Larry Avira has been homeless for seven years and lives on beyond the wall of a subdivision of new homes. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

The wall between home ownership and homelessness

Homeowners claim DeNova Homes misled them about the homeless situation near new homes and they fear those who live by railroad tracks.

Image from agenda packet.

Housing / Land Use

SBC Planning Commission approves 149-unit project

Affordable units will be deed-restricted for local residents.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista applying for $65K housing production grant

City Manager will use funds to update accessory dwelling unit design guidelines and inclusionary ordinance.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta

News Release

Congressman Panetta Co-Introduces the Opportunity Starts at Home Act

The act establishes a tax credit supporting affordable housing financed by the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit for vulnerable individuals and those with serious and long-term disabilities.

Workers and machinery working behind the construction fence that was placed around some of the construction area near Gold's Gym. The building next to the fence will be removed. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

New housing near Gold’s Gym under construction

Project includes 85 units, a mix of apartments, townhomes and single-family homes.

Housing being constructed in Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

COG to distribute over $300K in one-time funding

Majority of funds from California Department of Housing and Community Development program expected to go to Hollister based on population, with the county and SJB next in line.

Kollin Kosmicki in San Juan Bautista. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Housing plan would slow growth, require affordable units

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki says his plan would not only limit new single-family housing while the county upgrades its road infrastructure, but it would also eliminate developers' option to buy their way out of building affordable units.

District 2 Supervisor candidate, Kollin Kosmicki. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Vote on substance, not name recognition

District 2 Supervisor Candidate Kollin Kosmicki urges voters to look beyond name recognition and political signs to choose the best leader based on substance.

Kollin Kosmicki in San Juan Bautista. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Why I’m not prioritizing public endorsements in supervisor campaign

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki explains why he hasn't asked for public endorsements in the campaign and how he'd rather focus on gaining the trust of everyday voters.

Award Homes has owned the 125-acre site west of Fairview Road for over 20 years. Photo via Google Earth.

Housing / Land Use

Hollister council sidesteps approval of Fairview Road housing development

No member makes a motion on improvement agreement for a project that has been the subject of a lawsuit since 2015.

Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Five solutions for alarming congestion on rural backroads

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki contends the county must address rapidly increasing use of rural backroads and offers ideas to help alleviate the problem.

Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Slow growth, road repairs and job creation are interrelated priorities

District 2 supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki makes the case that good employers are looking for desirable communities where leaders see beyond the short term.

Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Roads are chaotic mess due to rapid housing growth

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes that less building is the only way to prevent further misery, tragedy on local highways.

Kollin Kosmicki for District 2 Supervisor. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Slow Growth While Roads Are Upgraded

Kollin Kosmicki, candidate for District 2 supervisor in San Benito County, shares his plan to slow housing growth and prevent further congestion on the roads.

At the Aug. 19 Hollister City Council meeting, Councilman Marty Richman said that Mayor Ignacio Velazquez would rather argue about the General Plan than do something about it. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Infighting over housing development splits Hollister council

3-2 vote approves pre-zoning for a project on Buena Vista Road.