Land Use

Mike Chambless said the master agreement is for 14 years, with two automatic extensions. Photos by John Chadwell

Hollister council approves master agreement with school district

After nearly a year of negotiations between Hollister and the Hollister School District a master agreement on the use of school facilities was adopted and will extend partnership over 20 years.

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Abraham Prado explained the nuances of the growth management program to the council. Photos by John Chadwell

Hollister city council delays decision, again, on growth management program

In what could be called a sequel of the Oct. 24 meeting, Hollister City Council delays making a decision on the Growth Management Program until December as three home development projects wait in the wings.

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City staff will present resources to the local business community

City of Hollister to host Open House on Internet Service

The City of Hollister's next community open house will be hosted from 7:00-9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9. The event will focus on internet services in Downtown Hollister and the community. 

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OPINION: Campus construction projects have economic impact locally

Half of the construction hours put into San Benito High School construction projects funded by voter-supported bond measures have been done by workers living in the tri-county area

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San Juan Bautista Strategic Planning Committee members listen to a presentation by Leslie Austin of APAL Climate Action Team

APAL Climate  Action Team approaches San Juan Bautista on clean energy efforts

The committee will be making a recommendation to move forward with the project at the next city council meeting.

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Big Paws Olive Company new sponsor at Olive Festival

Bryan Saba came to see the San Benito Olive Festival in 2014 and was so impressed with the area and friendly people he moved his Big Paws Olive Company here and is major sponsor of the festival.

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Hollister City Hall, where Four city council members claim those who signed petition led by mayor were misinformed. Photos by John Chadwell.

Referendum petition on 400 block to be on November ballot, unless state attorney general says unlawful

The Hollister city council votes to add mayor's referendum petition to November ballot for vote as city awaits state attorney general's call whether it is legal or not.

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Hollister Major Parks Coverage

OPINION: Recreation Master Planning is Overdue for Consolidation

It makes sense to have a consolidated recreational facility master plan that serves all county residents

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Photos from last winter's flooding. The county wants landowners to pay to repair and maintain levee system. Photos by John Chadwell.

Landowners reject agreement on levee repairs, Rivas blames county for not being prepared for rains

Updated Article-After Lovers Lane landowners rejected the county's indemnification agreement no action will be taken to repair levees until after supervisors hold town meeting Oct. 5 to discuss options.

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New jail expansion kicked off with groundbreaking ceremony

Groundbreaking ceremony at San Benito County Jail for a minimum-security extension set in motion construction of $20 million facility that should be completed in 18 months.

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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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