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State Lawmakers Weigh Buying Out Farmers to Save Water

A proposal in the state Senate would spend up to $1.5 billion to buy “senior water rights” that allow farmers to take as much water as needed from the state’s rivers and streams.

(June 6, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Cannabis Failing to Bring Expected Revenue

San Benito County expected to see impressive revenue from cannabis companies. However, the county and the city of San Juan Bautista have yet to see any returns.

(May 13, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report

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Central Coast wine pioneer Josh Jensen dies

Josh Jensen—famed founder of Hollister’s Calera Wine, visionary leader in the American wine community and an iconic pioneer of luxury California Pinot Noir—died peacefully at his San Francisco home June 11. He was 78 years old.  In the world of …

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Garlic Festival: ‘Massive’ events no longer realistic

The Gilroy Garlic Festival will not host its traditional event this year or for the “foreseeable future,” organizers announced this week. A series of smaller, more intimate events still on tap for 2022 aim to bring the festival back to …

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What’s the Best Way to Celebrate César Chávez Day?

Californians have the perfect opportunity to remember César Chávez by making March 31 a day of service.

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Gilroy Garlic Festival eyes new venue, events

The rising costs of hosting a massive event have forced Gilroy Garlic Festival organizers to rethink the city’s signature event in a way that substantially supports local nonprofits without breaking the bank. A difficult two years, with the shooting in …

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San Benito land trust earns national recognition

San Benito Agricultural Land Trust (SBALT) announced Feb. 25 that it achieved national recognition through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. It joins more than 450 land trusts across the nation to receive the honor. “Accreditation demonstrates SBALT’s commitment to local …

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Organizer: New Fresno garlic festival not a competitor to Gilroy

The organizers of a new garlic festival in Fresno County say the event is not meant to rival Gilroy’s long-standing tradition, but rather, is a celebration of the California-grown bulb and the people behind it. The National Garlic Festival, put …

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Ballot drive seeks to preserve county’s farmland

A group of local residents is once again attempting to get San Benito County voters more involved in local land use decisions, citing ongoing growth challenges and a history of excessive influence by developers. On Jan. 31, proponents submitted a …

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Mushroom Mardi Gras returns in 2022

After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras will return to the city’s downtown for Memorial Day weekend in 2022, according to organizers. The two-day outdoor food, art and music festival will take …

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Holding Back the Bud Boom

California’s cannabis business is blossoming, but industry experts tell the Sacramento Bee that the state is leaving money on the table.

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