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A map of parks in San Juan Bautista. The city's Strategic Planning Committee is working on a parks masterplan.

San Juan Bautista's Strategic Planning Committee has broad task

San Juan Bautista Strategic Planning Committee develops plans for city's future.

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Gavilan's Hollister site a hub for new, returning Gavilan College students

The Briggs Building in downtown Hollister is a magnet for Gavilan College students. With Spring semester underway, there is still time to register for Late-Start classes.

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Alba Coast Winery is in San Benito County and has a history of premium winemaking.

Alba Coast Winery is Dawning a New Name in Paicines

Alba Coast Winery located in Paicines provides Delicato with an additional four million cases of growth capacity.

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Photo from a 2017 San Benito County Business Council meeting.

San Benito County Business Council Announces Goals for 2018

They also announced that in 2017 2017 they increased their operating budget by more than 60% and membership by 18%.

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Members of the Council of San Benito County Governments hear a report on the San Benito Regional Transportation Plan on Saturday at the Board of Supervisors Chambers in Hollister.

San Benito Regional Transportation Plan reviewed at Hollister meeting

Council of San Benito County Governments discusses Transportation Plan RTP 2018-2040 at a meeting in Hollister.

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Jimmy Panetta visiting students at San Benito High School. Benitolink file photo

San Benito County received $3.4 million out of $76.9 million in federal grants for Central Coast in 2017

Congressman Jimmy Panetta announced over $76.9 million in federal grants for Central Coast counties, out of which San Benito County received just $3.4 million.

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Appeal to resubmit permit to manufacture medical cannabis in Hollister for children fails

Previously denied permits to cultivate, manufacture and dispense cannabis, owner of 817 Industrial Drive property appeals to resubmit for manufacturing medical cannabis for children. His attempt fails.

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Even though already built, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott will benefit from Hollister's new Hotel Incentive Program. Photos by John Chadwell.

Despite objections, Hollister council approves subsidy for hotels

The Economic Development Subsidy for hotels will benefit the already completed Fairfield Inn & Suites by providing an annual rebate of 70 percent of TOT for 10 years, with a $2 million cap.

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Robert Rivas speaks to a community member.

OPINION: The clear choice is  Robert Rivas for Assembly

Aromas knew San Benito County Supervisor Robert Rivas was a champion of protecting the environment, fixing our local roads, building better schools for our children, and proving healthcare for all Californians.

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Artists encouraged to apply to 2018 Open Studios Art Tour

Arts Council now accepting applications for annual art tour weekend

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Councilman Karson Klauer, second from left, recused himself concerning properties on Industrial Drive. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister Councilman Karson Klauer under investigation for conflict of interest

The state agency is investigating Klauer for possible conflicts of interest involving the city's cannabis ordinance and real estate deals that may have benefited his father and a co-worker.

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Rick Rivas (left) and Mark Medina (right) listen to residents about the levees in Lover's Lane area. Photo by John Chadwell

OPINION: Looking Back At 2017

As San Benito County Supervisor for District One, Mark Medina reports to the community on his first year in office.

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Hollister council reverses itself, allows marijuana facility on Industrial Drive

After agreeing not to cultivate marijuana in its building at 807 Industrial Drive, Hollister City Council approved a resolution to allow Euphoric Life Inc. to manufacturer and distribute medical delivery systems outside the county.

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Hollister city council moves forward on growth management plan

In a surprising move Hollister council proposed 244-unit cap for single-family homes rather than 165 units, and no limits for affordable housing and other categories.

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San Juan Bautista residents speak out on proposed cannabis ordinance

San Juan Bautista residents speak out on cannabis

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If the new Century Communities development moves forward, an 1,100-home senior development will rise up near San Juan Oaks. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

San Juan Oaks senior home development back on track

The once defunct Del Webb senior home project by San Juan Oaks Golf Club is being resurrected as a Century Communities development.

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OPINION: Will San Benito County Lose Out in California’s Cannabis Market?

SBC Sheriff's department issued cultivation abatement notices to all 27 commercial cannabis amortization applicants to terminate grow operations in two weeks time. The Board of Supervisors will vote on banning commercial cannabis at its next meeting.

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Abraham Prado explained the nuances of the growth management program to the council. Photos by John Chadwell

Hollister city council delays decision, again, on growth management program

In what could be called a sequel of the Oct. 24 meeting, Hollister City Council delays making a decision on the Growth Management Program until December as three home development projects wait in the wings.

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Retired Sheriff Curtis Hill   (John Chadwell photo)

San Benito County's 100K Club

12 former San Benito County public employees are getting annual pensions in excess of $100,000

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City staff will present resources to the local business community

City of Hollister to host Open House on Internet Service

The City of Hollister's next community open house will be hosted from 7:00-9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9. The event will focus on internet services in Downtown Hollister and the community. 

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