Superior Court of San Benito County on Fourth Street in Hollister. Photo by Noe Magaña.

News Release

San Benito County Superior Court seeks Civil Grand Jury applicants

Deadline to submit an application is May 28.

Courtney Evans (center) and her supporters outside San Benito County Superior Court on March 30. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Judge issues bench warrant for resident who refused to wear mask

This is the third time Courtney Evans attempted to attend her court hearing in person without a mask.

Superior Court of San Benito County on Fourth Street in Hollister. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Court blocks attempt to stop rezoning of Hwy 129 node

Judge Omar Rodriguez says PORC could have collected signatures for a referendum but chose to not do so.

Superior Court of San Benito County. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Benito County appeals ruling to pay 100% health benefits to two retired county employees

Judge in the initial decision said the county entered into an ‘implied contract.’

Superior Court of San Benito County. File Photo by Noe Magaña.


Hearing continued for resident arrested at supervisors meeting

Judge warns Courtney Evans he’ll issue an arrest warrant if she does not appear at her next hearing. This is the second time Evans has come to the courthouse without a mask.

Retired San Benito County employees stand to show support for a petition requesting full health benefits and reimbursement at a Feb. 18, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Benito County ordered to give retired employees 100% paid health insurance

Court rules employees established an ‘implied contract.’ County will decide whether to proceed with an appeal on Feb. 23.

Superior Court of San Benito County. Photo by Noe Magaña.


San Benito County faces lawsuits related to controversial land use projects

County also takes steps to recoup costs from landslides on Southside Road in 2018.

Photo courtesy of Shoe Palace. Faces have been covered for the youth's privacy.

Education / Schools

Pilot program at SBC Juvenile Hall aims to change youth behavior

Shoe Palace and facility supervisors are encouraged by the results.

Sylvia DeLuna and Melanie Burns have become friends since sharing their experiences working as bus drivers for San Benito High School. Photo courtesy of Melanie Burns.

Education / Schools

BL Special Report: Former SBHS employees allege abuse, wrongful terminations

Three bus drivers have sued the San Benito High School District because of one supervisor. Two were awarded large settlements and the third is still in court.*

Bill Lee. Photo by Noe Magaña.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: Business owner spends years recovering from embezzlement

After a slow, limited response from San Benito County, Bill Lee received $200,000 in restitution from a former employee. Now he’s suing a past customer to recoup another $743,000.

Judge Steven Sanders has been guiding hearings for the Barajas case since July. Photo by John Chadwell.

News Release

SBC Superior Court presiding Judge Steven Sanders’ to retire in 2021

Sanders' legal career spans 37 years.

State Senator Anna Caballero. File Photo.

News Release

Senator Anna M. Caballero announces legislation to help survivors of domestic violence

Child's school, medical, and dental information could be protected from an abusive parent.

Defense attorney Arthur Cantu and defendant Sang Ji in San Benito County Superior Court. Photo by John Chadwell.


San Benito County seeking feedback on its public defenders

Survey deadline extended to Dec. 1.

Victor Gomez. File photo.

News Release

Victor Gomez named as Executive Director for Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

The Pinnacle Strategy president joins a group of concerned citizens and businesses fighting against lawsuit abuse in California.

The proposed Betabel commercial node location off Highway 101. File photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Betabel project keeps commercial designation following lawsuit

Judge says the ordinances that rezoned the property were not included in Measure K.