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TheĀ missionĀ of the San Benito Agricultural Land Trust is ā€œto conserve regionally significantĀ lands that sustainĀ productive agriculture,Ā preserve open space, and maintain the rural character of the county.ā€

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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.

Hollister Sign Installation Stopped


As Jeremy Vanderkraats, owner of Signs by Van, was installing the new ā€œHollisterā€ sign at San Benito and Fourth streets, he ran into a case of one city department not knowing what another city department was doing.

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Caltrans announces updated timeline State Route 198 re-opening

Information provided by Caltrans District 5 A complete closure has been set up at State Route 198 and Warthan Creek Bridge while multiple locations on a stretch of State Route 198 between west of the city being worked on simultaneously ā€¦

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Strada Verde joint study session postponed

The applicant for the proposed Strada Verde Innovation Park in northern San Benito County has asked local officials to postpone an upcoming planning meeting due to recent changes in leadership at the projectā€™s development company. In a March 9 email ā€¦

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Hollister runs short of power as PG&E substation reaches capacity

Customer demand for electricity in Hollister is beginning to challenge the available supply as PG&E works on increasing capacity at the Hollister substation. While the project is still in the design phase, work on the substation will not be completed ā€¦

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Changes underway at the St. Francis Retreat

The often-dry lake that greets visitors at San Juan Bautistaā€™s St. Francis Retreat is now filled with water and recently appointed executive director Ben Combs plans to keep it that way from now on. Water will be pumped up from ā€¦

Image caption: Caltrans has received $680,000 in federal funding to explore alternatives for reconnecting communities along the I-980 in Oakland.
Rerouting Past Wrongs

California lawmakers are exploring ways to reconnect urban neighborhoods torn asunder during the interstate highway construction boom of the 1950s and ā€™60s.

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COG to apply for $5.5 Million grant for regional highway project

This article was written by BenitoLink intern Juliana LunaĀ  At its Feb. 16 meeting, the Council of San Benito County Governments (COG) approved a grant letter requesting $5.5 million from the Rebuilding America's Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program ā€¦

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BLM Central Coast seeks public input on off-highway vehicle trails

Information provided by the Bureau of Land Management Central Coast The Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office wants to hear from the public on how to ensure off-highway vehicle trails are safe and well maintained on public lands ā€¦

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ā€˜Surplusā€™ designation sets stage for future Gilroy Gardens development

The Gilroy City Council agreed to declare the property Gilroy Gardens sits on as surplus on Feb. 27, a state-required action that will later allow the city to move forward with its plans to transform the area with new recreational ā€¦

Image caption: The future of malls looks like one where the rich get richer while lower-end malls simply die out.
Mall Culture and the American Dream

Shopping malls revolutionized how Americans shopped, socialized, and lived. Now, malls face an uncertain future. How did the dream of a new town square go so wrong?

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Supervisors deny Lee Subdivision proposal on split vote

The San Benito County Board of Supervisors narrowly rejected the 141-home Lee Subdivision residential project that has been proposed in southeast Hollister. The board voted 3-2 at the Feb. 7 meeting to deny the project. The agenda item was an ā€¦