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2019 Hollister rally. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister council moves to seek voter input on biker rally

A nonbinding ballot measure will ask voters two questions about the event.

From left: Rolan Resendiz and Mindy Sotelo. Photos provided by candidates. Infographic by Alex Esquivel.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2022: San Benito County Board of Supervisors District 3

Three candidates are running for the seat that serves southwest Hollister.


Gavilan College campus in Gilroy. Photo by Robert Eliason.

News Release

Gavilan College receives anonymous $40K gift

Gavilan says it is the largest one-time donation received by the college.

Protesters gathered for "Bans Off Our Bodies" rally in front of the San Benito County Superior Court on Saturday morning. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Health

San Benito County abortion rights advocates hold ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ rally

Other than a few honking cars showing support, Hollister had a peaceful protest about the potential overturn of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court.

A student coming out of the Rancho San Justo Middle School office on May 13, 2022. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Education / Schools

Hollister School District seeing a wave of resignations, retirements

Citing job stress, some teachers are opting to become substitutes, as the role entails fewer responsibilities.

Members of Hollister VFW Post 9242 presented scholarships to 10 SBHS graduates on May 21, 2021. Photo courtesy of Bernie Ramirez.

News Release

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9242 announces fundraisers

Fundraisers consists of a dinner and a raffle.

Three years after opening, Higher Level of Care pays the city over $500k in fees annually. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Cannabis failing to bring expected revenue to San Benito County

The county and San Juan Bautista have yet to see any returns, and Hollister has not seen more than $1 million annually.

Jim Dassel presenting a map. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista holds five public meetings to discuss growth

Community engagement to create a plan will continue through September.

News Release

Youth Alliance visits Indian Canyon

A grant helps the nonprofit in its effort to provide opportunity for local youth to be engaged in educational activities and build skills about civil rights.

Ralph Jennings (second from left) spoke about his experiences as a foreign correspondent living in China. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Nonprofits

Foreign correspondents share views on the state of journalism

BenitoLink kicks off its speaker series in San Juan Bautista.

Bob Tiffany. Photo provided.

Government / Politics

Bob Tiffany calls for more commercial revenue and opposes slow-growth initiative

The District 4 supervisor says understanding basic financial issues will help residents make good decisions about San Benito County’s financial future.

From left: Betsy Dirks, Kim Hawk, Sandy Patterson-Jamarck, Mark Starritt, Dom Zanger and Elizabeth Zepeda Gonzalez. Photos provided by candidates. Infographic by Alex Esquivel.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2022: San Benito County Board of Supervisors District 1

Six candidates are running for a half-term seat.

News Release

Mayra Zendejas celebrates 15 years with the San Benito County YMCA

Zendejas was presented with a milestone award at the Y’s Healthy Kids Day event.

public letter, laptop, writing

Public Letter

PUBLIC LETTER: DA Candice Hooper Mancino responds to Bob Kutz

She writes that there was a lack of corroborating evidence to pursue prosecution 'even though we very much desired to do so.'

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

News

Public meetings for the week of May 9

San Benito County Board of Supervisors and several school districts are holding meetings this week.

Hollister City Council Feb. 22, 2022. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Government / Politics

A look at Hollister council members’ compensation- vote comes May 16

With the conversation centered on increasing the stipend to $800, council members fail to discuss benefits they receive from the city.

Val Miftakhov and the Dornier 228 aircraft. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Transportation

Tech company creating the future of aviation

ZeroAvia makes Hollister Airport one of its testing grounds for clean aircraft engines.

Santa Cruz Land Trust Executive Director Sarah Newkirk, California Secretary of Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot and Santa Cruz County Supervisor Bruce McPherson. Photo courtesy of Caltrans District 5.

Environment / Nature

Wildlife crossings at highways bringing safer travels for all in San Benito County

Projects in Santa Cruz and Pacheco Pass reconnect habitats and reduce animal-vehicle collisions.


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Mayor Ignacio Velazquez said people do have a right to say whatever they want, even though he has stopped some from doing so during public comment. Photo by John Chadwell.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: Legal group says Hollister Mayor violated Brown Act and resident’s First Amendment Rights

The First Amendment Coalition says the city attorney should have advised Velazquez to stop telling the public they cannot criticize him or other council members.

Robert Bernosky. Photo by candidate. Infographic by Alex Esquivel.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2022: California Secretary of State

Of the seven candidates who will appear on the June 7 ballot only Robert Bernosky responded to BenitoLinks' questions.

File photo of Hacienda de Leal.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista council approves process to place liens on hotels

Proposed ordinance would make it easier to collect delinquent transient occupancy tax payments.