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May 20, 2022

June 7 ballot features full slate of local candidates

San Benito County voters will have an abundance of choices for numerous local offices that will appear on the June 7 primary ballot. The local ballot features the newly redrawn 18th U.S. Congressional District, three county supervisors seats, district attorney’s office, sheriff-coroner and more. The...

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...

City says ‘No’ to Hollister Independence Rally

Special to the Free Lance The Hollister City Council came to a split decision March 21 that there were not enough public safety personnel to support the traditional Independence Day Rally in the city that is known to be “The Birthplace of the American Biker.” Councilmembers...

Committee passes ‘Clean Water for All’ bills

On World Water Day, March 22, the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials passed three bills that aim to protect the state’s water sources and access, according to a press release from Assemblymember Robert Rivas.   The first piece of legislation, Assembly Bill 2106,...

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...

Hollister, County Supes prepare to spend big to fix roads

City of Hollister and San Benito County officials are taking steps to speed up the repair and upgrades of local deteriorating roadways by allocating large sums of money for the efforts. The Hollister City Council on March 21 approved the sale of $20 million in...

Supervisors hold off on placing tax measure on ballot

The San Benito County Board of Supervisors on March 8 were unable to come to a consensus on whether or not to add a sales tax measure to the November ballot, requesting more information on the county’s finances. Among the concerns during the public forum,...

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 headed to victory in Hollister special election

Dolores Morales appears headed to victory in the five-person race for Hollister City Council District 3, according to unofficial election results. Morales has received 482 votes, or about 42% of the ballots counted so far in the Nov. 2 special election, says the San Benito...

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