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The Gilroy Rotary Club donated $52,500 to more than 15 local schools and organizations during a recent meeting. The funds will go toward such items as art supplies at South Valley Middle School, a new dishwasher for the Culinary Academy at Rebekah Children’s Services.
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R.O. Hardin Leads the Way on Early Literacy
With outside visitors observing R.O. Hardin Elementary School classrooms March 7, kindergarten students demonstrated their new literacy skills.
Sheriff Investigates Fentanyl Exposures at Jail
Santa Clara County Sheriff Robert Jonsen is drawing attention to a rash of fentanyl overdoses and exposures at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas.
Who Buys Electric Cars in California?
Communities with high concentrations of electric cars are affluent, college-educated and at least 75% white and Asian—revealing a barrier to electrifying the state’s entire fleet.
State May Downsize Program for First-Time Homebuyers
Gov. Newsom wants to spend $300 million the first year. But falling home prices and rising mortgage rates are complicating the launch.
Strada Verde Joint Study Session Postponed
The applicant for the proposed Strada Verde Innovation Park in northern San Benito County has asked local officials to postpone an upcoming planning meeting.
Local Scene: Bach to Blues; Community Solutions Gala
The Bach to Blues Concert returns to the Gavilan College Theater on March 18 at 7:30pm.
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Hollister Literacy Program Making Strides
A Hollister elementary school has implemented a new reading program that has increased the percentage of students reading at grade level.
CalPERS Settles for $800 Million Over Misleading Claims on Long-Term Care Insurance
Retired California government workers will get tens of thousands of dollars if they give up their long-term care insurance.
Auditions Open Soon for Large-Scale Disney Musical at Gavilan College
In the summer, South County audiences will be transported under the sea to experience a show of such a magnitude that has never been seen before locally, says Broadway South Bay’s Ken Christopher.
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State of Jefferson may be the best-known secessionist movement, but starting before California became a state, there have been at lest 220 efforts to divide the state into two pieces, or even more.
The State of Jefferson is a movement by northern counties to secede from California and form a new state. It started in 1941, and remains strong today. But it such a drastic move even possible? Here's everything you need to …
President Obama’s closest advisor, Valerie Jarrett, created and ran the White House Office of Public Engagement. Because democracy.
Peter Thiel, the Donald Trump supporting Silicon Valley billionaire and venture capitalist, may have played a big role inthe bank run that ended in the failure of Silicon Valley Bank. But why?
On March 10, the Pajaro River flooded the small agricultural town on its banks. Professor Dustin Mulvaney traces the turbulent history of the Central Coast’s second largest watershed.
SVB lobbied hard for bank deregulation, which may have led to its own failure. And depositors blew past limits on federal insurance, knowing they would lose their cash if the bank went under unless the government saved them. Here’s how …
A sizeable coalition has called for California's water regulator to take emergency measures to protect Mono Lake and suspend diversions to Los Angeles.
The San Joaquin Valley plans, serving low-income Latino communities, were deemed inadequate for preventing dry wells and sinking land.
When warm storms melt snowpack early, reservoir managers must release water to prevent flooding—which sends this precious resource into the ocean.
2023’s torrential rainstorms have eased California's drought conditions. But there’s a lot more to drought than the amount of rain, and this drought isn't over yet.
In a time of unprecedented polarization, Braver Angels encourages citizens to do something completely revolutionary: listen to each other.
Climate change driven storms are creating new problems for Gavin Newsom and California's budget process, which is already reeling from a projected $25 billion deficit that emerged after a $97 billion surplus disappeared.
California is the top agricultural producer in the U.S., and a top beneficiary of visitor spending. So naturally, we’ve got fun, food-driven tourist magnets.
California lawmakers are exploring ways to reconnect urban neighborhoods torn asunder during the interstate highway construction boom of the 1950s and ’60s.
Shopping malls revolutionized how Americans shopped, socialized, and lived. Now, malls face an uncertain future. How did the dream of a new town square go so wrong?
America has become a mostly suburban country, and California is known for its sprawling ’burbs. But what is a suburb? It turns out California may not be as suburban as people believe.
The task force members are discussing monetary and nonmonetary reparations ideas to compensate for slavery and racism. Some say they want policies to prevent future harms against Black Californians.
Cannabis has been king in this rural area of northern California. As prices plummet, communities and small businesses are hurting, Many blame Prop 64.
The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday heard arguments in a potential landmark case that could roll back Section 230, the 27-year-old law that protects free speech on social media and other online platforms. Which way were the justices leaning?
San Benito County Newsletter
Catch up with all the local news, upcoming government meetings and community events.
Bill’s Bullpen is celebrating its 35th anniversary in Hollister and Bill Mifsud Jr. remains irrepressibly enthusiastic about the shop he runs, which his father, Bill Sr., started in 1987.
Hollister High School students in the CMEA Central Coast Section High School Honor Band have taken regional honors.
In Memory Of
Gilroy remembers Coach Avis Kelley, who always encouraged everyone around him to make that extra effort to improve themselves in all facets of their lives.
Hollister’s Jenny Cullumber—who has welcomed foster children, exchange students and other youth into her life over the years—was named the 2023 California Mother of the Year by American Mothers, Inc.
On Jan. 7, San Benito High School District held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to name the Science and Robotics Building at Hollister High School after Mary Ann Barragan for her contributions to the district.
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