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.

Service Employees International Union members rally outside the county administrative building urging a raise on Sept. 18. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

SEIU members reach agreement on county contract

One-year deal will be revised following compensation study.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File photo.

Environment / Nature

Congressman Panetta introduces bill to prohibit new drilling on Central Coast

California Central Coast Conservation Act to require BLM to assess impacts of oil and gas drilling.

Photo courtesy of Media and Public Affairs for the Office of Governor Newsom. The governor is surrounded by some members of California's indigenous tribes at his June announcement.

News

Local tribe refuses governor’s apology 

Amah Mutsun turns down the olive branch offered by Governor Newsom and suggests measures state can take to heal past atrocities.

PORC President Andy Hsia-Coron asked the SBC Planning Commission to hold off on a decision regarding a commercial overlay application until after the March primary election. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

SBC planners approve alternate zoning for Hwy 101 node

Attorney De Vries says C-1 overlay application for Betabel is a backstop in case C-3 rezoning is repealed by voters.

Congressman Panetta at the Monterey County Offices. District 20 includes Monterey and San Benito County and portions of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties. Photo provided.

Government / Politics

Congressman Panetta Files Nomination Papers

Congressman Panetta prepares to run for office for the third time.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.

Education / Schools

HSD to hold hearing on trustee area map plans

School district moving from at-large to by-trustee area election system to avoid litigation.

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Photo courtesy of Census Bureau website.

Government / Politics

Census Bureau hiring for 2020 count

Looking for workers who want to serve their community, help ensure everyone is counted.

Ann-Marie Sayers speaks at a PORC demonstration in July against the Highway 101 commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito residents will vote on Hwy 101 nodes in March

Supervisors accept signatures for referendum; 1,224 more than required.

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Councilman Marty Richman apologized for his vote to hire Paul Eckert as city manager, saying he made a mistake in only considering his technical qualifications. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister City Council grants severance pay to resigned city manager

In resignation letter, Paul Eckert says he will ‘likely’ take legal action against those he accuses of slandering him.

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News

City suffers second water main break in two days

The Nov. 20 water main break occurred on San Benito Street between Third and Fourth Streets.