Philip Ray Orabuena at an Art in the Park event in Hollister. Photo courtesy of the San Benito County Arts Council.

Art & Culture

Central Coast County arts agencies awarded $4.75 million grant

The funds are to be used to support the health, safety and resiliency of Central Coast communities through the arts.

Artists Yanoe x Zoueh: (left) Ryan Safarti and Eric Skotnes. Photo by John Troxell.

News Release

Arts Council announces artists selected for two public art projects

California based, international artists have been selected to install two public art projects in San Benito County as part of the Clean California.

Close-up of the bike line before turning onto Talbot Drive. Photo by Marisa Sachau.


Hollister’s Ladd Lane squiggly lines get low marks from area residents

Several hope the road is fixed sooner than later.

Isabella Scaglione, Michelle Leonard, Daisy Caceres, Eduardo Navarro. Photo courtesy of San Benito County Chamber of Commerce & Foundation.


COLUMN: SBC Chamber of Commerce & Foundation host Hollister Sesquicentennial gala

The 150 Years Gala was the culmination of a series of events organized by the City of Hollister’s 150 Year Committee.

Community members are invited to share their opinions on BenitoLink. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Community Opinions

Message for new residents: There are things to do around Hollister – but how to find out?

For the sake of new residents Jennifer Coile shares tips for finding information about community activities.

Mayor Velazquez with fellow city council members, Boy Scouts, City Manager Brett Miller, Girl Scout Maddie Rosa and Boy Scout Diego Villalpando at the ceremony to cut the ribbon in front of time capsule. Photo by Marisa Sachau


Hollister unveils time capsule and Blue Star Memorial

Residents gather in front of the Veterans Memorial Building.

Cars on Ladd Lane driving mostly within the lines. Photo by Marisa Sachau.


Hollister won’t pay extra to fix Ladd Lane blunder

The painted zig-zag lines stir widespread reaction.


Lawsuit accuses Hollister city manager of sexual harassment

An unnamed female city employee claims Brett Miller has a history of harassment and intimidation against her and three other employees.

San Benito High School District Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum delivers his superintendent report to the board of trustees during their May 24 meeting. Photo by Sean Roney.

Schools & Education

San Benito High School board to decide name change June 28

Trustees are expected to change the school’s name to Hollister High School.

Councilwoman Dolores Morales said Councilman Rolan Resendiz lied about her and called a point-of-order in an attempt to stop his attacks. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Council rejects urgency ordinance to add new campaign finance limits

Councilman Rick Perez says if the measure were passed only the rich could run for office.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: Our ‘eduficit’ challenge

Nik writes that Hollister needs a multi-pronged, creative strategy to lure more higher education resources to the county.

Guerra Cellars' Brooke Taylor pouring for Mark and Melissa Preader. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Hollister Wine and Beer Stroll returns for the 9th year

A sold-out crowd enjoys samples from 23 wineries and breweries.

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.

Councilman Tim Burns questioned why only two search firms responded to the RFP. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister to hire executive search firm for $75K to fill three positions

City Manager Brett Miller says there are too many government job openings and too few people to fill them.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: Walking the tightrope

Nik Dholakia writes that a balance between growth and maintaining the county rural needs to be achieved.