SJB City Council Discusses Downtown Vacancies and Parking


The San Juan Bautista City Council debated possible changes to the city’s business district regulations and whether to reopen discussion on instituting a parking plan.

San Juan Bautista Planners Review Three-Story Housing Development


The 34-units D’Ambrosio Vista project is proposed for Third Street near the sewage treatment plant.

Hollywood Film Plans to Shoot Scenes in San Juan Bautista


City Manager Don Reynolds confirmed that he had met with location scouts from Warner Brothers. Mission Plaza, the Zanetta House, the bar at the Plaza Hotel and the Mission itself have been named as likely locations.

San Juan Bautista Council Gets Update on County Water Supply


Ways to cope with the area’s ever-present need for a reliable supply of water were outlined during a presentation to the San Juan Bautista City Council by Holly Kennedy and Steve Wittry of the San Benito County Water District.

Major Projects in 2024


BenitoLink looks ahead to construction projects in the county that are expected to begin or be completed in 2024.

San Juan Bautista Council Elects New Mayor


Councilmember Scott Freels was elected to a one-year term as mayor of San Juan Bautista at the Dec. 19 City Council meeting.

San Juan Bautista Gas Station Design Reconsidered at Planning Workshop


Complications facing the architects of the new gas station to be built at the Alameda and Hwy 156 seems to be finally leading to approval by the San Juan Bautista Planning Commission.

San Juan Bautista Official Placed on Administrative Leave


Brian Foucht, San Juan Bautista’s assistant city manager, was placed on paid administrative leave, City Manager Don Reynolds confirmed on Dec. 6. Reynolds said the leave was performance-related and that his office was “gathering some information and doing an investigation.”

San Juan Bautista Takes Action on Parklets, Growth


The San Juan Bautista City Council made several decisions that will affect the town for years to come, including retaining food and beverage parklets until mid-2026, passing a long-debated urban growth boundary that restricts future developments through 2035, and reassessing the San Juan Bautista Economic Development Citizens Advisory Committee.

Intergovernmental Committee Looking to Limit Access Points on Highway 156


The Intergovernmental Committee approved a letter asking Caltrans to prohibit left turns onto Highway 156 from Flint and Bixby roads and Lucy Brown Lane between 3-7 p.m.

County Looking into Partnerships to Manage Hospital


San Benito County presented to the Hollister and San Juan Bautista city councils a final report and proposal to form a JPA, along with Hazel Hawkins Hospital’s current governing body, San Benito Health Care District.

San Juan Bautista City Council Approves Camera Program


During a six-hour meeting on Oct 18, the San Juan Bautista City Council approved the installation of traffic surveillance cameras, opposed a plan to conduct a further study of the business community, and postponed a decision on approving the proposed Urban Growth Boundary.

San Juan Bautista Planners Approve Duplex Apartment Design


Two new projects for San Juan Bautista were considered by the city’s Historic Resources Board. The first was a gas station project at the corner of Hwy 156 and The Alameda. The second was the demolition of existing buildings at 45 Washington Street to be followed by the construction of four duplex units within two two-story apartment buildings.

San Juan Bautista Sends Housing Element to State for Approval


The City Council agreed to send the 2023-2031 Housing Element and Fair Housing Analysis, which requires the city to plan for a minimum of 88 housing units over eight years, despite reservations.

San Juan Bautista Planners Approve 2023-2031 Housing Element


The Planning Commission voted to forward a draft of the 2023-2031 Housing Element and Fair Housing Analysis to the San Juan Bautista City Council before submitting it to the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

San Juan Bautista Committee Adopts Growth Boundaries


Members of the San Juan Bautista Urban Growth/Sphere of Influence Ad-Hoc Committee expressed a desire to remain in control of future development, and most said they want to stay away from historic areas and agricultural land.

SJB Council Approves Wastewater Project Agreement


The San Juan Bautista City Council approved a $18.7 million water agreement with the city of Hollister. City Manager Don Reynolds announced that the project to divert the city’s wastewater to the Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plant in Hollister is firmly on track.

San Juan Bautista Council Changes Course on Parklets


In a reversal following public comments from divided retail business owners and residents, the council rescinded a decision to remove all of San Juan Bautista’s parklets by April 28 and voted instead on a motion to keep them through the end of 2023.

Residents, Businesses Confront SBC Commissioners Over Hapa Brothers’ Citation


A five word agenda item for the April 11 meeting of the San Juan Bautista Planning Commission sparked a contentious two-hour-long dialogue regarding recent citations issued by the city to the Hapa Brothers’ food truck.

San Juan Bautista Community Survey Opens


The city of San Juan Bautista is conducting a high-level organizational review including a strategic planning and public facilitation session to review and determine organizational goals, objectives, and priorities.

San Juan Bautista’s Parklets to be Removed


In a surprise move at its March 21 meeting, the City Council ordered all the downtown Third Street parklets to be removed by April 28. The resolution originally allowed for restaurants and bars to keep their parklets.

SJB Council Approves $14.6 Million in Bonds


On Jan. 31, the San Juan Bautista City Council approved a bond for its wastewater project, filled vacancies on the Planning Commission and reviewed its transportation and connectivity plan.

SJB Council Appoints New Planning Commissioners


Appointing four new planning commissioners proved difficult for the San Juan Bautista City Council, as it rejected two of the five hopefuls and erred in one appointment at the council’s Jan. 24 meeting. In a 4-1 vote, members appointed David Medeiros and Jose Aranda.

Vacancy in the San Juan Bautista City Treasurer’s Office


Candidates are sought for the position of city treasurer for the city of San Juan Bautista. To qualify, a candidate must be an elector and resident of the city.

Cesar Flores Reflects on Lifelong Community Service


Born to farmworker parents, outgoing Councilmember San Juan Bautista Cesar Flores served as an Air Force flight line mechanic, spent over 50 years with El Teatro Campesino, worked with the National Park Service in the Conservation Corps, served as the principal at Chamberlain House and as president of the San Benito Arts Council.

$3 Million State Grant Helps Fund SJB Wastewater Project


San Juan Bautista City Manager Don Reynolds and Mayor Leslie Jordan were presented with a ceremonial check for $3 million by state Senator Anna Caballero and Assemblymember Robert Rivas.

SJB Declares Property a Public Nuisance


A special San Juan Bautista City Council meeting was held on Nov. 29 to allow public comment on the city’s ongoing attempts to resolve violations of its floodplain ordinance occurring at 451 San Juan Hollister Road, a property owned by Kulta Farms LLC.

San Juan Bautista’s Wastewater Project May Soon be Fully Funded


San Juan Bautista City Manager Don Reynolds announced the U.S. The Department of Agriculture accepted an application for assistance that includes $14 million in potential funds for the city’s wastewater project. He also said Hollister accepted the final design for the project.

SBC Residents Using Less Water in Response to Drought


Shawn Novack, water conservation program manager with the Water Resources Association San Benito County, writes that after a slow start, residents stepped up their efforts to conserving water in late August.

Taylor Farms Goes Energy Independent


Taylor Farms, a San Juan Bautista-area produce wholesaler and packagers of pre-made salads, announces it will be leaving the power grid. Its renewable energy facilities will produce 8 megawatts of power for the company, enough electricity for 3,200 to 7,200 homes.

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