The pellet plant. Photo by Robert Eliason.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: Why San Juan Bautista’s ‘million-dollar’ water fix was never implemented

The ill-fated ‘pellet plant’ was supposed to provide the city with abundant soft water.

City Well #1. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

BL Special Report: San Juan Bautista’s water problems reaching critical mass

City facing substantial fine for its continued inability to process large amounts of pollutants discharged into the Pajaro River, which then enter waterways that empty into Monterey Bay.

Transformation of Third Street in San Juan Bautista on June 22. Photos by Robert Eliason.


San Juan Bautista transforms Third Street

Road work done in preparation for allowing businesses to utilize extra space for outdoor shopping and dining.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Education / Schools

San Juan Bautista to celebrate class of 2020 graduates

Several car processions to take place to celebrate students and their families.

Jim Jack's Cabin now resides at the corner of Third and Monterey streets in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

History & Profiles

Jim Jack: the Mustard King

How one man’s generosity helped San Juan Bautista residents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista closes city park playgrounds and restrooms

"We can all do our part to flatten the curve and prevent further spread of COVID-19," said City Manager Don Reynolds.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista responds to COVID concerns

City said Arts and Crafts Festival is cancelled; Rib Cook Off and Fiesta Run are considering postponing.

New emergency council is sworn in to address COVID-19 pandemic issues. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister proclaims emergency; Schools close; San Juan Bautista open for business

Mayor said the council was taking emergency action in order to assure the city had the state and federal resources it needed to keep the community safe.

Members of the fire department and San Juan Bautista City Council members pose next to the fire engine. Photo provided by Councilwoman Leslie Jordan.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista donates obsolete fire engine

San Benito, Guatemala, receives 1990 Mack Pumper. After serving San Juan Bautista, CA. for decades, it moves on to a new life in Central America.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


Community Water Center offering free well testing

Available to anyone with a private domestic well which provides water to 1-14 households living in San Benito County.

Local activist Mandisa Snodey asks Minister Barry Houston to smell the aroma of a book on Africa published in 1966. Snodey received the book from biologist Roy Johnson. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Art & Culture

Native peoples ceremony honors two for historical preservation

Community recognizes Richard Lopez and Minister Barry Houston at opening of SJB 150th celebration.

Graniterock crews installing speed tables at Fourth Street in San Juan Bautista on Sept. 16. Photos by Noe Magaña.


San Juan Bautista installs five speed tables

Traffic calming measures to be added on Monterey and Fourth streets.

Martin Carver speaks during the housing element workshop at the community center. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

SJB housing element workshop narrows down potential sites for rezoning

Attendees favor vacant lot behind Valero gas station.

The San Juan Bautista Council at its July 16 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Juan Council OKs 3-year contract with Level 1 Private Security

City also approves letter to county opposing Hwy. 101 node development and allows cannabis facilities in industrial areas.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. File photo.

San Benito Lifestyle

San Juan Bautista to celebrate 150th anniversary in September

Celebration includes pancake breakfast, parade and live music.