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San Juan Bautista looks to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas

City Council aims to update existing ordinance at future meeting.

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The 400 block of San Benito Street. Photo by John Chadwell.

Planning Commission approves use permit for 400 block development

Mayor’s second letter to commissioners fails to delay vote.

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San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina. File photo.

Supervisor Mark Medina announces run for re-election in 2020

Medina says he will continue to work with local small businesses, agriculture industry.

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Congressman Jimmy Panetta answered several questions from the public after giving a legislative update during an April 13 town hall in Hollister. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Immigration debate heats up weekend town hall

Congressman Jimmy Panetta responds to a resident’s call for a border wall.

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Q and A: Peter Hernandez on hemp

County supervisor shares his concerns, suggests getting creative to counter odor nuisance.

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The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. The court's website states the civil grand jury has two functions: Weighing allegations of misconduct against public officials and acting as the public’s “watchdog” by investigating and reporting upon various matters of county, city and special district governments. File photo.

Former grand jury members call for repeal

Ex-foreman and forewoman say a 2015 county ordinance obstructs investigations of county departments.

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

Assemblyman Rivas authors bill to promote safe teen driving

"Two counties within our district rank in the top ten in state for the most distracted driving deaths among teenagers – San Benito County ranks third and Monterey County ranks tenth," Rivas said.

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Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File photo.

Congressman Panetta Announces $2 Million Grant to the San Benito Health Foundation

"These funds will help the San Benito Health Foundation to continue to provide their patients with quality health education and preventative services, and to promote healthy lifestyles," Panetta said.

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COG seeks members for Measure G Oversight Committee

Local transportation agency now accepting applications for an 11-member citizens oversight committee to ensure Measure G funds are spent according to plan.

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San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina. Photo by John Chadwell.

COLUMN: Notes From The Chair

In this latest column, San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina discusses road repair funds and upcoming transportation projects.

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Congressman Jimmy Panetta speaking at a community forum in 2017. Photo by John Chadwell.

Congressman Panetta to hold town hall in Hollister

Seating for Saturday, April 13 event is first come, first served.

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Hollister Police Captain Carlos Reynoso explained that the repeaters would help radio signals penetrate buildings and more broadly cover the city. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister council approves digital radio repeaters for police department

Six tower units expected to improve reception inside buildings and remote areas within city limits.

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A portion of San Benito Street located between Southside Road and Union Road is part of the list of upcoming road repairs via SB 1 funds. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Supervisors approve road projects for next fiscal year

Funds from SB 1 planned for improvements to Fairview, Union, Hospital, Buena Vista and Southside roads. Repairs range from resurfacing to filling potholes.

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Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File photo.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta announces April mobile office hours

Congressional staff members to be available in Hollister, Watsonville and King City this month.

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Supervisors split on hemp moratorium

Motion to temporarily halt plans for industrial cultivation fails. Board will revisit the issue April 16.

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La Casa Rosa on Third Street in San Juan Bautista. The San Juan Bautista City Council voted on April 2 to secure the balcony of the historic building instead of removing it per recommendation from the Historic Resources Board. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Juan Bautista agrees to secure La Casa Rosa balcony

Residents urge the City Council not to remove the balcony if it isn’t necessary.

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County Office Building on Fifth Street in Hollister. Photo by Leslie David.

County has drop off location for second installment tax payments

Property Taxes are due April 10 and there are several ways payments can be made.

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State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas and UFW announce Farmworker Housing Act

"We must ensure that California's farmworkers and their children have the chance at a better life, and a brighter future," Rivas said.

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The Hollister School District Board of Trustees was briefed on the status of funding and spending for the new, yet-to-be-named school at Santana Ranch. Photos by John Chadwell.

New school close to being fully funded

Hollister School District anticipates developer fees and a $1 million state reimbursement to make up $455,000 shortfall.

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The intersection of State Routes 25 and 156. Construction of a two-lane roundabout is anticipated to begin in June 2021. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Caltrans plans roundabout at intersection of State Routes 25 and 156

High collision rate makes the project a priority, even though it will eventually be removed.

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