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San Benito County Chamber of Commerce. File photo.

County Chamber of Commerce can’t afford to pay CEO or promote tourism

Business organization’s coffers are low after meeting prior obligations and losing funding support from Hollister City Council.

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Historic Resources Board and San Juan Bautista Planning Commission at the Jan. 14 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

SJB Planning Commission chooses firm to update housing element

City has been out of compliance with rules governing local development since 2015.

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Reservoir in Pinnacles National Park. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Ongoing federal government shutdown ends its third week

Pinnacles National Park mostly closed; retail traffic down in Paicines and Tres Pinos.

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In a little over a year of reconciling accounts, Gabriel Moulaison found 175 accounting errors. Photo by John Chadwell.

BL SPECIAL REPORT: The errors of their ways

After years of ignoring discrepancies and using unprofessional accounting practices when dealing with school districts, the county auditor’s office and county office of education are spending about $100,000 to get help with reconciling their books.

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Monterey Bay Community Power says rebates expected to total $4 million

Community choice energy agency looks to dedicate $1.25 million in additional funding for local energy programs in 2019.

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When it comes to Christmas, shop local

From food and drink to handcrafted items, area stores offer many unique options.

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Resource Management Agency Director John Guertin said the county should be better equipped to fulfill the agreements with a new, full-time CSA coordinator. Photo by Noe Magaña.

County takes steps toward managing CSAs

Agency names coordinator to oversee delivery of services.

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MBEP event was packed all day. Panels talked on several topics and then groups broke up into smaller sessions for discussions. Photo by Leslie David.

Panel forecasts 15.5 percent regional growth in 20 years

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership says ‘urban suburbia’ describes the future of San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

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The Allendale Project on Vista Park Hill will include 287 homes and extend North Road from San Felipe Road to Buena Vista Road.

Build, and here they come

A big-picture look at new housing development and growth in San Benito County.

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Pinnacles National Park. Photo by John Chadwell.

Pinnacles Gateway Partners looks back and looks ahead

Group cites 2018 achievements and goals for 2019.

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Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Sheriff’s Office airs public safety concerns over cannabis industry

Supervisors want Measure C to pay costs of managing compliance.

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Riding in the 2018 Lights On Parade. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Holiday parade lights up downtown Hollister

Locals line San Benito Street to observe parade, car display and tree decorating contest.

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Sixteen local businesses are joining forces for Small Business Saturday. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Small Business Saturday comes to downtown Hollister

Sixteen merchants participating this year.

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Recurrent Energy’s Mustang solar photovoltaic 2016 project for two other CCEs, Sonoma Clean Power and MCE.  Located nearby is the Slate project in Kings County, CA. Photo provided by Monterey Bay Community Power.

Monterey Bay Community Power signs contract for storage project

New renewable energy developments expected to contribute increase in nationwide storage capacity.

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Election Day 2018: Initial Results

New vote tally and inclusion of total unprocessed ballots. More updates not expected until Nov. 13 or Nov. 14.

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The audience gathered at one of the October 2018 election forums hosted by BenitoLink, the San Benito County Farm Bureau and Youth Alliance. Photo by BenitoLink staff.

Election 2018: Forum Video Clips

Short videos of each race and measure from the two October election forums.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: A citizen’s perspective on Measure G

Aromas resident Laura Stampleman shares thoughts on dealing with traffic and road issues.

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Assemblywoman Anna Cabellero. File photo.

Bill led by Caballero extends migrant workers’ housing rights

Eliminates 50-mile radius and six-month stay rule.

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