on developing and executing strategic communications programs, building relationships, economic development strategy, business advocacy and navigating processes of government. Kristina formed Farmhouse Communications in 2011 following serving as a senior account executive for prominent national public affairs firm Meridian Pacific, Inc. and a central coast public relations firm Armanasco Public Relations, Inc. where she specialized in community relations, government affairs and media relations with a primary focus on PR, public affairs, land use and environmental policy, hospitality & tourism development, business advocacy, agriculture and grassroots community engagement. Kristina serves as Executive Director of the San Benito County Business Council, as a community engagement consultant in business development, energy, land use, agriculture and public policy sectors. She also serves as a Client Advisor for California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC). She is active throughout the Central Coast region in Farm Day agricultural education programs, area Chambers of Commerce, Farm Bureaus of San Benito, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties, Rotary Club of Hollister and California Women for Agriculture. She was appointed by Governor Brown in July 2014 to serve as a Trustee of the 33rd Agricultural District/San Benito County Fair. Kristina has been recognized as the 2009 Salinas Jaycees Outstanding Young Citizen, the 2010 Central Coast Young Farmers and Ranchers Member of the Year and 2010 Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year. Under her leadership, Farmhouse Communications was honored by the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau as 2015 Service Business of the Year. Kristina’s work in community engagement as a member of the project team on the City of Salinas Economic Development Element was lauded in May and July 2015 by the American Planning Association Northern California and California State Chapters with awards of excellence for economic development planning and in April 2016 with an Outstanding Award in planning by the Association of Environmental Professionals. Kristina is a 5th generation Californian, raised in Gilroy. She is a graduate of Gavilan College and the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Agriculture and lives in Hollister with her husband Craig Wyatt who works as an agricultural crop production supervisor, their twin daughters Hailey and Molly and dog Rabbit.