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May 25, 2022

Meet the candidates: Sheriff-coroner

Running for the office of San Benito County Sheriff-Coroner are incumbent Eric Taylor, who was appointed to the office by the board of supervisors following Darren Thompson’s retirement in 2021; and Juan Guevara. Guevara has more than 10 years of experience in Bay Area and...

Young artists show off their talents

Local students had a chance to show off their visual and performing arts talents at the 7th annual San Benito County Arts Showcase March 31. The show took place at the Veterans’ Memorial Building in Hollister, where attendees were treated to more than 2,000...

Learn about voting choices at April 2 event

Local agencies and organizations will host local families and residents with food, music, raffles, face painting and more at the Voter’s Choice Act Kickoff celebration on April 2. The event will take place 11am-2pm on the patio of the Hollister Veterans Memorial building, 649 San...

Gilroy woman sentenced to jail for role in U.S. Capitol breach

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., sentenced Mariposa Castro, of Gilroy, to 45 days in jail Feb. 23 for her participation in the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Castro, also known as Imelda Castro, was also ordered to pay a $5,000...

County approves more homes, plans for embattled Santana Ranch

The developer of the Santana Ranch neighborhood recently gained permission to build more homes off Fairview Road, even though the embattled project is behind on its affordable housing requirements spelled out in a nearly 11-year-old agreement with the county. The San Benito County Board of...

Morales leads in Hollister District 3 council ballot count

With more than 200 ballots left to count, Dolores Morales leads the vote tally for the Hollister City Council District 3 special election by 88 votes. The polls closed at 8pm Nov. 2, and elections officials counted and posted the first results (872 ballots) shortly...

PACs’ support for council candidate grows

The latest campaign funding disclosures for the Hollister City Council District 3 race show increasing financial support from political representatives and organizations for one of the five candidates. Running for the council seat are Lauretta Avina, Scott McPhail, Dolores Morales, Silas Quintero and Matthew Rojas....

Five candidates qualify for Hollister council election

The race is on to replace former Hollister City Council member Honor Spencer, as five candidates have qualified to run for her District 3 seat in the Nov. 2 election. Lauretta Avina, Scott McPhail, Dolores Morales, Silas Quintero and Matthew Rojas will be on the...

City council tables decision on ‘thin blue line’ flag

The Hollister City Council delayed its decision on flying the “thin blue line flag” at City Hall on Aug. 2, citing the need for more background on the significance of the timing. On July 16, the city received an application from a group that identifies...

After another snag, group abandons effort to recall mayor

The voters who have been trying to recall Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez have abandoned the initiative after their attempts to meet legal noticing requirements failed for the fourth time. Instead, the mayor’s detractors will focus on finding a candidate to run against Velazquez in the...

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