Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Our Economy

Hollister recreational cannabis ordinance gets first reading

Final adoption expected June 17, would go into effect July 3.

Photos courtesy of High Speed Rail Administration.

Transportation

Fate of California high-speed rail uncertain

After nearly $1 billion in federal grant money was rescinded, state administrators look at cutting costs.

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Land Use

Bureau of Land Management to conduct prescribed burn near Clear Creek on June 11

Smoke may be visible to nearby rural landowners. Updated information will be provided on BLM California social media sites using #RxBurn.

The start of the de Anza trail in San Juan Bautista. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Land Use

Pinnacles Gateway Partners welcome de Anza Trail superintendent

Naomi Torres discusses the historic route that passes through San Juan Bautista.

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Agriculture

San Benito Resource Conservation District Board of Director openings

Organization seeking directors and associate directors to oversee programs that promote erosion control, water quality protection and more.

Land Use

Understanding the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Explanation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and the process for creating a Groundwater Sustainability Plan.

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez said he may possibly sue because of the council's decision against his appeal. Photos by John Chadwell.

Land Use

400 Block appeal fails

Hollister mayor says he’ll “most likely” sue.

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Paul Stephens, senior development partner at Hawkins Companies, said the buildings will continue to go up, but the parking lot can't be completed until PG&E finishes with electrical and gas installation.

Our Economy

PG&E problems will delay opening of Hollister shopping center

Aspen Dental, Smashburger, Hokulia Shave Ice and more are affected.

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Land Use

Dreams of the 400 Block circa 1992

Magazine brings readers back to a time of excitement about redevelopment projects in Hollister.

Lasuen Drive in San Juan Bautista. A break in a water line occurred during a backfilling process in the area. Public Works employees were able to stop the leak around 2:36 p.m. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Land Use

San Juan Bautista Public Works stops water line break

Break occurred on Lasuen Drive during backfilling process.

The San Juan Bautista City Council at its May 21 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Land Use

San Juan Bautista increases budget for Verutti Park restrooms

City Council also approves outdoor smoking ban, hires new engineering firm and requests funds for pavement management program.

The road leading to the San Justo Reservoir is closed to public access. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Land Use

Resident urges county to work on reopening San Justo Reservoir

Supervisors add their support, plan to dig into details at June meeting.

Photo credit Lenya Quinn-Davidson. Provided by UC Cooperative Extension.

Agriculture

UC Cooperative Extension hosts prescribed fire workshop

Learn about and support local prescribed fire efforts. June 5 will be at the Hollister Vets Building and June 6 will be a live fire training in Bitterwater.

Todd Cushman spoke at the May 15 San Benito County Planning Commission meeting and said Aromas residents don't support developing along Highway 101, citing water and traffic concerns. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Agriculture

County Planning Commission approves Highway 101 commercial nodes

Residents oppose zoning change, want area to remain rural.

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez opposes development of the 400 block because he believes it is the wrong project to attract people to come downtown. Photos by John Chadwell.

Land Use

Hollister mayor appeals Planning Commission approval of 400 block development

Ignacio Velazquez's appeal will go before the City Council on May 20. If it fails to be upheld, he will decide whether or not to sue.