Evacuees checking in at Veterans building. Photo by John Chadwell


Veterans and community step up to help Hollister evacuees

Communications problems between county government and community were offset by generosity and volunteerism of businesses, community members, and veterans.

County Administration Building. Photo Carmel de Bertaut.

Government / Politics

Civil Grand Jury report sees favoritism among county departments

Findings highlight concern over position vacancy and employee retention rates.

2021-22 Foreman Roxy Montana held a public meeting for the civil grand jury on Feb. 12, 2022. Photo by Katie Moorer.


San Benito County Civil Grand Jury releases the 2021-2022 report

An extreme need for increased staffing and services is seen in most areas of the report.

News Release

County to offer free household hazardous waste recycling event

Residents will be able to recycle their electronic waste, non-rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and shred paper on-site.

Community members are invited to share their opinions on BenitoLink. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Public Letter

PUBLIC LETTER: Supervisors oppose redistricting of county with Santa Clara County

The county writes that it has had a long history of collaboration with its coastal partners.

Photos from last winter's flooding. The county wants landowners to pay to repair and maintain levee system. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Landowners reject agreement on levee repairs, Rivas blames county for not being prepared for rains

Updated Article-After Lovers Lane landowners rejected the county's indemnification agreement no action will be taken to repair levees until after supervisors hold town meeting Oct. 5 to discuss options.


Government / Politics

County employees ask supes to negotiate increase in wages and benefits

After a number of years without raises, county employees come to the Board of Supervisors to ask them to sit down and negotiate


Government / Politics

County proceeds with $25 million jail expansion, state to pay $20 million

After discussing four options, the Board of Supervisors decides to move forward with a project that could begin in late August


Government / Politics

County holds mock budget review prior to June 26 meeting

Proposed $219 million budget discussed a few weeks ahead of fiscal year-end budget hearings


Government / Politics

Supervisors ratify emergency service proclamation, prepare for next storm

County officials ratify emergency proclamation as emergency services prepares for next storm

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Levee breach threatens more flooding near Lovers Lane

100-by-50-foot levee breach could lead to more flooding, officials say

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Government / Politics

De La Cruz delivers state of the county speech

New Board of Supervisors chairman lays out his vision for the county

Business / Economy

Supervisors consider ordinance putting moratorium on marijuana grows

A frustrated Supervisor De La Cruz suggests moratorium, bringing back potential pot ordinance for further study


Business / Economy

Supervisors lament chances of tax measure passage, decide against it

The board said the public seems in no mood to support any new taxes for at least two more years

Brent Barnes, director of the Resource Management Agency, said he was just the messenger.

Government / Politics

Liability questions raised about county elevator

Supervisors vote to sign contract with elevator company despite remaining questions over possible liability related to sheriff's building elevator