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Our Economy

Hollister recreational cannabis ordinance gets first reading

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

Officer Melgoza stands with K-9 Freeze while Police Chief David Westrick speaks. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

K-9 Officer Freeze retires

Hollister City Council approves request for replacement, handler training and vehicle conversion.

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After nearly $1 billion in federal grant money was rescinded, state administrators look at cutting costs.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Local Politics

San Juan City Council selects Don Reynolds for city manager

First day to be July 2. Welcome reception planned for July 9.

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Agriculture

30th State Assembly District receives $400,000 for soils projects

“The Healthy Soils Program does tremendous work to support farmers and ranchers in developing environmentally friendly farming practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the health of our soil,” Rivas said.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Local Politics

San Juan Bautista considers raise for employees

At budget workshop interim city manager recommends 3%, while others seek 5%.

Protesters speak with onlookers outside of the San Benito County Public Health Services office during a May 31 protest. Photos by Heather Graham.

Health

Protesters picket public health department over vaccine exemption bill

Parents oppose SB 276, saying it puts medically fragile children at risk.

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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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Kollin Kosmicki in San Juan Bautista. Photo provided

Community Opinion

COLUMN: Kollin Kosmicki announces bid for District 2 supervisor

Longtime local journalist launches campaign, says he's ready to lead.

San Juan Bautista City Councilman Dan De Vries (middle) during a May 21 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government

San Juan Bautista Councilman Dan De Vries arrested over domestic disturbance

He posted bail and was released three hours later.

Valerie Egland at a February 2019 meeting of the San Benito County Planning Commission. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government

Valerie Egland to run for county supervisor

Egland is currently on the San Benito County Planning Commission and president of REACH San Benito Parks Foundation.

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.

When new impact fees go into effect in approximately 30 days, they will increase the cost of a single-family home from $46,708.78 to $59,983.35, a 28% jump. Fees will increase the cost of multi-family homes of two or more bedrooms will increase from $34,106.63 to $44,968.51, a 32% jump. The fees will increase the cost of studios from $29,000.43 to $30,094.31, or 3.7%. Photos by John Chadwell.

Local Politics

Hollister City Council increases impact fees

Councilman Marty Richman says this will price locals out of the housing market.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas, Dolores Huerta, and legislative aide Rita Durgin. Photos provided by the Office of Assemblyman Robert Rivas.

Health

State Assembly passes Farmworker Housing Act of 2019

AB 1783, introduced by Assemblyman Robert Rivas, is expected to streamline the process to build farmworker housing on agricultural land.

While the audience was meager at a May 16 meeting hosted by Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and Supervisor Peter Hernandez, the topics were far-ranging. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business

Mayor Velazquez and Supervisor Hernandez hold town hall

Elected officials and business leaders discuss cannabis, growth, roads and tourism.