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Autonomous vehicle testing facility planned near San Benito County line

For years there was an idea to build up to 10,000 homes along State Route 25 near the San Benito-Santa Clara County line. But now it seems that idea is being abandoned for something else: a massive testing facility for autonomous vehicles.


New members join San Benito County Democrats panel

This article was contributed by Wayne Norton, a member of the San Benito County Democratic Central Committee representing supervisorial District 2. He is also on the Communications Committee.


2 San Benito County residents accused of not registering as sex offenders

HOLLISTER, Calif. - Two men are being accused of not registering as sex offenders in San Benito County. During a routine audit of the California Sex and Arson Registry system, San Benito County Sheriff's Office detectives found that Jonathan Fidone, 29, and Gaetano Addamo, 46, were not in compliance


Flood Of Comments Dunk On Central California Gang Member’s Civil War-Style Revolver

FRESNO (CBS13) – A Facebook post on an admitted gang member’s arrest has gone viral thanks to his apparent taste for rustic guns. Back on March 11, Fresno police announced they had arrested 19-year-old Amador Carlos Martinez during a gang violence reduction mission in the city.


Salinas pot farm robbed at gunpoint, officials say

SALINAS, Calif. - A marijuana cultivation facility was robbed at gunpoint in Salinas, officials say. According to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office, four armed suspects held up security guards at Harkins Grow on Encinal Road in Salinas, and loaded dozens of mature marijuana plants onto a pickup t


San Benito County Resource Management Agency director resigns

In a surprise announcement during the March 20 San Benito County Planning Commission meeting, planner Taven Kinison Brown said that Resource Management Agency Director John Guertin had resigned the day prior.


California woman arrested for elder, animal abuse after dad, 96, found in home with up to 700 rats, cops say

A California woman was arrested after authorities discovered her 96-year-old father and multiple pets living inside a home in conditions described as "not fit for human living" with up to 700 rats inside, officials said Tuesday.


CHP investigates objects thrown at vehicles in Prunedale

PRUNEDALE — The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating several reports of objects being thrown at vehicles in Prunedale. According to the Highway Patrol, incidents have been reported at Highway 101 near Crazy Horse Road and on Highway 156 near Meridian Road.


Gov. Gavin Newsom is developing a bad habit: ignoring the will of voters

Gov. Gavin Newsom has drawn heavy flak for kissing off the voters on capital punishment. He’s also ignoring promises made to voters when they supported a gas tax and vehicle fee increase.


New photo: California’s super bloom as seen from outer space

(CNN) — An image from outer space confirms what thousands of Californians have experienced from ground level: This year’s wildflower super bloom is amazing. The WorldView-2 satellite, owned by DigitalGlobe, captured an image of Riverside County’s Walker Canyon covered in blooming orange poppies on M


Bill to Require California School Districts to Limit or Ban Smartphone Use Makes Its Way Through State Assembly

Classrooms across the state may soon be required to restrict or ban smartphones under a new bill making its way through the California State Assembly. The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Albert Muratsuchi of Torrance, was sent to the State Assembly Education Committee for the second time Wednesda


California among states considering caregiver tax credits

Gloria Brown didn’t get a good night’s sleep. Her husband, Arthur Brown, 79, has Alzheimer’s disease and had spent most of the night pacing their bedroom, opening and closing drawers, and putting on and taking off his jacket.


Santa Cruz murder suspect allegedly shoots victim in the head after family court dispute

SANTA CRUZ — “It’s over.”. Miguel Castaneda allegedly said that phrase as he pointed a .38 revolver at Victor Vasquez Lopez’s head and shot him twice in the face about 11:30 a.m. April 20, 2018, at Riverside Drive and Industrial Road. The firearm was loaded with snake-shot pellet rounds, which are s


Juarez family sues city for causing death

A lawsuit filed by the family of Steven Juarez claims the seven Gilroy Police officers who chased and subdued him the night of Feb. 25, 2018, illegally detained and used excessive force while arresting the 42-year-old man moments before he died.


Five-story development planned for downtown

WATSONVILLE — After recently wrapping up a major housing and retail project downtown, a local developer has plans to build a similar project just a block away. Pacific Coast Development is looking to construct a five-story retail and apartment complex at 558 Main St. The project, known as The Reside


Hollister Police warn of phone scam

HOLLISTER, Calif. - Hollister Police have issued a warning about a phone scam that several people have reported. They say scammers called them saying they had an arrest warrant and the person needs to pay a fine. That's when scammers ask them to buy gift cards, wire cash or buy Google play cards.


Downtown Hollister businesses host St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt

Hoping to bring more people to downtown Hollister, Johnnie’s Girl gift shop co-owner Patty Marfia created the St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt with the support of nine other downtown businesses. The hunt took place on March 16.


Farmers market part of downtown debate

The Hollister Farmers Market is meant to bring business to the city and present the downtown as a vibrant business epicenter, but for years some merchants have been saying the Wednesday market hurts their business.


Gonzales High School graduate creates scholarship for future college students

GONZALES — In 2014, Fabiola Moreno Ruelas was in a car accident during her freshman year at Gonzales High School. Since then, Moreno Ruelas has overcome significant social and economic challenges on her way to becoming a student at San Diego State.


Hollister names new student services, special ed directors

Hollister School District officials recently selected two local education leaders to join its district office administrative staff, according to a March 14 press release. Hollister native Kip Ward was named director of student services, and veteran educator Gwen Baquiran was chosen as the district’s