Local Politics

Collaborating with community partners and other counties brings homeless shelter to county

After three years of building relationships and securing funding from multiple sources, local homeless shelter on track to open in November

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Supes decide against consolidating elected offices, for now

After contemplating recruiting Assemblywoman Caballero's help to consolidate county elective offices, supervisors decide to wait until elections before making decisions

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OPINION: Hollister must protect against gyrating development rates

Without adequate control and strategies, Hollister is at the total mercy of market forces

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Panetta reacts to Trump budget proposal

Congressman calls the president's plan "damaging"

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Supes say no to extension on traffic signal requirement, developer says 300 jobs may go

Santana Ranch developer tries a second time to defer installation of stoplight and to continue building, but board turns him down, even as city delays construction until June

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Most county capital improvement projects have not been started

Report highlights that many capital projects are funded, but have yet to break ground

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City grant designed to move 48-unit extremely low-income senior housing project forward

If tax credits are approved, CHISPA will receive an additional $300,000 to add to original $700k grant to fund 48-unit senior housing project

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MBEP Co-Chairman Bud Colligan joins the breakout session on Agtech led by John Hartnett, CEO of SVG Partners

Regional Economic Summit recap: Spotlight on jobs, housing is key

Annual economic summit hosted by the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership highlights improving economy, challenges to job creation: housing, workforce development, collaboration

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Supervisors hold medical marijuana study session

Residents attend evening supervisor study session to hear update and give comments on draft cannabis business ordinance.

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Award Homes moves forward on 118-acre development

City signs off on public improvements financing plan for Award Homes project along Fairview Road

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Homeless shelter could be open by November

After three years and by securing multiple grants, the homeless shelter will soon open to provide beds for 50 people, as well as services to help get people off streets

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County water district will control water basins as state takeover looms

County agrees to let the county water district act as a Groundwater Sustainability Agency, but there is concern that the state will eventually take control away

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San Benito High School to move forward with redistricting

Trustees hire demographics corporation to provide an analysis to begin the process

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OPINION: Climate-smart agriculture

Climate-smart ag practices make economic and environmental sense

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Stymied on raising taxes for roads, supes decide consultant best course to determine voter support

County leaders can't decide if a special or general tax is the best option to seek voters' support, so they decide to hire consultant to poll residents on what they would accept

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Grassroots Journalism, San Benito Style

Local news is changing and growing from the ground up

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Locals among winners of Congressional art competition

San Benito High School student artists were among those recognized in the annual contest

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Supervisors vote to downsize planned fire station on Fairview Road

Because of the possibility of a lack of sales tax or other funding mechanisms, supervisors choose smaller fire station to serve North County

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OPINION: Raise Hollister's TOT and development tax, not sales taxes again

All taxes are not created equal, so the city should aim at the right tax target and the county needs to step up

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Shopping center may bring major retailers to Hollister by 2018

Boise, Idaho-based Hawkins Companies is slated to build a 130,000-square-foot shopping center with as many as 17 retail stores, potentially bringing more than 100 jobs

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