Bill Avera, city manager, said while he thought the 400 Block project was good. It was bad that the city's population was being torn apart over the debate.

Government / Politics

Hollister council approves staffing for cannabis enforcement

After mayor objects to using fees to pay for new city employees to monitor cannabis, city council unanimously approves resolution, delays discussion on cannabis permits, approves one cultivation site.

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez was absent from the closed door session in which the council voted for the petition to be added to next meeting. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Petition for referendum on 400 Block back on council’s agenda

After a long discussion behind closed doors, Hollister council unanimously, with Mayor Velazquez absent, votes to put 400 Block discussion back on agenda for next meeting.


Business / Economy

Local Impact of Elimination of Federally Funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Hollister, CA – August 7, 2017 – As the President and Congress wrangle over budget priorities, the elimination of a local service threatens many low income households.

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Art & Culture

The Rewards of Summer Reading

With record turnout, the San Benito County Free Library's 2017 Summer Reading Program was a big success.

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Art & Culture

Youth and Adult Art Classes to begin soon in Hollister

The San Benito County Arts Council launches its Fall Art Session at the new ARTspace Annex at 217 Fifth St. in downtown Hollister.


Children and Youth

Ladd Lane principal, Kip Ward, tells kids that “learners can be leaders”

Kip Ward, principal of Ladd Lane Elementary School, believes kids who can be taught to be leaders in school will succeed in life. He invited his brother, Kirk, a successful screenwriter and actor, to speak to students to tell his story.

Local residents march for immigration reform in 2013.

Children and Youth

Politicians comment on upcoming reform of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Caballero calls DACA a "promise made and one that should not be broken"