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Possible Delay in Courthouse Opening Due To Unexpected Security Costs

The new San Benito County Courthouse may be delayed in opening due to the unexpected burden of providing for Courthouse security.

San Benito County Board of Supervisors Chair Anthony Botelho announced at the Supervisors meeting today that he was contacted by Superior Court Judge Steven Sanders, about a matter of importance to the County concerning security at the new Courthouse.

Chair Botelho noted that he then contacted Acting Chief Administrative Officer, Ray Espinosa and Sheriff Darren Thompson and they met with Judge Sanders to discuss the matter of an unexpected cost of $200,000 to the county for the provision of security for the new courthouse. This is not anticipated by the County and the Supervisors will be addressing the problem at their next meeting.

Supervisor Botelho reported that the Sheriff and the Court have each come up with options, and that he has spoken with Assemblyman Alejo and State Senator Canella about finding a solution to the funding problem. He said that delay of the Courthouse may be necessary until the issue is addressed.

Bob Reid (Bob Reid)

Bob Reid is the former Content Director for BenitoLink. He is a local reporter/writer/musician/ horseman/videographer. He spent the past several years covering government meetings in San Juan Bautista and Hollister for the San Juan Star and Community Media Access Partnership. He is currently working to establish a Low Power FM radio station in Hollister to serve the Hollister/ San Juan area. Bob was appointed and served on the San Juan Strategic Plan Committee and the San Juan Bautista General Plan Committee.


Julie Finigan Morris's picture

Beautiful! The new courthouse creates an inviting and attractive new entryway into Hollister from Highway 156. We should all thank Tony Ruiz for his vision and determination to keep the courthouse downtown rather than miles away. This will bring economic development to downtown merchants and showcase the benefits of good planning. 

Kristina Chavez Wyatt's picture

Cheers indeed to Tony and his new urbanism advocacy team!

Why is the staffing situation different than the current courthouse? Could be a good opportunity for a local business to provide the service!

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