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June 27, 2022

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...

Supervisor denies major role in mayoral recall effort

A group of local residents may soon begin collecting signatures to place a recall election of Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez on an upcoming ballot. On July 8, recall proponent Celeste Toledo-Bocanegra gained approval for her third submission of a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall...

Council seeks legal advice before flying Christian flag over City Hall

The Hollister City Council will wait until it hears from the state attorney general before it considers raising the Christian flag in front of City Hall. The council on June 21 voted 3-1 to request a letter from Attorney General Rob Bonta regarding the legality...

Voters to decide on term limits for San Benito supervisors

San Benito County’s voters will get to decide if the elected members of the board of supervisors should be subject to term limits. The supervisors voted 4-0 at the June 8 meeting to introduce an ordinance to place the question on an upcoming ballot—likely in...

‘Recall Velazquez’ legal notice rejected again

A group of Hollister residents who hope to unseat the mayor in a recall election are now blaming City Clerk Christine Black after their required public noticing paperwork was rejected for the second time.  The citizens group known as Recall Velazquez sent out a press...

Resident attempts to recall Hollister mayor

In early January, Celeste Toledo-Bocanegra launched a GoFundMe page and website to recall Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez. As of April 19, it had raised just $1,030 of its $20,000 goal, with the last donation being made two months ago.  The GoFundMe page states that “through...

Sig Sanchez, longtime South Valley politician, dies Jan. 30

Sig Sanchez—former mayor of Gilroy and loyal advocate for South County throughout his 55-year public service career—died peacefully Jan. 30, according to family members.

Biden sworn in as 46th U.S President

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, taking office at a moment of profound health, economic and political crises with a promise to seek unity after a tumultuous four years that tore at the fabric of American society.

Supes meetings closed to the public due to Covid-19

Any members of the community who want to participate in this week’s San Benito County Board of Supervisors meeting will have to do so from a safe distance on the internet or the phone.   County officials announced on Jan. 11 that the public will not...

Environmentalists protest against new highway nodes

A group of environmentalists known as Preserve Our Rural Communities, a grassroots group in San Benito County, took over a small section of the Superior Court parking lot on Tuesday morning.   Organizer Andy Hsia-Coron took the lead on Jan. 5 in what was a peaceful...