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2020 Visitor & Business Guide


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CONTENTS 2 0 2 0 S A N B E N I T O C O U N T Y V I S I T O R & B U S I N E S S G U I D E I www.s a n b e n i t o c o u n t y c h a m b e r. c o m

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FEATURES

DISCOVER • ADVENTURE • SAVOR

8 TOURISM AGING GRACEFULLY

The historic Mission City celebrated its 150th anniversary with an array of events and ceremonies.

14 ADVENTURE AWAITS

San Benito County offers excellent hiking options and beautiful parks; explore our map of the trails.

22 COUNTY OVERVIEW PERFECT LANDING SPOT

When it comes to doing business, San Benito County is a perfect landing spot. The Hollister Municipal Airport is among many reasons enterprises of all sizes should consider doing business here.

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San Benito County was already an up-andcoming hotspot for recreation—whether visitors plan to take in wineries, fine restaurants or wedding spots—but several new establishments have upped the area’s game even further in recent years.

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DEPARTMENTS 4 MESSAGE FROM THE CEO 6 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 16 OFFICIAL GEMSTONE 18 ECONOMIC GROWTH 20 STATISTICS

Sometimes change is a good thing. That was the case in 2019 for the San Benito County wine industry, with two major producers acquired by larger wineries that are committed to continued improvements.

21 AREA MAP

42 RELOCATION

52 CONTACTS AND SERVICES

36 ART WALK AND MAP 48 ABOUT THE CHAMBER 51 AMBASSADORS

IDEAL LIVING CONDITIONS

53 OUR GOVERNMENT

San Benito County is on a roll economically and culturally, making it an ideal place to relocate a business and family.

54 BUSINESS DIRECTORY 68 ADVERTISER INDEX

This entire publication and its contents are ©2020 San Benito County Chamber of Commerce, all rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce is prohibited. Information in The Guide is gathered from various sources and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. The San Benito County Chamber of Commerce assumes no responsibility for omissions, errors or misinformation. Please contact the Chamber at the address shown here with any additions or corrections.


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WELCOME

243 6th Street, Ste. 100 Hollister, CA 95023 www.SanBenitoCountyChamber.com www.DiscoverSanBenitoCounty.com STAFF Michelle Leonard Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Rodriguez Director of Tourism & Hospitality Renee Sarmento Operations Manager OUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Discover San Benito County Beautiful San Benito County, located in California’s central coast, is one of California’s travel gems. Here, amidst great natural beauty, you’ll find some of the state’s best wineries, spectacular outdoor adventures, world-class golf, and so much more. You’ll experience gracious, small-town hospitality, yet have all the modern comforts right at hand. Charming shops, a wide variety of well-reviewed restaurants, hotels and bed and breakfasts for every taste and budget, it’s all here. Set in an idyllic small valley surrounded by spectacular agriculture, San Benito County is only an hour or so from the Silicon Valley, just east of Monterey. It’s close to everything, yet feels like another world altogether. We hope you will come and visit us soon and Discover San Benito County. See you Soon, Michelle Leonard CEO/President San Benito County Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Rodriguez Director of Tourism & Hospitality San Benito County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Bureau

Rene Rodriguez – Born in Hollister, California, and raised in Paicines until the sixth grade, Rene watched his father take photos of all their family journeys. He started taking photographs during high school, using a Kodak 110. He enjoyed entering The Free Lance photo contests and the San Benito County Fair. Rene has been taking photographs for over 35 years. He donates his time to non-profit organizations within his community.

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Thank you San Benito County for your support of the proposed Betabel Road Charity Project!

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75-100 new full-time jobs from entry level to skilled managerial

Millions in annual county tax revenue. To fix roads, hire deputies, support county workers.

All profits to pediatric cancer research to fund life-saving treatments.

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Legendary Environmentalist Herman Garcia and CHEER support Betabel 100%. ”Heck, yes. It’s a win for everyone. Go Betabel!” Illustrations by Kelly Steele

Tourism & Commerce Over 600K cars pass by the Betabel property every week. The Betabel Road Charity Project will potentially introduce tens of thousands of passing tourists to San Benito County’s shops, restaurants, businesses, and rich history.

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Our planned oversized watering can ‘Visitor’s Center,’ will offer brochures, maps, marketing materials and a video presentation promoting the business and tourist attractions of this special county. Beginning with the uniquely picturesque San Juan Bautista, then on to historic Hollister, and finally the stately breathtaking Pinnacles National Park.


2020 EVENTS JANUARY

APRIL

Mission 10 Run - put on by the Hollister Rotary Club in San Juan Bautista

Business Expo & Job Fair at Vet’s Memorial Building

San Benito County Chamber of Commerce Green Business Mixer

FEBRUARY San Benito County Chamber of Commerce Dinner Dance/People and Businesses of the Year

4-H Pancake Breakfast at Bolado Park Open Studios Art Tour throughout county Fremont Peak Day at Fremont Peak near San Juan Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in Hollister

Cinco de Mayo Dinner & Dance in San Juan Bautista Free Comic Book Day at Bill’s Bullpen in Hollister Sip, Savor & Celebrate Fundraiser for CASA of San Benito Hospital Week at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Oriana Chorale Concert in Hollister

Poetry Out Loud at Anzar High School

Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Hollister

Valentine’s Day Dinner at San Juan Oaks

High school rodeo finals at Bolado Park

MARCH

Earth Day Celebration in Hollister

Miss San Benito Rodeo Contest at Bolado Park

Community Foundation Women’s Fund Dinner

San Benito County Memorial Roping at Bolado Park

El Teatro Family Day Fundraiser

Saddle Horse Show Parade in Hollister

San Juan Bautista Arts & Crafts Festival in downtown San Juan Crab Crack & Dance at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos Hollister Exchange Club Crab Feed at Bolado Park Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale in San Juan Bautista San Benito County Cattlewomen Annual Pedro Party in Tres Pinos Tea & Treasures Brunch at San Juan Oaks Golf Club Ag in the Classroom Farm Day at Bolado Park

MAY San Juan Bautista Rib Cookoff in Downtown San Juan Easter Parade in San Juan Bautista Gavilan Kennel Club Dog Show at Bolado Park

Fourth of July Kiddie Parade & Fireworks Show in Hollister

Fiesta Fun Run in San Juan Bautista Electric Car Show in Aromas

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San Benito County Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo at Bolado Park Old Mission San Juan Fiesta in San Juan Bautista Bone off Rib Competition at VFW in San Juan

Hollister Concerts at Guerra Cellars

JULY Hollister Motorcycle Rally in Downtown Hollister Tacos for Tails fundraiser for Pet Friends at 18th Barrel Fremont Peak Observatory Programs, San Juan area Fourth of July Kiddie Parade & Fireworks Show in Hollister

Portuguese Festival in Hollister

Downtown Hollister Wine & Beer Stroll

Downtown Hollister Street Festival

Model T Ford Club Endurance Run in Hollister

Kelly Freitas Memorial Golf Tournament at San Juan Oaks

Aromas Country Garden Tour

Early Days at the State Historic Park in San Juan

Hollister Concerts at Guerra Cellars

Los Padrinos Car Show in San Juan

State Gymkhana Finals at Bolado Park

Steam Science Fair at the Vet’s Memorial Building

Show & Shine Car Show in San Juan Bautista

Pet Friends Fur Ball at Ridgemark Golf Club

Portuguese Festival & Parade in Hollister

San Benito County Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo at Bolado Park

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Palabra/Word Artist Showcase at El Teatro Campesino

Tastes & Treasures for Girls Inc. at San Juan Oaks

Art of Eating Fundraiser at Paicines Ranch

San Benito County Fair Pre-Fair Dinner at Bolado Park

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Pizza for Paws Fundraiser for Pet Friends at Hacienda de Leal Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the Historical Park in Tres Pinos San Juan Bautista Antique & Collectibles Fair Vaquero Heritage Days in San Juan Bautista Aromas Day in Aromas Hollister Concerts at Guerra Cellars YMCA River Run at Graniterock Southside Quarry

San Benito County Fair at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista Ghost Walk in San Juan Pet-A-Palooza Fundraiser for Pet Friends in Tres Pinos

Living History Days at the San Juan Bautista Mission

Red Ribbon Walk and Run at Vet’s Memorial Building in Hollister

NOVEMBER Dia de los Muertos at El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista

Victorian Christmas Home Tour throughout San Benito County

Holiday Stroll in San Juan Bautista

Wreaths Across America at Calvary Cemetery in Hollister

Pullin’ for a Cure Truck Pull in Hollister area

LULAC Veterans Day Breakfast in Hollister

Oriana Chorale Holiday Shows in San Juan and Hollister

SEPTEMBER

Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade in Downtown Hollister

Holiday Program at San Benito County Free Library

Civil War Days at the Historical Park in Tres Pinos

Veterans Day Assembly at Aromas School

Vertigo Day in San Juan Bautista

Lights On Celebration & Parade in Downtown Hollister

Hollister Concerts at Guerra Cellars Kinship Center Wine & Food Tasting Sip & Celebrate Stroll in San Juan Bautista

DECEMBER La Pastorela Show in San Juan Bautista

San Benito Gives Fundraiser

Holiday of Lights Parade in San Juan Bautista

Chicken Festival in San Juan Bautista

Lights On Celebration & Parade in San Juan Bautista

Double Road Race in San Juan Bautista The Nutcracker in Hollister Winter Solstice at Mission in San Juan Bautista

RECURRING EVENTS

1st Saturday of the Month: Living History Days at the San Juan Bautista Mission

Every Wednesday

May-September: Downtown Hollister Farmers Market

1st Saturday of the Month: Vertigo Coffee Roasters

2nd Saturday of the Month: Friends of the San Benito County Free Library Book Sale

Last Sunday of the Month: Aromas Grange Breakfast/ Swing Dance 3rd Saturday of the Month: Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the John Smith Landfill

May-Sept. Saturdays

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AGING GRACEFULLY Historic Mission City marked 150th Anniversary throughout 2019

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an Juan Bautista sure knows how to hold a birthday bash. The historic Mission City celebrated its 150th anniversary with an array of events and ceremonies throughout 2019 to mark its founding in 1869. The events led up to a special weekend in September to officially mark the big birthday and kept going right on through the holidays. The festivities started at the beginning of the year with a commemoration and plaque dedication for the 100th anniversary of the Luck Gas Station. Carl Luck owned the gas station in the Mission City. His family donated it to San Juan Bautista more than four decades ago, and it is now a museum. The Native Sons of the Golden West and Grand President Carey Pearce officiated sta Historic San Juan Bauti the ceremony and dedicate a plaque on a commemorative rock donated by Graniterock.

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(san benito tourism) Other events throughout the year included such activities as a plaque dedication in September in front of the Old Volunteer Fire Department on Polk Street. The local E Clampus Vitus Monterey Viejo #1846 organization donated the plaque and provided musical entertainment. “This is a really special day,” State Sen. Anna Caballer told the crowd that day. “We’re celebrating 150 years. But in reality, there’s a lot more history before the 150 years, and that history included the Native Americans who understood this place is a really special, spiritual place.” Assemblyman Robert Rivas at the dedication noted how he’s a lifelong resident of San Benito County. “But more importantly, I attended San Juan School from K-8th,” he said. “San Juan Bautista’s always been an important part of my life.” 10 I S a n B e n i t o C o u n t y C h a m b e r. c o m

“...THERE’S A LOT MORE HISTORY BEFORE THE 150 YEARS... NATIVE AMERICANS UNDERSTOOD THIS PLACE IS A REALLY SPECIAL, SPIRITUAL PLACE.” Supervisor Anthony Botelho, who was winding down four terms on the county board, spoke as well. “Fifty years ago, my uncle Herman was the District 2 supervisor, and my grandfather Anthony was a council member of San Juan Bautista for the 100th anniversary of being

incorporated,” Botelho said before adding a quip. “I’m sure they’re looking down at this – hoping I don’t screw it up.” That same day, there was a parade marking the 150th celebration and a special breakfast put on at the Texas Lodge. The following Sunday, anniversary organizers and businesses partnered to hold an inaugural Sip and Celebrate Stroll Wine, Beer & Cider Stroll in celebration of the 150th. In a town known for a steady stream of cultural events, the 150th anniversary theme was part of just about all of them throughout 2019. Additionally, considering San Juan’s reputation as a culture-rich community, local artists worked together to paint a series of Mandala paintings – three of them being temporary street works, with a fourth and final piece done on canvass for permanent keeping.


HISTORIC ROOTS Named after the Old Mission San Juan Bautista and one of the famous California mission towns, the city is situated just off Highway 101 between Monterey and San Jose. San Juan Bautista has agrarian and agricultural roots and remains surrounded by active farm fields. But it’s also a hub for culture such as the many art shows and other special events planned at the Vertigo Coffee Roasters shop entering the main street of town or El Teatro Campesino Playhouse a few blocks away. San Juan Bautista’s allure does start with the historic Mission, though. The Old Mission San Juan Bautista was founded June 24, 1797. The current church was dedicated on June 23, 1812, with interior finishes continuing through 1817. The Old Mission has the largest church of any California mission and

El Teatro Campesino and the Christmas play “La Pastorela”

has retained much of the charm from its former days. The plaza facing the church and buildings around it are designated

a “State Historical Monument” so there are cultural events at or near the historic church quite often.

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Pinnacles National Park

The San Juan Bautista State Historic Park and Plaza represent what was once the town square. The park includes several structures built in the 1800s, and the four main historic museums are the Plaza Hotel, Zanetta House or Plaza Hall, the Plaza Stables, and the CastroBreen Adobe. Many of the interiors have exhibits that help to create a real-life learning environment for people of all ages. The park also features a blacksmith shop, the historic jail and an early American settler’s cabin. It is open daily for self-guided visits and offers guided walking tours by advanced reservation. School tours are also available and occur often. The park sees about 100,000 visitors per year, including more than 40,000 students. Another historic cultural institution in San Juan Bautista is El Teatro Campesino. Founded by legendary 12 I S a n B e n i t o C o u n t y C h a m b e r. c o m

American playwright and director Luis Valdez, El Teatro Campesino Playhouse has set a high bar for Chicano theater in the U.S. Founded in 1965 on the Delano Grape Strike picket lines of Cesar Chavez’s United Farmworkers Union, the company continues on as an artistdriven, professional, community-based theater organization dedicated to artists and original works. “Central to our work is recognition and value of our indigenous and farmworker roots,” El Teatro Campesino Board Member Phil Esparza said. “Our 47 years in San Juan Bautista have added greatly to the community’s economy and culture. Add to that, our ongoing educational efforts provide basic and advanced theater training to our youth and other members of our immediate community, and the impact has been noticeable.”

As for its founder, Valdez is winner of the George Peabody Award and the National Medal of Arts presented in 2015 by former President Barack Obama. Valdez is a founding member of the California Arts Council. His bestknown works include Zoot Suit, Vertigo, La Bamba and Corridos, while he also recently did voiceover work for the animated film Coco. The history in San Juan Bautista doesn’t stop with the mission or the halls of El Teatro. The 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail also runs through the area. It commemorates the route traveled in 1775 and 1776 by Spanish Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza and a group of colonists from Sonora, Mexico. The travelers settled Alta, Calif., and established a mission and presidio in what is now San Francisco.


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ADVENTURE AWAITS San Benito County is home to majestic outdoor attractions

It takes a truly special place to reach national park status, and San Benito County is home to one of them. There are just over 60 national parks in the United States. Pinnacles National Park became the 59th national park in early 2013 when President Barack Obama signed legislation authored by former Congressman Sam Farr solidifying the designation. For decades, the park has been a national gem and was recognized by President Theodore Roosevelt as a national monument going back to 1908, but the national park status really opened up its potential as a modern visitor attraction. Now, over a quarter-million people visit Pinnacles each year, and that number is probably much higher since certain visitation numbers aren’t calculated into the official count. Among an array of outdoor amenities in San Benito County, Pinnacles is a true anchor and an international draw. “I would say that we’re seeing increased visitorship from around the world now that it is a national park,” said Jennifer Westfal, executive director of the Pinnacles National Park Foundation, its nonprofit arm. “We have lots of people that are trying to check off all 61 national parks.” The foundation acts as a philanthropic partner for Pinnacles and fundraises for projects that help to improve the educational and visitor experience at the park. The park in late 2019, for instance, celebrated the designation of a trail on the park’s west side as Americans with Disabilities Act accessible, said Westfal. “Also coming off of that is a new trail called the Jawbone Trail, which will connect the west visitor contact station to rest of the trail system,” she said. “So it’s now possible for visitors to walk from the west visitors contact station to the east visitors contact station.”

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Westfall mentioned some other recent projects undertaken by the park foundation – which sometimes can help to get endeavors accomplished quicker than the federal government – such as refillable water bottle stations and new trailheads that give visitors a better idea of trail conditions. “We’re trying to also work on education,” she said. “We continue to raise funds to support getting kids out to the park via transportation scholarships.” She said with increased attendance, Pinnacles tries to encourage visitors to come at varying times if possible, such as during the week when there aren’t so many people there. She also underscored efforts to promote other attractions for visitors in San Benito County to broaden the tourist experience. “Pinnacles is a great resource for our community to get out there and recreate and provide for mental and physical health, and it’s just a place where we can go to get away from the grind,” she said. “It’s still kind of like stepping back in time where you’re not always going to be connected to your phone when you’re out there.”

PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK Pinnacles National Park, and its 26,000 acres of nature in the Gabilan Mountains, is the premiere outdoor attraction in the region. Pinnacles is also one of the most environmentally diverse places in the world – and features such must-see attractions as a wide variety of rocky formations formed by volcanoes some 23 million years ago and the chance to peruse some of the most diverse plant wildlife around. The mountainous, rocky terrain combined with a mild, dry climate create perfect living conditions for many species of both plants and animals. One of the most famous creatures to grace the skies and cling to the rocks of Pinnacles is the endangered California condor. Pinnacles National Park has been home to a condor recovery program since 2003 and it has resulted in a reintroduction for many condors into the wild, with the park and Ventana Wildlife Society co-managing a program now overseeing monitoring of 86 of the great American birds in Central California, according to Pinnacles. That’s a big deal when considering the species’ history and its near decimation. Condors long faced extinction. For decades, environmentalists cautioned over the species’ rapidly declining numbers. In 1967, the California condor was placed on the first Endangered Species list in the U.S., according to the National Park Service. The population had dropped to just 22 known birds in the 1980s, when all of the remaining condors were trapped for captive breeding to prevent extinction. Condors, however, are just part of the Pinnacles experience. Aside from recreational

opportunities such as hiking and rock climbing, the park offers nature exhibits, guided tours and special events throughout the year. Pinnacles provides one of several camping opportunities in San Benito County – along with places like Casa de Fruta, Bolado Park, Lake McAlpine, Fremont Peak and the Thousand Trails RV and camping resort.

SAN JUAN’S OUTDOOR TREASURES Over near San Juan, Fremont Peak State Park and nearby Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail give recreationalists a bevy of worthwhile opportunities in their own right – making the San Juan Valley a go-to destination for shoppers, history buffs and outdoors enthusiasts. Fremont Peak is known for fun, challenging hikes with incredible views. From San Juan Canyon Road, hiking to the summit takes visitors along an easy half-mile trail ascending 300 feet. Views from the summit are stunning. From the top of the trail, visitors can see the Monterey Peninsula and Monterey Bay, the South Bay mountains, the Diablo range and the San Benito Valley. The top of Fremont Peak is about 10 miles from the section of another signature draw for nature lovers. The De Anza trail, which is within walking distance from San Juan Bautista and the iconic Mission church downtown, actually encompasses 1,200 miles and runs from Mexico to San Francisco. The trail portion in San Benito County overlooks the beautiful San Juan Valley. It plays a role in commemorating the route traveled in 1775 and 1776 by Spanish Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza and a group of colonists from Sonora, Mexico.

THRILLS OVER THE HILLS If hobbyists want to get off the beaten path, Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area provides an array of thrilling opportunities for motorcyclists, 4-wheelers, picnickers and campers, according to the state park. Hollister Hills remains one of the most popular spots in the entire state for off-road vehicle recreation. Hollister Hills includes 800 acres of recreational opportunities, a fenced motorcross track and 24 miles of trails used for 4-wheel drive activities, motorcycling and special events. “Usually what I like to point out when people come to the park is that this park is only one of nine in the entire state,” said Elise Fleishman, an interpreter for Hollister Hills who noted there are over 250 state parks but fewer than 10 of the off-road variety. Visitors can ride everything from fourwheelers to ROVs and dirt bikes. “Our history and where we came from is rooted in motorcycles and dirt biking,” Fleishman said. “We kind of have everything but fishing.”


She said the park is making efforts to attract more mountain bikers and equestrian riders to Hollister Hills as well. There’s a particular 300-acre spot in the park just for those more casual visitors. “You can hike. You can walk your dog. You can ride your bicycle, and you can ride your horse,” she said. She said the park is divided into sections with each parcel designated for different uses, which makes for a safer environment. She mentioned how the San Andreas Faultline divides the park between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates. “It really, at least for us in the park, just brings it full circle,” she said. “We have two very different soil types,and that affects the type of recreation and terrain.” The park’s popularity has grown steadily since Howard Harris deeded over the original land for Hollister Hills in 1975. The park now attracts more than 55,000 vehicles per year and over 100,000 people. That amounts to economic gains for San Benito County as well. “A lot of the people that come into the park have a bit of money,” Fleishman said. “I know that they all go into town to eat dinner, to buy supplies. They’re driving through in and out of town, usually on Highway 25, and bringing their money and their business to it.”

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ROADS TO HAPPINESS The outdoors experience in San Benito County just begins with the Big 3—Pinnacles, Fremont Peak and Hollister Hills—but there’s much more from there. Being such a vast, open county totaling about 1,400 square miles, many of that comprised of country roads, the area is optimal for bicycling enthusiasts. Off the Chain Bikes in Hollister—a full-service, hometown bicycle shop—offers weekly, 15-mile group bike rides on Saturdays and 50- to 70-mile rides on Sundays for the more experienced cyclists. On a similar note, if sightseers aren’t so keen on working up a sweat, the county is the perfect place for a relaxing day drive on one of the many winding roads through the countryside or rolling, mountainous landscapes. It’s well worth it to venture over to places like Paicines, the gateway to the Pinnacles and home to historic stopping grounds such as the Paicines Ranch (legendary actress Judy Garland married her third husband there). It’s a working, historic ranch and event center that also hosts the annual Kinship Center Fundraiser, where many of the best wineries and eateries sample their products in order to give back to the foster care organization. Along the way, places such as Bolado Park schedule a variety of entertainment throughout the year. Aside from being home to one of the most traditional, longest-running county fairs in California, Bolado Park hosts the annual San

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Benito County Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo, a hometown affair and one of the most tradition-rich sporting events in all of California. The event takes place each June, with festivities running several weeks and culminating on rodeo weekend, and includes a Saddle Horse Show Parade in downtown Hollister. Additionally, on rodeo weekend, Guerra Cellars offers one of its shows in the Hollister Concerts series that

runs throughout the summer at the delightfully scenic Pepper Tree Ranch. The fun doesn’t end with those events, though, as visitors will be hard-pressed to forego a trip to Mercy Hot Springs, a tranquil retreat getaway where visitors can check their stress at the door, or take in one of many opportunities for hunting, camping, fishing or night gazing in the beautiful San Benito County countryside.

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CALIFORNIA’S OFFICIAL GEMSTONE COMES FROM SAN BENITO COUNTY

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hile most gemstones are valued for color and clarity there are some valued for their rarity. The official state gem of California is extremely rare and comes from San Benito County. In 1907, while looking for cinnabar, a mercury ore mineral, James Couch discovered benitoite. He was at the New Idria Mercury mine, near the San Benito River when he spotted the dark blue crystals among white silica. What he thought were sapphires turned out to be one of the top 12 rarest gems which today is worth $4000 per carat. The Couch samples were sent to University of California Berkeley for analysis. Dr. George Louderback confirmed that the blue crystals were indeed a new mineral and named it after the area in which it was found. According to John Veevaert, a geologist who currently owns the largest personal collection

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of the blue mineral, “benitoite is unique in the world of crystals.” He explains that it provided mineralogists with more than just a new mineral. There are six basic Shapes of crystal formations – cubic, tetragonal, orthorhombic, hexagonal, triclinic and monoclinic. Early in the theoretical development of crystallography, it was hypothesized that there was a class of the hexagonal system that would produce trigonally (triangular) shaped crystals. The discovery of benitoite proved this hypothesis” The triangular shaped crystals are now referred to as Benitoite Type. This multicolored gem is beautiful polished or in its natural state. The most common color is a deep sapphire blue with hints of violet but it can also be found in clear, white, pink and a green-gray color. Considered a double refracting crystal, benitoite radiates a

rainbow of colors when hit by light. The California Federation of Mineralogical Societies proposed that it be adopted as the state’s gemstone in 1984 and in 1985 it was made official. Because it is only a 6.5 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness (diamonds are a 10) it is not very strong. According to Veevaert this means benitoite is beautiful in pendants and bracelets but not a good choice for rings. Benitoite is found in other parts of California and the country, but it does not match either the quantity or quality once found in San Benito County. TOPS A Rock Shop in San Juan Bautista sells benitoite. Owner Kammie Osborn says: “The types of specimens that we have are rough pieces that have been worked. It’s a long process. You have to dip it in and out of acids to expose the rock.” The specimens found in the shop range from $4 to $1500, with faceted pieces. Actual gemstones that have been cut, range in price from $50 to $4000. While the original mine in New Idria, now known as Benitoite Gem Mine, is no longer open day trips are available. It is open on the weekends via reservation for a fee of $70 per person with seniors and children being less.


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SAN BENITO COUNTY CONTINUES GROWING WITH GREAT PROSPECTS

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an Benito County’s economy continues on its gradual ascent. The community tucked conveniently between the Bay Area and Monterey Bay has endless benefits to offer for businesses large and small, and the local economy keeps growing in a number of areas. The county has a broad diversity of economic activity to show for it – with large companies like Earthbound Farm in San Juan Bautista, innovative biotech employers such as Teknova in the industrial park zone near the Hollister Municipal Airport, and up-andcoming local restaurants like Grillin & Chillin and 4th Street Eatery leading the way. Looking to go on a first-class winery tour? Check. San Benito County has a respected wine trail and spattering of fine wineries throughout the community.

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Want to try suds from an original hometown brewery? Check. Brewery Twenty Five in San Juan has you covered. Looking for a vibrant place to eat, shop and recreate? Check. Around just about every corner, there’s a buzz of economic opportunity and optimism. There’s such a great foundation for success with so many outdoor and recreational options in the area. The local tourism sector, for instance, has been a boon for local business. It doesn’t hurt to have Pinnacles National Park – which draws more than a quartermillion people annually – in San Benito County’s geographic backyard. Defined by its unique landscapes and broad biodiversity, Pinnacles is one of just 61 national parks in the nation – and calls San Benito County home.

The national park, though, is just one of many must-see outdoor attractions locally. Visitors can camp, hike, ride and relax at various places such as the historic mission town of San Juan Bautista, Hollister Hills Recreation Area, the winding De Anza National Trail or the tranquil surroundings of Mercy Hot Springs in the southern portion of the county. The county with a population at over 60,000 – and steadily increasing over recent years – represents all that’s great about California with its rich diversity, mountainous landscapes, trove of recreational outlets, proximity to the ocean, love for culture and commitment to academic excellence. It still has a uniquely rural, small-town charm that makes San Benito County particularly special among communities in the region.”


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SAN BENITO VITAL SIGNS

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POPULATION

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WEATHER

San Benito

59,037

Average High in January

60°F

Hollister

37,462

Average Low in January

38°F

1,862

Average High in August

82°F

457

Average Low in August

54°F

Annual Precipitation

14.25"

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FAST F ACT

San B Experieenito 262 Su nces n Per Yeny Days ar Averag On e

INCOME & HOUSING MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $67,874

DISTANCE

Recent Job Growth 3.32%

Median Priced Home Approaching $500,000

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SFO

Future Job Growth 39.74%

Unemployment Less then 4%

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT Population 25 years and over

TO AIRPORTS

SJC – Mineta San Jose International

67 Miles

SFO – San Francisco International

98 Miles

OAK – Oakland International

99 Miles

MRY – Monterey Airport

54 Miles

CVH – Hollister Airport (General Aviation)

(local)

36,178

Less than 9th grade

13.7%

9th to 12th grade, no diploma

8.3%

High school graduate (incl equivalency)

4.4%

Some college, no degree

AT&T Park (Home of the San Francisco Giants)

25.8%

Associate's degree

8.8%

Bachelor's degree

13.4%

Graduate or professional degree

5.6%

Percent high school graduate or higher

78.0%

Percent bachelor's degree or higher

19.0%

AGE AND GENDER

Levi Stadium (Home of the San Francisco 49’ers) 58 Miles AT&T Park (Home of the San Francisco Giants)

98 Miles

Oracle Arena (Home of the Golden State Warriors)

113 Miles

56%

SAP Center (Home of the San Jose Sharks)

52 Miles

44%

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

52 Miles

Monterey Bay Aquarium

50 Miles

Monterey Beach

50 Miles

Pinnacles National Park

35 Miles

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HOLLISTER

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

Male

50%

50%

Female

50%

50%

School Age Population (19 & under)

23%

26%

21%

24-64 Population (working age)

52%

52%

54%

Voting Age Population

61%

55%

70%

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PERFECT LANDING SPOT With rare amenities, Hollister Airport is a major draw for enterprises

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hen it comes to doing business, San Benito County is a perfect landing spot. The Hollister Municipal Airport is among many reasons enterprises of all sizes should consider doing business in this beautiful, climate-friendly, pro-commerce community off Highway 101 conveniently located 45 minutes south of Silicon Valley and 30 minutes from the ocean. For those who want to stay close to home for cultural and recreational offerings, though, San Benito County’s own tourism industry has been one of the major driving forces for the local economy in recent years and continues to expand. Pinnacles National Park’s eye-popping growth in popularity still has the business and outdoors communities buzzing ever since the attraction officially became one of the country’s top outdoors destination spots. Former President Obama enacted the monument as a national park in January 2013, making it one of just nine national parks in California and one of 58 in the entire country. Each year, more than a quarter-million people visit Pinnacles, which is about a 40-mile scenic drive from Hollister, and that number of enthusiastic attendees keeps growing. Pinnacles with some of the most diverse nature and picturesque views in the nation, is just one major recreational draw among many local tourist options.

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EACH YEAR, MORE THAN A QUARTER-MILLION PEOPLE VISIT PINNACLES, WHICH IS ABOUT A 40-MILE SCENIC DRIVE FROM HOLLISTER.

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(san benito county) Throw in such popular attractions like a trend-setting wine trail with a slew of top wineries, Hollister Hills Management area for motocross riders, the old-world charm of the historic mission city of San Juan Bautista, a thriving agri-tourism industry, Fremont Peak State Park and Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (also part of the National Parks System), and it’s easy to see why San Benito County has become one of the hottest destinations in the California tourism industry. READY FOR TAKEOFF It’s rare for cities to maintain airports – which gives Hollister and San Benito County a tail up on the competition when it comes to economic development and quality of life. But the Hollister Municipal Airport’s advantages go much further, so to speak, because the venue has an extraordinarily long runway, can accommodate large jets

like a fully loaded Boeing 737, and has rare “through-the-fence” access specially granted by the federal government. In all, the airport and surrounding business parks are set up for major success now and in the future. The airport is among many reasons businesses should consider moving to this beautiful community located just south of Silicon Valley and a short drive from the Monterey Bay. As a land-use consultant, former city council and a pilot himself, Victor Gomez would know. “I would say logistics is a big thing right now,” Gomez said. “The movement of product is pretty big.” He said as a land-use consultant, some of the first questions from prospective companies looking to move to San Benito County or invest here revolve around the airport. “It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to use the airport today or when they launch, but knowing they have the infrastructure when they bring investors, that’s a big component,” Gomez said. The city’s bustling business parks – such as the Hollister Airpark Business Center and Northpointe Business Center – are conveniently located near the enterprise-friendly Hollister Municipal Airport. The facility is a threemile drive from a charming and historic downtown shopping district and close to most local conveniences.

Making the airport especially attractive and rare for a city of Hollister’s size is the runway length. At 6,350 feet long, the primary runway can handle a fully loaded Boeing 737. “You have a huge runway and you can land some pretty large aircraft there,” said Gomez, noting how the Hollister airport is a former Navy base and now also home to a Calfire base. Longtime Hollister Airport Advisory Commissioner and former Mayor Gordon Machado marveled at the runway length as well and underscored how it is actually longer than the runway at the Monterey Regional Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York. Additionally, the airport charges no landing fees, has a fixed-base operator, and offers premium car-rental service on site to accommodate business and personal travelers. The City of Hollister, fully understanding of the airport’s advantages and its prospective role in economic development, worked with the federal government and former Congressman Sam Farr to designate the airport with that “through-the-fence” accessibility. That means neighboring businesses and others using nearby properties get convenient, doorstep access to the runway and taxiway system. This “through-the-fence” designation is an extreme rarity for municipal

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SAN BENITO COUNTY’S AGRITOURISM INDUSTRY HAS DEEP ROOTS

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hile San Benito County is rich with agricultural tradition and rural character, the local economy gets a boost from a rising agritourism scene. Some of the stars in that local industry are places like B&R Farms, Swank Farms, Paicines Ranch, Bertuccio’s Fruit Stand and Pinnacle Organically Grown Produce. Swank Farms on Pacheco Pass is especially known for its annual Pumpkin Patch, which is considered the largest one in the Silicon Valley area. Depending on the season, there’s always something fun at Swank Farms. It features a famous, giant Corn Maze; a Sunflower Field; and plenty of kid-friendly activities in the fall as well. Paicines Ranch specializes in weddings, corporate events and parties. It features restored ranch buildings dating from the 1860s to the present that are used for event spaces and lodging. There are expansive lawns and Mediterranean gardens. The farm raises grass-fed beef and lamb sold directly to consumers. Another locally famous farm is Pinnacle Organically Grown Produce run by local farming icon Phil Foster. The farm grows organic vegetables, melon and fruit in the San Juan Bautista area, and operates a popular farmers market each Saturday morning.

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airports – giving San Benito County and its businesses a competitive advantage over most other places in California. Local developer Ken Lindsay has boasted about the vast benefits of this special runway access along with the close proximity of Hollister’s business parks to the airport. “Companies that have key managers that need to travel to solve problems, provide innovation and so on, can really benefit if they can get on a plane and land at their facility in 15 to 20 minutes,” Lindsay said. There are other advantages of having the Hollister airport in San Benito County as well. Gomez said the local airspace classification – Class G – allows pilots to fly in without worrying so much about operating with a radio and communicating with a tower. “I know that doesn’t sound like a lot,” he said, “but for those in research and development or those that want to test aircraft or that type of ability, you have more lateral movement around this area, which is really good.” He noted how hangar-space demand is high for the private and commercial operations at the airport. “Things have gotten better because of the economy,” Gomez said. “I think the biggest challenge we’ve had as a community is the lack of effort to attract and recruit companies that depend on having a runway.” He said the local governments have made improvements on this end. “I think the county and the city are attempting to get there with their investment of EDC dollars,” he said.

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Gomez was referring to recent injections of public dollars into rejuvenation of the Economic Development Corporation of San Benito County, which brought on a new EDC director to oversee recruitment and retention of businesses. “We’ve done everything we could to put the tee in the grass,” Gomez said. “Now we have to put the golf ball on the tee and take a swing at it.” Machado spent 28 years on the city’s airport advisory commission so he knows more than a thing or two about the facility’s evolution. He also stressed how the local airport is among less than a handful of similar operations with that through-the-fence access, and Machado noted other benefits in Hollister such as the great Central Coast weather that comes without all the clouds experienced in other area communities. “We don’t have the fog that the rest of them have,” Machado said. Machado sees great economic development potential for the airport and noted how, as one example, a glass manufacturer is under development for the north side of the facility that will employee up to 200 people. The airport’s improvements have been part of broader efforts to promote economic development and lay out the welcome mat for businesses. Recently retired, longtime Hollister City Manager Bill Avera stressed the local government’s support for business expansion at the airport. Officials are expecting to build additional taxiways to further improve conditions, too. Avera said the city works with organizations such as the San Benito


County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation to help spur the local economy. He mentioned the EDC completed a so-called CEDS, or a comprehensive economic development strategy – a key document in the planning process that allows the city “to have a conduit to some funding at the federal level.” “The City of Hollister has multiple partners when it comes to economic development,” Avera said. One of those is developer Ken Lindsey and his Airpark Business Center. His development allows companies land ownership with airport access, as well as building to suit for sale or lease. In essence, his tenants can build their office complex or manufacturing plant and have their own personal hangars in the back. “Most cities this size don’t have an airport, and those that do have much smaller ones,” Lindsey said. “I’m a pilot and use an aircraft in my business. Most Silicon Valley companies do, too. Companies that have key managers that need to travel to solve problems, provide innovation and so on can really benefit if they can get on a plane and land at their facility in 15-20 minutes.” Many companies in Silicon Valley are running out of room and Hollister has become a go-to place for businesses needing to expand. Airpark Business Center has several tenants in place and is located on 100 acres with 33 parcels. North Pointe Business Park is across the street and the 20-acre master planned development is divided to hold as many as 70 companies. Citation Business Park is also nearby with room for larger companies, and Hollister Business Park has also proven to be a welcome addition to the region’s industrial base. “Building here benefits the community in so many different ways,” Lindsey added. “What is kind of nice about the industrial area being out by the airport is the fact that it’s very compatible, and being on the north end of town means that trucking and commuters have easy access without impacting Hollister’s residential areas.

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f someone was shopping in downtown Hollister for the first time, Karen Tonascia has a good idea what sort of advice she’d offer up. “I’d probably send them to Irma’s and maybe have them stop by She’s and have lunch at Paine’s,” Tonascia said. Tonascia is owner of Irma’s Fashions at 230 Fifth St. in Hollister. She’s Consignment at 208 Fifth St. is owned by Sheila Stevens, and John Kouretas is owner and chef at Paine’s Restaurant, 421 East St. Those are just a few examples of truly hometown stores and restaurants that help to define San Benito County’s shopping and dining scene. Another one of the Tonascia family’s stores – Bertuccio’s Market at 2410 Airline Highway, which operates The Farm label – is a longtime Hollister mainstay. The Tonascias, a deeply rooted family in the local agriculture industry, took over the Bertuccio’s fruit stand around 2000 after the Bertuccio family – good family friends of theirs – had closed it. The Bertuccios were happy to have the Tonascias revitalize the business. “Since we farm, we wanted a place where we could sell our produce,” Tonascia said.

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“WHETHER LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SHOP, DINE OR ENJOY FINE WINES, SAN BENITO COUNTY HAS PEOPLE TALKING, AND THE CULTURE SCENE IS LIKE A FINE WINE. IT’S ONLY GETTING BETTER WITH TIME.” 30 I S a n B e n i t o C o u n t y C h a m b e r. c o m

She looked back on the stand’s evolution and said it once largely catered to customers wanting to buy peaches or apricots by the box full for canning purposes. Now, much of its core customer base includes people from the San Jose area who are looking for organic, healthy options such as farm-fresh eggs and organic milk. “The home canners are pretty much gone,” Bertuccio said. As for Irma’s, she had been assisting the late Irma Bertuccio in running the downtown clothing store and helped her to update the styles to make them more buyer friendly. These days, the store typically orders one piece of clothing

in every size, which gives consumers a feeling of exclusivity on those items. “It’s not like you’re going to see people walking around town with the same thing you have,” Tonascia said. Looking at the county as a whole, Tonascia said said new or outside residents often don’t realize how fertile the soil is and all that’s grown here. “Something so basic – they think is so neat,” she said, “and we just take it for granted here.” Another local hotspot for local goods is San Benito Bene at 615 San Benito St. owned by Kathina Szeto. She is celebrating her eighth year in business for the local shop, which features locally inspired products. “We feel that we have a lot of gifted artisans around here that surround us, and to showcase them gives us a lot of joy,” Szeto said. “We feel shopping local is very beneficial to the community in many ways. It’s a full circle in terms of how we support the artisans and the community not only through the tax dollars, but also in terms of creating a uniqueness to downtown as well featuring what we have here.” Bene has expanded its variety over the years in response to customer demand and now features items from over 25 local artisans and then over 20-something more in the U.S., she said. “We also support fair trade around the world,” she said, adding how the store also features worldly products from places like Germany and France that are made by artisans. Szeto went on: “Not everything can be created by artisans. I think our most fortunate part is that we understand we’re here to service our customers and we listen to our customers. Pretty much, they share with us what works with them as far as convenience and gifts that are thoughtful for them to give to their family and friends.” Like Tonascia, Szeto feels fortunate to have so many great services and shops within a small area in downtown Hollister. “Within a two-block radius, I’m able to get so much done before work,” she said, adding she can get a haircut,


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breakfast or coffee within walking distance. “I have a nice variety of international food around me. I have an organic, fresh bakery; Japanese; Spanish; Mexican; Chinese; Italian. So I feel I’m very fortunate. I can even get my dogs hair groomed, all within a twoblock radius.” Reflecting the county’s agricultural heritage—where crop values tend to surpass $350 million annually—farmto-table dining spots are also aplenty such as Farmhouse Café and Fisher’s 32 I S a n B e n i t o C o u n t y C h a m b e r. c o m

Restaurant in downtown Hollister, with both offering an array of organic, locally produced ingredients. When people talk about agriculture in San Benito County these days, wine tends to come up as well. Reflecting the county’s strong standing as a winery hotbed, visitors can either do tastings at local vineyards or visit tasting rooms such as the 18th Barrel and Bear’s Hideaway in downtown San Juan Bautista. Whether looking for a place to shop, dine or enjoy fine wines, San Benito County has people talking, and the

culture scene is like a fine wine. It’s only getting better with time. Food and wine are always top of mind around these parts because there are so many exquisite options. LOCAL, INTERNATIONAL DELIGHTS A staple of the Hollister food scene is Paine’s Restaurant & Bar. The menu offers a variety of Italian and American options, and has been serving the community since 1929. Paine’s is known for great food, casual fine dining, local wines and first-rate service. Kouretas, who has been working in the restaurant business since he was age 15, developed his style under top chefs in the Bay Area before bringing it home to Hollister. “At Paine’s, we do a lot of steaks, pastas and fresh seafood. The people here are great and really support the work we do.” Dining enthusiasts definitely don’t have to travel far to enjoy international cuisine in San Benito County. The area is home to a range of fantastic Mexican spots such as La Catrina and


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“WHILE IN DOWNTOWN HOLLISTER, DON’T MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BROWSE THE SHELVES AT TRENDY SPOTS WITH LOCALLY INSPIRED GIFTS AND ARTISAN PRODUCTS.” Los Cuates in Hollister, and the always buzzing Jardines de San Juan and Dona Esther’s Mexican Restaurant in the heart of the Mission City. Just off main street in San Juan is one of the most unique restaurant experiences in the region with the Matxain Etxea Basque Restaurant, which features French and Spanish recipes served in a traditional Basque family style. Another go-to spot on the Hollister dining scene is Fisher’s, offering New American-style cuisine. Opened in early 2016, the restaurant represents worldclass chef Mike Fisher’s homecoming after learning his trade at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and working in some of New York’s finest restaurants. Fisher moved back to the West Coast, and worked in San Diego and Carmel, before returning to the Central Coast and his hometown. “Hollister is home. We live in the best microclimate in the world, and the bounty of ingredients – namely the produce – doesn’t get any better than it does here,” Fisher said. “Something as simple as an onion has to travel a distance, but I can get those right here.” If aficionados out for a meal want to keep things on the casual side, there are many savory options in the county. Grillin & Chillin Alehouse – while it offers a diverse array of great-tasting micro-brews and local wines – has a delicious menu of American cuisine and some of the best and most creative burgers around. 34 I S a n B e n i t o C o u n t y C h a m b e r. c o m

Those looking for a micro-brew in the San Juan Bautista area can get a taste at the up-and-coming Brewery Twenty Five. Its taproom is open Friday through Sunday in downtown San Juan. If locals or visitors are in the mood for a treat, Round Table Pizza on Tres Pinos Road is sure to satisfy their appetites with its offering of high-quality ingredients and family recipes. Looking for a memorable breakfast or lunch spot? In Hollister, there are places like Heavenly Bakery, where the meals are just as heavenly as the baked goods from the hometown establishment. Speaking of bakeries in downtown Hollister, Lighthouse 55 Bakery off Fourth Street offers a delicious variety of sweet treats. Over in Tres Pinos, the alwayspopular and hip stop FlapJacks Breakfast & Grill is sure to satisfy appetites with its famous scrambles, omelettes or burritos for breakfast—or its juicy burgers on the lunch menu. On the way to Tres Pinos, another

popular venue is Ridgemark Golf Club and Resort. It is open to the public every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with golf and lodging. Ridgemark is an ideal setting for big events as well, and you can catch a round of golf while you’re there. SHOPPERS’ BLISS As for more traditional shopping, Hollister and San Juan Bautista have a wide range of charming merchants and specialty retailers. Families with children or adult hobbyists will surely want to stop at Bill’s Bullpen Sports Cards & Comics to choose from the local shop’s catalog of goods. San Juan Bautista has plenty of options for hobbyists, too, such as the TOPS A Rock Shop (TOPS is short for Turquoise, Opals, Pearls and Stones) and many others. Along with a large variety of gems and stones, TOPS A Rock Shop sells the locally mined benitoite – which is extremely rare and California’s official state gemstone. “The types of specimens that we have are rough pieces that have been worked,” shop owner Kammie Osborn


said. “It’s a long process. You have to dip it out of acids to expose the rock.” The specimens found in the shop range from $4 to $1,500 with faceted pieces. Actual gemstones that have been cut range in price from $50 to $4,000. While the original mine in New Idria known as Benitoite Gem Mine is no longer open, day trips are available. It is open on weekends via reservation for a fee of $70 per person with less for seniors and children. Don’t miss an opportunity to browse the shelves for a variety of jewelry, clothing and accessories at trendy spots such as San Benito Bene in downtown Hollister or Belle Charm in the Southeast of town. For others looking to shop, peruse and dine at the same stop, Corbin Motorcycle Seats & Accessories — which builds top-of-the-line motorcycle seats and other parts on site along with the Sparrow Electric Vehicle — offers the Wizard’s Cafe with the classic diner serving such menu items as shakes, sodas, snacks and Mexican entrees. Other places such as Casa de Fruta, on Highway 152 and accessible from HIghway 5, offer multiple options with a motel and a campground for those wanting more than a day trip. The grounds include a restaurant, grocery store, fruit stand, sweets shop and wine-tasting room. Guests can also pan for gold or enjoy a ride on the 1987 Double Decker Venetian Carousel—handcrafted in Italy but purchased and restored by Casa de Fruta. Then there is San Juan Oaks Golf Club, which offers an enjoyable restaurant experience on top of its world-class golf course and

wedding/event center. One of the big advantages of San Juan Oaks is its venue size, said Manny Freitas, San Juan Oaks’ general manager. “We can accommodate up to 300 people and in some circumstances even more,” Freitas said. Another great draw to the area’s entertainment culture is the local arts scene. Through programs developed by the San Benito County Arts Council, the community can regularly enjoy

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art classes, arts education programs, festivals, rotating exhibits and more. “We try to stay connected with local events and bring an arts element to everything that is happening downtown,” Program Manager Amanda Chiado said. “We’ve also brought the people to the arts and partnered with the Chamber of Commerce, Hollister Downtown Association and local artists to create a Walking Tour Map for community members and visitors to experience our local works of art.”

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my Vogt has been in the wine industry for a long time, but had never seen a location quite like the picturesque Eden Rift Vineyards before joining the winery’s team in recent years. “I’ve never been to a property like this,” said Vogt, a marketing professional who works for Eden Rift in the Cienega Valley. “It completely takes your breath away. You drive down Cienega Road, and it feels so remote. You feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere – then you come through the gates and see the vineyard.” Its rolling hills, dirt roads and old-fashioned architecture make visitors feel like they’ve stepped into a time machine and headed right back to 1849, when the vineyard started. “It’s just amazing people had this vision 170 years ago to plant a vineyard here,” Vogt said. With its variety of wineries and picturesque setting, San Benito County has also become a top wedding destination—oftentimes at a local winery—for newlyweds throughout the Bay Area and beyond. To say the least, there’s a connection between these local dream weddings and wineries – where visitors and locals often say their vows – and San Benito County has plenty of options to offer. San Benito County’s Cienega Valley Wine Trail is a must-see for any enthusiast of California varietals and a place where people from all over the region travel to experience the countryside beauty and great-tasting wines that make the state famous in the industry. In 2017, Arizona-based Pillsbury Wine Co. purchased Eden Rift, and that same year Napa Valley-based Dunkirk Wine Co. bought Calera. It was just the right injection of outside, expert perspectives to meld with San Benito County’s tradition as a home for many smaller, familyowned wineries.

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Those larger wine companies are now part of San Benito County’s Cienega Valley Wine Trail, a must-see for any enthusiast of California varietals and a place where people from all over the region travel. The relative newcomers are now part of a strong and growing tradition – joining other famous, local wineries on and off the trail such as DeRose Winery, Casa de Fruta, Leal Vineyards, Ann Eugene Wines and many other winemakers in places like Paicines, Tres Pinos and other areas of rural south county. “I think everyone out here is really authentic,” Vogt said of the three properties on the Cienega wine trail – DeRose, Calera and Eden Rift. “They’re all so unique. They all put their stamps on things. They’re all these big properties.” That uniqueness has lent itself well to holding events and parties at Eden Rift in particular. “We’re starting to do more events, both private and open to the public,” said Vogt of Eden Rift, which specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals. She also mentioned the vineyard now has a helicopter landing pad and it partners with a company out of Watsonville that brings out tours, often companies. In this lovely wine country, the area’s temperate climate—with warm and dry summers and mild winters— makes conditions ideal for growing well-mannered grapes. That growing reputation is a reason why a slew of winetasting rooms have been opening in places like Hollister and San Juan Bautista, where 18th Barrel, Aimee June Winery and Bears Hideaway call home. For many years, hip wine enthusiasts have flocked to San Benito County. While the area’s wine trail may have been the state’s best-kept secret in the past, it’s hardly a secret to the wider public anymore considering its reputation as a place where people can enjoy some of the best wine in the world to go with the area’s rolling hills and perfect weather.


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VOWS AND VINEYARDS Visitors can enjoy everything from the classic elegance of traditional wineries to more Western-style backdrops for their weddings at venues such as Casa de Fruta, San Juan Oaks Golf Club, Fox Creek Ranch and Leal Vineyards. Bar SZ Ranch, for one, routinely draws couples from as far away as the East Coast to celebrate weddings in traditional California style. Bar SZ Ranch owner Tim Borland said he provides a working ranch with animals and ranch activities – and that brides typically design their wedding experiences around it. “Each bride has her vision of her big day,” Borland said. “The location is spectacular, and the possibilities are endless.” The ranch accommodates 35 guests with room for RV and tent camping. The honeymoon suite –

once an art studio of the late, worldrenowned artist Thomas Kinkade – has breathtaking views of the San Benito Mountains. While on their stay, wedding party guests can enjoy such amenities as horseback riding, roping, hayrides, trap and skeet shooting, archery, and hiking. Down the road from Bar SZ Ranch is another popular wedding destination – Paicines Ranch which offers guests panoramic views, sweeping lawns and historic buildings that are beautifully restored. Paicines Ranch can accommodate groups ranging from 50 to 350 people. “We are encouraging eco-weddings – and help couples reduce their environmental impact and have a celebration that they can feel good about in a multitude of ways,” Wedding Coordinator Mary Rowen said, emphasizing the peace and tranquility that come with the experience. For couples desiring classical luxury, San Juan Oaks Golf Club is an ideal

venue. With a clubhouse reminiscent of the Old Mission that is located just a few minutes away in San Juan Bautista, San Juan Oaks features tile roof, wide hallways, broad windows, arched entryways, exposed wooden trusses and sleek fixtures. The venue hosts 30 to 40 weddings per year, said General Manager Manny Freitas. He said the world-class golf course on the property sets apart San Juan Oaks as a go-to location for weddings.

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“Well the big draw is the clubhouse itself,” said Freitas, noting how it can host big events and accommodate hundreds of people. Views on the golf course are a major draw for visitors, he said. “You walk in and you’ve got the big windows,” Freitas said. “It’s kind of a blank canvas. A lot of brides come in and – they can really make it their own.” Events are the biggest business for San Juan Oaks these days and help to subsidize its golf business. “We’re really pushing weddings the last two years,” Freitas said. “They come from all over.” He said users really like the idea of getting away from the “hustle and bustle of the city.” “You’ve still got that rural kind of feel down here,” Freitas said. “You’re driving in and it’s just a different vibe. There’s just that charm of San Benito County. I think that’s appealing to people, especially if they’re from a different area than here.” Many brides look for such ideal golfcourse settings these days. “The golf course is what makes us different,” Freitas said. “I think there was a time when brides weren’t really out seeking golf courses. Now it seems like it’s getting popular again.” Visitors in pursuit of premiere elegance and world-renowned beauty certainly aren’t limited to weddings, though. Calera Winery has its tasting room on top of a mountain overlooking the Cienega Valley. Eden Rift offers wines and organic, extra-virgin olive oils. DeRose Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in the state and nurtures land that has been producing grapes for more than 150 years. DeRose is known for award-winning Zinfandel, Negrette, Cabernet Franc and Viognier. “This is a great region for wine, and we have some world-renowned Pinots right here in San Benito County,” said owner Pat DeRose. DeRose called his vineyard and the trail as a whole “a really nice place to visit.” “All of the vineyards in San Benito County are reasonably priced and

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friendly,” he said, “and we all like having visitors.” If visitors are more keen on a frosty brew over a glass of wine, Brewery Twenty Five in San Juan Bautista, or Chillin & Grillin Alehouse and Chillin & Grillin Roadhouse in Hollister are buzzing with excitement in the past few years. These spots offer a large variety of beer options, including uniquely local micro-brews, to satisfy the most sophisticated of connoisseurs.

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an Benito County continues to lay the welcome mat for new or existing businesses. County and City of Hollister government leaders have committed six-figure, annual financial resources toward revitalization of the Economic Development Corporation of San Benito County – so it could hire a qualified executive director – as a sign that a strong coalition of local leaders means business. For a relatively small but growing county of more than 60,000 residents and a workforce of 32,000 people, that’s a big deal. It underscores how the area’s political and business leaders are eager for economic growth and more than willing to work with new and existing enterprises. EDC Coordinator Kathy Johnson, who had been involved in the hiring process for a new executive director, said the local governments’ funding help was a major step forward and referred to the local nonprofit organization as an advocate for businesses that want to relocate or expand. The funding has allowed the EDC to hire a new staff leader who can act as the professional point person for new and existing business prospects. With the position vacant for years, it meant San Benito County was oftentimes a nonstarter for prospective companies whether the community had the right mix of amenities or not. “In order to have a focal point and increase the economic vitality of our county, you really have to have an identifiable person,” Johnson said.

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opportunities, the checklist of benefits is seemingly endless for businesses interested in a new home: • Land is much less expensive than surrounding communities. • The location is unbeatable – in close proximity to the Bay Area, Monterey Bay Area and major transportation hubs such as Highway 101 and Highway 5. • The community has an array of other logistical advantages such as an airport that can accommodate large jets. • San Benito County has an array of good healthcare options with a hospital and many other health facilities in town. • There’s that robust workforce of potential employees, many of whom would prefer working closer to home over taking that commute to places like the Silicon Valley, Salinas, Monterey and Santa Cruz.

• San Benito County has higheducation options locally and a community college campus on the way, while citizens have invested enthusiastically in the local high school’s career training facilities. • The mountainous area – a short drive from the ocean – has an array of recreational and cultural offerings. The list goes on and on, but toward the top: The county has a lot more accessible space than nearby areas. “We have available land that, truthfully, most areas don’t have anymore in the Bay Area,” Kathy Johnson said. That goes for prospective new businesses and existing ones. “The retention is just as important as the attraction,” she said. With a fast-growing county population of over 60,000 people, San Benito is home to communities like the county seat of Hollister, the historic mission town of San Juan Bautista, the beautiful countryside in Aromas, the


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an Benito Dance Academy has been active in Hollister since 2005 and specializes in classical ballet. The aim is to build proper technique and form in a safe environment. The academy’s ballet program, based on American Ballet Theater curriculum, is accompanied by training in styles of jazz, tap, lyrical and modern along with tumbling/acro fusion and other cultural forms of dance. With the 2019 expansion of a fourth dance studio classroom, the dance academy partnered with the metal shop class at the high school to weld new barres

for the growing studio. Each studio classroom features specialized flooring to suit safety and technical needs of dancers and viewing windows for observation of classes – in addition to an in-house costume room for production of performance garb. In 2019, the dance academy also gained a Green Business Certification to create community awareness about sustainability and conservation, and to better care for the planet. The dance academy also offers camps, summer programs, workshops and master classes

where trained professionals teach a variety of featured dance styles and instructors put on school workshops. Believing dance is for everyone, the academy started the nonprofit San Benito Dance Foundation in 2017 to assist those who can’t afford a dance education. For over a decade, the academy has put on The Nutcracker featuring dancers of all ages and stages.

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agriculture-centric Tres Pinos and Paicines – the gateway to Pinnacles National Park. San Benito County’s housing industry, for one, has been very healthy in the past few years, with hundreds of new homes built annually. A longtime city leader who recently retired believes that leadership in this community has prepared well for the ongoing boom. “Our former leaders did a really good job of preparing us with the proper infrastructure to accommodate the growth,” recently retired Hollister City Manager Bill Avera said, referring to major investments toward water and wastewater facilities. From an infrastructure perspective, he said leaders “did a good job of allowing us to be in a position to accommodate this growth” without negative impacts on services. It’s that type of responsible growth that has attracted companies like TJ Maxx and Ross, which are opening in a new shopping center along McCray Street in Hollister. It will be part of a 130,000-square foot commercial development – being built from the ground up – also featuring chain restaurants like Chipotle, Panera, Smashburger and Denny’s. City leaders have stressed being business friendly, particularly in their approaches to housing and commercial growth. “What we’ve done is we’ve encouraged companies to come if they need our help, whether it be fast tracking or getting through the permit-processing part.” Avera said. “We obviously will do that whenever we can.” An example was a city hotel-incentive program, which helped spur construction of the Fairfield Inn & Suites near the Highway 25 entrance to Hollister. Elected council members and other officials support customized programs for business recruitment, Avera said. “Certainly, you can tell our council has been pretty proactive in economic development,” he said. 46 I S a n B e n i t o C o u n t y C h a m b e r. c o m

“QUALITY OF LIFE IN SAN BENITO COUNTY STRETCHES FAR BEYOND CULTURE...” SAN JUAN ON A MISSION, TOO A 10-minute drive away from Hollister on Highway 156—one of three major highways connecting the county to other communities—San Juan Bautista has a uniquely local business environment. Much of the business activity in the historic city’s shopping district is comprised of charming boutique shops, fine-dining establishments and wine-tasting rooms. The so-called Mission City is located near Highway 101 between the Gabilan Mountains and Flint Hills. One of the oldest towns in California, it is rich with culture and character – such as Old Mission San Juan Bautista and El Teatro Campesino, a world-renowned Chicano playhouse founded by legendary writer and director Luis Valdez. In San Juan, there are several new housing developments in various stages of construction, each providing additional options to meet the area’s increasing demand for homes. Surrounded by the picturesque beauty of fertile farmland and rolling hills, San Juan Bautista is also home to Earthbound Farm, one of the largest producers of organic agriculture in the world and a Fortune 500 company. Quality of life in San Benito County stretches far beyond culture, though. The county has excellent schools and healthcare as well.

COMMITMENT TO THE CLASSROOM There are plenty of great options for public education in San Benito County: Academic-focused public institutions such as the Dual Language Academy and Accelerated Achievement Academy in the Hollister School District; a stateof-the-art San Benito High School campus with many university-level amenities; and Anzar High School in San Juan that brings a focus on college preparation and liberal arts. Overall, San Benito County has more than 11,000 students in 11 school districts stretching across a diverse blend of small and large communities. Krystal Lomato, San Benito County superintendent of schools, said local educators work hard to make sure students attain high-quality education and reach whatever goals they desire after high school. “San Benito County is a great place that allows parents to be involved in the educational success of their students,” Lomanto says. “We have caring teachers, committed staff and administrators who care about the academic success of their students.” EMPHASIS ON HEALTH Classrooms are just the start when it comes to healthy trends. Business leaders often place healthcare access toward the top of the priority list.


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One of the most beneficial moves that a local business can make is to join the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce. This member-driven association has a mission to promote and facilitate the growth of the business community. Serving its members since 1921, the chamber staff looks forward to many more years of service. To fulfill its goal of assisting existing ventures and attracting new ones, the chamber works closely with the City of Hollister and the County of San Benito to keep business bustling and consumers attracted to the area. This partnership additionally

promotes the perfect atmosphere for entrepreneurs looking for a home for their company. Assisting with the area’s economy is not the chamber’s only objective, though. The group also provides a unified voice for members in governmental affairs on local, state and national levels. It follows issues that could affect business and encourages elected officials to support those that would have a positive impact on local businesses. An important benefit of membership is networking with other area business people. By sponsoring membership luncheons, Business after Hours, Lunch &

Learns and other functions, where the chamber provides valuable opportunities for members to make new business contacts. Referrals are another direct benefit of membership. When the chamber office receives calls about where to obtain particular products or services, members are always the first reference the chamber staff provides. These are just some of the reasons why businesses should align themselves with an organization that cares about its members and the community. Contact the chamber to see what other benefits the group can offer your company.

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS MIXER: Host one of our monthly Business After Hours Mixers. Have the floor to talk about your business, give guided tours of your facility or showcase your specialty food, and we’ve even held a treasure hunt. Use your imagination and our staffs expertise to plan a unique event that will make you stand out in a crowd. This is a great way to introduce other chamber members to your business and make new connections. BUSINESS ADVOCACY COMMITTEE: Monthly roundtable discussion about Federal, State and local issues that impact your business and our community. Work with local officials to help with economic development and encourage businesses to relocate or expand to our county. Guest speakers include council members, county supervisors, transportation officials and educators. TOURISM COMMITTEE: The primary role of the Tourism Committee is to serve as an advisory council for the development and execution of the tourism marketing plan, advertising schedule and budget to promote tourism in San Benito County. Tourism Committee also promotes and encourages tourism in San Benito County through projects, initiatives and/or events. SHOP LOCAL - SHOP SMALL: The Chamber organizes the Shop Local – Shop Small campaign each year, helping to bring awareness to our community about how shopping local improves the community we Live, Work and Play in.

LUNCH & LEARN: Several times a year the chamber organizes networking opportunity with guest speakers to make presentations. Speakers include the City Manager, First Responders, Tax Experts and such. Topics are always current to what is happening in our community. Chamber members can sponsor a lunch to advertise their business. LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE: The Chamber organizes several educational opportunities throughout the year for members to brush up on social media marketing, Quickbooks, new tax laws, human resources requirements and other workshops that help strengthen our business community. THE GREEN COMMITTEE The Green Committee will work on developing Green Tools, resources, programs, events, and training that help the San Benito County Chamber members and community be more sustainable and thrive in a transitioning economy.

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BUSINESS EXPO & JOB FAIR: Each year the San Benito County Chamber organizes our county Business Expo & Job Fair. This opportunity is open to all businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, healthcare, etc. Entertainment is provided and it gives the community a chance to see what we have to offer.

SAN BENITO COUNTY FAIR BOOTH: The chamber provides its’ member a FREE space to advertise their business in the Chamber’s county fair booth. The chamber staff sets up and takes down the booth when the fair is over. All our members need to do is provide staff and their information. It is a membership investment benefit. WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: In 2015, the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce brought this national program to San Benito County. Wreaths Across America is celebrated all across the county on the same day in December to honor our Veteran’s by putting a wreath at each headstone. It is a community event where service clubs, 4-H members, Boy & Girl Scouts and community volunteers spend the morning placing the wreaths. CHAMBER RIBBON CUTTINGS: Are you a new business, celebrating an anniversary, launching a new product or expanding your showroom. The chamber will advertise, organize and promote your business by holding a ribbon cutting. Some ideas to bring in new customers to the celebration range from Hawaiian Hula Dancers to Scavenger Hunts and wine give-a-ways. Only Chamber members are entitled to receive this service and media exposure.

THE BUSINESS/VISITORS GUIDE: Each year the chamber publishes the guide, by selling ad space, writing editorials, hunting for the right pictures, and makes sure the county is well represented. Hundreds of hours go into producing 10,000 copies of the magazine you are reading. We are proud to be the leader in getting the word out about what a great diverse community we have.

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These are just a few of the benefits of your membership investment. There are many more benefits that you see and do not see. Our staff is always working behind the scenes to make sure our members, our community and our visitors enjoy what we have.


AMBASSADORS PROGRAM MISSION The vision of the San Benito County Chamber Ambassadors is to create a sense of community and balance that will allow new and existing businesses to thrive in the County. This volunteer group is committed to promoting goodwill, participation and an appreciation of economic growth. • Raising awareness of Chamber activities and benefits. • Informing and involving new Chamber members to promote strong continuing membership. • Encouraging meaningful and beneficial participation in the Chamber’s programs. • Serving as a liaison between the Chamber staff and membership.

SAN BENITO COUNTY CHAMBER AMBASSADORS

WHO ARE OUR AMBASSADORS? Our Ambassadors consist of volunteers from the Chamber membership who donate their time and talent, to assist the Chamber in promoting our local business community, and creating personal business relationships while serving their community.

Megan Crable�������County of San Benito America’s Job Center

Barbara Cosio������������������������������������Community Supporter Debbie Scherer���������������������������������Community Supporter Emiko Pereyra����������������������������������������Recology San Benito Gordon Machado������������������������ Rustic Turtle Embroidery Lisa Jensema������������������������������������������Recology San Benito

Nynette Sicairos������������������������������������Recology San Benito Rosemary Bridwell����������������Bridwell Landscape Designs

AMBASSADOR COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS INCLUDED: • Supported the Job Fair/Expo and provided community information to attendees. • Supported the County’s Earth Day celebration and had a chamber booth with activities and giveaways. • Donated art supplies to Chamberlain’s Youth Center • Signed Christmas cards for troops away from home during the holidays • Collected raffle prizes to raise funds for scholarships for SBC youth. • Donated all raffle proceeds from monthly mixers to the following nonprofits: • CASA, San Benito County Arts Council, YMCA of SBC, SBC Heritage Foundation • Supported Wreaths Across America

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CON TAC TS A N D S ERV I CE S IM P O RTANT P HO NE NUMB E R S

San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau 831- 637-5315 243 Sixth Street, Suite 100 Hollister, CA 95023 Emergency................................................................................................... 911 Fire (CalFire).......................................................................... 831-637-4475 San Benito County................................................................................... 211 Poison Control...................................................................... 800-222-1222 Poison Control (Animal)................................................... 888-426-4435 Police (non-emergency).................................................... 831-636-4330 Sheriff (San Benito County)............................................ 831-636-4080 Suicide Prevention Lifeline............................................. 800-273-8255 HOLLISTER SERVICES Business Licenses................................................................ 831-636-4301 Fictitious Business Name................................................. 831-636-4029 Hollister Recreation Dept................................................ 831-636-4390 City Hall................................................................................... 831-636-4300 Library....................................................................................... 831-636-4107 Planning Department......................................................... 831-636-4360 Senior Center........................................................................ 831-637-9275 SAN BENITO COUNTY SERVICES Animal Control................................................. 831-636-4320 DMV.......................................................................................... 800-777-0133 Employment Development Dept........................ 831-637-8111 Public Works.................................................... 831-636-4170 Superior Court .................................................................... 831-636-4057 UTILITIES PG&E ....................................................................................... 800-743-5000 SBC Water District ............................................................ 831-637-8218 Sunnyslope Water District ............................................. 831-637-4670 City of Hollister Water...................................................... 831-636-4301 GARBAGE/RECYCLING Recology San Benito County......................................... 831-636-7500 HEALTHCARE Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital............................... 831-637-5711 Pinnacle HealthCare.......................................................... 831-634-4444 52 I S a n B e n i t o C o u n t y C h a m b e r. c o m

SCHOOL DISTRICTS San Benito County Office of Education.................... 831-637-5393 Hollister School District.................................................... 831-630-6300 San Benito County High School................................... 831-637-5831 San Juan – Aromas Unified.............................................. 831-623-7660 CITY OF SAN JUAN BAUTISTA City Hall................................................................................... 831-623-4661 City Planning.......................................................................... 831-623-4661 Library....................................................................................... 831-623-4687 Public Works (after hours)............................................... 831-902-0887


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HOLLISTER 375 Fifth Street Hollister, CA 95023 831-636-4300 Mayor Ignacio Velazquez mayor@hollister.ca.gov Council Member Carol Lenoir District 1 coh.dist1@hollister.ca.gov Council Member  Rolan Resendiz District 2 coh.dist2@hollister.ca.gov

Council Member Cesar Flores c.flores@san-juan-bautusta.ca.us Council Member  John Freeman j.freeman@san-juan-bautista.ca.us

San Benito County Board of Supervisors Council Member  481 4th Street, 1st Floor Honor Spencer District 3 Hollister, CA 95023 831-636-4010 coh.dist3@hollister.ca.gov sbcsuper@cosb.us City Treasurer Anietra Gomez District 1 Supervisor coh.treasurer@hollister.ca.gov Mark Medina SAN JUAN BAUTISTA 311 2nd Street San Juan Bautista, CA 95045 831-623-4661 Mayor Mary Vazquez Edge m.edge@san-juan-batista.ca.us Vice Mayor Leslie Q. Jordan L.jordan@san-juan-bautista.ca.us Council Member  Dan Devries d.devries@san-juan-bautista.ca.us

District 2 Supervisor Anthony Botelho District 3 Supervisor Peter Hernandez District 4 Supervisor Jim Gillio District 5 Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz

CALIFORNIA State Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D- District 30) State Capitol P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0030 916-319-2030 State Senate  Anna M. Caballero (D- District 12) Capitol Office State Capitol, Room 5052 Sacramento, CA 95814 916-651-4012 UNITED STATES Senators Kamala Harris (D – CA) Class III 112 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 202-224-3553 www.harris.senate.gov/contract/ Dianne Feinstein (D – CA) Class I 331 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 202-224-3841 www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index. cfm/email-me Congressman Jimmy Panetta 228 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 202-225-2861 www.panetta.house.gov S a n B e n i t o T h e G u i d e I 53


BUSINESS CATEGORICAL LISTING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS & SERVICES

ARCHITECTS

AMYCEL, INC. Robert Pitts 553 Mission Vineyard Road San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 623-7400 www.amycel.com

HUBOI ARCHITECTURE SERVICES, AIA David Huboi 601 McCray Street, Suite 202 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-0949 www.huboi.com

APRICOTKING ORCHARDS Patti Gonzales 890 Westside Road Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 801-5275 www.apricotking.com

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

DAVID E. GRIMES CO. David Grimes PO Box 1198 Hollister, CA 95024-1198..........(831) 637-1499 www.degrimes.com EARTHBOUND FARM Edna Cruz 1721 San Juan Highway San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 623-7880 www.ebfarm.com FAIRHAVEN ORCHARDS Marie Rajkovich 1448 Bolsa Road (Highway 25) Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 637-4221 www.fairhavenorchards.com FILICE FARMS, LP Kay Filice 4400 Fairview Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-3200 www.filicefarms.com STORK PETERKIN FOUNDATION A.K.A WILDFLOWERS Veronica Stork 20112 Panoche Road Paicines, CA 95043...................(831) 628-3608 www.wildfarmers.org SWANK FARMS PRODUCE, INC Dick Swank 645 Lanini Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-4704 www.swankfarms.com

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AG ENTERTAINMENT PHOTO BOOTH Brian Goldberg 95023.......................................(408) 315-4573 www.agentertainmentphotobooth.com CALIFORNIA RODEO SALINAS Mandy Roth PO Box 1648 Salinas, CA 93902....................(831) 775-3102 www.carodeo.com CMAP COMMUNITY MEDIA ACCESS PARTNERSHIP Becca King-Reed 7500 Monterey Road Gilroy, CA 95020.......................(408) 722-9144 www.cmaptv.com EL TEATRO CAMPESINO Phil Esparza 705 Fourth Street San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 623-2444 www.elteatrocampesino.com MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM Barbara Meister 886 Cannery Row Monterey, CA 93940..................(831) 648-4978 www.montereybayaquarium.org See our ad page 25 PREMIERE CINEMAS Craig Tankersley 641 McCray Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 638-1800 www.premierecinemas.net SAN BENITO COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL Jennifer Laine 240 Fifth Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-2787 www.sanbenitoarts.org

SAN BENITO COUNTY SADDLE HORSE ASSOCIATION Liz Smith PO Box 509 Tres Pinos, CA 95075................(831) 628-3545 www.sanbenitocountyrodeo.com SAN BENITO ORIANA CHORALE Kozean Wright 1241 Sunset Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-8188 www.orianachorale.org SAN BENITO STAGE COMPANY Karen Firstbrook 1760 Airline Highway, Suite F, #184 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-0122 www.sanbenitostage.org STUDIO 808 Gayle Sleznick 808 Washington Street San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 623-2964 THE POPPY JASPER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Mattie Scariot PO Box 1028 Morgan Hill, CA 95037..............(408) 242-3969 www.pjiff.org

ATTORNEY & LEGAL SERVICES BREEN LAW FIRM Christine Breen 330 Tres Pinos Road, Suite F8-4 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-2529 www.breenlaw.net JRG ATTORNEYS AT LAW Paul Rovella 530 San Benito Street, Suite 202 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 630-9444 www.JRGattorneys.com NOLAND, HAMERLY, ETIENNE & HOSS 333 Salinas Street Salinas, CA 93901....................(831) 424-1414 www.nheh.com See our ad page 17 THE GRUNSKY LAW FIRM Liliana Diaz 396 A San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 638-2144 www.grunskylaw.com


AUTO BODY REPAIR & PAINT AUTOMOTIVE COLOR, INC. Doug Shaffer 336 3rd Street Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 524-2841

SAN BENITO TIRE, INC. Bob Cain 561 East Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 665-6239 www.sanbenitotire.com See our ad page 25

BAKERIES

LEGACY AUTOMOTIVE Rogelio Pineda 4351_B Pacheco Pass Highway Hollister, CA 95023...................(408) 357-3555 www.legacyautomotive.com

LIGHTHOUSE 55 Lorie Rios 396 4th Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 265-7550

AUTOMOTIVE PARTS & SERVICE

BANKING

CALIBER COLLISION Lisa Mendez 847 Industrial Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-0392

CAL COASTAL - A SMALL BUSINESS LENDER Loree Van Bebber 221 Main Street, Suite 301 Salinas, CA 93901....................(831) 424-1099 www.calcoastal.org

EMERGENCY VEHICLE SPECIALISTS, INC Donna & Stephen Haynes 300 Park Center Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 634-1600 www.evswest.com GATEWAY AM PM Shashi Sharma 301 Gateway Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(408) 569-3396 GREENWOOD CHEVROLET-BUICK-GMC Marty Greenwood 270 San Felipe Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-5328 www.greenwoodmotors.com HOLLISTER AUTO PARTS Sheri Huston 140 Fourth Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-5304 www.hollisterautoparts.com See our ad page 17 JP AUTO RECYCLER Jim Petitt 1765 San Felipe Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 737-2236 www.jpautorecycler.com LES SCHWAB TIRE CENTER Alan McNamee 1500 McCray Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 635-5840 www.lesschwab.com/store/ca/hollister/574 SAN BENITO TIRE, INC. Bob Cain 246 Tres Pinos Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-5804 www.sanbenitotire.com See our ad page 25

TD TAX & ACCOUNTING SERVICES, INC. Tajni Diller 321 San Felipe Road, Suite 7 HOLLISTER, CA 95023...............(831) 637-1155 VICTORIA’S BOOKKEEPING SERVICE Vicki Carreiro 501 Lavendar Way Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-0878 www.facebook.com/mybookkeeper95023

BREW PUB JOHNNY’S BAR AND GRILL Peter Lago 526 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 637-3683 www.johnnysbarandgrill.com

BUILDING MATERIALS & SUPPLIES

HERITAGE BANK OF COMMERCE Will Sutton 351 Tres Pinos Road, Suite 102-A Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-2152 www.heritagebankofcommerce.bank

CAL CRAFT SPECIALTY PRODUCTS Mario Gutierrez 1033 San Felipe Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 635-9056 www.CCSProducts.net

MECHANICS BANK Phil Fortino 1730 Airline Highway, #310 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 638-4861 www.rabobankamerica.com

CALIFORNIA CUSTOM SHEDS Neal & Patti Denmark 728 El Camino Real, Suite I Salinas, CA 93907....................(831) 443-6163 californiacustomsheds.com

UNION BANK Irene Recht 300 Tres Pinos Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 638-3341 www.unionbank.com

GRANITEROCK COMPANY #29399 Keith Severson 350 Technology Drive Watsonville, CA 95077.. (831) 768-2000 x2071 www.graniterock.com

BOOKKEEPING

MCKINNON LUMBER COMPANY, INC. John Barrett 217 Seventh Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-5767

BIANCHI, KASAVAN & POPE, LLP Mary Hubbell 243 Sixth Street, Suite 220, PO Box 2137 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 638-2111 www.blhhcpa.com

BUSINESS SERVICES

ELLEN FISHER’S BOOKKEEPING SERVICE Ellen Fisher 888 Monterey Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-0201

GILROY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Eric Howard 7471 Monterrey Street Gillroy, CA 95020 gilroy.org

GRACE & ASSOCIATES Bette Grace 341 First Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-7408 www.gracecpas.com

MBS BUSINESS SYSTEMS Julie Ann Lozano 325 Victor Street, Suite A Salinas, CA 93907....................(800) 848-7575 www.mbsworks.com

S & S FINANCIAL SERVICES Ann Strickland 21 E 4th Street, PO Box 1007 Tres Pinos, CA 95075................(831) 628-3411 S a n B e n i t o T h e G u i d e I 55


MISSION LINEN SUPPLY Bill McCreary 435 West Market Street Salinas, CA 93901....................(831) 424-1753 www.missionlinen.com

CITY OF SAN JUAN BAUTISTA Michaele LaForge PO Box 1420 San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 623-4661 www.san-juan-bautista.ca.us

NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Kevin Cortopassi Castroville, CA 95012................(831) 633-2465 www.northmontereycountychamber.org

NICKEL PAYROLL & BUSINESS SOLUTIONS Jennifer Nickel 986 Calle Cruz San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 661-6199

HOLLISTER FIRE DEPARTMENT Bob Martin Del Campo 110 Fifth Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-4325 www.hollister.ca.gov

PACIFIC FUNDRAISING CO. John Alvarez 570 South Street, Suite B Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 207-9541

SAME DAY SHRED, LP Charles Salmina 3 Rossi Circle, Suite G Salinas, CA 93907....................(831) 424-8737 www.samedayshred.com TELESPEX Nova Giragos Hollister, CA 95023-3988 telespex.com TPO - THE HR EXPERTS Robert & Jill Russell 60 Garden Court, Suite 100 Monterey, CA 93940..................(831) 647-7292 ww.tpohr.com

CATERING TROPICAL SWELLZ Maria Smith Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(408) 605-0391

CHURCHES & RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS HOLLISTER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH & PRESCHOOL Kim White 521 Monterey Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-4240 www.umc.org/find-a-church/church/77244 ST. FRANCIS RETREAT Ken Laverone 549 Mission Vineyard Road San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 623-4234 www.stfrancisretreat.com THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER - DAY SAINTS 1670 Cienega Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(408) 804-6556 lds.org

CITY GOVERNMENT CITY OF HOLLISTER William B. Avera 375 Fifth Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-4300 www.hollister.ca.gov 56 I S a n B e n i t o C o u n t y C h a m b e r. c o m

CLEANING SERVICES HOODZ Ruben Arias 991 Foothill Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-7961 www.hoodz.us.com MERRY MAIDS Yvette Rodriguez 8380 Church Street, Suite L Gilroy, CA 95020.......................(408) 848-5667 www.merrymaids.com/gilroy

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, SAN BENITO DISTRICT Mary Damm 970 West Julian Street San Jose, CA ............................(408) 638-8357 svmbc.org/svmbc/districts/san-benito GIRL SCOUTS OF CALIFORNIA CENTRAL COAST Mark Boos 10550 Merritt Street Castroville, CA 95012................(831) 633-4877 www.girlscoutsccc.org HOLLISTER LIONS CLUB Alan Ritter PO Box 1103 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 673-6704 MORGAN HILL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Lori Allen 17485 Monterey Road, Suite 105 Morgan Hill, CA 95037..............(408) 779-9444 www.morganhill.org MORRO BAY CHAMBER Erica Crawford 695 Harbor Street Morro Bay, CA 93442................(805) 772-4467 morrochamber.org

ROTARY CLUB OF HOLLISTER Bryan Yamaoka PO Box 86 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 902-8415 www.hollisterrotary.org SAN BENITO COUNTY 4 H Julie Katawicz 3228 Southside Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 637-5346 cesanbenito.ucanr.edu/4-h-program SAN BENITO COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION Hollister, CA 95023-3988 SAN BENITO COUNTY CATTLEWOMEN Cheri Holiday PO Box 539 Tres Pinos, CA 95075 WOMEN’S CLUB OF HOLLISTER Jill Martin PO Box 818 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 637-0362 www.womensclubofhollister.org

COMMUNITY SERVICE SALINAS VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Biz Azzo 119 E Alisal Salinas, CA 93901....................(831) 751-7725 salinaschamber.com

COMPUTER & INTERNET SERVICES PHI SQUARED IT SOLUTIONS Ian Poulsen..............................(408) 313-5301 www.phisquared.com See our ad page 27 PROFESSIONAL COMPUTER SOLUTIONS 243 Sixth Street, Suite 220 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 638-2111 RX-TEK Erick Johnson 321 San Felipe Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(888) 305-3089 www.rx-tek.com


SPECTRUM BUSINESS Michael Waterson 8120 Camino Arroyo Gilroy, CA 95020.......................(209) 202-9116

CONSTRUCTION / REMODELING R&D BUILDING SOLUTIONS, INC. Richard Holdaway 370 Paul Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(408) 500-5340 www.facebook.com/rdbuildnow

CONTRACTORS & CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES BEACON CONSTRUCTION, INC. Fernando Oliveira 330 Tres Pinos Road, Suite 8/6 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 902-9772 CENTURY COMMUNITIES AT CERRATO HOMES Christine Mello 705 Valencia Way Hollister, CA 95023..........(408) 207-9499 x395 centurycommunities.com FELICE CONSULTING SERVICES Damon Felice PO Box 1119 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 856-7000 www.felice-consulting.com J.M.P. CONSTRUCTION SERVICES Joseph M. Postigo 1351 Line Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-6887 MARCUS BUILDING SYSTEMS, INC. Dana Hearne 28 East Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-8138 marcusbuildingsystemsinc.com SAN BENITO SUPPLY DBA SBS Ann Hillyard 1060 Nash Rd. Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 637-5526 SURE RESTORATION Hector Vazquez 1752 Shore Road Hollister, Ca 95023...................(408) 799-7617 www.surerestoration.com XL CONSTRUCTION, INC. Bryan Rosevear 851 Buckeye Court Milpitas, CA 95035...................(408) 240-6000 www.xlconstruction.com

COUNTY GOVERNMENT SAN BENITO COUNTY Ray Espinosa 481 4th Street Hollister, CA 95023............(831) 636-4000 x10 www.cosb.us SAN BENITO COUNTY INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT AGENCY Celina Stotler 2301 Technology Parkway Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-4110 www.cosb.us/county-departments/iwm

DANCE STUDIO ANIMATION DANCE COMMUNITY Lisa Malzone Morales 640 McCray Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 206-9580 HA’A HULA DANCE COMPANY Maria Smith Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(408) 940-6285 www.haahulaproduction.com SAN BENITO DANCE ACADEMY Lara Lichten 101 McCray Street, Suite 104 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 630-0188 www.sanbenitodanceacademy.com See our ad page 47

DENTISTS ASPEN DENTAL Dr. Ichhya Pathak 1100 East Park Street Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(855) 978-1628 Aspendental.com

SANTA CLARA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION EARLY LEARNING SERVICES Huong Ho 1290 Ridder Park Drive San Jose, CA 95131..................(408) 453-6987 myheadstart.org

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES AMERICA’S JOB CENTER OF CALIFORNIA Sylvia Jacquez 1111 San Felipe Road, Suite 107 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-5627 www.sbcjobs.org CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION Sean Richardson 8060 Santa Teresa Boulevard, Suite 200 Gilroy, CA 95020.......................(408) 848-1359 www.dor.ca.gov INFINITY STAFFING SERVICES, INC. Judith DeShazer 710 Kirkpatrick Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 638-0360 www.istaff.biz

ENGINEERING MH ENGINEERING CO. Silvia Pardo PO Box 1029 Morgan Hill, CA 95038..............(408) 779-7381 www.mhengineering.com RUGGERI-JENSEN-AZAR Rob Oneto 8055 Camino Arroyo Gilroy, CA 95020.......................(408) 848-0300 www.rja-gps.com

ENGRAVING & PERSONALIZED GIFTS BRIGHT NOW! DENTAL Leng Haong 1760 Airline Highway, Suite K Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 902-2810 www.brightnow.com CRAIG NAGAREDA, DDS Craig Nagareda 330 Tres Pinos Road, Suite C-1 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-7439

EDUCATION

JUDY’S GIFTS AND AWARDS Judy McCord Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-1635 www.judysgiftsandawards.com

ENTERTAINMENT FOTOBOMB PHOTOBOOTH Jeremy Littlejohn 339 7th Street, Suite S Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 205-2855 foto-bomb.com

HOLLISTER PRESBYTERIAN CO-OPERATIVE PRESCHOOL Wendy Shepherd 2066 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 630-1234 www.hollisterpresbyterianpreschool.com

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EQUIPMENT RENTAL A TOOL SHED EQUIPMENT RENTALS INC Robert Pedersen 2610 San Juan Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 477-7793 www.atoolshed.com

FINANCIAL PLANNING/SERVICES EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS- ALEXIS WINDER 615 San Benito Street, Suite C Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 634-0694 www.edwardjones.com GREG HARVEY Greg Harvey 712 West Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 207-6560

FLORISTS MOMENTS FLOWER SHOP Jeanette Melita 731 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 313-1205

FOOD MANUFACTURING WHOLESALE/RETIAL MARICH CONFECTIONARY Brad Van Dam 2101 Bert Drive Hollister, CA 95023..........(831) 634-4700 x209 www.marich.com OILS OF PAICINES Shelley Hartman PO Box 27 Paicines, CA 95043...................(831) 389-4263 www.oilsofpaicines.com SAN BENITO FOODS Sam Humphrey 711 Sally Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-4434 www.neiljonesfoodcompany.com/brand/san-benito

FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORIES BLACK-COOPER-SANDER FUNERAL HOME/ GAVILAN HILLS CREMATORY John Sander 363 Seventh Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-3793 www.sanderfhcares.com

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GRUNNAGLE-AMENT-NELSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY Tom Ament 870 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-3757 www.grunnagle.com

GARDEN EL RANCHO GARDENING Rogelio Pineda 5 East Beach Street Watsonville, CA 95076..............(408) 755-5556

GOLF COURSES RIDGEMARK GOLF CLUB AND RESORT Jean Sanchez 3800 Airline Highway Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-1010

GROCERY STORES GROCERY OUTLET Nate Harrell 550 Tres Pinos Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 313-1567 www.groceryoutlet.com

CENTRAL COAST VNA & HOSPICE, INC. Tina Del Piero 5 Lower Ragsdale Drive, PO Box 2480 Monterey, CA 93942.....(831)636-2141 xHolliste www.ccvna.com FRITTER, SCHULZ & ZOLLINGER, PHYSICAL & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Glenn Schulz, PT 1710 Memorial Drive, Suite A Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-8108 www.fritterandschulz.net HAZEL HAWKINS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Frankie Gallagher 911 Sunset Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-5711 www.hazelhawkins.com See our ad Back Cover, 1 PINE BROS, LLC Daisy Hollister, CA 95023-3988 pinebros.com

GROWERS

PINNACLE HEALTHCARE Lori Thompson 591 McCray Street, Suite 101 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 634-4444 www.pinnacleweb.com

HOLLISTER HOP YARD Aileen Ehn 294 McMahon Road Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(720) 375-4598 hollisterhopyard.com

PRIMARY CARE ASSOCIATES OF HOLLISTER Ray Kusumoto 591 McCray Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-7494 www.pcahollister.com See our ad page 26

HAIR SALONS

SAN BENITO HEALTH FOUNDATION Rosa Vivan Fernandez 351 Felice Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-5306 www.sanbenitohealth.org

MANE SOCIETY Kayla trillo 853 San Benito Street, #20 Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 207-0747 glambykayla.com

HANDY MAN SERVICES OLIVEIRA PAINTING & HANDYMAN SERVICE Carlos Oliveira PO Box 2722 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 636-0419

HEALTH CARE ANTHEM ACCESS TO CAREMORE Tammie May 7888 Wren Avenue Gilroy, CA 95020.......................(408) 421-9979 www.caremore.com

SAN BENITO MEDICAL ASSOCIATES, INC. Terry Cook PO Box 475 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 637-9215 www.hollisterdoctors.com

HEALTH, FITNESS & WELLNESS AGRIPHARMA Elia Salinas 1851 Airway Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 537-7312 GENESIS MARKETPLACE Elan Sarid 1802 Shelton Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(818) 929-0521 www.genesis - marketplace.com


KAMAL YOGA STUDIO Courtney Evans 350 6th Street, #102 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 756-8989 www.kamalyogastudio.com

HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING RIANDA AIR INC. Ron Rianda PO Box 1648 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 636-3767 www.riandaair.isoars.com

HOME BASED ARBONNE INTERNATIONAL Corinne Mathiesen 277 Marks Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 252-0591 AVON INDEPENDENT SALES REPRESENTATIVE Jason Hopkins 1220 Crestview Drive, #7 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 297-2899 www.youravon.com/jasonhopkins PRAK FAMILY KITCHEN - PAMPERED CHEF INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT Suzanne Prak...........................(831) 902-7263 www.prakfamilykitchen.com

HOSPITALS CALSTAR/AIRMED CARE NETWORK Airmed Care Network 540 Cohansey Avenue Gilroy, CA 95020.......................(805) 350-9249 AMCNrep.com/Tracy-shearer

HUMAN SERVICES BBSI Brittney Scarlett 2 Lower Ragsdale, #100 Monterey, CA 93940..................(831) 375-0105 www.mybbsi.com

INCOME TAX PREPARATION & CONSULTING LARRY L. SNYDER Larry Snyder 341 Tres Pinos Road, Suite 201 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-1867 www.snyderea.com

INDIVIDUAL ALICE FLORES 1771 Cienega Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 245-6623

ANITA FRUSETTA 977 Duffin Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-0327

KATHY & CESAR FLORES P. Box 39 San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(408) 804-3235

ANN C. ROSS 1740 Brentwood Court Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(707) 365-8960

MARGARET ROLLY Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 338-3884

ARNOLD FONTES 1971 Valley View Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-3581 BARBARA COSIO 1921 Glarner Avenue Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 902-0096 CAROL TRAVLOS-HAM 50 Mayme Court Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-8927 CATHERINE DABO 830 Fifth Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-3540 DEBRA SCHERER 4149 Ashford Circle Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 638-9030 DIANE COLLINS 621 Helen Ctourt Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 261-0607 DONNA HOLMES CA ............................................(831) 623-1168 ED STEPHENSON 46 David Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 635-0444 GEORGE LEWIS PO Box 1096 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 801-6341 GERALD & MARY MCCULLOUGH 755 Nash Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-2719

MARION & STASIA JAROSZEWSKI 4041 Ashford Circle Hollister, CA 95023...................(650) 208-4741 MARK GIBSON 1190 Buena Vista Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-3512 MARY EDGE PO Box 1351 San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 623-2582 NANCY BOZZO 916 Duffin Drive Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 636-9820 PAUL & ELIZABETH LEVY 830 Foxhill Circle Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 638-9654 PHYLLIS LANINI 4241 Pacheco Pass Highway Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 637-3837 RUTH ERICKSON 1430 Albright Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-0987 STEVE SANDERS 450 4th Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-4057 www.sanbenito.courts.ca.gov TOM BREEN 1450 Cembellin Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-4870 TOM WALERIUS 201A McCray Street, #313 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-7153

GERI JOHNSON P.O. Box 835 Hollister, CA 95024-0835..........(831) 637-1475

INSURANCE

HERB & GLORIA ROSSKAMP 878 Helen Drive Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 630-9017

AAA NCNU Monica Jones 351 Tres Pinos Road, Suite D Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 635-3923 www.calstate.aaa.com

JOAN RANDOLPH 1360 Gloria Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 524-2175

ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER & CO. Don Winn 321 Fifth Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-9241 www.ajgrms.com/hollister-ca S a n B e n i t o T h e G u i d e I 59


CALIFORNIA MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY Cheri Schmidt 650 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-5824 www.calmutual.com

LDA HELP, INC. - LEGAL DOCUMENT ASSISTANT Elias DeHerrera 330 Tres Pinos Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(408) 298-3377 www.ldahelp.com

CALVISTA INSURANCE AGENCY INC. Jayme Stewart 370 Fifth Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-7766 www.calvistains.com

SANDRA L. QUINTANA, LEGAL DOCUMENT ASSISTANT Sandra Quintana Hollister, CA 95023-3988

MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS BENITOLINK.COM Leslie David 829 San Benito Street, Suite 200 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 801-1356 www.benitolink.com See our ad page 27 HOLLISTER FREE LANCE/ NEW SV MEDIA..........................(831) 637-5566 www.freelancenews.com

MANUFACTURING DIBUDUO & DEFENDIS INSURANCE Jeffrey T. Fisher 330 Tres Pinos Road, Suite C-5 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-5365 www.dibu.com

ADVANTAGE TRUSS CO. LLC Jennifer Porteur Pfeiffer 2025 San Juan Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 635-0377 advantagetruss.com

FARMERS INSURANCE - BRENDA HORDER AGENCY Brenda Horder 341 Tres Pinos Road, #205B Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 634-1500 farmers.com/brendahorder

PRIDE CONVEYANCE SYSTEMS, INC. Shannon Pride 1781 Shelton Way Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-1787 www.prideconveyance.com

INTERWEST INSURANCE SERVICES, LLC Tony Bruscia 330 Tres Pinos Road, Suite A1 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-4919 www.iwins.com

SAGE BLANC INC. Deborah Wood 600 Park Court Drive, #1 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 630-3117 www.sageblancinc.com

NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY Julie Adams 1731 Technology Drive San Jose, CA 95110..................(408) 881-3998 www.newyorklife.com/recruiter/jeadams

TEKNOVA Richard Goozh 2290 Bert Dive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-1100 www.teknova.com

RICHARD W. SHELTON INSURANCE MARKETING, INC. Andrew Shelton 719 San Benito Street, Suite B Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 637-8941 www.shelton-insurance.com

WEST MARINE PRODUCTS, INC. Soila Rojas 2395 Bert Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 761-4848 www.westmarine.com

SILVIA PEREZ INSURANCE & FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 524-8411 www.silviaperezinsurance.com See our ad page 27 STATE FARM INSURANCE - JIM FOSDICK Jim Fosdick 581 McCray Street, Suite G Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-4442 www.statefarm.com/agent/US/CA/Hollister/JimFosdick-C630Z1YS000

LEGAL SERVICES ELVIRA ZARAGOZA ROBINSON ATTORNEY, INC. Elvira Robinson Zaragoza 357 5th Street Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 801-5530 60 I S a n B e n i t o C o u n t y C h a m b e r. c o m

MARKETING & BUSINESS CONSULTING CONNER STEVENS FILMS Conner Stevens Hollister, CA 95023-3988 www.connerstevensfilms.com SCHIPPER DESIGN Kathy Schipper 53 Muckelemi Street, Suite G San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 623-2341 www.schipperdesign.com WEBSTRIM DESIGN GROUP Eugene Trak PO Box 1362 San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 205-1805 www.webstrim.com

KSBW CENTRAL COAST ABC Lyn Johnson 238 John Street Salinas, CA 93901....................(831) 758-7757 www.ksbw.com MISSION VILLAGE VOICE Anne Caetano 38 Church Street San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(917) 513-7137 www.missionvillagevoice.com SAN BENITO LIVE Kollin Kosmicki 550 Cagney Road San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 207-9279 SanBenitoLive.com

MORTGAGE COMPANIES DIRECT MORTGAGE FUNDING INC. NMLS # 227765 Joy Taylan 330 Tres Pinos Road, Suite C3 Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(408) 607-1220 www.directfundinginc.com GOLDEN EAGLE MORTGAGE GROUP Pauline Amstutz 260 Tres Pinos Road, B2 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-5363 www.goldeneaglemortgagegroup.com WELLS FARGO Sue Rocha 455 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 630-2286 www.wellsfargo.com/mortgage

MOTEL/HOTEL FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT Imraan Abhadhan 390 Gateway Drive Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 634-1101 www.HollisterFairfieldInn.com


HILTON GARDEN INN GILROY Mary Pastorini 6070 Monterey Street Gilroy, CA 95020.......................(408) 840-7000 www.gilroy.hgi.com

CASA OF SAN BENITO COUNTY Esther Curtice 829 San Benito Street, Suite 200 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-4992 www.casasanbenito.org

WIEBE MOTEL Nak Hyun 1271 San Felipe Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-5801 www.wiebemotel.com

CENTRAL COAST BUILDERS ASSOCIATION Christie Cromeenes 242 E. Romie Lane Salinas, CA 93901....................(831) 758-1624 www.ccbabuilds.com

MUSEUM

CHAMBERLAIN’S YOUTH CENTER Patrick Ellis 1850 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-2121 www.chamberlaincc.org

SAN BENITO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Anita Kane 498 Fifth Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 635-0335 www.sbchistoricalsociety.org WINGS OF HISTORY AIR MUSEUM Susan Talbot 12777 Murphy Avenue San Martin, CA 95046-0495.....(408) 683-2290 www.wingsofhistory.org

NON-PROFIT ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION Nora Peyton 550 Water Street, Ste 1-2 Santa Cruz, CA ..........................(831) 647-9890 www.alz.org AMERICAN LEGION POST 69 Robert Deluna 649 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-7011 www.americanlegionpost69.org AMERICAN RED CROSS OF THE CENTRAL COAST Daniella Zapata 455 San Benito Street, Suite 30 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-2100 www.redcross.org/centralcoast BALER EDUCATION FOUNDATION INC Irma Albright PO Box 328 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 801-0656 BETABEL ROAD CHARITY PROJECT Rider McDowell Hollister, CA 95023-3988 Betabelproject.com See our ad page 27 CANCERAGOGO.COM Hollister, CA 95023-3988 canceragogo.com

CHISPA Gabriel Torres 295 Main Street, Suite 100 Salinas, CA 93901....................(831) 757-6251 www.chispahousing.org COMMUNITY FOOD BANK OF SBC Maria Thomas 1133 San Felipe Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-0340 www.communityfoodbankofsbc.org COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR SAN BENITO COUNTY Gary Byrne 829 San Benito Street, Suite 200 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 630-1924 www.cffsbc.org COMMUNITY SERVICES DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Sonny Flores 1101 San Felipe Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-5524 www.csdcsbc.org COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS Debbie Ruiz 341 Tres Pinos Road, 202B Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-1094 www.communitysolutions.org EDEN HOUSING, INC Jane Barr 22645 Grand Street Hayward, CA 94541...................(510) 247-8193 www.edenhousing.org EMMAUS HOUSE Patrice Kueschner 829 San Benito Street, Suite 300 Hollister, CA 95023............(831) 630-5899 x15 www.emmaushouse.net

FRIENDS OF THE SAN BENITO COUNTY FREE LIBRARY Susan Logue 470 5th Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 205-1373 www.sbcfriends.org See our ad page 13 GAVILAN EMPLOYER ADVISORY COUNCIL Lisa Bettencourt 16100 Jacqueline Court Morgan Hill, CA 95037..............(408) 705-6537 ceac.org/region_2/gavilan_eac GIRLS INC. OF THE CENTRAL COAST Patricia Fernandez 318 Cayuga Street, Suite 206 Salinas, CA 93901....................(831) 772-0882 www.girlsinccc.org GO KIDS INC. Kendra B 1101 San Felipe Road, Suite D Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-9205 www.gokids.org GROWING HEARTS GARDEN CENTER Chris Evans Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 537-7700 growingheartsgardencenter.org HAZEL HAWKINS HOSPITAL AUXILIARY Alice Oliveria 911 Sunset Drive Hollister, CA 95023....... (831) 637-5711 x2287 HOLLISTER DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION Corey Shafer 514 Monterey Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-8406 www.downtownhollister.org HOLLISTER PREGNANCY CENTER Brigette Blair 483 Fifth Street Hollister, CA 95023..................(831) 637-.4020 www.hollisterpregnancycenter.com HOPE REHABILITATION SERVICES Alex Andrade 650 San Benito Street, Suite 120 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-8283 www.hopeservices.org HOSPICE GIVING Jennifer Balducci 80 Garden Court, Suite 201 Monterey, CA 93940..................(831) 333-9023 www.hospicegiving.org

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JMM DANCE CO. Veronica Vasquez 410 Alicante Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(408) 600-5107 www.jmmdanceco.org

SAN BENITO COUNTY FARM BUREAU Mindy Sotelo 530 San Benito Street, Suite 201 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-7643 sanbenito.cfbf.com

JOVENES DE ANTA_O OF SBC Pauline Valdivia 300 West Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-9275 www.jdasbcseniors.org

SAN BENITO COUNTY HERITAGE FOUNDATION Richard McAbee PO Box 1141 Tres Pinos, CA 95075................(831) 637-1669 www.sbcheritagefoundation.com

K-9 AMBASSADOR Deleta Jones 1301 Nash Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 840-1415 www.k9Ambassador.net

SAN JUAN COMMITTEE 319 Third Street San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 239-1287 www.sanjuanbautistaca.com

KINSHIP CENTER Doreen Luke 124 River Road Salinas, CA 93908....................(831) 455-4723 www.kinshipcenter.org PET FRIENDS & RESCUE Richard Lopez 2975 Buena Vista Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 634-1191 www.petfriends.org PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION Jennifer Westphal PO Box 2080 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 313-3344 www.pinnaclesfoundation.org REBEKAH CHILDREN’S SERVICES Claudia Sandoval 290 IOOF Avenue Gilroy, CA 95020.......................(408) 846-2100 www.rcskids.org SAN BENITO AGRICULTURAL LAND TRUST Ron Ross PO Box 1066 Tres Pinos, CA 95075................(831) 593-1030 www.sanbenitolandtrust.org SAN BENITO COUNTY BUSINESS COUNCIL Kristina Chavez Wyatt 341 First Street Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 524-0408 www.sbcbusinesscouncil.com SAN BENITO COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Michelle Leonard 243 Sixth Street, Suite 100 Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 637-5315

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SBC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Leslie Austin 398 Seely Avenue Aromas, CA 95004....................(831) 726-6242 SELECT LEARNING TECHNIQUES ACADEMIC ACADEMY Sandra Lee Terry 2440 Bert Drive, Building 500, Suite 501 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-9131 www.sltaa.com SUN STREET CENTERS Anna Foglia 335 6th Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 265-7462 www.sunstreetcenters.org UNITED WAY OF SAN BENITO COUNTY Vicki Fortino 829 San Benito Street, Suite 200 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 332-7550 www.unitedwaysbc.org VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST #9242 Bernie Ramirez PO Box 99 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 637-7011 VETERANS RESOURCE CENTERS OF AMERICA Stephen Corbett MVRCA PO Box 378 Santa Rosa, CA 95042..............(831) 375-1184 www.vetsresource.org YOUTH ALLIANCE Diane Ortiz 310 4th Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-2853 youthall.org

PHOTOGRAPHER, COMMERCIAL RENE RODRIGUEZ PHOTOGRAPHY Rene Rodriguez 223 Holland Circle Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 261-1787

PHOTOGRAPHER, PORTRAIT LIZ MORALES PHOTOGRAPHY Liz Morales Alvarez 853 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(408) 427-7449 lizmoralesphotography.zenfolio.com MARISA DURAN PHOTOGRAPHY Marisa Duran 217 5th Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(310) 985-4767 www.marisaduranphotography.com

PIZZA STRAW HAT PIZZA Satwinder Sadhra 191 San Felipe Road Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 902-9210

PLUMBERS A & N PLUMBING Tony and Niessa Guaracha 710 Kirkpatric Court, #C Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-3873 anplumbinging.isoars.com

POWER PRODUCTION & APPLICATION PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC COMPANY 401 McCray Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(800) 743-5000 www.pge.com PANOCHE VALLEY SOLAR Arnie Owsley 100 Summit Lake Drive, 2nd Floor Valhalla, NY 10595....................(408) 613-7961 www.panochevalleysolar.com

PRINTING DLG PRINTING Bonnie Flores Voropaeff 435 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-3347 www.dlgprinting.com LEGACY STUDIO Rogelio Pineda 4351-B Pacheco Highway Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 750-2222 legacy-studio.com


POSTAL GRAPHICS Ron Martin 1760 Airline Highway, Suite F Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-3787 www.postalgraphics.net/

PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS SAVAGE DESIGNS Shannon Imbronone 1700 Lana Way Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 801-2942

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & RENTALS CREEKBRIDGE APARTMENTS Mario Loya 500 Hillock Drive, Attn: Leasing Office Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 634-0165 www.creekbridge.com GRANADA COURT APARTMENTS Bobbie Massullo The Pivetti Company 330 Tres Pinos Road, Suite B1 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-9906 K&S PROPERTIES Susan Rivera 650 San Benito Street, Suite 210, PO Box 499 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-5821 PROFESSIONAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & SALES 339 Seventh Street, Suite B Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-9273 www.professionalpropertymgt.com/propertymanagement-hollister-ca RAM PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Jared McDonald 996 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 636-9906 www.rampm.propertyware.com

RANCHERS SAN BENITO CATTLE COMPANY Janet French PO Box 1298 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 637-5879

REAL ESTATE A.G. DAVI REAL ESTATE Judy Glanville 484 Washington Street, Suite D Monterey, CA 93940..................(831) 373-2222 www.agdavi.com

ALEJANDRA FOSTER - COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE Alejandra Foster 8050 Santa Teresa Boulevard Gilroy, CA 95020 homesbyalefoster.cbintouch.com BERTAO REAL ESTATE GROUP Augie Bertao 330 Tres Pinos Road, Suite F2 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-8400 www.wesellhollister.com BRISTOL SB, LLC Michael Schlesinger 100 Bayview Circle, Suite 210 Newport Beach, CA 92660........(949) 945-2290 www.npland.com

PIERCE REAL ESTATE Ray and Peggy Pierce 551 East Street, Suite D Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 801-0835 www.rayandpeggy.com PIVETTI COMPANY Althea Dunning 330 Tres Pinos Road, Suite B-1 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-7337 www.pivetticompany.com RADIX REAL ESTATE INC. Steve Becerra 717 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 296-3500 www.radixre.com

DUAL PRIDE PROPERTIES Marie Peterson 390 5th Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-6992 www.dualprideproperties.com

SAN BENITO COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS Maricela Ramirez 330 Tres Pinos Road, Suite C-6 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-4605 www.sbcaor.com

INTERO REAL ESTATE SERVICES Renee Kunz 800 San Benito Street, Suite C Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-2112 www.interorealestate.com

SAN BENITO REALTY, INC. Dave Brigantino 150 San Felipe Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-5563 www.sanbenitorealty.net

LYNN SHAFFER INC. INTERO REALTOR Lynn Shaffer Hollister, CA 95023-3988

REAL ESTATE/DEVELOPMENT

MARILYN FERREIRA, BROKER ASSOCIATE INTERO - HOLLISTER RENTAL PROP. Marilyn Ferreira 800 San Benito Street, Suite C Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-1691 www.marilynferreira.com NINO REAL ESTATE, INC 829 San Benito Street, Suite 100 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-0111 www.ninorealestate.com See our ad page 19 PACIFIC OAK PROPERTIES, INC. John Paul Kent 15335 Calle Enrique, Suite 4 Morgan Hill, CA 95037.....(408) 779-1600 x102 www.pacificoak.com PACIFIC OAK REAL ESTATE SERVICES Susan Fixsen 260 Tres Pinos Road, Suite B1 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 245-5195 www.pacificoakrealestate.com

ANDERSON HOMES AT SANTANA RANCH Gina Waldron 2440 Bert Drive, Building 200, Suite 201 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 630-1853 www.anderson-homes.com K. HOVNANIAN HOMES Amber Norwood 3065 Palomino Court Hollister, CA 95023...................1916-945-5341 khov.com MERIDIAN PROFESSIONAL PROPERTIES, LLC Carmen Patane 4 Rossi Circle, Suite 231 Salinas, CA 93907....................(408) 209-6444 MILLER DEVELOPMENT CO. INC./ TWIN OAKS Marty Miller 20348 Clay Street Cupertino, CA 95014.................(408) 253-1168 Twino2kshollister.com RICHLAND COMMUNITIES Brian Hardy 3161 Michelson Drive, Suite 425 Irvine, CA 92612.......................(949) 264-7010

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SIERRA PACIFIC ASSOCIATES, INC. Ken Lindsay 300 Park Center Drive, Suite 9 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 637-4297 www.northpointebusinesscenter.com See our ad page 19 THE OROSCO GROUP Patrick Orosco 10 Harris Court, Suite B1 Monterey, CA 93940..................(831) 649-0220

RECREATION FLYING COLORS DANCE & FITNESS Amy Redmond Waran 320 4th Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 207-4325 www.flyingcolorsdance.com HOLLISTER RECREATION Tina Garza 300 West Street Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 636-4390 www.hollister.ca.gov See our ad page 13

RECYCLING RECOLOGY SAN BENITO COUNTY Phil Couchee 1351 Pacheco Pass Highway Gilroy, CA 95020.......................(831) 636-7500 www.recology.com RJR ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, INC. Robert Rodriguez 1771 San Felipe Road Hollsiter, CA 95023...................(831) 636-7756 www.rjrrecycling.com See our ad page 19 WEST COAST RUBBER RECYCLING, INC. Cameron Wright 1501 Lana Way Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 634-2800 www.groundrubbersolutions.com

CASA DE FRUTA Gretchen Blatter 10021 Pacheco Pass Highway Hollister, CA 95023...................(408) 842-7282 www.casadefruta.com

JAVA EXPRESS Brooke Tayler 1515 Cushman Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-9242 www.facebook.com/javaexpresshollister

DONA ESTHER Tami Huaracha 25 Franklin Street San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 623-2518 www.donaesthers.com See our ad page 35

LA CATRINA Gustavo Gonzalez 449 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 313-0905 See our ad Inside Back Cover

EAT WITH THE SEASONS Becky Herbert PO Box 1498 San Juan Bautista, CA 95024 eatwiththeseasons.com

LA SABROSA Maria & Phil Hernandiz 512 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 313-0956

FARM HOUSE CAFE Becky Herbert 615 D San BenitoStreet Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 265-7247 eatwiththeseasons.com FISHER’S Mike Fisher 650 San Benito Street, #110 Hollister, Ca 95023...................(831) 313-1515 www.fishershollister.com FLAPJACKS BREAKFAST & GRILL Naomi Ruiz 6881 Airline Highway Tres Pinos, CA 95075................(831) 628-5003 www.flapjackstrespinos.com See our ad page 33

MARGOT’S ICE CREAM PARLOR Margot Tankersley 211 Third Street San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 623-9262 margotsicecreamparlor.com OHANA SHAVE ICE Peter Hernandez 738 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 250-9049 www.ohanahawaiianshaveice.com PAINE’S RESTAURANT John Kouretas 421 East Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-3882 www.painesrestaurant.com See our ad page 41

GRILLIN & CHILLIN ALEHOUSE Chuck Frowein 401 McCray Street, B24 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-2337

ROUND TABLE PIZZA Michael & Allison Sicoli 496 Tres Pinos Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-7444 www.posnet.us/site/rthollister See our ad page 33

GRILLIN & CHILLIN ROADHOUSE Chuck Frowein 3650 San Juan Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-1010 www.relaxgrillinchillin.com See our ad page 35

RUNNING ROOSTER Jim Chapman 800 San BenitoStreet, Suite B Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 634-0135 www.runningrooster.com

HEAVENLY BAKERY 601-A San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 630-0300 www.the-heavenly-bakery.com See our ad page 31

SAN JUAN OAKS GOLF CLUB Scott Fuller 3825 Union Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-6118 www.sanjuanoaks.com See our ad page 13

JARDINES DE SAN JUAN Nick 115 Third Street San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 623-4466 www.jardinesrestaurant.com See our ad page 31

VERTIGO COFFEE Marline Fridman PO Box 1167 San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 623-9533 www.vertigocoffee.com

RESTAURANTS 4TH STREET EATERY Jeannette Pulido 330 4Th Street Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 635-4444 BE TRUE CAFE Ruth Gutierrez 330 Tres Pinos Road, Unit E Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 313-0090 betruecafe.com

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RETAIL SALES ACE HARDWARE/JOHNSON LUMBER Vinnie Randazzo 1707-A Airline Highway Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 634-1590 www.acehardware.com/store-details/09388 B&R FARMS, LLC Mari Rossi 5280 Fairview Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-9168 www.brfarms.com BELLA CHARM Lynn Shaffer 1709-L Airline Highway Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-7757 www.mybellacharm.com BERTUCCIO’S MARKET Karen Tonascia 2410 Airline Highway Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-0821 www.thefarmbertuccios.com

JOHNNIE’S GIRL Patty Marfia 535 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(408) 314-8773

MISSION FARM RV PARK Kaz Kurasaki 400 San Juan Hollister Road San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 623-4456

JULIA’S DIVINE GEMS Julia Brandt Hollister, CA 95023...................(480) 818-0048 www.JuliasDivineGems.com

PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK Blanca Alvarez-Stransky 5000 Highway 146 Paicines, CA 95043...................(831) 389-4485 www.nps.gov./pinn

LOS CUATES MEAT MARKET Juan Godinez 220 San Felipe Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-2808 See our ad page 2 MCABEE FEED Richard McAbee Jr. 71-A McCloskey Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-0900 QUARZO TILE & STONE Abril Arredondo 4110 Fairview Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 809-5553 quarzotilestone.com

ROYAL ELK PARK MANAGEMENT Adam Damm PO Box 1178 Tres Pinos, CA 95075................(831) 801-5826 www.royalparkmanagement.com SAN BENITO COUNTY FAIR Dara Tobias 9000 Airline Highway Tres Pinos, CA 95075................(831) 628-3421 www.sanbenitocountyfair.com THOUSAND TRAILS SAN BENITO RV CAMPGROUND Joanne Kim 16225 Cienega Road Paicines, CA 95043...................(831) 389-4477 www.thousandtrails.com

C&N TRACTOR Rick Montag 496 Salinas Road Watsonville, CA 95076..............(831) 722-2733 candntractors.com

SAN BENITO BENE 615-B San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 638-1188 www.sanbenitobene.com

CGR FARMHOUSE Laura Regentz 5890 San Felipe Road Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 801-1462 www.CGRfarmhouse.com

THE UPS STORE Connor Bray 201-A McCray Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-5201 hollister-ca-4512.theupsstorelocal.com

VINTAGE PEARL SALON, LLC Valerie Sneddon 620 San Benito Street, Suite B Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 265-7554 www.vintagepearlsalon.com

FEATHERS AND GEMS-PAPARAZZI Julie Silva Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(559) 560-6930 paparazziaccessories.com

TRUE VALUE HARDWARE Fernando Gonzalez 1260 Fourth Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-1338 www.truevalue.com/hollistertruevalue

SCHOOLS

GORDON & JOANNE MACHADO Gordon Machado 355 South Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-5051 www.rusticturtle.com HOLLISTER PAINT COMPANY Judy Goularte 57 East Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-4145 www.hollisterpaintco.com IRMA’S FASHIONS Karen Tonascia 230 Fifth Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-2653

WRIGHT BROS. INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY Thomas Wright 1745 San Felipe Road, Suite 10 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-2060 www.wright-supply.com

RV PARKS & CAMPING BAR SZ RANCH Tim Borland 10001 Willow Creek Road Paicines, CA 95043...................(831) 389-4672 www.barszranch.com

SALON

CALVARY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH Rick Mattish 1900 Highland Drive Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 637-2909 www.calvarychristianschoolofhollister.com GAVILAN JOINT COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Kathleen Rose 5055 Santa Teresa Boulevard Gilroy, CA 95020.......................(408) 848-4712 www.gavilan.edu HOLLISTER SCHOOL DISTRICT Lisa Andrew 2690 Cienega Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 630-6300 www.hesd.org

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HOLLISTER SDA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Barbara Thompson 400 Isabel Lane Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-5570 hollistersdaschool.org SACRED HEART PARISH SCHOOL Rachel McKenna 670 College Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-4157 www.sacredheartschool.org SAN BENITO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION Krystal Lomanto 460 Fifth Street Hollister, CA 95023..........(831) 637-5393 x127 www.sbcoe.k12.ca.us See our ad page 47 SAN BENITO HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT Shawn Tennenbaum 1220 Monterey Street Hollister, CA 95023..........(831) 637-5831 x134 www.sbhsd.k12.ca.us

SECURITY & INVESTIGATIONS ALLIANCE SECURITY TRAINING INSTITUTE Everett Fitzgerald 338 3rd Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 265-7505 alliancesecuritytraininginst.com FIRST ALARM SECURITY & PATROL Ben Davis 1473 North Davis Road Salinas, CA 93907....................(831) 758-1110 www.firstsecurityservices.com

SEED COMPANIES ORSETTI SEED COMPANY, INC. Lisa Dixon PO Box 2350 Hollister, CA 95024-2350..........(831) 636-4822 www.orsettiseeds.com

CLEAN BROTHERS PORTABLE SERVICES Jayson Cardinalli 41 Valley Road Castroville, CA 95012................(831) 297-1075 FIESTA LIVI Livi Hollister, CA 95023-3988 LANDSCAPE DESIGN BY ROSEMARY BRIDWELL C.C.N. Rosemary Bridwell 120 Churchill Road Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 801-2172 www.landscapedesignbyrosemarybridwell.com LIMOSCENE, LLC Maria Shropshire 2783 Ty Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 902-0859 www.limoscene.com PINNACLE STRATEGY LLC Victor Gomez 615 San Benito Street, Suite 206 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 245-6446 RAYS STUMP REMOVAL Ray Downing 990 Talbot Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(408) 515-3811 raystumpremoval.com SHAWS APPLIANCE REPAIR Curtis Postle 996 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-2713 www.shawsappliance.com SKYLAKE TREE SERVICES Ashley Hagins 1095 Ayer Drive Gilroy, CA 95020.......................(408) 439-0693

ENTERPRISE ACADEMY OF MARTIAL ARTS Mark Preader 817 Industrial Drive, #B Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 638-9384 enterprisema.net GARRAHAN OFF ROAD TRAINING Brian Garrahan 20131 Old Big Basin Way Boulder Creek, CA 95006.........(408) 857-5884 www.garrahanoffroad.com HOLLISTER HILLS SVRA Bill Lutton 7800 Cienega Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-3874 www.ohv.parks.ca.gov See our ad page 19 OFF THE CHAIN BIKES Brian Lucas 101 McCray Street, Suite 101 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-0802 www.offthechainbikes.com QUARTER CIRCLE CROSS INC. Janet French PO Box 1392 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 637-0328 REACH SAN BENITO PARKS FOUNDATION Valerie Egland PO Box 744 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 601-5154 www.reachsanbenito.org

STORAGE FLYNN ROAD RV & MINI STORAGE John Bluff 741 Flynn Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-5212 www.flynnroadrvandstorage.com

SIGN SERVICES

UNITED GENETICS SEEDS CO. Remo Ludergnani 8000 Fairview Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-4882 www.unitedgenetics.com

CENTRAL COAST SIGN & DESIGN Julio Gil 1311 Dayton Street, Suite B Salinas, CA 93901....................(831) 775-0700 www.ccsigndesign.com

SERVICES

SKIN CARE

AMALIA ELLIS DESIGN 1960 Highland Drive Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 673-6262 www.amaliaellisdesign.com

SAN BENITO SOAP WORKS Becky Thompson 1920 Monte Vista Drive Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 207-5713 www.sanbenitosoapworks.com

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SPORTS & RECREATION

GALAXY SELF STORAGE Socorro Barajas 1901 San Felipe Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-9323 www.galaxyselfstorage.com See our ad page 45 HANNIGAN’S MINI STORAGE - C/O STORAGE PRO Lori Castello 180 San Felipe Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-6220 www.storagepro.com


HILLCREST MINI STORAGE Anne Peloquin 894 Industrial Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-3100 www.hillcrestministorage.com MINI MAX STORAGE & RV PARKING Kevin Parker 2450 San Juan Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-0368 www.storageworks.biz SAN BENITO MINI STORAGE Lorena Texeira 897 Industrial Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-5470

THEME PARK GILROY GARDENS FAMILY THEME PARK Stephanie Anderson 3050 Hecker Pass Highway Gilroy, CA 95020.......................(408) 840-7100 www.gilroygardens.org

THRIFT SHOPS WORTH SAVING MERCANTILE & THRIFT STORE/ HOLLISTER COMMUNITY OUTREACH 101 5th Street Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 801-7775

TRANSPORTATION

WATER SERVICES DAMM SOFT WATER SERVICES, INC. John Damm PO Box 1178 Tres Pinos, CA 95075................(831) 637-1720 www.dammgoodwater.com SUNNYSLOPE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT Don Ridenhour 3570 Airline Highway Hollister, CA 95023-9702..........(831) 637-4670 www.sscwd.org WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION OF SBC Shawn Novack PO Box 899 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 637-4378 www.wrasbc.org

WEBSITE DESIGN LITTLEJOHN’S WEB SHOP 339 7th Street, Suite C Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 801-7185 www.littlejohnswebshop.com SAFEHOUSE WEB Scott Kindred 455 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 205-0077 www.safehouseweb.com

WEDDING VENUE

BRENT REDMOND TRANSPORTATION Sue Mota-Redmond 1800 Lana Way Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-5342 www.brentredmond.com

PAICINES RANCH 13388 Airline Highway Paicines, CA 95043............(831) 638-7000 x25 www.paicinesranch.com

TRAVEL AGENCY & TOURS

WINDOW, WALL & FLOOR COVERINGS

FAST TRAVEL Linda Daughenbaugh 1465 Sonny’s Way Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-8161

BLINDS BY DESIGN Don Zettle 1760 F Airline Highway #134 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 634-1982

NORTHCAL TRAVEL/DREAM VACATIONS Richard Perez 841 Brittany Circle Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 313-0661 northcaltravel.com

MORGAN HILL INTERIORS Barbara Dias 341 Tres Pinos Road, Suite 202A Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 801-4477 www.MorganHillInteriors.com

UTILITIES

WINE & OTHER SPIRITS

MONTEREY BAY COMMUNITY POWER Alexis Garcia-Arrazola 70 Garden Court, Suite 300 Monterey, CA 93940..................(831) 641-7222 www.mbcp.org

AWE! ANN EUGENE WINES Richard & Joyce Kline 741 Riverside Road Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 278-1890 anneugenewines.com

BREWERY TWENTY FIVE Fran Fitzharris 106 3rd Street San Juan Bautista, CA 95045....(831) 636-7640 www.brewerytwentyfive.com CALERA WINERY Kate Mayhorn 11300 Cienega Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-9170 www.calerawine.com See our ad page 40 DIAZ LIQUORS Linda Ceralde-Maddox 1709 Airline Highway, Suite D Hollister, CA 95023-3988..........(831) 637-9088 L‚AL VINEYARDS, INC. Frank Leal 300 Maranatha Drive Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-1023 www.liveloveleal.com OZEKI SAKE (USA), INC. Hidetaka Araki 249 Hillcrest Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-9217 www.ozekisake.com

WINERY & TASTING ROOM 18TH BARREL TASTING ROOM Monica Ramirez 322 Third Street San Juan Bautista, Ca 95045-1335...........(831) 623-4049 www.18thbarrel.com EDEN RIFT VINEYARDS Michael Kohne 10034 Cienega Road Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 636-1991 edenrift.com

YOUTH SPORTS & RECREATION HOLLISTER HEAT Karen Haas PO Box 315 Hollister, CA 95024...................(831) 350-0432 www.hollisterheat.com YMCA OF SAN BENITO COUNTY Mayra Zendejas 351 Tres Pinos Road, Suite A201 Hollister, CA 95023...................(831) 637-8600 www.centralcoastymca.org

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ADVERTISER INDEX Airpark Business Center...................................................... 27 www.airparkbusinesscenter.com

Benitolink.com.................................................................... 27 www.benitolink.com

Betabel Road Charity Project................................................ 5 Betabelproject.com

Calera Winery..................................................................... 40 www.calerawine.com

Dona Esther........................................................................ 35 www.donaesthers.com

FlapJacks Breakfast & Grill................................................. 33 www.flapjackstrespinos.com

Friends of the San Benito County Free Library.................... 13 www.sbcfriends.org

Galaxy Self Storage............................................................. 45 www.galaxyselfstorage.com

Grillin & Chillin Alehouse.................................................... 35 Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital...................... Back Cover, 1 www.hazelhawkins.com

Los Cuates Meat Market....................................................... 2 Monterey Bay Aquarium...................................................... 25 www.montereybayaquarium.org

Nino Real Estate, Inc.......................................................... 19 www.ninorealestate.com

Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss........................................ 17 www.nheh.com

Paine’s Restaurant.............................................................. 41 www.painesrestaurant.com

PHI Squared IT Solutions.................................................... 27 www.phisquared.com

Primary Care Associates of Hollister.................................... 26 www.pcahollister.com

RJR Environmental Professional Services, Inc...................... 19 www.rjrrecycling.com

Round Table Pizza............................................................... 33 www.posnet.us/site/rthollister

San Benito County Office of Education............................... 47 www.sbcoe.k12.ca.us

Heavenly Bakery................................................................. 31. San Benito Dance Academy................................................ 47 www.sanbenitodanceacademy.com www.the-heavenly-bakery.com Hollister Auto Parts............................................................. 17

San Benito Tire, Inc............................................................. 25

Hollister Hills SVRA............................................................. 19

San Juan Oaks Golf Club.................................................... 13

Hollister Recreation............................................................. 13

Sierra Pacific Associates, Inc............................................... 19

Jardines De San Juan......................................................... 31

Silvia Perez Insurance & Financial Solutions....................... 27

La Catrina....................................................Inside Back Cover

Wash House Laudromat...................................................... 33

www.hollisterautoparts.com www.ohv.parks.ca.gov www.hollister.ca.gov

www.jardinesrestaurant.com

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www.northpointebusinesscenter.com www.silviaperezinsurance.com


Where Margaritas are sacred and food fills the soul

THE DRINKS We offer a great opportunity to discover a large selection of Mexican beers, tequilas, margaritas & cocktails. Our drinks are thoughtfully and intricately handcrafted with premium & fresh ingredients, houseinfused spirits, and the freshest produce. Perfect alone or paired with our food, each drink is artfully prepared with the same love we pour into everything we do.

THE RESTAURANT Locally, family-owned & operated, La Catrina is a warm and casual approach to fine dining, where we focus not only on making our food and drinks special, but also on offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel part of the family.

THE FOOD La Catrina combines the freshest ingredients and boldest flavors; our menu offers a range of traditional family recipes, along with culinary innovations we know guests will love.

Experience a true taste of Mexico with traditional favorite & modern dishes, always made with fresh ingredients.

Open for lunch and dinner daily, and breakfast on weekends. We invite you to enter our home and experience our passion for the flavors of Mexico.

La Catrina Mexican Grill 449 San Benito St. Hollister, CA 95023 (831) 313-0905 San Benito The Guide I 3


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We are proud of our commitment to providing quality, compassionate health care to the residents of our community offering the latest technology and specialty services.

Emergency Department with 16 private rooms and 3 trauma bays Ambulatory Surgery Center Women’s Center with 13 private birthing suites Technologically advanced Diagnostic Imaging Center

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