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.

Vinnie of The GardenShoppe. Photo by Heather Graham.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

GardenShoppe hosts Vino with Vinnie

Pet Friends to receive 25% of bar proceeds on event days.

Gustavo, Alejandra and Gustavo in the downtown Hollister restaurant La Catrina. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business

Restaurant by day, cookie business by night

Thanks to its success, La Jerezana cookie production is moving out of La Catrina restaurant.

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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Photo by Heather Graham.

Agriculture

Taylor Farms acquires Earthbound Farm

The move returns food company from French multinational Danone to Central Coast roots.

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.

After the grand opening ceremony, Alpaca Headquarters owners Heather (left) and Julia (third from left) Brodersen socialize with performers and attendees. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Business

Alpaca Headquarters moves to new location

Mother-daughter duo sell Peruvian clothes, art and accessories.

Todd Cushman spoke at the May 15 San Benito County Planning Commission meeting and said Aromas residents don't support developing along Highway 101, citing water and traffic concerns. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Agriculture

County Planning Commission approves Highway 101 commercial nodes

Residents oppose zoning change, want area to remain rural.

Featured speaker Bruce Katz suggested the Monterey Bay area look around the country and around the world for similar areas that have found solutions. Photo provided by Lucid Sound and Picture.

Business

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership grows, and with it, its influence

Summit speakers promote development of local funding solutions.

Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Business

Hollister council moves toward recreational cannabis

City staff and constituents weigh in; first reading of new rules expected June 3.

Brad Barbeau, executive director of the Institute for Innovation & Economic Development, addresses the crowd at the May 10 event. Photos by Matt Koller.

Business

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay awards $60,000 in prize money to winners

Three San Benito County businesses take part in finals, but none placed in their divisions.

Councilman Marty Richman spoke from the podium and challenged Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and Councilman Rolan Resendiz on claims of city staff and other council members having conflicts of interest and making back door deals. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business

Hollister politics turn ugly

Councilman Marty Richman challenges Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and Councilman Rolan Resendiz on accusing staff, fellow council members of conflicts of interest and back door deals.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Labor survey finds farmers struggle to hire for on-farm jobs

Over half of participants said they have been unable to hire employees at some point during the last five years.

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Arts

Free Comic Book Day at Bill’s Bullpen

Thousands of comic book shops around the world celebrating the May 4 event.

Hollister Downtown Association members listen to presentations by San Benito County news providers. Photos by Leslie David.

Business

Members eat and learn about local news at HDA breakfast

Online-only news sources speak on serving the public.