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Former employee Chace Miguel said, "Mars Hill serves as a place for people to go enjoy themselves and hangout with their friends and family." Photo courtesy of Chace Miguel.

Mars Hill: A cornerstone of downtown Hollister

Coffeehouse marks 10 years in business with new furniture and a steady stream of customers.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: Area economy is overwhelmingly private and service-providing

Hollister Councilman Marty Richman says good service-providing jobs are an economic necessity.

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Economic Development Corporation Chairman Eric Johnson gave a presentation of a five-year plan to the San Benito County Board of Supervisors at the March 5 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Benito County invests in economic development

Supervisors allocate $67,000 to four organizations and plan further discussions in budget hearings.

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2017 Farmers' Market in downtown Hollister. File photo by Lisa Robinson-Ward.

Downtown merchants want changes to Farmers’ Market

Restaurant and bar owners say they see no benefit from weekly event.

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Institute for Innovation and Economic Development Executive Director Brad Barbeau, Michelle Doty and Denise Mellor of That Garlic Stuff (2018 winners of Main Street division), and judge Doug Yount at the 2018 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. Photo courtesy of Startup Challenge Monterey Bay.

New businesses welcome to Startup Challenge

Hollister workshop explains how to apply for 10th annual competition.

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A cyclist rides past La Casa Rosa in San Juan Bautista, where the sidewalk is blocked. File photo by Noe Magaña.

San Juan moves forward with abatement on La Casa Rosa

City Council directs attorney to seek penalties.

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Three cannabis companies operate out of the same building on Shelton Drive. Higher Level of Care will run its dispensary from the front part of the building. Photo by John Chadwell.

Higher Level of Care wins permit for cannabis dispensary

City anticipates it will open in spring.

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County project manager Richard Felsing described the Tanimura & Antle project during the Feb. 20 board meeting. Photo by John Chadwell.

Planning Commission approves 96-acre vegetable transplant nursery off Highway 156

Tanimura & Antle’s mechanized operation could bring jobs and attract new tech businesses.

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San Benito County forms committee for hemp cultivation ordinance

Ag Commissioner says local farmers are interested and have inquired about purchasing property.

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Early morning in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

San Juan Bautista does not comply and Hollister under review for state housing requirements

San Juan Bautista Mayor César Flores and City Manager Michaele La Forge summoned by Governor Gavin Newsom to Feb. 19 meeting in Long Beach.

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Early morning in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

San Juan Bautista noncompliant and Hollister under review for state housing requirements

San Juan Bautista Mayor César Flores and City Manager Michaele La Forge summoned by Governor Gavin Newsom to Feb. 19 meeting in Long Beach.

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2018 winner Michelle Doty talks about her company, That Garlic Stuff, to a woman attending the ninth annual Startup Challenge Monterey Bay in Salinas last year. Doty won the Main Street division and a prize of $10,000. File photo by Tom Leyde.

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay seeking applicants

Social Venture Division is a new category for competition and will appeal to nonprofit organizations.

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Gavilan College seeks applicants for Measure X oversight committee

Committee will oversee implementation of bond approved by voters in 2018.

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The 400 block at the corner of Fourth Street and San Benito Street. The Vault building, owned by Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, sits in the background. File photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council approves amendment to 400 block agreement

No reserved parking spaces for Community Foundation.

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There were an estimated 5,000 motorcycle enthusiasts during the 2018 three-day Rebel Rally. Photo by John Chadwell.

Rebel Rally is on for July

With the Hollister City Council at odds over a city-sanctioned motorcycle rally, business leaders will bring the 2019 Rebel Rally downtown and 47 Camp Ride to Bolado Park.

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With over 20 years experience, new San Juan Oaks Head Chef Eladio Bueno can cook all types of food, but his favorite style is Italian. Photo provided by San Juan Oaks.

Eladio Bueno earns title of Head Chef at San Juan Oaks

New head chef planning three-course dinner for Valentine's Day.

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(Left to right) Frank Guerra and Michael Anderson stand where Santana Ranch Drive, the future entrance to a new middle school site, will eventually be constructed. Photo by John Chadwell.

Santana Ranch developer clears the air over new middle school site

Michael Anderson has faced criticism from district and elected officials since 2017.

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Life Skills students work with teachers and aides to to prepare menu items that are sold to staff members on campus. Photo provided by SBHS.

Brewing up a Baler partnership

San Benito High School Life Skills students develop business and leadership skills in cooperation with local coffee business.

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Hollister City Council decided to push agenda item about amending cannabis ordinance to May. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council tables changes to cannabis ordinance

Mayor goes on the offensive as city staff explains how changes from medical to adult-use would benefit city and stop black market deliveries.

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LAFCO Executive Officer Bill Nicholson presents the annexation information to the commission. Photo by Noe Magaña.

LAFCO approves Hollister annexation of 49.5 acres

Commission also adds 102 acres to Hollister’s sphere of influence for likely annexation in the future.

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