Superior Court of San Benito County on Fourth Street in Hollister. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Court blocks attempt to stop rezoning of Hwy 129 node

Judge Omar Rodriguez says PORC could have collected signatures for a referendum but chose to not do so.

Members of Preserve Our Rural Communities and Protect San Benito held a mock funeral procession from San Benito County Superior Court to the county administration building on Jan. 5. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Environmentalists protest development moves

Land use group says supervisors and developers have eroded their success with the No on Measure K initiative from the March primary election.

The Betabel node off Highway 101. File photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

PORC misses filing deadline for referendum petition against Betabel Project

29 acres are now zoned commercial thoroughfare (C-1).

A group called San Benito Citizens for Brighter Future Protested out in front of San Benito Superior Court during the May 19 hearing, demonstrating in favor of the Betabel development. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Court stops Betabel rezoning until after state shelter order is lifted

Judge Breen gives PORC 30 additional days to pursue land use referendum.

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.

Housing / Land Use

Court order temporarily halts Betabel C-1 rezoning

County and property owners will present arguments at May 19 hearing.

Preserve Our Rural Communities (PORC) members rally outside the San Benito County Administration Building on Fourth Street before a public hearing on the Highway 101 commercial nodes on Sept. 10, 2019. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Virus halts land-use initiative efforts

Members of Preserve Our Rural Communities focus on staying safe.

PORC Secretary Mary Hsia-Coron submits a new land-use initiative to Hollister City Clerk Christine Black on March 2. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Land use group launches a Hollister ballot initiative

PORC wants the city to establish an urban growth boundary.

The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Benito County faces lawsuits on hwy nodes, retiree health plans

SBC and Hollister are also in litigation with developers over annexation fees.

Ann-Marie Sayers speaks at a PORC demonstration in July against the Highway 101 commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito residents will vote on Hwy 101 nodes in March

Supervisors accept signatures for referendum; 1,224 more than required.

Two protestors walk toward the Highway 101 overpass during a July demonstration against the rezoning of four commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

PORC petition on Highway 101 nodes meets signature requirements

Supervisors will now have to decide whether to repeal the rezoning ordinance or place it before voters.

Mary Hsia-Coron, Tom Karis and Andy Hsia-Coron of PORC stand with with the collected petitions before they submit them to the county. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Activists submit petition against rezoning of Hwy 101 nodes

If enough signatures are found to be sufficient, the rezoning ordinance would be suspended. Supervisors could then decide to either repeal it or place it on the ballot.

Supervisor Anthony Botelho at a board retreat. File photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

FPPC complaint filed against Botelho

Claimant alleges the supervisor did not disclose property holding near recently rezoned Highway 101 commercial node.