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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.

Alternative two for the Highway 25 widening project. Graphic provided by COG.

Transportation

COG directors discuss options for Highway 25 expansion

Value analysis will be conducted in early 2020.

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Government / Politics

Candidates for the March 3 Primary Election

Filing deadline ended Dec. 6. Seats up for election include the 20th Congressional District, 30th State Assembly District, and Supervisor Districts 1, 2, and 5.


County Express bus at a Fixed Route stop. Photo provided by COG.

Transportation

Public input requested for Hwy. 25 Corridor Transit Study

Meeting is expected to cover plans on how to provide faster transportation services between Hollister and Gilroy.

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Health

Homeless senior population increasing

Aging seniors are increasingly likely to become homeless, which will have a big impact on local communities. The San Benito County Behavioral Health department is working to address homelessness.

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Business / Economy

Monterey Bay Community Power board votes to expand service area

New additions include Arroyo Grande, Carpinteria, Del Rey Oaks, Goleta, Guadalupe, Grover Beach, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Santa Maria, Solvang, and Santa Barbara County.

Service Employees International Union members rally outside the county administrative building urging a raise on Sept. 18. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

SEIU members reach agreement on county contract

One-year deal will be revised following compensation study.

The clean-up after the skilled nursing facility on Sunset Drive flooded on Dec. 4. Cleaning could be extensive if asbestos is discovered. Photos by John Chadwell.

Health

Flooding forces nursing facility evacuation

Forty-six patients moved to Hazel Hawkins and another facility.

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Business / Economy

CalSavers Retirement Savings Plan business workshop to take place Dec. 6

The plan is now open to all California employers with five employees or more that currently do not offer a qualified retirement plan.

Flooding at Fairview Road and McCloskey Road.

Police / Fire

Weather advisory warns of potential flooding

Sandbags available at numerous city and county locations.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File photo.

Environment / Nature

Congressman Panetta introduces bill to prohibit new drilling on Central Coast

California Central Coast Conservation Act to require BLM to assess impacts of oil and gas drilling.

Owner Lynn Shaffer and sales clerk Julie Deidrick. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Business / Economy

Bella Charm moves to new location

Local boutique sells women’s clothing, jewelry, bags and household items.

Photos provided by Rotary Club of Hollister.

Sports & Recreation

Mission 10 Race returns in early 2020

37th annual event kicks off Jan. 25.

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Health

Ambulance rates increasing in 2020

Medi-Cal and Medicare patient costs will not be impacted.

A few of the BenitoLink team members gather in downtown Hollister for a photo. Left to right: Leslie David, Carmel de Bertaut, Laura Romero, Nicholas Preciado, John Chadwell, Becky Bonner and Noe Magaña. Photo by Robert Eliason.

News

Putting “Giving News Day” on the Calendar

This annual event, set for Dec. 3, focuses on positive community change and has expanded internationally.

Photo courtesy of Media and Public Affairs for the Office of Governor Newsom. The governor is surrounded by some members of California's indigenous tribes at his June announcement.

News

Local tribe refuses governor’s apology 

Amah Mutsun turns down the olive branch offered by Governor Newsom and suggests measures state can take to heal past atrocities.

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Police / Fire

BLM Central Coast Field Office lifts seasonal fire restrictions

Information provided by the Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office. The Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office plans to lift its seasonal fire restrictions on Dec. 2 for approximately 300,000-acres of public land, due to reduced wildland fire potential. This action also lifts target shooting restrictions on public lands within the

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Agriculture

San Juan Bautista approves rules for cannabis facilities

Pot operations will be required to have odor mitigation plans.

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Nonprofits

12 Days of Giving with United Way

Campaign will start Dec. 1 and run through Dec. 12.


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Transportation

Caltrans and CHP remind motorists to drive safely on Thanksgiving weekend

Caltrans and the CHP said they are prepared to respond to any emergencies that may affect the state highway system.

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Transportation

Frazier Lake Road construction to last until Nov. 8

Daily closures between Bloomfield Avenue and Shore Road from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Transportation

Maintenance work on Hwy 156 near Castroville starts Nov. 5

Work will also take place along Highway 101 in Prunedale.

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