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Govenor Shifts Oil Profits Penalty Plan to Regulators


The Newsom administration announces it will go through the state Energy Commission instead of the Legislature for a penalty on windfall profits of oil refiners.

Court Upholds Prop. 22 in Big Win for Lyft and Uber


An appeals court has ruled in favor of companies that want to classify some workers as independent contractors, saying that Proposition 22 is mostly constitutional.

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Image caption: What role did the self-described "libertarian" venture capitalist play in SVB's collapse?
Did Peter Thiel Cause the Collapse of SVB?

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?

Image caption: The government has avoided calling its plan to pay off SVB depositors a "bailout." But is it?
Silicon Valley Bank Collapse: the Causes and Bailout

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 …

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The Baler Steakhouse offers upscale experience in Hollister

After a little more than one year of jumping hurdles and countless hours of idle work, the doors to The Baler Steakhouse are now open for business. The restaurant officially launched last year on Black Friday, Nov. 25, at 500 …

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Jimmy Panetta concerned over SV Bank failure

Representative Jimmy Panetta (CA-19) released the following statement regarding the closure of Silicon Valley Bank by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI), which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver: “I am extremely concerned by …

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Hospital says financial outlook improves

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital officials said this week that HHMH will enter the second quarter of 2023 in a “better than expected cash position,” due to cost savings measures and optimistic negotiations with MediCal, Medicare and Anthem. The hospital also …

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Eat, Drink, Savor: Kobza Wines are a nod to San Benito County’s great wine traditions

Winemaker Ryan Kobza, of Kobza Wines, has become especially fond of one particular hillside at Pat Wirz’s vineyards in Hollister. The vines, primarily Mourvedre and Zinfandel, along with Rose of Peru, Mourtaou and Palomino, are over 110 years old and …

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PGE bills expected to decrease

Information provided by PG&E  After three months of higher-than-normal natural gas market prices driving up energy bills, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers can expect, on average, a 75% decline in their March natural gas bills. The decrease is …

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Free tax services for qualified individuals

This article was written by BenitoLink intern Alexis Castro Juarez Información disponible en español a continuación The San Benito County Community Action Board is offering free tax filing by certified tax preparers as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance …

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Eat, Drink, Savor: New beers from Mad Pursuit

With just a little over three months until their second anniversary, Mad Pursuit Brewery Company has already made an indelible mark on the Hollister downtown food and drink scene. Caught in the transition between the mulling spice-tinged winter warmers and …

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Crave Wine Bar celebrates new look

A champagne reception was held at Crave Wine Bar & Shop on Feb. 28 to celebrate the completion of a mural depicting a vineyard silhouetted against a mountain range. Guests including Hollister Mayor Mia Casey, Grillin & Chillin Alehouse owner …


Owning homes is the primary way the middle class builds wealth, and an option no longer available to most Californians.
Is California’s Housing Crisis Making Inequality Worse?
California has some of the worst economic inequality in the United States. Is housing a cause? Could it be a cure?
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