In a July county board meeting, Supervisor Anthony Botelho launched into one of his periodic tirades about overbearing state regulations, from the Fish and Wildlife agency, causing harm to the local economy. In this case, that harm was more akin locally to an economic shipwreck, with Atlanta-based Pulte Group pulling out of its highly desirable Del Webb community at San Juan Oaks Golf Club.
Poor transportation planning and lack of coordination, especially by San Benito County, will soon overwhelm a critical portion of the local road network.
One unusual Friday night, with no plans on our calendar, my husband and I went to Sarah’s Vineyard for their Sunset Music Series. For $60 we enjoyed some of the finest pinot noir on the Central Coast, dinner and live music amidst an amazingly beautiful, 360-degree vista.
On a recent Sunday afternoon, a group of us followed the Wine Trail of Santa Clara Valley and stopped in at Kirigin Cellars, which has been making wine on the property since 1916. There are so many things to love about Kirigin Cellars: to start with, their expansive property comprises rolling vineyards, over 1000 rose bushes and 100 sequoia redwoods.
How many people can say they positively affected thousands of children in their lives? Gene Cotter was among the very few in that prestigious club.
I love living in Gilroy. We’ve got the natural beauty of open space (for now, anyway), mountains all around us, an extremely friendly community, the Premium Outlets and best of all, a dozen or so awesome wineries right in our very own backyard.
FOMO, or the fear of missing out, prompted my husband and I to abandon San Jose and move to Gilroy. With approximately 50 wineries between Morgan Hill and Hollister, the dizzying array of music, wine and food events throughout the summer—many of them free or at very low-cost—offers something for nearly everyone.
But the Hollister City Council must take a hard look at putting in restrictions to bar dispensaries from downtown, other areas where children congregate.
Timeless tradition in Hollister: Grown-up children shoot off miniature and not-so-miniature bombs over other residents’ properties, putting neighbors’ lives at risk and keeping the rest of the town awake until violators’ self-justified lawlessness simmers at a time of their choosing.
Winter 2016 saw improved hydrologic conditions in parts of California. More rain and snow fell in Northern California as compared with Central and Southern California; yet, due to California’s water conveyance systems, concerns over supply reliability have eased even in urban Southern California. Consequently, the mandatory conservation standards put in place by the state have been adjusted.

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