Mar 22 2019

City manager’s contract extended

By FREDDY JIMENEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Earlier this week, City leaders approved an extension for City Manager Manuel De La Rosa’s contract. At a City Commissioner’s meeting held on Tuesday, March 19, one of the agenda items listed under executive session was the “Discussion pursuant to Texas Government Code…regarding the City Manager contract.” After two hours of …

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Mar 22 2019

Audio reveals officers’ conversation during shooting

By FREDDY JIMENEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com   Newly uploaded footage of Ricardo Treviño III’s fatal shooting has revealed activity by the police officers involved. In a Facebook post, Joanne Garza, sister to Treviño’s mother April Flores, uploaded a video widely shared by the community of her nephew’s death; however, this particular video had additional audio that depicts …

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Mar 22 2019

SBCISD professional development tops $346,000, Washington D. C. trip still not on agenda

BY J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS A member of the board of trustees had been trying to find out about a trip to Washington D. C. similar to one taken last year to Orlando, Florida, but school administrators of the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District have been unclear about the details. Last …

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Mar 22 2019

No Action: Hopes for release of officers’ names vanquished

By DAVID LOPEZ Special to the NEWS   On Tuesday night’s regular City meeting, City officials discussed an item during executive session relating to an attorney consultation in order to “receive legal advice from counsel in regard to threatened litigation arising out of law enforcement action involving Mr. Richard Treviño,” as the agenda read. As …

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Mar 22 2019

Residents upset over change in public comments procedure

By FREDDY JIMENEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The City of San Benito announced on Monday, March 18 that the public comments section, usually held at the beginning of city commission meetings, will now be held at the end of the meetings and some residents have expressed concern over the matter. In a press release issued by the City …

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Mar 15 2019

TCEQ approves pilot protocol, water plant set to re-open

By DAVID LOPEZ Special to the NEWS     Plans to reopen San Benito’s $17 million water plant are underway after the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved the pilot protocol study submitted on November of 2018.  The City said it plans to have the plant running within six to nine months. TCEQ’s approval comes …

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Mar 15 2019

Complaint claims superintendent violated Open Meetings Act

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS     The lawyer representing Jack Garcia, the suspended director of the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District’s After School Program, filed a complaint with the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office alleging Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nate Carman violated the state’s Open Meeting Act at a Feb. …

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Mar 15 2019

Southwest Key CEO steps down amid controversies

By DAVID LOPEZ Special to the NEWS   Southwest Key Programs, one of the nation’s largest non-profit shelter providers for detained migrant children, announced Monday that its CEO and founder Dr. Juan Sanchez is stepping down. The announcement comes following months of media scandals and negative allegations involving Southwest Key, including the separation of families, …

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Mar 15 2019

Stranded: Chess team bus breaks down on its way back from Houston

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS     With the hashtag, “this would not  have  happened if Jack  Garcia were in charge,” Patricia Saenz  posted  to her Facebook page on Monday, March 11 that she was “feeling exhausted” after returning from a chess tournament in Houston and getting stranded near Refugio. Saenz was …

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Mar 08 2019

Citizens present petition for chief’s removal

By DAVID LOPEZ Special to the NEWS   The family of recently deceased 21-year-old Ricardo Treviño presented a petition to the Mayor and City Commissioners during a regular city meeting Tuesday, requesting the removal of San Benito Police Chief Michael R. Galvan. “We, the undersigned citizens of San Benito…have composed this letter to express our …

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