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October 22, 2021

Businesses are in middle of potential ICE squeeze

The stories began flying last week: Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents would raid businesses across California and deport undocumented workers. As of this newspaper’s press time, the raids had not started, but the specter remains. Heightened anxiety about federal immigration policies has already intensified...

Take anti-flu precautions

The flu has turned deadly in San Benito County. Two San Benito County residents have died due from an influenza virus, health officials reported this week. Many are suffering flu symptoms, and some of these infections are one of the influenza viruses. Feel like you’ve been...

Editorial: Scams Target Retirees

A new year brings new goals, new challenges, and unfortunately for many of our older citizens, new opportunities to be taken advantage of, fleeced, scammed, and robbed by gentle-voiced “financial counselors.” As the Baby Boomers enter retirement, a special category of predators sees a potential...

Why should we care?

Why should we care? Why should we care about any further investigation of the money that disappeared from the Tony and Barbara Matulich Charitable Trust? After all, the farming couple that established the trust died in 2002 and 2012. It wasn’t like the money...

Dabo departure is long overdue

Mitchell Dabo is leaving the San Benito County Board of Education. At least he said three weeks ago that he would. The sooner the better. He could have announced his plans to resign when he told us last week that he would not seek to...

The Green Rush

The tables were filled with cannabis-infused edibles, from granola chunks to dark chocolate bites. A nearby booth had flavored cannabis milk dished out in small plastic cups, the enthusiastic pitchman warning of the potency of the blackberry-scented drink. Then there were the topicals—thick lotions...

Holiday giving

Family parties, work mixers, Santa Claus—the holiday season is here. Hollister and San Juan Bautista started the festivities with night-time parades, where residents came out in droves to watch their friends, family and neighbors wave from lit up floats, trailers or classic cars, steaming...

San Benito County leaders silent on Dabo

The facts are not in dispute. At the close of a 90-minute trial in San Benito County Superior Court on Nov. 13, Judge Marjorie L. Carter ruled in favor of the Community Foundation for San Benito County, affirming the facts as presented: Mitchell Dabo, owner...

A Native American Thanksgiving Address

In 1620, a ship carrying European settlers landed off the coast of Massachusetts and started a settlement at an abandoned Native American village of the Wampanoag tribe. Some native people helped them through their first difficult year,  teaching them how to grow and gather...

Brown v. Brown

Governor Jerry Brown is no relation to the late Assemblyman Ralph Brown, for whom the Ralph M. Brown Act—which since 1953 as guaranteed the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies in California—was named. The governor is increasingly no friend...