Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito County offers COVID-19 related rental assistance

Deadline to apply is Nov. 6.

The proposed Betabel commercial node location off Highway 101. File photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Betabel project keeps commercial designation following lawsuit

Judge says the ordinances that rezoned the property were not included in Measure K.

Photo by Noe Magaña.

Agriculture

BL Special Report: What is prime agricultural land, and who keeps track of it?

The precise definition depends on the regulatory agency, and the context in which it’s used.

Strada Verde Illustrative Site Plan. Image from the Initiative.

Government / Politics

Strada Verde: Second peer review claims Trical buffer zone analysis is incomplete

Trical’s consultant says the original hazard report uses incorrect assumptions.

Facade designs for the Riverview II self-help housing project. Image courtesy of CSDC website.

Housing / Land Use

Application period open for self-help housing program

Participants will help each other build houses with onsite supervision and guidance of CSDC construction staff.

Community Foundation CEO/President Gary Byrne, Rebecca and Randy Wolf, and Marilyn Ferreira take part in official groundbreaking ceremony for the Epicenter. Photo by John Chadwell.

Nonprofits

Community Foundation hosts ceremony for new nonprofit HQ

Leon Panetta, Anna Caballero, Robert Rivas among attendees of groundbreaking for the Epicenter, slated for completion in December 2021.

Greg Knight with ABS Consulting said in case of a leak, dispersion will look like the cigarette shape as shown on the image. Image courtesy of meeting agenda packet.

Government / Politics

Peer review findings differ from Strada Verde hazard report

Consultants disagree on methodology and what would be a safe buffer zone from Trical Inc.

The Starbucks cafe will open in the summer of 2021. Rendering from meeting agenda packet.

Business / Economy

Goodbye Houligans, hello Starbucks

Drive-thru cafe expected to open next summer on San Felipe Road.

Del Curto Brothers Construction broke ground Sept. 5 for the new Epicenter that will serve as a meeting place for San Benito County nonprofits. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Community Foundation breaks ground on 400 block project

New nonprofit headquarters known as the Epicenter expected to be open at the end of 2021.

Image from agenda packet.

Housing / Land Use

SBC Planning Commission approves 149-unit project

Affordable units will be deed-restricted for local residents.

Strada Verde Land Use Plan. Image from the Initiative.

Government / Politics

Further changes made to Measure N ballot question

Board of Supervisors approves reducing attorney fees owed to petitioner.

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Government / Politics

Legislation protecting renters from evictions passes in California

The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act will protect renters from evictions due to a COVID-related hardship until Jan. 31, 2021, but still hold them responsible for paying past due rents to landlords.

Early morning in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista fills Urban Growth Boundary Committee

Council candidate Jackie Morris-Lopez selected for public-at-large seat.

Location of the proposed tower. Image from the agenda packet.

Housing / Land Use

Communications tower approved near Pinnacles

SBC Planning Commission also continues adult care facility expansion project with intent to approve.

Strada Verde site. Approximate boundaries in red, added by BenitoLink. Image courtesy of Google Maps.

Government / Politics

Supervisors dispute a second Strada Verde report

Members call the analysis biased and accuse EMC Planning of trying to kill the project.