File photo of Hacienda de Leal.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista council approves process to place liens on hotels

Proposed ordinance would make it easier to collect delinquent transient occupancy tax payments.

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


COMMENTARY: No valid reasons to increase taxes

Resident Robert Bernosky writes about why he is against an increase in sales taxes and why it's important for residents to voice their opinions.

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

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: A response to two Americas opinion

Terry Butler writes that ProPublica income tax report shows the true two Americas.

Illustrative site plan from public filing of initiative.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Project is the potential job-producer we need

District 2 Supervisor candidate Wayne Norton writes that the county has an opportunity to counter pandemic's economic impacts. (Illustrative of Strada Verde site plan taken from public filing of initiative.)

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Business / Economy

COMMUNITY OPINION: 100 Million Good Reasons to Oppose the Gavilan Bond

“A fool and his money are soon parted.” – English proverb

Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to move forward with outside consultant to come up with fees. Photos by John Chadwell.


Supervisors approve move to impose fees on CSAs

After years of mismanaging community service areas, and the fact there is no full-time employee to coordinate them, the county is hiring a consultant to devise fees and tax assessments.

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OPINION: Tax Preparation is Big Business

With CPAs, self-help software, and 38 registered preparers locally, tax preparation is big business


Government / Politics

Hollister to impose 45-day prohibition on recreational marijuana

The Hollister City Council passed an ordinance that will prohibit the growing, processing or sale of recreational marijuana for at least 45 days until a decision can be made to make it permanent or modify it.


Business / Economy

Hollister council increases percentage of TOT reimbursement

Hollister city council raises the reimbursement rate of transit occupancy taxes (TOT) from 50 to 70 percent. Councilman Karson Klauer said hotels should not get more of the TOT than city.


Business / Economy

City holds listening session to address business concerns

Issues discussed included planning, economic development and housing

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Business / Economy

COMMENTARY: Measure W: Continued wasteful spending of hard-to-come-by tax dollars

“… that standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided, …” the same can be said about a militarized police force


Government / Politics

City, county officials meet to discuss tax-sharing agreement on new developments

A joint meeting of city and county representatives attempted to set a path that would lead to rewriting the tax-sharing agreement on new developments

Business / Economy

COMMENTARY: Supervisors Surrender on Unincorporated Sales Tax

While constantly grousing about limited revenue, the county fails to step up and ask the rural voters to help the cities fund the future

Ray Espinosa said an additional employee is needed to bring back staffing to a pre-Recession level.

Government / Politics

Tax Collector’s Office to open full-time May 1

Supervisors overrule treasurer/tax collector department head's objection to opening the office to the public full-time

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Business / Economy

‘Yes on Measure P’ committee launches campaign

Proposed half-cent sales tax measure is expected to generate $240 million for local transportation needs