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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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Retired Sheriff Curtis Hill   (John Chadwell photo)

San Benito County's 100K Club

12 former San Benito County public employees are getting annual pensions in excess of $100,000

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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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Teknova CFO Richard Goozh heads committee to bring high-tech and production jobs to county

Richard Goozh, who heads Independent Committee for San Benito County Job Growth, says about city and county..."they’re not talking to one another."

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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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San Benito County Administration building on Fourth St. in Hollister.

OPINION: San Benito County votes no on economic development

SBC fails to seriously compete to improve its poor economic condition; the inevitable result will be decades of underservice to its residents.

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COLUMN: Risks of Investment Properties

When considering investment housing, there are issues and concerns to be aware of.

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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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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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West Hills Water Treatment Plant Online Ahead of Schedule

Consumers will have higher quality drinking water and the taste of the water will improve.

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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: How long do people stay in their homes?

San Benito County is its own hyper-local market and that means we are often different from other counties and states.

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Local Impact of Elimination of Federally Funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Hollister, CA – August 7, 2017 – As the President and Congress wrangle over budget priorities, the elimination of a local service threatens many low income households.

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Joshua Miller photo

OPINION: Historical development rates don’t matter, only today and tomorrow

This is the second in a series of articles about residential development in the City of Hollister

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Local agricultural crops were worth $367 million in 2016

San Benito is an "excellent place" for producers, but the 2016 Crop Report also points out the problems caused by lower rainfall and disease

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Council split on growth management, no help for commuters in sight

After hours of talks, the Hollister City Council directs city manager to draft growth management plan, but there is little hope to address commuter headaches for now

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ANSR Pharmacy closes due to tightening insurance and low sales margins

Economic factors force closure of ANSR Pharmacies in Hollister and Watsonville, which will remain open while some inventory is sold off

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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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