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.

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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. 

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

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Black Lives Matter protest in Hollister draws 1,000 participants

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

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.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

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.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

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.