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Headquartered at the 1856 wood-frame Rozas House, the Rozas House, Org. Inc. is dedicated to ‚Äúthe preservation and protection of early California history, music and culture.‚ÄĚ

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San Francisco Set to Apologize to Black Residents for ‚ÄėSystemic Racism‚Äô


Members of the board gathered to put forward a resolution that takes responsibility for the history of discrimination against Black San Franciscans.

The Twists, Turns and Shifts in Power That Created San Benito County


San Benito County was founded Feb. 12, 1874, ending its 24 years as part of Monterey County. It was an inevitable chapter in a story that began in 1797. And that story is about land.

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DeRose Winery is steeped in South Valley history

Al DeRose stands in front of a photo of his father, Pat DeRose, at the family vineyard’s tasting room in Hollister. Photo: John McKay

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California Music Docs

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People Power! What Is Democracy, and How Does It Work in California?

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