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 and were awarded large settlements.

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.

Justice

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.

Anita Molina said she has been a political activist for over 20 years. She favors waiting until after the presidential election to nominate a justice. Photo by John Chadwell.

Justice

San Benito County residents hold vigil for late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Organizer Lauretta Avina: ‘Women of my generation and younger are very lucky because a strong woman like her paved the way for us.’

Members of the Coalition to Protect San Benito County rally in front of the San Benito County Superior Court on Sept. 2. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Judge slightly changes wording of Measure N ballot question

Citizens group brings lawsuit claiming bias.

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.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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.