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.

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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.

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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.

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Health

April 24 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

47 confirmed cases since February, four active, 41 recovered; face covering order goes into effect April 27; health order amendment exempts utilization of open areas to include county and city parks, golf courses; drive-thru face covering distribution on April 25.

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Health

April 15 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Forty-one confirmed cases since February, five active, 34 recovered; state employment development department extends phone service hours; SBC Chamber offers survey to gauge how it and partners can be of service; Credo Studio to host April 25 virtual paint night.

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Justice

SBC Superior Court extends rescheduling of hearings

Effort made to curtail effects of COVID-19.

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Health

April 6 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Thirty confirmed cases since February, 13 active, 15 recovered and two deaths; SBHS meal distribution schedule changes to Mon/Wed/Fri starting April 13; California Conservation Corps assists at Community FoodBank.

Students participate in a writing workshop at the San Benito County Jail. Photo provided by Julie Morris. (Faces have been blurred to protect privacy.)

Justice

A view from the inside: What does it feel like to be in jail during a pandemic?

Inmates at the San Benito County Jail take classes to continue their education. During the COVID-19 pandemic, jail staff and Gavilan College have improvised to maintain students' education.

Female inmates at the San Benito County Jail attend remote Gavilan College classes. Photo provided by SBC Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

County jail releases 35 inmates vulnerable to COVID-19

None showed symptoms and all received a judge’s approval.

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Sang Ji faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison and is expected to be sentenced on April 30. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Sang Ji convicted of first-degree murder

Facing a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.

Christopher Larios, 34, will continue to be held without bail in connection with the alleged murder of Raul De La Rosa on Dec. 23, 2014. Photos by John Chadwell.

Justice

No bail for Christopher Larios in 2014 homicide

Arraignment hearing set for March 12.

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

Justice

2014 murder suspect appears in court

Christopher Larios’ next hearing is Feb. 21.

Jung Choi smiles at her interpreter as she enters the courtroom on Jan. 24. She pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Jung Choi pleads no contest to voluntary manslaughter

Choi is one of two accused in a December 2017 murder. She faces up to 11 years in prison.