Historic Casa Rosa building in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Casa Rosa redesign moves forward after SJB council denies appeal

Neighbor cites concerns about density and parking requirements.

There were both supporters and detractors in the audience at the Jan. 21 Hollister City Council meeting, where members voted 3-2 to censure (express disapproval of) Councilman Rolan Resendiz. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Council censures member Rolan Resendiz

Dysfunction on display at Jan. 21 meeting; second resolution to censure other council members tabled to Feb. 18.

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Government / Politics

New laws affecting San Benito County residents

They range from defining who can hold public office, employee classification and redistricting deadlines.

Government / Politics

Primary Election Forum set for Jan. 30

Hear candidates for Supervisor Districts 1, 2 and 5 speak on local issues. Arguments to be made for and against Measure K.

In 2016, voters approved a $60 million bond for the San Benito High School. Now trustees want another $30 million. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

Housing / Land Use

Sticker Shock: One school bond too far?

San Benito County homeowners continue to see their taxes rise because of local school bonds and fees. Some longtime residents say they are considering moving to other states.

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The San Benito County Board of Supervisors at a Jan. 14 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

County stalls partnership with sports complex designer over nondisclosure pact

Supervisor Botelho and members of the public concerned about transparency.

Aromas Community Grange. File photo.

Government / Politics

League of Women Voters to host Jan. 19 election forum

District 2 Supervisor candidates to present platforms at Aromas Grange.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta touring a strawberry farm in his district. Photos provided by the Office of Jimmy Panetta.

Agriculture

Q & A: Jimmy Panetta and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Congressman speaks on bipartisan bill that will ‘provide a clear path to legal status for our domestic farm laborers, and ensure a stable workforce for the future of agriculture.’

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Government / Politics

Hollister upgrades citywide phone system

Work expected to be completed by Jan. 31.

The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Benito County faces lawsuits on hwy nodes, retiree health plans

SBC and Hollister are also in litigation with developers over annexation fees.

County Office Building on Fifth Street in Hollister, which houses the San Benito County Registrar of Voters. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

Notice of Official Election Mailing to all Active Registered Voters

Elections office informs voters of pre-election mailings and reminders about how to prepare for the primary election on March 3.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista implements 2019 Building Code

Every three years, California adopts new building codes to establish uniform standards for the construction and maintenance of buildings, electrical systems, plumbing systems, mechanical systems, and fire and life safety systems.

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BL Special Report

BL SPECIAL REPORT: CSAs win war of words as county capitulates and repairs roads

With over $600,000 in selective reserve accounts and after years of heated debate, county service areas get long-awaited maintenance work.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

SJB council approves final housing element

Other actions include a timetable for rescinding the cannabis ban and selecting Mary Edge as mayor.

Government / Politics

Election Forum set for Jan. 30

Save the Date! BenitoLink will pair-up once again with San Benito County Farm Bureau to provide free community election forums at Paine's Restaurant in Hollister.