Three years after opening, Higher Level of Care pays the city over $500k in fees annually. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Cannabis failing to bring expected revenue to San Benito County

The county and San Juan Bautista have yet to see any returns, and Hollister has not seen more than $1 million annually.

Bob Tiffany. Photo provided.

Government / Politics

Bob Tiffany calls for more commercial revenue and opposes slow-growth initiative

The District 4 supervisor says understanding basic financial issues will help residents make good decisions about San Benito County’s financial future.

Hollister City Council Feb. 22, 2022. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Government / Politics

A look at Hollister council members’ compensation- vote comes May 16

With the conversation centered on increasing the stipend to $800, council members fail to discuss benefits they receive from the city.

Councilman Tim Burns questioned why only two search firms responded to the RFP. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister to hire executive search firm for $75K to fill three positions

City Manager Brett Miller says there are too many government job openings and too few people to fill them.

Stan Ketchum, a contracted principal planner for the county, said the project will be reviewed by numerous federal, state, and regional agencies with specific areas, such as wildlife agencies, air and water resources. Photo by John Chadwell.

County holds scope meeting to inform public on Strada Verde Innovation Park

Next public session on the project is April 28 at 6 p.m.

Police officers patrol the 2013 Hollister Independence Rally. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister police chief warns of lack of safety if motorcycle rally approved

Carlos Reynoso explains the difficulty of getting outside police to assist with event security.

Hollister Councilman Tim Burns said councilmembers are underpaid and most likely don't make minimum wage. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Council to consider a pay raise and set term limits

After 20 years of receiving a $400 monthly stipend, the members are eligible for a 100% increase.

Retired San Benito County employees stand to show support for a petition requesting full health benefits and reimbursement at a Feb. 18, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Appeals court reverses retirement benefits judgment against San Benito County

Lawsuit was first filed by the two retired county employees in 2017.

Government / Politics

Slow growth or no growth would be up to voters under proposed initiative

A citizens’ group returns with a new name but the same mission: to change the county’s General Plan by eliminating most commercial nodes and putting voters in charge of approving developments.

From left: Luis Acevedo-Arreguin, Peter Hernandez and Zoe Lofgren. Inforgraphic by Alex Esquivel.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2022: 18th Congressional District

Three candidates are running for the seat: Luis Acevedo-Arreguin, Peter Hernandez and Zoe Lofgren.

From left: San Benito High School Trustee President John Corrigan, Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum and Financial Advisor Jeffery Small. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

High school district scrambles for way to pay for new high school

Pinning its hopes on convincing developers to volunteer to pay a special tax in addition to their existing fees, the outlook isn’t bright.

Though the DA's office took no action for violating the Brown Act, it did warn against any further violations. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

DA’s office finds Hollister mayor violated Brown Act

The San Benito County district attorney’s investigator cautioned the City Council to educate itself and avoid further violations.

From bikers to ranchers and teenagers nearly 100 came to watch the raising of the Christian flag. Photo by John Chadwell.

Christian flag raised over Hollister City Hall

Despite opposition from some community members and leaders, Hollister council agrees to allow the flag to be flown.

Hollister's Satellite Healthcare Center is open, but anyone wanting to undergo dialysis must get on a waiting list until the center is certified for Medicare and Medicaid patients. Photo by John Chadwell.

Health

Red tape slows opening of Hollister dialysis center

Satellite Healthcare Dialysis awaits certification to serve Medicare and Medicaid patients.

News

200 honor two young men killed March 26

Approximately 200 people gathered along Rustic Street where the shooting took place to silently honor the two young men who were slain in the driveway of one of the family’s homes.