Hollister City Council Proclaims Nov. 18 as Al Castañeda Day

During Tuesday's Hollister City Council meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 18 was proclaimed as Al Castañeda Day.

Surrounded by family and friends, Hollister resident and local businessman, Alfonso "Al" J. Castañeda, was honored at Tuesday’s night Hollister City Council meeting with a plaque proclaiming Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 as Al Castañeda Day in the city of Hollister. 

Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez made the presentation, describing the soon-to-be retired, owner of Doña Esther restaurant in San Juan Bautista as a model citizen and businessman—a sentiment shared by the council members who spoke of Castañeda following Velazquez’s presentation.

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Frank Pérez

I’m a lifelong resident of San Benito County. I reside in Hollister with my wife, Brenda. I’m embarking on my 19th year at San Benito High School, where I teach world history and Mexican-American history. In addition, I'm moonlighting as a freelance journalist for BenitoLink. My passion is delving deeper into the nuances of the local, historical record, while including lesser-known stories of our past. My hope is that county residents will have a greater appreciation for the diversity and complexity of San Benito County, realizing that its uniqueness depends upon our responsibility as its stewards.