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Public meetings for the week of Sept. 13

Discussions include campaign limits, Highway 25 expansion project, financial reports and fiscal year budgets.

Restoration work at the Plaza Hotel. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito History

Plaza Hotel in San Juan Bautista undergoes restoration

Repairs to the 208-year-old building include replacing damaged wood and adobe as well as repainting.

Panda Express, at 1740 Airline Hwy, saves a dining table for job interview sign-ups. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Business / Economy

Hiring on all cylinders

Lots of Hollister and San Juan Bautista eateries are seeking workers.

Mary Risavi of Wise Goat Organics. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: Wise Goat Organics brings great flavor

All its fermented products are cut, processed and mixed by hand.

Cindy Couling. Courtesy of Cindy Couling.

Art & Culture

Local artist prepares for her first post-shutdown art show

Vertigo Coffee Roasters will host her ceramics and crafts on August 28.

The West Hills Water Treatment Plant. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Health / Fitness

West Hills treatment plant a key to solving San Juan’s water problems

It filters and processes millions of gallons every day.

Councilman Tim Burns asked that the contracts be brought to the special council meeting for review. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister council to renegotiate, terminate contracts

The city will move to end its agreement with the Economic Development Corporation and revise three fire service contracts.

Mission San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.


Two former SBC priests on list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse

They served at Sacred Heart and the Mission San Juan Bautista churches.

Sonne and Laynee Reyna with Rain Dancers. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

Rain dances return to San Juan Bautista in a time of drought

Local Native elders invite the community to join in prayers.


VFW Post 6359 in search of surviving family members of Vietnam veteran

SGT Sylvester R. Chavez's shadow box will remain available for the public to see until it's claimed.

(Left to right) Director of Client Services Heidi Ash, Co-owner and managing partner Beth Welch and Creative Director Zack Shubkagel Rovella. Photo courtesy of Waltz Creative.


Schipper Design changes name to Waltz Creative

Kathy Schipper and Beth Welch remain co-owners of the San Juan Bautista marketing company.

Wood going through the chipper. Photo courtesy of San Benito Fire Safe Council.


Fire Safe Council to host wildfire preparedness workshop

Workshop will be followed by a hands-on work party.

San Juan Bautista City Manager Don Reynolds said the city may have to put up another flag pole next year during the May 29 ceremony. Photo by John Chadwell.


SJB city flag-flying policy allows LGBTQ, bans religion and politics

The policy allows the city to display a commemorative flag only if requested by a council member and cleared by majority council vote.

VFW Post 6359 Flea Market/Pop Up

Date/Time August 14, 2021 to November 20, 2021 This event occurs monthly, on day 1 of every 1 month(s) Description Greetings to one and all! San Juan Bautista Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 6359, will be holding a Flea Market, (Pop Up), on the following dates: 14 August, 4 September, 23 October, and 20 November.

Josiah Morales. Photo by Robert Eliason.


The joys of non-competitive sports

Junior Giants youth baseball takes over Abbe Field in San Juan Bautista for the summer.