Land Use

OPINION: Is the cannabis industry hiding organized crime bosses?

Who is really behind the shadowy network of the so-called medical/recreational cannabis industry coming to San Benito County? Like Russian nesting dolls, do shell companies conceal organized crime?

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OPINION: SBHS thanks the county for support of Nash Road closure and bypass

The road closure is designed to improve safety on the 3,000 student campus and create a bypass for vehicles

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Councilman Jim Gillio described at length the financial aspects of the 400 Block development. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council certifies mayor's petition, will rescind decision on 400 Block or put on ballot at next meeting

Hollister council passes resolution to certify signatures on petition referendum to stop development of 400 Block and will hear options to either rescind development or put it on upcoming ballot.

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San Luis Reservoir in 2015

California Drought Response and Continued Need to Conserve Water

Many Water Projects are slated for California, but Water Conservation Needs to be a Way of Life

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Eight months after raging waters uprooted the entire community of Lovers Lane, little has been done to repair damages. Photos by John Chadwell.

Sups seek to avert liability in repairing levees, reform defunct property-owner supported water district

Trying to beat the coming rainy season, county supervisors push forward repairs of levees, while moving to shift cost burden to landowners by restarting Pacheco Storm Water District.

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New housing construction in Hollister.

OPINION: Development Agreements Can Be a Better Solution

This is the fourth and final article in a series about residential development management in Hollister and San Benito County

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Paicines Ranch in Paicines, California

Pinnacles Gateway Partners Meeting at Paicines Ranch

Invitation goes out for a Pinnacles Gateway Partners box dinner meeting at Paicines Ranch. It is an opportunity to learn about the Condor Recovery Program and enjoy a guided tour of Paicines Ranch.

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COLUMN: Millennials are the group to watch

Millennials prove to have the highest purchase increase over any other group.

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SJB council addresses Rancho Vista Development concerns, city manager resigns

Concerns were raised after Meritage Homes, a proposed development in San Juan Bautista, reconfigured its lots

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Supes delay cannabis business ordinance until November, demand immediate prosecution of illegal grows

After Supervisor Robert Rivas reverses his position on cannabis ordinance, board moves hearing to November, as some push to immediately prosecute illegal operators

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County moves toward cease and desist order for solar project

Even after Con Edison paid $100,000 to the county and promised more to come, supervisors remained unconvinced and decided to move toward halting the Panoche Valley Solar project

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Hwy. 156 work will continue road closures for at least a week

Guardrail/resurfacing project will force closure of the left lane in each direction

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San Benito High School moves toward district elections

Trustees start the process to re-draw district boundaries and hold district elections; students honored for Advanced Placement success

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Bay Delta

A fix for California's water situation?

Department of Water Resources certifies environmental documents, approves California WaterFix

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County rejects $290K for law firm, sends notice of default concerning solar project

Board of Supervisors lowers payout to lawyers to $60K while sending Con Edison a notice of default on the Panoche Valley Solar Project

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San Juan City Council moves forward with marijuana ban

The ordinance will go to the planning commission for environmental review and a public hearing

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One cannabis dispensary approved, as are multiple manufacturing, distribution, lab facilities

When the smoke clears after debate, the Hollister City Council manages to license a single dispensary while approving numerous other manufacturing facilities

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Foundation, Chamber, HDA, Business Council aim to 'restore' 400 Block

In an effort to sway the public away from Hollister mayor's attempts to stop development of 400 Block, group proposes its own petition in support of development

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Hollister, county agree to support Pacheco Reservoir expansion

If Santa Clara County is successful in its application, more than $800 million will be spent to expand the reservoir just north of Highway 152 on the Pacheco Pass

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Highway 156 guardrail/resurfacing project road closures continuing

Caltrans says 24/7 lane closures will continue "for several weeks"

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