A temporary order signed June 22 allowed the San Benito Foods tomato cannery in Hollister to begin operations for the 2020 season, but now the facility must shut down by Aug. 8 unless it pays the city $2.5 million. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

San Benito Foods to close Aug. 8 if it does not pay $2.5 million operations fee

Attorney argues the cannery’s closure would cause ‘irreparable harm to the community’ by eliminating 450 local jobs.

The city of Hollister says the San Benito Foods tomato cannery needs to install equipment to bring down levels of contaminants from its well and pay $2.5 million to remove sludge from holding pond. Photo by John Chadwell.

Justice

San Benito Foods sues Hollister over permit, claims extortion

Hearings delayed twice as Judge Steven Sanders steps aside over conflict; Judge Omar Rodriguez takes over the case Aug. 5.

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Justice

Former Hollister residents react to Supreme Court DACA decision

Justices rule Homeland Security did not justify repealing Obama-era policy.

Inside the San Benito County Jail expansion. Photo provided by the San Benito County Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

County jail releases over one hundred detainees since pandemic

Completion of jail expansion stalled by radio equipment supply issues.

Jung Choi said she was remorseful for her involvement in the killing of Hollister resident Yoon Ji, but that did not sway the judge as he sentenced her to 11 years in prison. Photo by John Chadwell.

Justice

Jung Choi sentenced to 11 years for voluntary manslaughter

She had pleaded no contest to charges in the killing of Hollister resident Yoon Ji.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

SBC supervisors extend term for civil grand jury

Existing group will disband Dec. 31.

The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. File photo.

Justice

SBC Superior Court expands services while taking action to curtail effect of COVID-19

Clerk window to open for filing and payments.

Raymond Anthony Andrade. Photo by Robert Eliason.

News

In a historic first, Pride flag is raised at Hollister City Hall

150 gather for nearly hour-long ceremony. 

Protesters at the Black Lives Matter march on June 6 in Hollister. Photos by Robert Eliason.

News

Black Lives Matter protest in Hollister draws 1,000 participants

Peaceful march organized by San Benito High Alumni attracts widespread community and police support.

Max Beltran lifts his sign for passing motorists on Fourth and San Benito streets in Hollister. Beltran and about 30 others took part in a June 5 demonstration to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Photos by Noe Magaña.

News

Hollister residents demonstrate downtown

30 gather with signs to protest police brutality and show support for Black Lives Matter movement.

A group called San Benito Citizens for Brighter Future Protested out in front of San Benito Superior Court during the May 19 hearing, demonstrating in favor of the Betabel development. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Court stops Betabel rezoning until after state shelter order is lifted

Judge Breen gives PORC 30 additional days to pursue land use referendum.

The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. File photo.

Health

Legal documents to have in times of emergency

Planning that helps deal with the unexpected.

San Juan Bautista City Councilman Dan De Vries (middle) during a May 21 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

SJB Councilman receives misdemeanor, probation for 2019 domestic disturbance

Court orders Dan De Vries to attend counseling meetings.

The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. The court's website states the civil grand jury has two functions: Weighing allegations of misconduct against public officials and acting as the public’s “watchdog” by investigating and reporting upon various matters of county, city and special district governments. File photo.

Housing / Land Use

Court order temporarily halts Betabel C-1 rezoning

County and property owners will present arguments at May 19 hearing.

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Housing / Land Use

Court order postpones evictions

For a limited time, renters are protected if their inability to pay is related to COVID-19. But they’ll still be responsible for unpaid rent.