Protesters said their issue was not about owning guns, but about teenager being able to get an automatic weapon. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Locals protest outsiders gun-related fundraising event

Protesters claimed Patriots of Freedom is a gun lobbyist bringing the wrong message after the Uvalde, Texas massacre.

Hollister School District Board of Trustees voting to go into closed session at the Jan. 25 meeting. Image from Youtube.

Education / Schools

Hollister School District halts board meeting over ‘disruptions’

Parents say they attended peacefully to voice their opposition to student mask mandates.

Protesters show their signs during a group photo during the Oct. 18 protest. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Education / Schools

San Benito residents join statewide protest against requiring COVID-19 vaccine for students

Protesters say it’s parents’ right to decide if vaccination is appropriate.

Bell Removal Ceremony. Photo by Greg Cotten.


Santa Cruz takes down its last El Camino Real bell 

Chair of the Amah Mutsun and representatives from other Native American tribes gather to protest the historic highway markers.

Hollister police officer talks with SBHS student Peyton Evans. She told him she could not wear a mask for medical reasons. He told her she had to leave building. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

High School District board meeting disrupted over mask protocol

Trustees return to business after a brief recess.

Supervisor Bea Gonzales shows the public her notes on her copy of the policy to test unvaccinated county employees. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Benito County to test unvaccinated county employees twice a week

Supervisors clear the public from chambers in response to interruptions.

Protest over the Y road and Betabel Road overpass. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Over 30 people protest the Betabel Road project

Activists object to the commercial project saying the county is ignoring their concerns.

Members of Preserve Our Rural Communities and Protect San Benito held a mock funeral procession from San Benito County Superior Court to the county administration building on Jan. 5. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Environmentalists protest development moves

Land use group says supervisors and developers have eroded their success with the No on Measure K initiative from the March primary election.

Vivian Stubblefield said, "I'm for the Constitution and against the lockdown." Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Group protests stay-at-home order

Around 30 people gather in support of reopening businesses under current COVID-19 guidelines.


Locals demonstrate in support to recall Gov. Newsom

An informal protest against Governor Newsom erupted in Hollister on Sept. 19.

Teamsters Local Union No. 890 representative Jorge Valenzuela addresses the crowd in front of Hollister City Hall. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Benito Foods employees protest in front of Hollister City Hall

Company is negotiating with the city on water fees related to tomato cannery waste.

Protesters at the Black Lives Matter march on June 6 in Hollister. Photos by Robert Eliason.


Black Lives Matter protest in Hollister draws 1,000 participants

Peaceful march organized by San Benito High Alumni attracts widespread community and police support.

Max Beltran lifts his sign for passing motorists on Fourth and San Benito streets in Hollister. Beltran and about 30 others took part in a June 5 demonstration to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Photos by Noe Magaña.


Hollister residents demonstrate downtown

30 gather with signs to protest police brutality and show support for Black Lives Matter movement.

Hollister Police Department. File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

Police report peaceful protest planned for June 6

HPD said organizers have communicated their plan and that officers will be present 'in an effort to keep the event safe for everyone.'

Participants in the #OpenSBCRally marched along San Benito Street on May 1. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

#OpenSBC holds rally in Hollister

50 business owners and residents gather to speak out against shelter-in-place order.