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Early morning in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

San Juan Bautista and Hollister do not comply with state housing requirements

San Juan Bautista Mayor César Flores and City Manager Michaele La Forge summoned by Governor Gavin Newsom to Feb. 19 meeting in Long Beach.

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2018 winner Michelle Doty talks about her company, That Garlic Stuff, to a woman attending the ninth annual Startup Challenge Monterey Bay in Salinas last year. Doty won the Main Street division and a prize of $10,000. File photo by Tom Leyde.

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay seeking applicants

Social Venture Division is a new category for competition and will appeal to nonprofit organizations.

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Gavilan College seeks applicants for Measure X oversight committee

Committee will oversee implementation of bond approved by voters in 2018.

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The 400 block at the corner of Fourth Street and San Benito Street. The Vault building, owned by Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, sits in the background. File photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council approves amendment to 400 block agreement

No reserved parking spaces for Community Foundation.

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There were an estimated 5,000 motorcycle enthusiasts during the 2018 three-day Rebel Rally. Photo by John Chadwell.

Rebel Rally is on for July

With the Hollister City Council at odds over a city-sanctioned motorcycle rally, business leaders will bring the 2019 Rebel Rally downtown and 47 Camp Ride to Bolado Park.

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With over 20 years experience, new San Juan Oaks Head Chef Eladio Bueno can cook all types of food, but his favorite style is Italian. Photo provided by San Juan Oaks.

Eladio Bueno earns title of Head Chef at San Juan Oaks

New head chef planning three-course dinner for Valentine's Day.

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(Left to right) Frank Guerra and Michael Anderson stand where Santana Ranch Drive, the future entrance to a new middle school site, will eventually be constructed. Photo by John Chadwell.

Santana Ranch developer clears the air over new middle school site

Michael Anderson has faced criticism from district and elected officials since 2017.

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Life Skills students work with teachers and aides to to prepare menu items that are sold to staff members on campus. Photo provided by SBHS.

Brewing up a Baler partnership

San Benito High School Life Skills students develop business and leadership skills in cooperation with local coffee business.

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Hollister City Council decided to push agenda item about amending cannabis ordinance to May. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council tables changes to cannabis ordinance

Mayor goes on the offensive as city staff explains how changes from medical to adult-use would benefit city and stop black market deliveries.

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LAFCO Executive Officer Bill Nicholson presents the annexation information to the commission. Photo by Noe Magaña.

LAFCO approves Hollister annexation of 49.5 acres

Commission also adds 102 acres to Hollister’s sphere of influence for likely annexation in the future.

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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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