Evacuees checking in at Veterans building. Photo by John Chadwell


Veterans and community step up to help Hollister evacuees

Communications problems between county government and community were offset by generosity and volunteerism of businesses, community members, and veterans.

Lovers Lane Flooding. Photo by Robert Eliason.

News Release

San Benito County to receive FEMA funding

FEMA says funding will help to save lives and protect property and public health and safety.

File photo. In May 2021 San Benito County Sheriff deputies and county representatives notified residents living in the San Benito Riverbed like Robert Orabune to relocate. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

County receives $2.4 million for homeless family housing 

California’s HomeKey program will purchase 11 factory-built homes.

Community members are invited to share their opinions on BenitoLink. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


COMMUNITY OPINION: SBC likely to become Davis if Measure Q passes

Wesley Sagewalker writes that the county may face significant barriers to job creation and economic growth.

The 3.5-mile buffer zone would have no effect on Santa Clara County where a developer bought the Uesugi Farms site, just across the river from Strada Verde. Google Earth image.

Government / Politics

What is the purpose of Measure R and its 3.5-mile buffer zone?

Voters are confused by Measure R pro/con mailers and are left questioning its purpose and impact.

Map of the Stonebridge housing development from the agenda packet.

Housing / Land Use

Fate of Hollister’s Stonebridge subdivision rests on density amendments

City Council to vote on the future of the 100-unit project.

The RHNA draft focuses on four recommendations put forth by COG concerning an increase in workforce housing and the elimination of single family zoning. Photo by Kinsey Canez.

Housing / Land Use

Draft of regional housing allocation plan OK’d for public review

San Benito County Council of Governments issues four policy recommendations to Hollister, SJB and the county.

SJB Health Foundation property from Valero Station. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito Health Foundation plans for clinic, housing in SJB

Nearly 52 more acres are planned for development south of the city.

Planning commissioner David Huboi calls a motion to delay approval for housing developments based on the need for design changes to address gas and roadway concerns. Photo by Sean Roney.

Housing / Land Use

Hollister planners delay two development parcels

Questions arise over fair share improvements added to agreements.

Roadway construction underway for the Promontory development. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Promontory Development Begins Construction

90 units underway between Southside Road and Ridgemark.

Mike Chambless at the Dec. 14 Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

California is requiring San Benito County to plan for 5,000 housing units

Jurisdictions are required to plan for housing needs for the next eight years.

Houses in construction at the Roberts Ranch KB Homes development near Enterprise Road. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

SB 9 allows some homeowners to subdivide and build on their lots

The law could present a challenge to cities trying to control growth.

Photo courtesy of K. Johnson.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Living next door to an ongoing housing construction

K. Johnson writes about her frustration with the mess and noise of new construction in her neighborhood.

Old Pendergrass Hotel

Housing / Land Use

Hollister Planning Commission approves plan for 12 apartments in old Pendergrass building

Units expected to be available in early 2023.

Councilman Tim Burns asked that the contracts be brought to the special council meeting for review. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister council to renegotiate, terminate contracts

The city will move to end its agreement with the Economic Development Corporation and revise three fire service contracts.