Local Politics

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File photo.

Jimmy Panetta named Assistant Whip for the 116th Congress

"I am honored to have the opportunity to shape and advocate for policies that will help my community on the central coast of California and those like it around the nation," Panetta said.

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(Left to right): County Admin Officer Ray Espinosa, SJB Councilwoman Leslie Jordan, SJB Councilwoman Mary Edge, SJB Councilman John Freeman, SJB Mayor Cesar Flores, Supervisor Peter Hernandez, Board Chair Mark Medina, Supervisor Anthony Botelho, and Supervisor Jim Gillio. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Supervisors’ retreat discusses Brown Act

Board also receives advice on closed session and conflicts of interest.

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Gavilan College seeks applicants for Measure X oversight committee

Committee will oversee implementation of bond approved by voters in 2018.

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Cars at the stop light at Union Road and Highway 156 intersection near the San Juan-Hollister Road intersection. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Intersection at San Juan-Hollister and Union to become cul-de-sac

Change is part of $105.9 million Highway 156 Improvement Project.

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Attendees participate in activities during the 2019 San Benito County Board of Supervisors Retreat. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Board of Supervisors look ahead in two-day retreat

Discussion of the county’s strengths and weaknesses give way to goal-setting.

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Temporary signs block the collapsed reroute on State Route 25 in south San Benito County. File photo.

Caltrans aims to fix State Route 25 again, with a $9.5 million price tag

Rerouted portion of highway collapsed just three months after it opened.

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The 400 block at the corner of Fourth Street and San Benito Street. The Vault building, owned by Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, sits in the background. File photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council approves amendment to 400 block agreement

No reserved parking spaces for Community Foundation.

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San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina speaking at the 2018 Election Forum hosted by BenitoLink, San Benito County Farm Bureau, and Youth Alliance. File photo.

COLUMN: Notes From The Chair

In this latest column, County Supervisor Mark Medina talks about what took place during a recent meeting.

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San Juan Bautista City Hall, where Planning Commission meetings are held. File photo.

San Juan modular home project put on hold

Planning Commission wants answers on sewer capacity.

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Assemblyman Robert Rivas (right) at a Jan. 2019 art exhibit in Gilroy. Photo by Leslie David.

Rivas issues statement on $3.5 million in expected emergency homeless funding

San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties expected to receive funds via the California Emergency Solutions and Housing program.

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Aromas Grange Hall. File photo.

Aromas Progressive Action League plans panel discussion

Feb. 10 event to focus on local impact of November midterm election.

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The Hollister City Council at the Jan. 30 town hall meeting. Photo by John Chadwell.

At Hollister town hall, residents voice concerns about growth

While some see the current development projects as catching up post-recession, others fear traffic will get worse as a result.

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Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File photo.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta announces February mobile office hours

Hollister mobile office hours expected Feb. 13.

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San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina. File photo.

COLUMN: Notes from the Chair

In this latest column, County Supervisor Mark Medina shares his goals for the year, which include more transparency.

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(Left to right) Frank Guerra and Michael Anderson stand where Santana Ranch Drive, the future entrance to a new middle school site, will eventually be constructed. Photo by John Chadwell.

Santana Ranch developer clears the air over new middle school site

Michael Anderson has faced criticism from district and elected officials since 2017.

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A cyclist rides past La Casa Rosa in San Juan Bautista, where the sidewalk is blocked. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Historic La Casa Rosa in San Juan Bautista declared a nuisance

City mulls penalties, lawsuit against owner.

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A group of animal advocates spoke passionately about the plight of feral cats in the community at a recent Hollister City Council meeting. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister puts $5K toward spay and neuter services

Shelter services coming soon; SNIP Bus expected back in March.

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San Juan Bautista City Council at its Jan. 22 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Juan Bautista council discusses code of ethics

City manager addresses violations committed in recent months.

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Briggs Building in downtown Hollister. File Photo.

Parking for 400 block development stalls

Program staff working on changes to licensing agreement before City Council votes on it.

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Hollister City Council decided to push agenda item about amending cannabis ordinance to May. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council tables changes to cannabis ordinance

Mayor goes on the offensive as city staff explains how changes from medical to adult-use would benefit city and stop black market deliveries.

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