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.

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.

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 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.

Paul Eckert received four out of five votes to be hired as city manager despite protest from members of the public surrounding sexual harassment claims in a previous position. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister hires interim city manager

Sioux City, Iowa employee sued Paul Eckert in 2013, claiming he retaliated against her following sexual harassment complaint about him in 2004.

The 400 block of San Benito Street. Photos by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Deadline passes for mayor to sue over 400 block development

No sign that Velazquez has filed in San Benito County or elsewhere.

Rob Bernosky said the district school board needs to find a replacement for Andrew as soon as possible so as not to lose momentum on legal case against the county.

Government / Politics

County and Hollister School District agree to confidential settlement, details still sketchy

HSD accepts a fraction of what it said it was owed. How much money remains missing and how many other schools are involved is unknown.

Board Chair Anthony Botelho verbally attacked HSD and said lawsuit was politically motivated. Photos by John Chadwell.

BL Special Report

Supervisor Botelho slams Hollister School District over litigation

County Supervisor Anthony Botelho claimed a Hollister School District lawsuit is politically motivated and HSD Trustee Rob Bernosky said he wanted investigation into the missing money long before deciding to run for supervisor.

Purple Cross RX is located at 1980 Bolsa Road in Hollister. Photo by Leslie David

Agriculture

Purple Cross Rx faces fraud lawsuit

Purple Cross Rx owner McPhail denies allegations

Government / Politics

Councilman Jim Gillio denies allegations of misconduct in a lawsuit filed by a former Gilroy co-worker

As he kicks off a round of meet & greets in his campaign for a San Benito County Board of Supervisors seat, the retired Gilroy Police Capt. says what’s alleged never happened…

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Business / Economy

County School Board President Mitchell Dabo Accused in Trust Fund Rip-Off

Suit alleges financial advisor scammed elderly widow for nearly $500,000 that had been left to community foundation.

Store closes as lawsuits move forward.

Business / Economy

Farm Fresh Produce closes under cloud of accusations and lawsuits

Opposing lawsuits and bad blood results from produce store venture

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Agriculture

Citadel drops Measure J lawsuit against county

Oil company had filed a $1.2 billion claim against the county before pursuing litigation

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Business / Economy

Oil company sues San Benito County

Formal filing follows $1.2 billion claim against county filed after passage of Measure J

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Business / Economy

Hospital Hit With Voting Rights Lawsuit

Lawsuit claims the hospital practices “institutional racism” in picking board candidates