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Environment / Nature

Pinnacles National Park seeks interns for habitat restoration

First consideration will be given to applications received by Jan. 11.

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Nonprofits

Holte Holiday Dinners bring joy

What started as a simple, gracious idea has turned into an annual event that has touched many lives. The Community Foundation is proud to give a grant to Holte Holiday Dinners and to play a part in their amazing work.

HSD Trustee Area Map #6. Map courtesy of Hollister School District.

Education / Schools

HSD board selects map for trustee area elections

New boundaries would enable current board members to run again for the same seats.


Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Farm Workforce Modernization Act passes in the House

“The Farm Workforce Modernization Act is a critical, bipartisan step forward for both our farmers and farmworkers,” Congressman Jimmy Panetta said.

Nonprofits

Pledge of Champions 2019 continues

Readers play an important role in the health of their own community news. Their support helps us continue reporting on local government, education, transportation, housing, and other important topics.

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Alternative two for the Highway 25 widening project. Graphic provided by COG.

Transportation

COG directors discuss options for Highway 25 expansion

Value analysis will be conducted in early 2020.

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County Express bus at a Fixed Route stop. Photo provided by COG.

Transportation

Public input requested for Hwy. 25 Corridor Transit Study

Meeting is expected to cover plans on how to provide faster transportation services between Hollister and Gilroy.

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Transportation

Caltrans and CHP remind motorists to drive safely on Thanksgiving weekend

Caltrans and the CHP said they are prepared to respond to any emergencies that may affect the state highway system.



Award Homes has owned the 125-acre site west of Fairview Road for over 20 years. Photo via Google Earth.

Housing / Land Use

Hollister council sidesteps approval of Fairview Road housing development

No member makes a motion on improvement agreement for a project that has been the subject of a lawsuit since 2015.

San Benito County Administration Building. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Supervisors direct legal counsel to offer conflict of interest advice

Members agree not to hold the county liable for decisions they make based on county counsel’s advice.

Jeff Cattaneo, operations manager with the San Benito County Water District, said water quality increases the closer wells are dug near Pacheco Creek. File photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Hollister signs agreement with water districts on future supply

City Council looks to increase water in industrial zone and create redundancy for North County.



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Government / Politics

Candidates for the March 3 Primary Election

Filing deadline ended Dec. 6. Seats up for election include the 20th Congressional District, 30th State Assembly District, and Supervisor Districts 1, 2, and 5.

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Health

Homeless senior population increasing

Aging seniors are increasingly likely to become homeless, which will have a big impact on local communities. The San Benito County Behavioral Health department is working to address homelessness.

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Business / Economy

Monterey Bay Community Power board votes to expand service area

New additions include Arroyo Grande, Carpinteria, Del Rey Oaks, Goleta, Guadalupe, Grover Beach, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Santa Maria, Solvang, and Santa Barbara County.

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