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Attorney De Vries says C-1 overlay application for Betabel is a backstop in case C-3 rezoning is repealed by voters.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

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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The lot across from the Fairfield Inn at 390 Gateway Drive is the proposed location of new Holiday Inn Express. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Holiday Inn Express gets approval for site and architectural review

New hotel to include 93 rooms, a gym and indoor pool.

Mary Hsia-Coron, Tom Karis and Andy Hsia-Coron of PORC stand with with the collected petitions before they submit them to the county. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Activists submit petition against rezoning of Hwy 101 nodes

If enough signatures are found to be sufficient, the rezoning ordinance would be suspended. Supervisors could then decide to either repeal it or place it on the ballot.

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

Government / Politics

FPPC complaint filed against Botelho

Claimant alleges the supervisor did not disclose property holding near recently rezoned Highway 101 commercial node.

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The Briggs Building in downtown Hollister, where Gavilan College offers courses. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Education / Schools

Measure X committee meets in Hollister

Talk focuses on proposed Gavilan College campus in San Benito County.

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

Housing / Land Use

San Juan Bautista approves one of two housing elements

City focusing efforts to get back into compliance with state law; site selected for potential affordable housing.

Location of the 4.7 earthquake outside of Tres Pinos on Oct. 15, 2019.

News

4.7 earthquake shakes San Benito County

Epicenter in the Gabilan Range outside of Tres Pinos.

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It's taken over 20 years, but developer Marty Miller is finally seeing his dream of an active-adult community being built in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Dream for active-adult homes comes true

Twin Oaks community is now under construction with first sales expected to close in April.

Scott Fuller, developer and member of the San Benito County Business Council, reads a letter of support for the Highway 101 commercial nodes at the Sept. 24 Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Supervisors approve rezoning of Highway 101 nodes

Board commits to reviewing commercial development at Betabel, SR129/Searle Road, Rocks Ranch and Livestock 101.

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