Data shows that Hollister is a bedroom community and half of the city's workers leave the county for their job. Yet, to create a sustainable and thriving community, creating more business opportunities within San Benito County is critical.What should...
As crowds of folks, many in costume, converged on Casa de Fruta for the first day of the Northern California Renaissance Faire on Saturday, it got us wondering—what are the best ways to unplug and unwind in San Benito...

Escapism

The last couple weeks have felt like a dream. It all started in Tres Pinos when Confederate and Union soldiers in full regalia—rifles drawn—battled among the 19th century clapboard houses at San Benito County Historical Park. Then on Saturday...
The 20th congressional district, which includes San Benito County, is home to an estimated 20,000 Dreamers, undocumented individuals who were brought to the U.S. as children. California is home to 1 in 4 recipients of DACA, a program that...
It is not unusual for my nine-year-old daughter and I to talk politics.Even so, I was surprised when last Sunday, while sitting at the kitchen table, Lola asked, “So, what is going on with immigration?”The NPR evening news program...

Fair time

My favorite event of the year is fast approaching – the county fair.Before settling in the wooded surround of north Monterey County, I pounded the pavement in some of the world’s grandest metropolitan cities and yet the county fair...
The San Benito County Fair is right around the corner and starts September 28 at the Bolado Park Event Center. What are your favorite exhibits or things to do at the county fair? As communities change and the area...
Hollister City Council recently approved an ABC liquor license for a new wine room downtown. What other types of businesses would you like to see open in the downtown district? Charlene Hernandez: I think approving this type of establishment is...
Like the rising floods ravaging parts of Texas and Louisiana, this week ended in a deluge of breaking news.San Juan Bautista City Manager Roger Grimsley, who also doubled as the small town’s city engineer, abruptly resigned Tuesday during...
While my school days are well behind me, this time of the year always leaves me with feelings of hope and trepidation.As the Free Lance took a tour of San Benito High School with Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum earlier this...

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Sunsets and starry nights

Welcome home to Aromas—a nice place to live! Escape the heat, but enjoy the sun in this beautiful country home on 2.3 wooded acres....

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Cooking at the San Benito Olive Festival

The fourth annual San Benito Olive Festival on Saturday showcased the very finest of this ancient crop.Just eight miles from Hollister at the San...