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Most people would like to see improvements to our area roadways, especially the "mangled" streets in Hollister, and solutions to our intra-county transit issues. However, the way Measure P is written can be viewed upon as a rush to solutions that are based on emotion rather than proper considerations given. The expenditure plan for this measure, as it is written, does not make sense! Consider the following: 50 percent would be used for Hwy 25 improvements? The proposed Hwy. 152/Shore Road/Hwy 25/Hwy. 101 connection has yet to begin. Besides, we don't even own Hwy. 25 so why make a 30 year commitment to
An Opportunity to say “Thank You” On Thursday, Nov. 12, on the occasion of our Community Foundation for San Benito County sponsored National Philanthropy Day, and whose venue was San Juan Oaks, I sat at the head of a beautifully appointed table. It was positioned in a panoramic way as to allow me to view my lovely Women’s Club of Hollister attendees, who are so much a part of my extended family. I use the word panoramic, reflecting upon the word “panorama" and learning that it is a photograph - especially one that is unrolled gradually in front of the spectator.
What kind of person digs up three lovely, tall thriving Hibiscus plants from a church's landscaping area, out front? That really happened just a week ago. Well, all I can say is God bless you! You needed them more than God! Where will it end? Will we let a neighbor who has toiled for seasons producing prize winning specimens of gorgeous varieties labor all for nothing? Someone may say, "Well, I'll let you smell them, but after that they are mine to claim! As a community I hope we will watch out for these signs that are trivial but alarming!
The citizens of San Benito County should have access to public swimming pools.We are well into the twenty- first century with a growing population that would benefit by having an aquatic center,a place for all of our youth to have the opportunity to learn how to swim and provide exercise programs for all age groups in our community. This could be lap and recreational swimming, along with water aerobics and water polo. The physical benefits of aquatic activities will be an enhancement to all participants. I would strongly encourage the City of Hollister, the County of San Benito and the
High School parents: Are you looking for a more intimate high school experience for your student? Do you want a school that has college prep expectations and rigor for all of its students, with the support necessary for success? Do the ideas of a four-year Advisory system (=the same counselor for 4 years with daily interactions) and 6 semesters of required service appeal to you? Do you want a school where active participation in competitive athletics and leadership opportunities are accessible to all students? If so, maybe Anzar High School is the place for you. We are a 20-year-old public
The last chance to comment on the San Benito County General Plan Update is coming soon! The Final Environmental Impact Report goes to the Board of Supervisors this Wednesday (July 1). The 2035 General Plan could herald huge changes in the County. Major features of the Plan are four “New Community Study Areas” scattered out in the north part of the County, a large “Winery/Hospitality Priority” region, and lots of new and expanded roads. One of the New Community areas includes the site of the huge Rancho San Benito development that was proposed a few years ago between Hollister and
Memorial Day Weekend is the beginning of the busy season for Thousand Trails San Benito RV Resort. Saturday and Sunday will both start with breakfast available from 7:30-10 a.m. You may start your shopping around 9 a.m.. Our 30+ Vendors should be ready to show their wares no later than 9 AM. Our Vendors will have everything from Baked Goods To Wind Chimes and Windmills. Terry Brown, Country Western Singer/Songwriter from Tennessee and Hilda Machado, Trick Roper, will entertain on both days. They were a hit last year, so make sure you come see them this year. Terry has performed
Dear Editor, On behalf of the Hollister Downtown Association Board of Directors, I would like to thank the volunteers and sponsors for our Annual Spring Downtown Clean-up effort that took place on Saturday, April 18. Our tireless volunteers included community members and people from the following groups: Boy Scout Troop 400, Cub Scouts Packs 408 and 455, Girl Scout Troops #20020, #20022, #20023, #20024, #20028, #20029, #20030, #20533, #20402, #23403, #23407, #23414, HOPE Services Inc., and the LDS Church. Many thanks to Recology for their support of this community effort. The volunteers were: Yajaira Acosta Mia Alnas Liz Bongatti Hailie
I would like to thank Nora Conte, head librarian, and all of the staff of the San Benito County Free Library, for a wonderfully organized Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, held last Monday evening [April 13, 2015]. As a library volunteer, my duties do not always bring me in contact with others who volunteer there. This once-a-year celebration of the many services which San Benito County residents are provided through the library is not only a thoughtful way to thank us, but it brings together a diverse group for an evening of camaraderie and feasting. It is a chance to make new
At approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28th on Nash Road in Front of Safeway a Hispanic male riding in a newer SUV threw bolts at a new black Corvette causing significant damage. This individual not only threw them from the passenger seat of the SUV but exited the vehicle in the roadway and continued to throw bolts at the Corvette. A reward of $1,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual that caused the damage. If you witnessed the incident and can provide any information please contact Rick Rhodes, Farmers Insurance Agent at 637-3832.
Dreams & Visions Community Development is hosting Financial Literacy Workshops during the month of April. States and cities across the U.S. have proclaimed it! Dreams & Visions and our partners have joined in the celebration and set up special workshops for those seeking information on home-buying and re-building their credit. To celebrate the month; Dreams & Visions Community Development will be offering four free workshops during the month at the following times: Affordable Housing Information Meeting, Information will be covered on upcoming projects and programs, Tuesday, April 11, 2015 at 1111 San Felipe Road, Suite 101, Hollister, CA 95023 Financial
Ok, for years now we have had a VRBO and AirBnB vacation rental, in our new home we are building to add that feature and now as we move out of San Benito County and I need to return for a few final arrangements I can't find a decent AirBnB or VRBO place to stay. We talk about San Juan being a tourist destination but this is proof positive that is true only for taxpayer subsidized fourth-graders who stay for three hours. We have a wonderful, historical ghost town I heard a local say at the council meeting. Time for
One Man’s Vision … There's an old saying that if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there. It's this same sentiment of the importance of having direction, of defining your purpose, that permeates the very being of JL White International's CEO, Jim White, PhD. "Living a life without purpose is living an unrealized life. In short, you are the walking dead," says Dr. White, who is based in Carmel, California. This credo is underscored by his work in helping others to discover their own passion through the various programs he leads including an online teleseminar
Hi Jim, Thank you for your call last week to follow up on my email about our Fairview CDC site. I tried to send some documents that you mentioned via email but it did not go through. Is there another email address to send the documents to? The first three documents are the leases we received from the county which resulted in a month to month lease that we have now until June 2015 (they mis-typed it to say June 2014) The last document is copy of our (2) awarded renovation and repair grants. One ends June 2015 and is