Kathy Schipper and Heidi Connor at Schipper Design explain the Creatives for Community grant to the BenitoLink board of directors. Photo by Jessica Willis.

Nonprofits

Great ideas merit great design

Fourth annual Schipper Design grant program empowers the community through design.

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Teknova purchasing assistant Robert Blasingame said, "It is important to me that everyone grows up in a community with equal opportunities in education. No child should grow up without an equal education to their neighbor because of financial limitations.” Photos by Robert Eliason.

Nonprofits

Teknova program connects employees with nonprofits

Giving campaign raises thousands each year for United Way.

The Clearist Industrial Park will be located in the areas marked in red. Image from the Jan. 23 Hollister Planning Commission meeting agenda.

Housing / Land Use

Hollister Planning Commission approves changes to projects near airport

Two warehouses that may be used as plane hangers also approved.

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Agriculture

Supervisors adopt hemp changes

Revised ordinance includes exclusion zone, larger setbacks and a conditional use permit requirement.

Agricultural Business of the Year: Casa de Fruta. Photos provided by SBC Chamber of Commerce.

Business / Economy

Chamber of Commerce presents annual awards

Three individuals and seven businesses are recognized for their work in 2019.

Customers on their way into the Hollister Kmart. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Hollister Kmart closes Feb. 2

One of nine locations shutting down in California.

Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

SJB adopts cannabis tax rates, rescinds ban

City could begin accepting business applications in late February.

Opening day of the Farmers' Market in downtown Hollister on May 1, 2019. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Business / Economy

HDA announces new farmers’ market manager

For the past two years, Erika Rodriguez coordinated the Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Parks school tours.

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.

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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.