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While the audience was meager at a May 16 meeting hosted by Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and Supervisor Peter Hernandez, the topics were far-ranging. Photos by John Chadwell.

Mayor Velazquez and Supervisor Hernandez hold town hall

Elected officials and business leaders discuss cannabis, growth, roads and tourism.

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Todd Cushman spoke at the May 15 San Benito County Planning Commission meeting and said Aromas residents don't support developing along Highway 101, citing water and traffic concerns. Photo by Noe Magaña.

County Planning Commission approves Highway 101 commercial nodes

Residents oppose zoning change, want area to remain rural.

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Featured speaker Bruce Katz suggested the Monterey Bay area look around the country and around the world for similar areas that have found solutions. Photo provided by Lucid Sound and Picture.

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership grows, and with it, its influence

Summit speakers promote development of local funding solutions.

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Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Hollister council moves toward recreational cannabis

City staff and constituents weigh in; first reading of new rules expected June 3.

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COG to select members for Measure G citizens oversight committee

Updated after 5/16 COG meeting: Only one category left unfilled as directors ask staff to do outreach for a trade/labor representative.

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Brad Barbeau, executive director of the Institute for Innovation & Economic Development, addresses the crowd at the May 10 event. Photos by Matt Koller.

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay awards $60,000 in prize money to winners

Three San Benito County businesses take part in finals, but none placed in their divisions.

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Opening day of the Farmers' Market in downtown Hollister on May 1, 2019. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Farmers’ Market kicks off in Hollister

As spring blooms, residents fill downtown to eat, shop and enjoy community.

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San Benito High School with a Measure U sign out front. Local voters approved the school bond in 2016. File photo by Joshua Miller.

Citizens’ Oversight Committee finds SBHS in good standing with school bonds

Minor cost overrun on Measure G projects was the only concern.

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Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

Labor survey finds farmers struggle to hire for on-farm jobs

Over half of participants said they have been unable to hire employees at some point during the last five years.

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Hollister Downtown Association members listen to presentations by San Benito County news providers. Photos by Leslie David.

Members eat and learn about local news at HDA breakfast

Online-only news sources speak on serving the public.

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Hollister Downtown Association hosts Wine and Beer Stroll

Attendees will receive commemorative wine or beer glass to sample local libations.

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Supervisors discuss pensions and Teeter fund

County looks to save $152,000 by prefunding payments.

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Work on the high-speed rail project is well underway on a 115-mile stretch in the Central Valley. Photo by Leslie David.

State still plans to run high-speed rail through San Benito County

Construction in Pacheco Pass would start in three to five years.

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Though a solid waste rate increase of 4.3% is planned for the city of Hollister, residents will have the chance to submit a Prop 218 protest ballot. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council orders public hearing on solid waste rate increases

Proposition 218 protest ballots will be sent to residents in the coming weeks.

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Trino Serrano with America's Job Center of California assists an interested individual at the April 2019 Spring Job Fair. Photo provided by Community Services and Workforce Development.

Request for Proposals regarding Prison to Employment Initiative

County to receive funding from statewide effort to provide resources to formerly incarcerated and other justice-involved individuals.

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Dave Io, sushi chef and co-owner of Inaka. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Inaka: Sushi runs in the family

New Japanese restaurant in San Juan Bautista serves up delicious delights.

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Q and A: Peter Hernandez on hemp

County supervisor shares his concerns, suggests getting creative to counter odor nuisance.

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Gavilan College site in downtown Hollister. File photo.

S&P global ratings upgrades Gavilan College

Community college says higher rating is expected to result in lower interest cost for Gavilan bonds.

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Three local businesses advance to finals for Startup Challenge Monterey Bay

Competitors will present business pitches to a panel of judges during May 10 finals in Seaside.

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B&R's Riley Rossi helped out at the winter boutique selling potted succulents. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Spring shopping at B&R Farms' Blossom Boutique

Get ready for Easter and Mother's Day by visiting this spring Blossom Boutique on April 13-14.

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