Land Use

Voter-supported bond measures funded the construction of the Visual and Performing Arts and Academics building at San Benito High School. Photo provided.

San Benito High School's credit rating to save millions in bond measure interest

San Benito High School says it's low debt burden, fiscal solvency, and growing tax base is expected to lower borrowing costs and reduce property taxes related to the bonds for local residents and businesses by shortening the financing term.

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Conceptual design for McCarthy Park. Image provided by the City of Hollister.

Final design approved for McCarthy Park

$3.5 million project to include splash pad and climbing wall.

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Jeff Cattaneo describes the complex water system that brings water from Northern California to San Benito County. Photos by John Chadwell.

State grant moves new Pacheco Reservoir project forward

The $969-million dam and reservoir project will replace the facility to store more water for dry years, and is expected to help replenish aquifers and bring back fish populations.

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David McPherson with HdL gave a presentation to demonstrate many choices that go into designing a cannabis ordinance. Photos by John Chadwell.

San Benito County partners with HdL Companies to design cannabis ordinance

Consulting group says county could gain $2 million to $8 million in annual pot tax revenue.

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Map of Pacheco Resevoir expansion

Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project Awarded $485 Million State Grant

Grant allows San Benito County Water District and its partners to move forward with planning for critical water supply expansion.

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Luis Flores Sanchez has over 30 types of food he produces on his property. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Urban Agriculture: Locals find joy producing their own food

Urban agriculture spreads as people living within city limits raise chickens for eggs and grow multiple types of food for friends and family.

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Will Centoni demonstrating ranch style bronc riding. Centoni just returned from the 2018 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, WY where he topped the nation in both Bull Riding and the Men’s All-Around. Photos by Blaire Strohn.

San Benito County Rodeo Traditions Ride On

Celebrating its 85th year, the San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo returned to Bolado Park June 22-24.

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RMA Director John Guertin has been accused of lying to CSA members and was grilled by Supervisor Mark Medina over a lack of services to CSA. Photos by John Chadwell.

CSAs at odds with county, threaten class-action lawsuit

As one CSA accuses county of incompetence and threatens law suit, Supervisor Mark Medina says county is taking CSA monies and not providing services neighborhoods have paid for.

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Traffic on Highway 25 to Hollister. Photo provided.

COG, local governments approve Transportation Safety and Investment Plan

The COG board will meet on July 19 and make a final decision as to whether or not to ask the San Benito County Board of Supervisors to place a transportation sales tax measure on the November 6 ballot.

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Business Council Executive Director Kristina Chavez-Wyatt said the project fit into the city's general plan perfectly. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council Repeals 400 Block Referendum

Once the state attorney general found that the referendum did not qualify to be on the November ballot, the way was cleared for the city to repeal it and move forward with the 400 block project.

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Kelly Mulville stands near sheep at Paicines Ranch in Paicines on June 14. Herbicide sprayed on weeds along Cienega Road in April by a San Benito County Public Works crew drifted onto the organic ranch. An investigation is underway. Photo by Tom Leyde.

Herbicide drift causes headache for organic farm

The Agricultural Commissioner's Office and California Certified Organic Farmers are investigating the incident.

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Demolition of Andy Hardin Field is underway. It will be replaced by a new stadium that will be used by San Benito High School football, track and field, soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey teams. Photo provided.

A busy summer of campus construction at San Benito High School

Superintendent thanks voters for support of Measures G and U, which are funding educational and athletic facility upgrades at San Benito High School.

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Supervisors supported Measure C to test voters' mood for cannabis before moving forward on growing ordinance. Photos by John Chadwell.

Residents plead for county to expedite cannabis growing ordinance

Residents turned out at a recent San Benito County Board of Supervisors meeting to encourage them to move forward on a cannabis growing ordinance as quickly as possible after the passage of Measure C.

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Councilman Karson Klauer recused himself and Jim Gillio was absent for the vote on the dispensary. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council Approves Medical Cannabis Dispensary

After months of moving through the legal process, the Hollister City Council gave its stamp of approval for a medical cannabis dispensary to Monterey Bay Alternative Medicine.

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Inside the old hospital on Southside Road. Photo by Leslie David.

Old Hospital demolished to make room for self-help housing

The new self-help housing project, known as Riverview II, will feature up to 25 homes on 4,000 square-foot lots.

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Commissioner Carol Lenoir, center, told one resident if he was worried about traffic he should have bought his home on a cul-de-sac. Photos by John Chadwell.

Residents object to infill building project next to homes

Despite objections of nearby residents, the Hollister Planning Commission approved a tentative map and conditional use permit for a 12-unit development.

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Monterey Bay Economic Partnership’s Housing 101 Comes to San Benito County

The purpose of the forum is to build more awareness of San Benito County’s housing efforts and MBEP’s housing initiative aimed at increasing housing supply across our region that addresses all income levels.

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COLUMN: Water Irrigation System Inspections

As the temperatures start heating up in summer, your water use will go up as well.

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Silva Ranch protected by the San Benito Agricultural Land Trust conservation easement. Photo courtesy SBALT website.

Protecting San Benito County Agricultural Lands for 25 years

The San Benito Agricultural Land Trust is devoted to farmers and ranchers in order to protect the agricultural heritage of San Benito County.

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As RMA Director John Guertin watches, Capital Projects Manager Adam Goldstone tells supervisors about the contract award. Photos by John Chadwell.

San Benito County approves $1.9 million contract to build Nash Road bypass

The project includes a bypass road around San Benito High School and a water pipeline. Sunnyslope Water District will reimburse the county for the pipeline.

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