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April 12, 2024

Letter: Make peace with people everywhere in 2024

Do you hear what I hear? Is this the last song of the past season or is this the first song of the new season, the new year.  “ A sigh, a sigh…..way up in the sky,” written by a Jewish peace loving woman...

Letter: New residents have a right to oppose growth

Lately I have been coming across the refrain that newer residents of San Benito County are somehow hypocritical if they voice concern or opposition to the out-of-control housing growth. This could not be further from the truth. Our newly settled neighbors have some of...

State stiffens penalties for fentanyl trafficking

People convicted of distributing fentanyl will face stiffer criminal penalties in the coming year under a new law shaped by rising overdose deaths. The law increases the penalty for selling or distributing more than one kilogram of fentanyl by an automatic addition of three years...

2024 brings tougher penalties for child trafficking in CA

A law that classifies human trafficking of a minor for the purposes of a commercial sex act as a “serious felony” took effect Jan. 1, less than six months after debate around the bill roiled the Capitol.  Under current law, human trafficking of a minor...

Guest view: The state of our city

As the year comes to a close, it is fitting to reflect on what has been achieved in and around Hollister and at City Hall. The City Council has been very focused on strategic planning, getting the city staffed up and improving operations.  We had...

Driver dies in New Year’s Eve collision near Gilroy

At least one died in a vehicle collision near Gilroy on Monday midnight, barely an hour after New Year arrived, according to California Highway Patrol.  The CHP said two vehicles, a Nissan SUV and a Chevy pickup truck, were involved in the fatal crash which...

Local Scene: District to offer updates on new high school planning

The community is invited to Hollister High School's library on Jan. 17 (in Spanish) and Jan. 18 (in English) for community town halls to update the planning and preparation process for a second high school in the San Benito High School District.  The events, which...

DeRose Winery is steeped in South Valley history

In my last column I highlighted Rosy and Rich Bergen’s Little Uvas Vineyard (LUV) and their facility called “The Garage” at 255 Fitzgerald Ave. in San Martin. Their long range plan is to have other businesses, like other wineries and eateries, help fill the...

State approves rules that turn sewage into drinking water

In a milestone for creating a major new source of drinking water, California has approved its first standards for turning sewage into potable water supplies delivered to homes and businesses. The State Water Resources Control Board, in a unanimous vote Dec. 19, outlined for the...

New 2024 laws protect workers who use cannabis

Californians that partake in cannabis use in their off-work down time will have more employment protections beginning Jan. 1 thanks to new laws.   Assembly Bill 2188 is an amendment to the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act and prohibits employers from discriminating against a worker...

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