The San Benito County Sheriff's Office is working with a local contractor in an attempt to determine why the primary radio channel is experiencing interference. Photo courtesy of SBC Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

Law enforcement experiencing radio frequency interference

San Benito County Sheriff’s Office working to resolve it.

Diego Ochoa speaks to the public during a 2019 board meeting at which he was introduced as the new superintendent. Photo by John Chadwell.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: Ochoa makes progress on special ed program

Superintendent speaks on recent reorganization efforts.

Sang Ji entering the courtroom on July 12. Ji turned down voluntary manslaughter that may have resulted in five-and-a-half years in prison instead of a life sentence. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Sang Ji turns down voluntary manslaughter plea deal

In response, his defense attorney quits the case. Next hearing is July 31.

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Mike Corbin said his business was busy every day making custom seats as thousands came during 2019 Hollister Rally. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

2019 Hollister Rally promoters call unofficial event a success

Approximately 14,000 bikers participate over July 4th weekend.

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Parents Virginia Gardner and Susan Villa, and education advocate Kim Taylor told of their concern and frustration after reading an anonymous letter's accusations at a June meeting of the San Benito High School Board of Trustees. On July 10, Hollister Police said no criminal charges would be filed in relation to the letter's allegations. Photo by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

HPD says no criminal charges in special ed investigation; case remains open

Probe focused on conversations with people who came forward.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

Hollister doctor will stand trial Oct. 28

Annamalai Ashokan faces one charge of misdemeanor sexual battery in Butte County.

Jim Hart and Ruth Erickson as Uncle Sam and Betsy Ross lead the annual Kiddy Parade on July 4, 2019. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

July 4 Kiddie Parade draws a crowd in Hollister

An estimated 1,000 people gather to celebrate Independence Day.

County supervisors decided against the realignment of John Smith Road in favor of repairing the last half-mile section. Graniterock crews worked on repaving the road July 8. Photos by John Chadwell.

Transportation

Repaving begins on half-mile section of John Smith Road

Completion expected July 12.

Housing being constructed in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito County and cities proceed with housing element updates

Jurisdictions take action in response to governor’s call for more home building.

The water tower at McCarthy Park has a 90-gallon bucket inside and is surrounded by synchronized water jets and waterfalls. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Revitalized McCarthy Park opens in August

Delay related to new water feature.

After Sang Ji requested a speedy trial, Judge Sanders said he would be happy to do it, and set the trial for July 22.

Police / Fire

Ji, Choi trial date set for July 22

Confirmation hearing set for July 12; Choi’s attorney moves to dismiss case.

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Bryan Swanson has been with the city for three years and in that time has not had a raise. A new contract would be for three years; he would receive an automatic raise.

Government / Politics

Council members question department director contracts

Two positions will get more review of compensation and severance packages.

Anthony Mojica, director of services excellence, said attacks on staff are increasing. He said he and his family have been threatened.

Health

Violence on the rise at Hazel Hawkins

Officials expect it to get worse over July 4 weekend.

Parent Susan Villa, education advocate Kim Taylor and parent Virginia Gardner told the San Benito High School Board of Trustees that they filed reports to the police after receiving an anonymous letter alleging inappropriate sexual language and video images in a classroom, as well as bullying and retaliation against an aide. Photo by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

Anonymous letter claims SBHS special ed students were exposed to inappropriate behavior

Hollister police investigation is underway.

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Development Services Director Bryan Swanson described the cell tower deal as exciting, with 50 years of revenue ahead. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Hollister signs cell tower lease

Operator pays the city $1.4 million upfront.

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