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MBEP event was packed all day. Panels talked on several topics and then groups broke up into smaller sessions for discussions. Photo by Leslie David.

Panel forecasts 15.5 percent regional growth in 20 years

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership says ‘urban suburbia’ describes the future of San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

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The Allendale Project on Vista Park Hill will include 287 homes and extend North Road from San Felipe Road to Buena Vista Road.

Build, and here they come

A big-picture look at new housing development and growth in San Benito County.

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Pinnacles National Park. Photo by John Chadwell.

Pinnacles Gateway Partners looks back and looks ahead

Group cites 2018 achievements and goals for 2019.

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Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Sheriff’s Office airs public safety concerns over cannabis industry

Supervisors want Measure C to pay costs of managing compliance.

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Riding in the 2018 Lights On Parade. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Holiday parade lights up downtown Hollister

Locals line San Benito Street to observe parade, car display and tree decorating contest.

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Sixteen local businesses are joining forces for Small Business Saturday. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Small Business Saturday comes to downtown Hollister

Sixteen merchants participating this year.

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Recurrent Energy’s Mustang solar photovoltaic 2016 project for two other CCEs, Sonoma Clean Power and MCE.  Located nearby is the Slate project in Kings County, CA. Photo provided by Monterey Bay Community Power.

Monterey Bay Community Power signs contract for storage project

New renewable energy developments expected to contribute increase in nationwide storage capacity.

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Election Day 2018: Initial Results

New vote tally and inclusion of total unprocessed ballots. More updates not expected until Nov. 13 or Nov. 14.

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The audience gathered at one of the October 2018 election forums hosted by BenitoLink, the San Benito County Farm Bureau and Youth Alliance. Photo by BenitoLink staff.

Election 2018: Forum Video Clips

Short videos of each race and measure from the two October election forums.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: A citizen’s perspective on Measure G

Aromas resident Laura Stampleman shares thoughts on dealing with traffic and road issues.

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Assemblywoman Anna Cabellero. File photo.

Bill led by Caballero extends migrant workers’ housing rights

Eliminates 50-mile radius and six-month stay rule.

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Hollister City Hall. File Photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council receives preliminary job growth plan

Business committee member says current rate—1 percent—is “completely unacceptable.”

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Traffic from Highway 101 merging onto Highway 25. Photo provided.

COMMUNITY OPINION: Tax Payers Under Attack

Resident Noreen Martin writes that tax costs add up for residents living on fixed income.

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The Z-Best facility project is expected to increase truck traffic on Highway 25. (Photo by John Chadwell)

Public Meeting on Proposed Expansion at Z-Best Site to be Held in Gilroy

A public meeting about a new project at Z-Best has been scheduled in the evening at Gilroy Library October 30. Z-Best is a recycling facility on Highway 25, just west of the San Benito County line.

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Health Care Districts 2 & 4. Left to right: Josie Sanchez, Ross Blasingame, Frank Barragan, Donn Winn, Mary Casillas and Jason Noble.  Photo by Blaire Strohn

Oct.18 Forum Informal Survey Results

BenitoLink, San Benito County Farm Bureau and Youth Alliance host nonpartisan forum and take exit survey from those who attended.

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About 150 people came to hear candidates speak at the Election Forum Oct. 11 at San Benito High School Auditorium.

Oct. 11 Forum Informal Survey results and schedule for Oct. 18 Forum

BenitoLink, San Benito County Farm Bureau and Youth Alliance host nonpartisan forum.

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Business organizations to host "Meet the Candidates" Reception

The San Benito County Chamber of Commerce, Business Council and Hispanic Chamber of the Central Coast are collaborating to host a reception October 18 for the business community to engage candidates for local offices in the November mid-term elections.

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The 400 block at the corner of Fourth Street and San Benito Street. The Vault building, owned by Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, sits in the background. Photo by John Chadwell.

Designs approved for 400 block buildings

Hollister mayor claims planning commissioners have conflicts of interest with project.

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