A group of No on Measure K gather to give announce the submittal of an initiative to amend the General Plan to remove commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

PORC submits new initiative for November election

It would rescind numerous commercial node designations and require voter approval of zoning changes affecting ag or rural properties. Supervisor Anthony Botelho says the potential referendum would ‘hijack’ San Benito County’s General Plan.

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.

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.

Business Council Executive Director Kristina Chavez-Wyatt said the project fit into the city's general plan perfectly. Photos by John Chadwel

Business / Economy

Hollister City Council Repeals 400 Block Referendum

Once the state attorney general found that the referendum did not qualify to be on the November ballot, the way was cleared for the city to repeal it and move forward with the 400 block project.

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and others have gathered some 1,000 signatures so far. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister mayor continues campaign for referendum to force council to rescind approval to develop 400 Block

Velazquez maintains that his efforts to overturn council decision is permissible despite his recusal from discussing or voting on the matter in council meetings