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 Melinda Casillas, left, guided supervisors through the entire budget line by line. Photos by John Chadwell.

San Benito County passes $230.9 million operating budget

Supervisors discussed and approved 72 line items that added up to more than $230.9 million to continue operating the county.

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Ledesma (featured far left) volunteered for the Hollister Downtown Association's firework booth on July 3. Photo courtesy of Candace Ledesma.

Candace Ledesma hits the ground running as new Chamber of Commerce CEO

New CEO works toward collaboration and increasing foot traffic in San Benito County.

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COMMENTARY: San Benito County Association of Realtors celebrates National Home Ownership Month

National Home Ownership Month is a time for the real estate industry to celebrate and promote the American dream of owning a home.

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New Chamber of Commerce CEO Candace Ledesma. Photo provided.

San Benito County Chamber of Commerce hires new CEO

New CEO Candace Ledesma started in her new position June 25, 2018 and the announcement came June 29.

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RMA Director John Guertin has been accused of lying to CSA members and was grilled by Supervisor Mark Medina over a lack of services to CSA. Photos by John Chadwell.

CSAs at odds with county, threaten class-action lawsuit

As one CSA accuses county of incompetence and threatens law suit, Supervisor Mark Medina says county is taking CSA monies and not providing services neighborhoods have paid for.

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Traffic on Highway 25 to Hollister. Photo provided.

COG, local governments approve Transportation Safety and Investment Plan

The COG board will meet on July 19 and make a final decision as to whether or not to ask the San Benito County Board of Supervisors to place a transportation sales tax measure on the November 6 ballot.

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Business Council Executive Director Kristina Chavez-Wyatt said the project fit into the city's general plan perfectly. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council Repeals 400 Block Referendum

Once the state attorney general found that the referendum did not qualify to be on the November ballot, the way was cleared for the city to repeal it and move forward with the 400 block project.

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Supervisors supported Measure C to test voters' mood for cannabis before moving forward on growing ordinance. Photos by John Chadwell.

Residents plead for county to expedite cannabis growing ordinance

Residents turned out at a recent San Benito County Board of Supervisors meeting to encourage them to move forward on a cannabis growing ordinance as quickly as possible after the passage of Measure C.

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Over 30 employers set for May 31 Young Adult Job Fair

The job fair will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1111 San Felipe Road #107 in Hollister.

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Monterey Bay Economic Partnership’s Housing 101 Comes to San Benito County

The purpose of the forum is to build more awareness of San Benito County’s housing efforts and MBEP’s housing initiative aimed at increasing housing supply across our region that addresses all income levels.

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Development Services Program Manager Mary Paxton presented the resolution for an MOU with the chamber that the council turned down. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council shoots down $390K Chamber of Commerce request

Three members of the Hollister City Council didn't move forward with a vote to award San Benito County Chamber of Commerce $78,000 annually for five years to fund tourism marketing.

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Business Council to partner with CMTC for Regional Manufacturers Roundtable

June 7 complimentary lunch event is designed to hear from manufacturers and connect them to resources for profitable growth. The event is offered at no cost to manufacturers and will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at San Juan Oaks.

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

Hollister business wins Startup Challenge Monterey Bay

Three Hollister businesses competed in this year's Startup Challenge Monterey Bay in Salinas. Two came home with prize money.

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America's Job Center is at 1111 San Felipe Road, Suite 107 in Hollister. Photo courtesy America's Job Center.

Local job center seeks participants to learn job skills in class setting

The Americas Job Center of California in San Benito County is seeking to place as many as 30 participants ages 16-24 through training accounts where participants will learn job skills in a class setting.

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COG Executive Director Mary Gilbert said $1.8 billion needs to be raised over 22 years to pay for road projects. Photos by John Chadwell.

Transportation sales tax measure picks up steam

A recent survey of potential 2018 voters conducted by COG showed that a majority would support a one-cent sales tax for transportation needs.

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Council of Governments Evaluating Transportation Needs

The regional transportation agency is seeking community input on transportation needs, and is scheduling conversations with community organizations to discuss possible solutions.

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Chamber of Commerce CEO to step down in May

The head of the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce is expected to step down at the end of May for a new position as CEO of the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce.

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OPINION: Time to Quit Using the Property Tax Distribution Rate as an Excuse

San Benito’s property tax distribution rate is not as bad or as wrong as the county would have you believe, but they will continue to use it as an excuse until the voters wise up.

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San Juan Bautista City Hall

San Juan Bautista City Council holds first reading of cannabis ordinance

City council members held a public hearing on a proposed cannabis ordinance. The implementation of the ordinance is contingent upon a citywide tax gaining voter approval in November.

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Two Hollister businesses enter startup challenge finals

Arti-Culture and Ohana Shave Ice enter the final round for Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. While this is Arti-Culture's first entry, Ohana came in second place last year in the Main Street Division.

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