After at least three times up for discussion, Hollister City Council unanimously approved amendments to RV and boat ordinances. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister changes RV and boat storage ordinance, fines 

Recreational vehicles may now be stored in private residences under certain circumstances.

Councilwoman Dolores Morales said Councilman Rolan Resendiz lied about her and called a point-of-order in an attempt to stop his attacks. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Council rejects urgency ordinance to add new campaign finance limits

Councilman Rick Perez says if the measure were passed only the rich could run for office.

Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez. File Photo by John Chadwell.


New ordinance gives Hollister mayor power to jail council and members of the public

It enables Velazquez to operate more like the mayors of larger cities.

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News Release

San Benito County agencies to enforce fireworks ordinances in all jurisdictions

County lists fire danger, residents with PTSD and pet response as areas of concern.

The mayor claims council members can speak to developers in their districts, but the ordinance says they can't. Photo by John Chadwell.


Critics say new Hollister ordinance is an attack on free speech

Mayor wins vote requiring developers, real estate agents and lobbyists to present their projects at public meetings rather than discuss them in private with council members. A BenitoLink investigation finds the ordinance is misleading as written and possibly unenforceable.

While the hemp growing season is over, the signs on a fence along Comstock Road remain. Photos by Noe Magaña.


Supervisors put temporary moratorium on hemp cultivation

Residents and business owners complain about odor and security.

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Hollister City Council approves recreational cannabis ordinance

Allows sales starting July 3 to individuals over 21, home deliveries and other minor changes within city limits.

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.

Government / Politics

Former grand jury members speak out

Two supervisors leave for lunch before discussion begins.

The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. 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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San Benito County adopts cannabis ordinance for unincorporated areas

Financial discussion expected at next meeting.

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Sheriff’s Office airs public safety concerns over cannabis industry

Supervisors want Measure C to pay costs of managing compliance.

County management analyst Dulce Alonso was among three presenters to the San Benito County Planning Commission. Photo by Noe Magaña.


County cannabis ordinance goes to supervisors for approval

Residents voice concerns over odor and neighboring property value.

San Juan Bautista City Hall


San Juan Bautista City Council holds first reading of cannabis ordinance

City council members held a public hearing on a proposed cannabis ordinance. The implementation of the ordinance is contingent upon a citywide tax gaining voter approval in November.


Government / Politics

One step forward, two steps back as council delays medical marijuana ordinance again

As medical marijuana ordinance appeared headed for adoption it takes a detour for more rewrites before coming back at the Dec. 19 city council meeting


Business / Economy

Supervisors Pass Urgency Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance

Legislative move, which can be extended after 45 days, is designed to stop new grows and limit plants to six per parcel