public letter, laptop, writing

Public Letter

PUBLIC LETTER: DA Candice Hooper Mancino responds to Bob Kutz

She writes that there was a lack of corroborating evidence to pursue prosecution 'even though we very much desired to do so.'

Photos provided by candidates. Infographic by Alex Esquivel.

Government / Politics

Primary Elections 2022: San Benito County District Attorney

Two candidates are in the race: incumbent Candice Hooper Mancino and challenger Joel Buckingham.

News

200 honor two young men killed March 26

Approximately 200 people gathered along Rustic Street where the shooting took place to silently honor the two young men who were slain in the driveway of one of the family’s homes.

Roxy Montana holds a public meeting for the Civil Grand Jury on Feb. 12, 2022. Photo by Katie Moorer.

Features

Q&A: Roxy Montana opens up about serving on San Benito County Civil Grand Jury

She discusses their responsibility, investigations and membership.

Judge Patrick Palacios. Photo provided by the San Benito County Superior Court.

News Release

Governor appoints new SBC judge

Palacios will be sworn in April.

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

News Release

Hollister Police announce guilty verdict in the death of Christopher Jacobs

Jacobs died from stab wounds in December 2020.

St. Benedict Catholic Church. Photo provided.

News

Vatican removes former San Benito County priest from accused list

Scott McCarthy was placed on the list in 2019.

Mission San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

News

Two former SBC priests on list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse

They served at Sacred Heart and the Mission San Juan Bautista churches.

Wreaths and flowers were placed at headstones of veterans buried in Calvary Cemetery. Photo by John Chadwell.

News

Patriotism in a small town

A large crowd showed up at the Veterans Memorial building Memorial Day to honor all veterans and 19 current active duty service members.

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, 2021. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Justice

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.

Justice

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.