Before four big development projects could be discussed, the Aug. 2 San Juan Bautista Planning Commission meeting began with an announcement that Luis Matchain had been removed as a commissioner, which leaves two seats open. The commissioners also discussed a BenitoLink article about the contentious June 21 joint meeting of the City Council and Planning Commission.(Aug. 5, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
About two dozen people showed up at the Garden Shoppe in Hollister on Aug. 2 for a forum presented by the grassroots activist group Don’t Dump on San Benito about the proposed John Smith Landfill expansion.(Aug. 4, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
The Hollister City Council voted Aug. 1 to authorize changing the name of a portion of Union Road to Cesar Chavez Way. The road will be dedicated Aug. 13, said Brett Miller, city manager.(Aug. 3, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
The Hollister School District board of trustees have approved a contract with Elizabeth Wilson to be its chief business officer for a two-year term. Wilson steps into a challenging position, given that HSD has faced a possible budget shortfall of $6 million. The board also extended Superintendent Erika Sanchez’s contract discussed of a retroactive increase for unrepresented HSD employees.(Aug. 2, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
With 786 monkeypox cases recorded—nearly two-thirds concentrated in Los Angeles and San Francisco—California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in response to the outbreak. The declaration will “coordinate a whole-of-government response.”(Aug. 1, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
Council of San Benito County Governments directors voted unanimously to approve the public release of the draft Regional Housing Needs Assessment allocation plan for a 45-day review period.(July 28, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
The California Highway Patrol is marking the two-decade anniversary of the Amber Alert system. Hundreds of abducted children have been found and returned safely to their families following its implementation in 2002.(July 28, 2022) → Read the full YubaNet report
For those living in wildfire-ravaged regions, help might be on the way. Covered California recently announced an application window for victims of wildfires, as well as those who live in fire-prone regions, to apply for assistance.(July 28, 2022) → Read the full YubaNet report
The San Benito County Jail recently began using a software called Verus, Though it can be used on occasion as an investigative tool, Verus is primarily used to save lives, according to Sheriff Eric Taylor.(July 27, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking recreational anglers to begin practices to minimize stress and mortality among fish populations suffering from drought conditions. This means voluntarily changing how, when and where they fish.(July 27, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
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