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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: San Benito County facing emergencies

Supervisor Mark Medina writes about the county facing COVID-19 and the budget.

Bill Mifsud Jr. stands where the original Bill's Bullpen Baseball Cards and Comics stood in 1989. The Loma Prieta earthquake caused damage to the shop that forced the business to relocate. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

History & Profiles

Hollister merchants recall 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake

The Calaveras fault run through town.

The view from the podium at the 2019 San Benito High School graduation. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Children and Youth

Staying safe on graduation weekend

First responders discuss dangers, offer tips to students and parents.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas (right) at a Jan. 2019 art exhibit in Gilroy. Photo by Leslie David.

Children and Youth

Assemblyman Rivas authors bill to promote safe teen driving

"Two counties within our district rank in the top ten in state for the most distracted driving deaths among teenagers – San Benito County ranks third and Monterey County ranks tenth," Rivas said.

A cyclist rides past La Casa Rosa in San Juan Bautista, where the sidewalk is blocked under the building's balcony. The city closed off the sidewalk in front of 107 Third Street in September 2018 after receiving a safety complaint. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Juan Historic Resources Board says remove La Casa Rosa balcony to make building safe

Sidewalk under balcony closed since September 2018 due to safety complaint.

The Hollister Water Reclamation Facility was recognized with the Safety Plant of the Year Award by the Monterey Bay section of the California Water Environment Association for its commitment to ensuring the plant is operated safely for both employees and the community. (L to R, front): Adan Cervantes – Veolia, Adam Dominy - County of San Benito, Jeri Cramer – Veolia, Luis Vasquez, - Veolia, Brian DeMartini – Veolia; (back) Wilhelmina Coye - County of San Benito, Jose Rodriguez – Veolia. Photo provided.

Business / Economy

Hollister Wastewater Plant recognized for safety

The award is part of an annual effort to recognize public water and wastewater facilities for outstanding performance.

The crowd at the Veterans Memorial Building on March 2 during a self-awareness, safety and anti-bullying event organized by SBHS student Samantha Slykas. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Children and Youth

SBHS student brings safety and anti-bullying message to Hollister

Ninth-grader Samantha Slykas and community members encourage tolerance.

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Art & Culture

City of Hollister awarded transportation planning grant to develop Complete Streets Plan

City gets $259,768 grant to develop study for Buena Vista Road, Santa Ana Road, Meridian Street and Memorial Drive.

The Hollister City Council at the Jan. 30 town hall meeting. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

At Hollister town hall, residents voice concerns about growth

While some see the current development projects as catching up post-recession, others fear traffic will get worse as a result.

File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

HPD to monitor roadways during holiday season

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" runs through Jan. 1.

Intersection of Fallon Road and Fairview Road. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito County seeks to make intersection safer

After being denied grants, county is counting on Measure G for funding.

The City of Hollister implemented reverse-angle parking in front of San Benito High School on Monterey Street, with plans to re-stripe the east side of the street near homes and apartments for parallel parking between Nash and B streets. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

High school and Hollister partner on safety measures around campus

The city's installation of reverse-angle parking and a school-sponsored traffic study at West and B streets are two of the latest multi-agency efforts to promote pedestrian and vehicular safety near San Benito High School.

A Red Cross worker installs a smoke alarm. Photo provided.


Red Cross to install free smoke alarms in San Juan Bautista homes on October 27

American Red Cross of the Central Coast to provide in-home fire preparedness education and earthquake preparedness education.

Photo provided by San Benito County Public Health Services.

Children and Youth

Walk To School Day Promotes Pedestrian Safety

Parents, teachers, law nforcement and Safe Kids Coalition members join local students to promote safe walking on International Walk to School Day.

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Police / Fire

Fourth of July Safety Tips

The Hollister Police Department offers a few tips to celebrate responsibly and avoid an expensive citation. HPD will have a team of officers joined by Hollister Code Enforcement patrolling the city for illegal fireworks.