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.

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.

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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Artist rendering of proposed assisted living facility. Photo from SBC Planning Commission Dec. 18 meeting agenda packet.

Housing / Land Use

Senior assisted living center moves closer to development

Facility on seven-acre site can house 195 residents.

A child care center was proposed on this two-story house on Sunset Drive. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

SBC Planning Commission denies permit for day care center

Residents point to property owner rules that prohibit commercial use in the area.

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.

A cyclist rides past La Casa Rosa in San Juan Bautista. File photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

SJB planners approve new Casa Rosa plans

Design includes three one-bedroom residential units and restoring the restaurant and bar.

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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.

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.

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.

HSD Trustees at the Nov. 21 groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rancho Santana School. The school is expected to open in early 2021. Photos by Heather Graham.

Education / Schools

Groundbreaking at new Rancho Santana School

Facilities expected to open in 2021.

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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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Supervisor Anthony Botelho at a board retreat. File photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

FPPC dismisses complaints against Botelho and De Vries

State agency cites ‘insufficient evidence’ of Political Reform Act violation in Hwy. 101 commercial node rezoning action.

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Two protestors walk toward the Highway 101 overpass during a July demonstration against the rezoning of four commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

PORC petition on Highway 101 nodes meets signature requirements

Supervisors will now have to decide whether to repeal the rezoning ordinance or place it before voters.

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