Paul Rovella and Julie Baker answer questions after presentations at a Jan. 8 AB 5 workshop put on by the San Benito County Arts Council and Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Workshop briefs community on new employee classification law

Presentation gives background on AB 5, with tests to help determine if a worker should be an independent contractor or employee.

Participants in the 2019 Startup Weekend Monterey Bay. Photo provided by Mary Jo Zenk.

Business / Economy

Startup Weekend calls for local entrepreneurs

Three-day contest will have business coaches, 3D printers and networking opportunities for contestants from around the Central Coast.

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Christy Schroeder with Anderson Homes gives a check to Gary Byrne (left) and Tracy Taggart (right), both with the Community Foundation for San Benito County. Photo by Sharlene Van Rooy.

Nonprofits

Anderson Homes gives back

Several nonprofits benefit from campaign which introduces new homebuyers to local programs and projects.

While the hemp growing season is over, the signs on a fence along Comstock Road remain. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Agriculture

Supervisors put temporary moratorium on hemp cultivation

Residents and business owners complain about odor and security.

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Residents support their local news

Individual donations of $1,000 or less will be matched up to a total of $35,000 until midnight Dec. 31 during our annual fundraiser known as Pledge of Champions!

Jeff Cattaneo, operations manager with the San Benito County Water District, said water quality increases the closer wells are dug near Pacheco Creek. File photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Hollister signs agreement with water districts on future supply

City Council looks to increase water in industrial zone and create redundancy for North County.

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Business / Economy

Monterey Bay Community Power board votes to expand service area

New additions include Arroyo Grande, Carpinteria, Del Rey Oaks, Goleta, Guadalupe, Grover Beach, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Santa Maria, Solvang, and Santa Barbara County.

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Business / Economy

CalSavers Retirement Savings Plan business workshop to take place Dec. 6

The plan is now open to all California employers with five employees or more that currently do not offer a qualified retirement plan.

Owner Lynn Shaffer and sales clerk Julie Deidrick. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Business / Economy

Bella Charm moves to new location

Local boutique sells women’s clothing, jewelry, bags and household items.

Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

San Juan Bautista approves rules for cannabis facilities

Pot operations will be required to have odor mitigation plans.

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PORC President Andy Hsia-Coron asked the SBC Planning Commission to hold off on a decision regarding a commercial overlay application until after the March primary election. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

SBC planners approve alternate zoning for Hwy 101 node

Attorney De Vries says C-1 overlay application for Betabel is a backstop in case C-3 rezoning is repealed by voters.

Photo provided by B&R Farms.

Business / Economy

Local apricot grower hosts annual holiday shopping boutique

B&R Farms spreading cheer on four Saturdays before Christmas.

Emergency Vehicle Specialists President Stephen Haynes gives a brief tour of a Hollister Police SUV to State Senator Anna Caballero. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Hollister company serves police, fire and EMS

Emergency Vehicle Specialists Inc. installs warning lights, sirens and two-way radios.

Anderson Homes team members stand in front of a Santana Ranch home. L to R: Alisa Collins, James Anderson, Michael Anderson and Tami Selski. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Second year for Anderson Homes’ “Giving Back Starts at Home”

Regional builder commits to supporting local nonprofits.

The lot across from the Fairfield Inn at 390 Gateway Drive is the proposed location of new Holiday Inn Express. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Holiday Inn Express gets approval for site and architectural review

New hotel to include 93 rooms, a gym and indoor pool.