Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Our Economy

Hollister recreational cannabis ordinance gets first reading

Final adoption expected June 17, would go into effect July 3.

Officer Melgoza stands with K-9 Freeze while Police Chief David Westrick speaks. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

K-9 Officer Freeze retires

Hollister City Council approves request for replacement, handler training and vehicle conversion.

Photos courtesy of High Speed Rail Administration.

Transportation

Fate of California high-speed rail uncertain

After nearly $1 billion in federal grant money was rescinded, state administrators look at cutting costs.

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Police & Fire

Hollister doctor’s license is suspended, Hazel Hawkins revokes privileges

Anesthesiologist Annamalai Ashokan faces charge of misdemeanor sexual battery in Chico incident.

Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum said he will move forward with a plan to ask the public for names. Photos by John Chadwell.

Education

SBHS board continues discussion on naming facilities

Trustees will seek community input during selection process.

Two linemen on a telephone pole. Under PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff program, in the case of extreme fire or weather conditions, it may be necessary to turn off electricity. Before a shutoff, though, the company will review a combination of criteria, such as predictions of strong winds and low humidity levels, along with critically dry vegetation and on-the-ground observations. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police & Fire

PG&E issues warning to prepare for blackouts

Hollister fire chief says city has backup generators, but residents should take precautions.

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez said he may possibly sue because of the council's decision against his appeal. Photos by John Chadwell.

Land Use

400 Block appeal fails

Hollister mayor says he’ll “most likely” sue.

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Paul Stephens, senior development partner at Hawkins Companies, said the buildings will continue to go up, but the parking lot can't be completed until PG&E finishes with electrical and gas installation.

Our Economy

PG&E problems will delay opening of Hollister shopping center

Aspen Dental, Smashburger, Hokulia Shave Ice and more are affected.

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Head Start Site Director Rocio Urbina-Litle, head teacher Amalia Saldana, family advocate Maria Corchado, family advocate Celeste Rivera and Director of Early Learning Services Antonio Fuentes. Photos by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

New Head Start site to open in August

The $1.8 million facility will help prepare preschool children for elementary school.

When new impact fees go into effect in approximately 30 days, they will increase the cost of a single-family home from $46,708.78 to $59,983.35, a 28% jump. Fees will increase the cost of multi-family homes of two or more bedrooms will increase from $34,106.63 to $44,968.51, a 32% jump. The fees will increase the cost of studios from $29,000.43 to $30,094.31, or 3.7%. Photos by John Chadwell.

Local Politics

Hollister City Council increases impact fees

Councilman Marty Richman says this will price locals out of the housing market.

Sang Ji appeared in San Benito County Superior Court on May 24. He is accused of killing his wife Yoon Ji. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

Sang Ji competent to stand trial

Pre-trial conference set for June 28.

Jose Antonio Barajas has plead not guilty to killing 19-year-old Ariana Zendejas in 2014. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

Barajas hearing delayed until June

Accused of murder and attempted murder in 2014 case.

While the audience was meager at a May 16 meeting hosted by Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and Supervisor Peter Hernandez, the topics were far-ranging. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business

Mayor Velazquez and Supervisor Hernandez hold town hall

Elected officials and business leaders discuss cannabis, growth, roads and tourism.

The 400 block of San Benito Street. Photos by John Chadwell.

400 block appeal hearing delayed

Several locals voice frustration with rescheduling to June 3.

Gastroenterologist Luke Bi said if caught early, Hepatitis C is nearly 100% curable. Photos by John Chadwell.

Doctor recommends Baby Boomers be screened for Hepatitis C

Demographic represents 75% of all those who have the virus.