San Benito County Administration Building. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: San Benito County must plan proactively for pandemic’s economic impacts

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes that the county should start planning now for the pandemic's economic impacts and offers ideas moving forward.

Supplies loaded in the San Juan Bautista Fire Station before the distribution. Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Community steps up in historic time of need

SBC Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes about good deeds from local residents and organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nate Hensley of Hollister nonprofit The Manger is working with Martha's Kitchen to provide a free food drive-thru service on Mondays and Fridays. Photos provided.


The Manger starting food drive-thru service

Hollister nonprofit expands from feeding homeless to feeding all in need during pandemic.

Students participate in a writing workshop at the San Benito County Jail. Photo provided by Julie Morris. (Faces have been blurred to protect privacy.)


A view from the inside: What does it feel like to be in jail during a pandemic?

Inmates at the San Benito County Jail take classes to continue their education. During the COVID-19 pandemic, jail staff and Gavilan College have improvised to maintain students' education.

Tenting outside Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital on March 18. Photos by John Chadwell.


Hazel Hawkins Hospital has limited ability to test for COVID-19

Specimens can’t be tested in-house and are sent to Monterey County Public Health for evaluation.