Councilman Rick Perez supported investing in the software because he said staff needs the proper tools to do their job. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Council rejects city’s initial request for tech upgrade

Staff will research what systems other cities are using before making an $800K investment.

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.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Public meetings for the week of Feb. 14

Seven agencies scheduled to meet.

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.

Current restrooms at Verutti Park in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Designs approved for Verutti Park restrooms in San Juan Bautista

Features include sensor lighting, stainless steel fixtures and windows.

Joshua Miller photo

Business / Economy

OPINION: Historical development rates don’t matter, only today and tomorrow

This is the second in a series of articles about residential development in the City of Hollister


Government / Politics

Cannabis economic impact discussed at city business meeting

During a quarterly meeting with businesses, the Hollister city manager revealed the economics of the cannabis industry for the area, noting a "cannabis campus" is planned


Business / Economy

City holds listening session to address business concerns

Issues discussed included planning, economic development and housing

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OPINION: The growth battle in Hollister (redux)

The good, the bad, and the solution to the growth planning issue

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Government / Politics

San Juan has vacancies on planning commission, historic resources board

Applications to fill vacancies are due by Oct. 28

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Government / Politics

COMMENTARY: SBC Should Embrace Its Bedroom Community Destiny To Control It

New developments cement San Benito County’s future; our strategy should include improving what we already have

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Housing / Land Use

COMMENTARY: Our Local Road Network is About to be Overwhelmed

Poor planning and lack of implementtion will soon overwhelm the Fairview Road, Airline Highway and Union Road portion of the local road network

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COMMENTARY: Why Our Local Residential Development Models Don’t Work

Hollister and San Benito County’s residential development models have a fatal flaw – they end up being feast or famine. But they can be fixed

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Government / Politics

Parks & Rec commissioner resigns before council discusses his possible removal

In other action, two people appointed to city planning commission and parks and rec commission

Plan courtesy of Lotus Management Inc.

Business / Economy

Developer breaks ground on hotel

Long-planned Fairfield Hotel project has begun on Gateway Drive near Tiffany Ford