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California Rangeland Trust to Conserve Land Near Hollister

The Wildlife Conservation Board has approved $24.46 million in grants to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat in California, including $650,000 to the California Rangeland Trust to acquire a conservation easement over some 4,503 acres.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
Appeals on Betabel Project Unsuccessful

San Benito County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Nov. 8 to approve the final environmental impact report and conditional use permit for the Betabel Commercial Development project. Supervisor Kollin Kosmicki was the dissenting vote.

(Nov. 11, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report

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Supes deny appeals of Betabel commercial project

San Benito County Supervisors at a recent meeting approved a conditional use permit for the Betabel commercial project, after hearing two appeals against the proposal due to its likely impacts on the environment and tribal lands. The Board of Supervisors …


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Latest results on Measure Q, R vote

The latest results in the Nov. 8 election continue to reinforce the voters’ majority opposition to the tightest restrictions on growth and development.  Measure Q has been soundly rejected, with 56.49% of ballots, or 8,865 voters casting “No” votes, according …


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Measures Q, R lose in Nov. 8 election

Results of the Nov. 8 election posted by the San Benito County Elections Office Tuesday night show that voters have soundly rejected two local measures that could have vastly restricted land development in the county.  The general election ballot included …


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Board urges voters to reject ballot measure

The San Benito County Board of Supervisors last week approved a resolution stating its opposition to local ballot Measure Q, and some have wondered if the action comes too close to violating state laws against using public resources to promote …


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Money pours in for, against Measure Q

Organized efforts on both the supporting and opposing sides of Measure Q are funded in large part by organizations, companies and people who are based outside San Benito County, according to state-mandated campaign disclosure forms. Representatives of both the “Yes …


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New Housing and Climate Law Cuts Back on Parking Spaces

There's too much parking! Why a new law, AB 2097, cutting back on parking space requirements in new housing and business developments could be a game changer for the climate, and the housing crisis.


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Hundreds join rally against Gilroy mining proposal

Hundreds of people rallied against a proposed mining project south of Gilroy in front of Santa Clara County government buildings on Sept. 10, at an event co-sponsored by 70 area organizations that advocate for human rights and environmental protection. During …


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Gilroy officials object to South Valley mining proposal

The Gilroy City Council voted unanimously Aug. 15 to voice its opposition to the proposed quarry in southern Santa Clara County, but noted that while such a resolution makes a strong statement, the county is ultimately in charge of the …


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Report identifies ‘significant’ impacts from proposed Sargent Mine

Santa Clara County planning officials have released the draft Environmental Impact Report for the 403-acre Sargent Ranch quarry project that is proposed south of Gilroy. The public comment period on the EIR began July 25 and will continue until Sept. …


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