Councilman Ray Friend and Supervisor Mark Medina hand out guitars to students during summer 2017 free classes.

Art & Culture

Free Summer Guitars/Lessons: Guitars Not Guns to Partner with Youth Alliance

Guitars Not Guns San Benito County Chapter to partner with Youth Alliance for free guitars/lessons this summer. Community Volunteers Needed.



OPINION: Will San Benito County Lose Out in California’s Cannabis Market?

SBC Sheriff's department issued cultivation abatement notices to all 27 commercial cannabis amortization applicants to terminate grow operations in two weeks time. The Board of Supervisors will vote on banning commercial cannabis at its next meeting.


Art & Culture

Guitars Not Guns, San Benito County chapter officially formed.

The nonprofit provides guitars and free lessons to youths ages 8-18-years-old in San Benito County.

CMAP-TV studios


OPINION: The Diminishing Value of CMAP-TV to San Benito County

CMAP-TV the nonprofit public access cable TV station has moved from Gavilan College to Christopher High School to Greenhouse Coworking in downtown Gilroy. Its value to San Benito County is diminishing and its leadership is in serious question.


Business / Economy

OPINION: Is the cannabis industry hiding organized crime bosses?

Who is really behind the shadowy network of the so-called medical/recreational cannabis industry coming to San Benito County? Like Russian nesting dolls, do shell companies conceal organized crime?

Medical Cannabis Delivery Services


OPINION: Medical cannabis deliveries in Hollister: Who will speak for the mobility impaired?

With permitted, taxed and regulated brick-and-mortar medical cannabis dispensaries coming to Hollister, what will the city do to accommodate 'mobility impaired' patients who need delivery services to obtain medicine.

San Benito County's first Guitars Not Guns class graduates Saturday, Sept. 9

Art & Culture

Guitars Not Guns class graduates 20-students at Veterans Memorial Building

Guitars Not Guns, a free, eight week-long guitar class for foster kids, at-risk youth and other deserving children 8 to 18 years old, comes to a close. 20 students will graduate Sept. 9 at Veterans Memorial Building in Hollister.

A selection of instruments students can learn to play at Mission City Music.

Art & Culture

Mission City Music opening in San Juan Bautista

The business, opening Aug. 7, will offer lessons for multiple instruments

McCarthy Street Park revitalization project. Conceptual Plan #1.

Children and Youth

Hollister wins state grant to revitalize McCarthy Street Park

Park, located on McCarthy and Alvarado streets near San Andreas School in Hollister, will benefit from $660,000 from the state

Guitars Not Guns classes to be offered upstairs at the Veterans Memorial Building in Hollister

Art & Culture

19 students enrolled in free guitar class program

Guitars Not Guns is holding classes at the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Hollister

Guitars Not Guns Monterey County Chapter coming to Hollister July 22.

Art & Culture

Free youth guitar classes in Hollister are first come, first served

Guitars Not Guns - a nationwide nonprofit with a chapter in Monterey County - to offer free guitar classes and free guitars -at Vets Hall in association with American Legion Post 69.

Cannabis tourism coming to San Benito County?

Business / Economy

OPINION: San Benito cannabis tourism industry is highly likely

San Benito County should embrace the advent of cannabis tourism, encouraging investments in the Hollister Airport with new hotels, restaurants, performing arts venues and regional tour operators

City Manager Bill Avera

Government / Politics

OPINION: Hollister mayor refuses to investigate allegations of impropriety against city manager

Velazquez apparently refused to investigate allegations against Hollister City Manager Bill Avera regarding public records request and potential abuse of power

Youths studying guitar in a classroom setting.

Art & Culture

Guitar teachers needed for new music education program

Two county supervisors offer financial support for program that will be free to at-risk youths ages 8 to 18

OPINION: Executive privilege or whistleblower protection: To leak or not to leak? That is the question.

President Trump and his administration learned nothing from Nixon's Watergate scandal. Which is worse: leaks or executive branch obstruction of justice? The Supreme Court supports the free press