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Rotary Club of Hollister—founded in 1925—is a local branch of the long-standing service organization made up of business and professional leaders “united worldwide who conduct humanitarian projects, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and work toward world understanding and peace.”

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San Juan Bautista Hosts ‘Chicken Coop’ Celebration


On Aug. 13, businesses in San Juan Bautista will break with tradition to reinvent its yearly San Juan Day street fair with pop-up “chicken coop” markets, a flea market at the VFW hall and a citywide garage sale.

Community Vision SBC Listens to Local Voices, Looks to County’s Future


Community Vision San Benito County has resumed its work to organize a community-gathering effort to identify both the difficulties and the hopes of county residents.

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Image caption: Zoning laws tell you what you can and can't build on the property you own. How does government get away with that?
How Zoning Laws Shape California and Society

Zoning laws determine what can be built and where. These laws have shaped California, but are they really just tools for social engineering? The history of zoning is closely tied to racial segregation, as well as the state's shortage of …

Image caption: In what appears to be a power play that worked, a developer proposed building 14 residential highrises with a combined 4,260 units in Santa Monica.
How California Developers Twist Affordable Housing Laws

A new interpretation of an old law gives homebuilders leverage over California cities and their zoning codes. They’re using it to push through thousands of new apartments around the state.

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12 earthquakes rattle Tres Pinos area

For people living in San Benito County the rocking and rolling of the earth is a somewhat frequent event. On March 14 and 15 the Tres Pinos area experienced 12 earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 2.4 to 3.4 on the …

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City will not host 2023 motorcycle rally

Following a recent city council discussion, it is increasingly likely that the Fourth of July motorcycle rally will not return to Hollister for 2023. The council on March 6 discussed the possibility of bringing the rally back to the downtown …

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More than 9,000 in South County lose power due to storm

Thousands of PG&E customers throughout South County were without power Tuesday afternoon due to strong winds and extreme weather from the latest atmospheric river storm that struck the region. As of 2:45pm March 14, more than 9,000 electricity customers in …

Image caption: Caltrans has received $680,000 in federal funding to explore alternatives for reconnecting communities along the I-980 in Oakland.
Rerouting Past Wrongs

California lawmakers are exploring ways to reconnect urban neighborhoods torn asunder during the interstate highway construction boom of the 1950s and ’60s.

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Rib Cook-off returns to San Juan Bautista April 29-May 1

The Great San Juan Bautista Rib Cook-off returns April 29-30 and May 1. Organizers will close down the streets of historic San Juan Bautista to make way for the festival of ribs, crafts and music.  Award-winning teams will prepare and …

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City says ‘No’ to Hollister Independence Rally

Special to the Free Lance The Hollister City Council came to a split decision March 21 that there were not enough public safety personnel to support the traditional Independence Day Rally in the city that is known to be “The …

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Street fest comeback

The San Juan Bautista Art & Craft Festival returned to the streets of the San Benito County town last weekend for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic started, bringing crowds of all ages and enthusiastic vendors. The festival, which …

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In which we ponder how to make things better in a climate of no.

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