Strada Verde Illustrative Site Plan. Image from the Initiative.

Government / Politics

SBC Supervisors question hazard report on Strada Verde

Author defends his study after Botelho calls it flawed.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Housing / Land Use

San Juan Bautista City Council seeks state aid for renters

City is applying for funding through a block grant program.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Government / Politics

Virtual public hearing planned for Community Development Block Grant funding

Money can be used toward rental assistance for low and moderate income residents impacted by COVID-19 to prevent eviction.

Site plan for Strada Verde Innovation Park. Image courtesy of Newport Pacific Land Company.

Housing / Land Use

Strada Verde impact study calls for 3.5-mile buffer zone

Report says the location of the proposed autonomous vehicle testing facility is too close to a distributor of agriculture fumigants.

Members of San Benito Citizens for a Brighter Future and Preserve Our Rural Communities demonstrate outside the San Benito County Administration Building before a July 21 Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Strada Verde initiative going on November ballot

Project supporters and opponents both urge San Benito County supervisors to put the proposed autonomous vehicle testing facility before voters.

The proposed entrance for the Strada Verde Innovation Park at Betabel/Y Road. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Strada Verde Innovation Park Voter Initiative details potential jobs, tax revenue for San Benito County

A look at plans and ways that the autonomous vehicle testing facility could impact the region.

Fireclay Tile's current facility in Aromas. Photo by Andrew Pearson.

Business / Economy

SBC Planning Commission approves Fireclay Tile expansion

Company looks to add offices, storage and production at Aromas location.

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

Government / Politics

PORC misses filing deadline for referendum petition against Betabel Project

29 acres are now zoned commercial thoroughfare (C-1).

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista applying for $65K housing production grant

City Manager will use funds to update accessory dwelling unit design guidelines and inclusionary ordinance.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta

News Release

Congressman Panetta Co-Introduces the Opportunity Starts at Home Act

The act establishes a tax credit supporting affordable housing financed by the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit for vulnerable individuals and those with serious and long-term disabilities.

Workers and machinery working behind the construction fence that was placed around some of the construction area near Gold's Gym. The building next to the fence will be removed. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

New housing near Gold’s Gym under construction

Project includes 85 units, a mix of apartments, townhomes and single-family homes.

Construction workers on the roof of new housing units. Photo by John Chadwell.

News

Hollister council deadlocked over growth management plan

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez doesn’t want to be ‘bullied’ by Sacramento; Councilwoman Carol Lenoir warns ‘lawsuits are coming.’

Housing being constructed in Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

COG to distribute over $300K in one-time funding

Majority of funds from California Department of Housing and Community Development program expected to go to Hollister based on population, with the county and SJB next in line.

Image of the tower approved at the Planning Commission meeting.

Housing / Land Use

SBC Planning Commission approves religious retreat site and communications tower

Antenna to close gap in transportation communications on Highway 156.

A rendering of the gas station design rejected by the SJB Planning Commission. Image from June 3 meeting agenda packet.

Housing / Land Use

SJB Planning Commission rejects roof design for gas station island

Owner will return in July with an alternative that reflects town character.