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San Juan Bautista City Hall on a rainy day in March 2018. Photo by Nicholas Preciado

San Juan Bautista City Council considers cannabis tax

The San Juan Bautista City Council is considering placing a cannabis tax measure before voters in November. Council members will review a draft cannabis ordinance on April 4 at 2 p.m.

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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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Hollister Farms will take up both plots of land between the Highway 25 bypass and McCray Street that have remained empty for years. Photos by Google Earth.

Hollister City Manager: Groundbreaking for new shopping center could be in two months

Idaho-based Hawkins Companies to build 130,000 square foot shopping center in Hollister, with ground breaking possibly in next two months, according to city manager.

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Hispanic Chamber Hosts Business Networking

Hispanic Chamber will host a free business networking event in downtown Hollister on March 21.

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Governments and developers keep talking about smart growth, but is what is happening in the county smart? Photo by John Chadwell.

What is "smart growth" and how do you accomplish it?

BenitoLink wants to know how you define "smart growth," and how you would accomplish and pay for it.

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Bernosky talks to elementary school students

HSD Board Member Rob Bernosky announces candidacy for Supervisor Dist. 4

The district covers a large area including Cielo Vista, Union Heights, Ridgemark in Hollister and all the way to outlying communities of New Idria and Bitterwater.

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Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance Violation and Abatement

On Monday Feb. 5 members of the SBSO, UNET, and HPD executed Inspection and Abatement Warrant to abate the unlawful cannabis cultivation from a property in the 300 block of Ladd Ln.

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Hazel Hawkins Hospital

COMMENTARY: Healthcare District Explores Merger, Partnership, or Affiliation

The changing face of healthcare and financial realities have led the San Benito Healthcare District to consider its options for the future.

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The San Juan Bautista City Council discusses tabling a hearing to remove John Hopper as chairman of the city planning commission Tuesday night at City Hall.

Hearing to remove San Juan Bautista Planning Commission chairman Hopper tabled— for now

A hearing to remove San Juan Bautista Planning Commission chair John Hopper was again delayed.

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Applicants present their projects and are trained on "pitch" presentations.  Photo by Leslie David

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay 2018 Hollister orientation, March 1

The City of Hollister is sponsoring an orientation to be hosted 6-7:30p.m. Thursday evening, March 1, at the Hollister City Hall Council Chambers

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2017 competition

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay Gears Up for 2018 Competition

San Benito business startups are encouraged to check out the opportunity, attend workshops and apply- applications are due March 12

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A map of parks in San Juan Bautista. The city's Strategic Planning Committee is working on a parks masterplan.

San Juan Bautista's Strategic Planning Committee has broad task

San Juan Bautista Strategic Planning Committee develops plans for city's future.

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Gavilan's Hollister site a hub for new, returning Gavilan College students

The Briggs Building in downtown Hollister is a magnet for Gavilan College students. With Spring semester underway, there is still time to register for Late-Start classes.

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Alba Coast Winery is in San Benito County and has a history of premium winemaking.

Alba Coast Winery is Dawning a New Name in Paicines

Alba Coast Winery located in Paicines provides Delicato with an additional four million cases of growth capacity.

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Photo from a 2017 San Benito County Business Council meeting.

San Benito County Business Council Announces Goals for 2018

They also announced that in 2017 2017 they increased their operating budget by more than 60% and membership by 18%.

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Members of the Council of San Benito County Governments hear a report on the San Benito Regional Transportation Plan on Saturday at the Board of Supervisors Chambers in Hollister.

San Benito Regional Transportation Plan reviewed at Hollister meeting

Council of San Benito County Governments discusses Transportation Plan RTP 2018-2040 at a meeting in Hollister.

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Jimmy Panetta visiting students at San Benito High School. Benitolink file photo

San Benito County received $3.4 million out of $76.9 million in federal grants for Central Coast in 2017

Congressman Jimmy Panetta announced over $76.9 million in federal grants for Central Coast counties, out of which San Benito County received just $3.4 million.

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Appeal to resubmit permit to manufacture medical cannabis in Hollister for children fails

Previously denied permits to cultivate, manufacture and dispense cannabis, owner of 817 Industrial Drive property appeals to resubmit for manufacturing medical cannabis for children. His attempt fails.

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Even though already built, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott will benefit from Hollister's new Hotel Incentive Program. Photos by John Chadwell.

Despite objections, Hollister council approves subsidy for hotels

The Economic Development Subsidy for hotels will benefit the already completed Fairfield Inn & Suites by providing an annual rebate of 70 percent of TOT for 10 years, with a $2 million cap.

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Robert Rivas speaks to a community member.

OPINION: The clear choice is  Robert Rivas for Assembly

Aromas knew San Benito County Supervisor Robert Rivas was a champion of protecting the environment, fixing our local roads, building better schools for our children, and proving healthcare for all Californians.

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