Land Use

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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New developments in Hollister could add nearly 200 homes

The Hollister Planning Commission recently approved tentative maps for two new developments that could add around 200 homes and apartments within city limits.

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Council of Governments Evaluating Transportation Needs

The regional transportation agency is seeking community input on transportation needs, and is scheduling conversations with community organizations to discuss possible solutions.

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Smaller turf areas with drought tolerant planst and rotating, low-volume sprinkler.

May is Water Awareness Month

May is Water Awareness Month since it starts our local irrigation season. Fifty percent of residential water use is dedicated to landscapes.

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Attorney General decision goes against petition to stop sale of 400 block

Hollister residents and city officials have waited since September 2017 to hear back from the state attorney general on whether a referendum could be added to the November ballot. Word came back that it cannot.

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Panoche Valley Solar Project money begins to reach county

It has taken eight years, and the PV2 solar project is nearly a third of original design, but tax monies are finally beginning to come to San Benito County.

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The will be a full moon on April 28.

Moonlight walk on De Anza Trail

The public is invited out for a special family friendly evening walk on De Anza Trail Saturday, April 28.

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Hollister Council approves first phase of $2.4 million McCarthy Park renovation

After choosing from an á la carte menu of options for the renovation of long-neglected McCarthy Park, the total came to almost $2.4 million.

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Pinnacles Gateway Partners meeting held at Eden Rift Vineyards. Photo courtesy Jim Gillio.

Pinnacles Gateway Partners discuss overcrowding and the park's future

Pinnacles Gateway Partners meeting discussed ways to promote gateway communities surrounding the park.

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The old Hollister Depot last served passenger service in 1955. Photos by John Chadwell.

Commuter trains coming to Hollister. Really?

School district superintendent's idea for bus yard on Leatherback site is derailed because city is entertaining the idea of commuter train service downtown.

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New housing units are still within the growth rate under the city's growth management plan. Photos by John Chadwell.

What is smart growth?

Local politicians and county residents explain what smart growth means to them

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The $250,000 cost to renovate the Briggs building is so high, according to Adam Goldstone, because no one needs the work and they can bid whatever they want.. Photos by John Chadwell.

County Parks & Recreation Commission sends $600k in restoration projects to supervisors for approval

Costs to renovate county properties skyrockets because skilled workers are in short supply as County Parks & Recreation Commission approves $600,000 in renovations to supervisors for consideration.

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Bear Valley Schoolhouse today. Photo courtesy Timothy Babalis.

Pinnacles plans to preserve schoolhouse traditions

Pinnacles National Park purchases Bear Valley Schoolhouse to preserve it's historical significance and support community traditions.

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