Open Studios artist Michaela Graves, Hollister home studio. Photo provided by SBC Arts Council.

Art & Culture

Arts Council takes annual Open Studios Tour online

Community invited to explore the 2020 Virtual Open Studios Tour and Arts Marketplace from Sept. 12-26.

San Benito County Official Seal. Courtesy of San Benito County

Health

New extended and more restrictive shelter in place order issued

There has been a significant increase in the number of positive cases from COVID-19, which is beginning to strain healthcare resources.

Government / Politics

Joint government meeting reveals shortcomings, plans for dealing with pandemic

Representatives from San Benito County address how prepared agencies and the hospital are for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Elected officials ask for an organized and united communication plan.

Kollin Kosmicki in San Juan Bautista. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Housing plan would slow growth, require affordable units

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki says his plan would not only limit new single-family housing while the county upgrades its road infrastructure, but it would also eliminate developers' option to buy their way out of building affordable units.

San Juan Bautista neighborhood with ranch land in the distance. Photo provided by Valerie Egland.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: What’s the county’s strategic plan?

"The value of a Strategic Plan is in creating a framework to guide San Benito County," writes District 2 Supervisor candidate Valerie Egland.

District 2 Supervisor candidate, Kollin Kosmicki. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Vote on substance, not name recognition

District 2 Supervisor Candidate Kollin Kosmicki urges voters to look beyond name recognition and political signs to choose the best leader based on substance.

Art & Culture

Local Artists are Encouraged to Apply for the Open Studios Art Tour 2020

Applications are now open for the Arts Council's Open Studios Art Tour that will take place this coming April.

BL Special Report

BL SPECIAL REPORT: CSAs win war of words as county capitulates and repairs roads

With over $600,000 in selective reserve accounts and after years of heated debate, county service areas get long-awaited maintenance work.

Grantee Vicki Rashkin used Arts Express! funding to purchase xylophones for a music program at Ladd Lane Elementary School. Photos provided by San Benito County Arts Council.

Events

San Benito County Arts Council relaunches the Art of Giving for #GivingTuesday

The Arts Council is raising funds to increase arts engagement and accessibility in San Benito County.

Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Five solutions for alarming congestion on rural backroads

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki contends the county must address rapidly increasing use of rural backroads and offers ideas to help alleviate the problem.

Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Slow growth, road repairs and job creation are interrelated priorities

District 2 supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki makes the case that good employers are looking for desirable communities where leaders see beyond the short term.

Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Roads are chaotic mess due to rapid housing growth

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes that less building is the only way to prevent further misery, tragedy on local highways.

Kollin Kosmicki for District 2 Supervisor. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Slow Growth While Roads Are Upgraded

Kollin Kosmicki, candidate for District 2 supervisor in San Benito County, shares his plan to slow housing growth and prevent further congestion on the roads.

Scott Fuller, developer and member of the San Benito County Business Council, reads a letter of support for the Highway 101 commercial nodes at the Sept. 24 Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Supervisors approve rezoning of Highway 101 nodes

Board commits to reviewing commercial development at Betabel, SR129/Searle Road, Rocks Ranch and Livestock 101.

Gary Byrne and Sharlene Van Rooy with the Community Foundation for San Benito County organize nonprofit leaders for a group photo. Photo by Leslie David.

Nonprofits

The community event called San Benito GIVES

Articles about the achievements of local nonprofits fill the BenitoLink home page as the event comes to a close at midnight on Tuesday, September 10.