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Strada Verde Reaches Safety Agreement With TriCal

TriCal, a distributor and applicator of agricultural soil conditioning and fumigation products, has signed a safety agreement with the management of the Strada Verde project on June 23 that covers a wide range of measures from repairing train tracks to moving part of its operation out of the county.

(June 24, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
Initial Sphere of Influence Maps in San Juan Bautista Discussed at Contentious Meeting

A contentious joint session of the San Juan Bautista City Council and the Planning Commission on June 13 was intended to have the public respond to proposed city growth boundaries. Instead, the proceedings ground to a halt when two council members left and the meeting ended for lack of a quorum.

(June 21, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report

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Citizens seek no-build buffer around TriCal

Arguing that county officials and an out-of-town developer have ignored the voice of the voters over the last two years, a group of local residents has been circulating a petition to place a measure on the Nov. 8 ballot that …

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Supervisors certify growth initiative petition

San Benito County officials certified the citizens’ petition for an initiative that would require voter approval for certain land rezoning decisions, but are waiting for an impact report on the proposal before deciding whether to place the measure on the …

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Hazel Hawkins seeks $250M for seismic upgrades

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital is hoping to secure state funding so it can complete a mandatory seismic upgrade by 2030, according to hospital staff. Such a project is expected to cost the Hollister hospital at least $250 million. Senate Bill …

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Sources: Petition gathers ample signatures for ballot

The proponents of a local initiative that would require voter approval before rural and agricultural property owners in San Benito County can rezone their land have gained enough signatures to place the measure on the November ballot, according to sources. …

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Environmental study to begin soon on Strada Verde proposal

Local officials and consultants are getting ready to begin an environmental study of the Strada Verde Innovation Park, a 2,767-acre mixed-use commercial and technological project proposed in northwest San Benito County. The upcoming effort to complete an Environmental Impact Report …

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Betabel developer updates project plans

New plans submitted to San Benito County show more details for the commercial development proposed near Highway 101 and Betabel Road—including an expanded variety of uses for the farm stand building that is currently under construction. The McDowell Charity Trust—the …

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Land-use initiative supporters turn focus to 2024

Organizers of a statewide land-use initiative, which includes the support of some South Valley officials, announced Feb. 18 that they are now eyeing the 2024 ballot. The “Our Neighborhood Voices” initiative seeks to amend the California Constitution to allow local …

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San Benito land trust earns national recognition

San Benito Agricultural Land Trust (SBALT) announced Feb. 25 that it achieved national recognition through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. It joins more than 450 land trusts across the nation to receive the honor. “Accreditation demonstrates SBALT’s commitment to local …

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Epicenter nears completion before opening for business

The latest installment of “Project Revitalize” in downtown Hollister is nearly complete after the Epicenter opened its doors last week.   Community Foundation for San Benito County President/CEO Gary Byrne was the official tour guide Feb. 12, allowing the public to …

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County approves more homes, plans for embattled Santana Ranch

The developer of the Santana Ranch neighborhood recently gained permission to build more homes off Fairview Road, even though the embattled project is behind on its affordable housing requirements spelled out in a nearly 11-year-old agreement with the county. The …

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