Martin Carver speaks during the housing element workshop at the community center. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Land Use

SJB housing element workshop narrows down potential sites for rezoning

Attendees favor vacant lot behind Valero gas station.

Management analyst Lauren Hull presents an update regarding county service areas at the San Benito County Board of Supervisors meeting on Aug. 6. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Local Politics

County and CSAs on the path to resolving dispute

While some services are being provided, residents say weed abatement is not.

Groundwater profile. Image provided by Shawn Novack.

Land Use

Groundwater plan is moving along

The North San Benito Basin has been classified as a medium-priority basin.

Photos courtesy of High Speed Rail Administration.

Transportation

High-speed rail meeting in Gilroy postponed

New date to be determined.

The management company of the Fairfield Inn at 390 Gateway Drive in Hollister is looking to build a second hotel across the street. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Our Economy

Holiday Inn Express may come to Hollister

New hotel would be across from Fairfield Inn and managed by the same company.

San Benito County Free Library. File photo by John Chadwell.

Local Politics

San Benito County to contract for a feasibility study on new library

Supervisors direct librarian to fund it from existing budget.

Photo courtesy of California High-Speed Rail Authority.

Transportation

High-Speed Rail Authority will hold August town hall in Gilroy

San Benito County elected officials say they plan to attend.

Protesters form a circle before marching toward the San Juan Road overpass at a July 19 demonstration over proposed development along Highway 101. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Local Politics

Protesters rally against Hwy. 101 commercial node development

Group aims to preserve ag lands and natural beauty.

The 400 block of San Benito Street. Photos by John Chadwell.

Land Use

Deadline passes for mayor to sue over 400 block development

No sign that Velazquez has filed in San Benito County or elsewhere.

Buena Vista Apartments. Photo provided by CHISPA.

Land Use

CHISPA application waitlist opens July 29

Accepting preliminary applications for Buena Vista Apartments in Hollister.

Local rancher Bryan Granger assisting Cal Fire with the Trail Fire on July 16. Photos provided by Lacey Bourdet.

Agriculture

Trail Fire contained near Thousand Trails campground

Local rancher initiated fire suppression.

The San Juan Road overpass across Highway 101. The red circle is where a protest rally will take place on July 19 at 4:45 p.m. Image provided by PORC.

Land Use

Protest of commercial development on Highway 101 set for July 19

Demonstration related to zoning changes near Aromas and San Juan Bautista.

County supervisors decided against the realignment of John Smith Road in favor of repairing the last half-mile section. Graniterock crews worked on repaving the road July 8. Photos by John Chadwell.

Transportation

Repaving begins on half-mile section of John Smith Road

Completion expected July 12.

Housing being constructed in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Land Use

San Benito County and cities proceed with housing element updates

Jurisdictions take action in response to governor’s call for more home building.

The water tower at McCarthy Park has a 90-gallon bucket inside and is surrounded by synchronized water jets and waterfalls. Photo by John Chadwell.

Land Use

Revitalized McCarthy Park opens in August

Delay related to new water feature.