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Business Council Executive Director Kristina Chavez-Wyatt said the project fit into the city's general plan perfectly. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council Repeals 400 Block Referendum

Once the state attorney general found that the referendum did not qualify to be on the November ballot, the way was cleared for the city to repeal it and move forward with the 400 block project.

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Supervisors supported Measure C to test voters' mood for cannabis before moving forward on growing ordinance. Photos by John Chadwell.

Residents plead for county to expedite cannabis growing ordinance

Residents turned out at a recent San Benito County Board of Supervisors meeting to encourage them to move forward on a cannabis growing ordinance as quickly as possible after the passage of Measure C.

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Over 30 employers set for May 31 Young Adult Job Fair

The job fair will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1111 San Felipe Road #107 in Hollister.

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Monterey Bay Economic Partnership’s Housing 101 Comes to San Benito County

The purpose of the forum is to build more awareness of San Benito County’s housing efforts and MBEP’s housing initiative aimed at increasing housing supply across our region that addresses all income levels.

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Development Services Program Manager Mary Paxton presented the resolution for an MOU with the chamber that the council turned down. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council shoots down $390K Chamber of Commerce request

Three members of the Hollister City Council didn't move forward with a vote to award San Benito County Chamber of Commerce $78,000 annually for five years to fund tourism marketing.

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Business Council to partner with CMTC for Regional Manufacturers Roundtable

June 7 complimentary lunch event is designed to hear from manufacturers and connect them to resources for profitable growth. The event is offered at no cost to manufacturers and will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at San Juan Oaks.

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

Hollister business wins Startup Challenge Monterey Bay

Three Hollister businesses competed in this year's Startup Challenge Monterey Bay in Salinas. Two came home with prize money.

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America's Job Center is at 1111 San Felipe Road, Suite 107 in Hollister. Photo courtesy America's Job Center.

Local job center seeks participants to learn job skills in class setting

The Americas Job Center of California in San Benito County is seeking to place as many as 30 participants ages 16-24 through training accounts where participants will learn job skills in a class setting.

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COG Executive Director Mary Gilbert said $1.8 billion needs to be raised over 22 years to pay for road projects. Photos by John Chadwell.

Transportation sales tax measure picks up steam

A recent survey of potential 2018 voters conducted by COG showed that a majority would support a one-cent sales tax for transportation needs.

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Council of Governments Evaluating Transportation Needs

The regional transportation agency is seeking community input on transportation needs, and is scheduling conversations with community organizations to discuss possible solutions.

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Chamber of Commerce CEO to step down in May

The head of the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce is expected to step down at the end of May for a new position as CEO of the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce.

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OPINION: Time to Quit Using the Property Tax Distribution Rate as an Excuse

San Benito’s property tax distribution rate is not as bad or as wrong as the county would have you believe, but they will continue to use it as an excuse until the voters wise up.

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San Juan Bautista City Hall

San Juan Bautista City Council holds first reading of cannabis ordinance

City council members held a public hearing on a proposed cannabis ordinance. The implementation of the ordinance is contingent upon a citywide tax gaining voter approval in November.

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Two Hollister businesses enter startup challenge finals

Arti-Culture and Ohana Shave Ice enter the final round for Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. While this is Arti-Culture's first entry, Ohana came in second place last year in the Main Street Division.

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Monterey Bay Community Power to implement Community Advisory Council

Local residents from Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties interested in applying should do so before the deadline in April 30.

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Students in Hollister participating in International Day of Peace activity

Gavilan College adds new transfer degree in Social Justice Studies

The Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor's degree in Social Justice Studies and related majors. Career pathways include social wo

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New housing units are still within the growth rate under the city's growth management plan. Photos by John Chadwell.

What is smart growth?

Local politicians and county residents explain what smart growth means to them

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San Juan Bautista City Hall on a rainy day in March 2018. Photo by Nicholas Preciado

San Juan Bautista City Council considers cannabis tax

The San Juan Bautista City Council is considering placing a cannabis tax measure before voters in November. Council members will review a draft cannabis ordinance on April 4 at 2 p.m.

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The $250,000 cost to renovate the Briggs building is so high, according to Adam Goldstone, because no one needs the work and they can bid whatever they want.. Photos by John Chadwell.

County Parks & Recreation Commission sends $600k in restoration projects to supervisors for approval

Costs to renovate county properties skyrockets because skilled workers are in short supply as County Parks & Recreation Commission approves $600,000 in renovations to supervisors for consideration.

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Hollister Farms will take up both plots of land between the Highway 25 bypass and McCray Street that have remained empty for years. Photos by Google Earth.

Hollister City Manager: Groundbreaking for new shopping center could be in two months

Idaho-based Hawkins Companies to build 130,000 square foot shopping center in Hollister, with ground breaking possibly in next two months, according to city manager.

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