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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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Rozas House in San Juan Bautista, was built in 1856

Historic buildings will soon share their past in San Juan Bautista

San Juan Bautista Historic Resources Board OK's putting plaques on historic buildings

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The dog park is in need of a new irrigation system and a means for getting rid of gophers and squirrels. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister Council News Roundup: $150k for Dog Park, Bonnie View Road Protest, Interactive Art Parks

Hollister City Council balks at $150,000 for dog park. Residents along Bonnie View Road voice opposition to road opening, and street artist asks city to consider interactive art parks.

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Judge Thomas Wills' ruling is expected to have an impact on other California counties, including San Benito.

Decision on Monterey Co. Fracking Initiative Lawsuit Expected

A Monterey County judge is considering a ruling on an oil industry legal challenge to Measure Z, the Monterey County anti-fracking initiative.

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BenitoLink file photo of Gavilan College satellite campus in Hollister.

OPINION: SBC Supervisor Board Chairman Opposes Proposed Gavilan College Bond

SBC Supervisor De La Cruz states that proposed community college campus location in Hollister is too remote, poorly planned and incongruent with County General Plan.

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Supervisors extend pot cultivation ban; Purple Cross RX robbed

Supervisors adopt changes to cannabis ordinance, as criminal element appears to be already infiltrating industry.

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The 84-unit Bennett Ranch development will be located on the east side of Southside Road, across the street from the 200-unit Brigantino Development. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

Planning Commission approves initial map for 84-unit Bennett Ranch development on Southside Road

As development of Bennett Ranch subdivision in Hollister, along with much larger Brigantino subdivision, moves forward Planning Commission questions need for parks.

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Hollister Council News Roundup: Euthanizing pets, cannabis approvals, airport repairs

Hollister city council sends responses to Grand Jury on Animal Shelter, approves three more cannabis permits, airport improvements and a marketing campaign to change residents' habits regarding fecal matter.

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San Juan Bautista Council Members Adopt Ordinance to Temporarily Ban Marijuana

The ordinance bans the sales, cultivation, and delivery of marijuana. City council members are currently working on a Cannabis Ordinance and will be holding a public hearing the draft on Dec. 6.

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Only smiles could be seen as the ribbon was cut to signify the opening of the H.O.M.E. Resource Center

Ribbon Cutting Signifies the Opening of the Long Awaited H.O.M.E. Resource Center

The H.O.M.E. Resource Center facility celebrates its opening Tues. Nov. 21 as it prepares to support San Benito County's homeless population

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City council members at the Nov. 21 City Council Meeting

San Juan Bautista City Council Members Address Brown Act Violations

Council members recounted the communication that led to the alleged Brown Act violations.

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Residents present concerns about county roads to COG

In the first of many meetings to come, COG directors listened to residents' ideas and complaints about county roads.

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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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Pat Loe caught her fellow commissioners and ConEdison VP by surprise with her demand for $1 million. Photos by John Chadwell

County Planning Commission adds $1 million to amended first agreement with solar company to "heal community"

Pat Loe, who was a supervisor when original Panoche Valley Solar Project was approved, now, as a planning commissioner, wants $1 million to be paid to Community Foundation as endowment for nonprofits.

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John Guertin told the board that repairs could begin in next 10 days. Photos by John Chadwell.

Supervisors approve additional $275k for levee repair, now total bill $625k

After considering bids to repair levees, Chapin Construction chosen to do the job for $625,000. Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz warns that he will not support any more cost.

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Mike Chambless said the master agreement is for 14 years, with two automatic extensions. Photos by John Chadwell

Hollister council approves master agreement with school district

After nearly a year of negotiations between Hollister and the Hollister School District a master agreement on the use of school facilities was adopted and will extend partnership over 20 years.

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San Juan Bautista Council Members Introduce Cannabis Ordinance Draft.

Drafted by Victor Gomez of Pinnacle Strategy, this is the first time members of the public had access to the ordinance.

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San Juan City Council met Nov. 8 to continue last week's meeting, which was cancelled mid-meeting. Laura Romero photo

San Juan Bautista Council discusses last meeting's sudden adjournment, Mayor attempts to remove Planning Commissioner

The Mayor's attempted removal of planning commissioner John Hopper causes confusion among audience members. The agenda item is set to be moved to a future 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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