About 120 trucks make daily roundtrips from Gilroy to the Graniterock Southside Road quarry. Photo by Leslie David.

Housing / Land Use

Graniterock moving more than 300,000 cubic yards of dirt to Southside quarry

The company is infilling parts of the mined land as part of the reclamation project.

Landscape view from Hepsedam Peak looking east towards San Benito Mountain in southern San Benito County. Photo by Ryan O'Dell, courtesy of BLM.

Environment / Nature

BLM reminds visitors to recreate responsibly on public lands during Memorial Day weekend

Some areas remain closed; agency advises public to check webpage to determine status and condition before visiting.

Theresa Kovacs, 63, and Rick Sicurella, 66, are in a limbo like thousands of other RV full-timers. Photo by Kirti Bassendine.

Housing / Land Use

RV dwellers find temporary haven in San Benito County

Campground reservations are hard to come by during lockdown. COVID-19 situation leaves many in the lurch.

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Housing being constructed in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

State says Hollister must void or suspend growth management program

Housing Crisis Act of 2019 does not allow jurisdictions to adopt new or enforce existing limits on the number of land-use approvals or permits.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Business / Economy

San Juan Bautista council approves outdoor business operations on Third Street

Program will run at least six months to help local merchants.

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A group called San Benito Citizens for Brighter Future Protested out in front of San Benito Superior Court during the May 19 hearing, demonstrating in favor of the Betabel development. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Court stops Betabel rezoning until after state shelter order is lifted

Judge Breen gives PORC 30 additional days to pursue land use referendum.

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The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. The court's website states the civil grand jury has two functions: Weighing allegations of misconduct against public officials and acting as the public’s “watchdog” by investigating and reporting upon various matters of county, city and special district governments. File photo.

Housing / Land Use

Court order temporarily halts Betabel C-1 rezoning

County and property owners will present arguments at May 19 hearing.

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Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

May 7 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Fifty-four confirmed cases since February, two active, 50 recovered; Behavioral Health will host May 8 'Wellness Routines for Uncertain Times' webinar; May 8 virtual meeting on hospitality and food businesses.

State Senator Anna Caballero. File Photo.

Government / Politics

State Senator Caballero introduces bill to help renters and property owners impacted by COVID-19

Legislation would authorize the state housing department to administer program to provide financial relief for California tenants.

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Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Housing / Land Use

Court order postpones evictions

For a limited time, renters are protected if their inability to pay is related to COVID-19. But they’ll still be responsible for unpaid rent.

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Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

April 23 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Forty-seven confirmed cases since February, four of which are active, 41 recovered; free face covering distribution on April 25; Gov. Newsom signs executive order forbidding debt collectors from garnishing CARES Act stimulus checks.

Preserve Our Rural Communities (PORC) members rally outside the San Benito County Administration Building on Fourth Street before a public hearing on the Highway 101 commercial nodes on Sept. 10, 2019. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Virus halts land-use initiative efforts

Members of Preserve Our Rural Communities focus on staying safe.

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Luck Park in San Juan Bautista. Photos by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

SJB Council hires firm to develop Luck Park master plan

Historical Society opposes, as it wants property to remain a park ‘per the donor’s wishes.’

Photo courtesy of Shawn Novack.

Environment / Nature

Water Resources Association raises concerns about water levels

With precipitation at 55% of normal this rainy season, the community should prepare for this year to be dry.

Work can continue on Santana Ranch homes because the development includes affordable units not yet under construction. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

County’s health orders upset construction industry

Exemptions allowing some projects to continue during shelter-in-place have sparked confusion and controversy.

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