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Phone: (831) ***-****  
Email: t***@***.edu
Local Address:  Salinas , California , United States
Gavilan College
5055 Santa Teresa Blvd.
Gilroy , California 95020
United States

Company Description: Gavilan College provides a high-quality learning experience that prepares students for university transfer, technical and public service careers, lifelong learning...   more

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Bachelor of Science , English
    Santa Clara University
  • Juris Doctorate degree
    Santa Clara's Law School
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Born in San Francisco and raised in Hollister, Tom graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in English and then served two years in the United States Army on active duty and a total of 13 years in the Army Reserve. He received a Juris Doctorate degree from Santa Clara's Law School in 1963 and practiced law in Santa Clara and San Jose for 12 years, then serving as Counsel to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil & Constitutional Rights of the House Committee on the Judiciary in Washington D.C. from 1975 until appointment to the Superior Court in San Benito County in June 1980.
Tom retired in 2000 and was elected to the Gavilan College Board of Trustees and serves there now. A member of the Board of the Youth Alliance for over 10 years; a public member of the Child Abuse Prevention Council for the past 9 years; a member of San Juan Bautista Rotary and a member of the Baler Backers. Tom is married Karen and has two children residing in Hollister.
RECENT UPDATES BLOG, 20 Dec 2010 [cached]
9/21/07 Judge Breen recuses self after petitioners' filing of Petition for Writ of Mandate in Sixth District because of Judge Breen's refusal to bow to effective challenge for cause (CCP §170.1), one hour before hearing, expressing sympathy for defendants and thus openly admitting bias.
A new out of county retired judge, Hon. Thomas P. Breen, from Hollister, was assigned to the case to sit in Santa Clara County. Our first hearing with Judge Breen was held on August 23, 2007. We reiterated our request for a change of venue, because if there is no judge qualified to act then why are we there? Because Judge Breen is not available except on noticed scheduled court days, it is impossible to have emergency (24hr.) ex parte hearings. There is no other judge that can act on them in the courthouse. There is no discovery judge available, and no probate judge to appoint a guardian ad litem for Nancy. In addition, Judge Breen is not allowing any oral argument on the motions, even though he is clearly confused on the simplest points of law he has ruled on so far. This is unworkable.
Now, on Monday we found that Judge Breen has a prima facie conflict of interest, too, in that he is a trustee for an affiliated state agency, Gavilan College in Gilroy/Hollister in a lawsuit against the State represented by the Attorney General! As such there is an explicit provision in the code for disqualification for cause that applies to him (CCP §170.1(a)(4)). Judge Breen was formally challenged on Monday, September 17, 2007, before hearing. Judge Breen decided to disregard the challenge and go ahead in spite of the conflict of interest, claiming that the challenge was too late. He did not file an Answer. A CCP 170.1 is not untimely if it is served at the earliest practicable opportunity after discovery of the facts supporting grounds for disqualification, which was done. Judge Breen nevertheless intends to go forward in demurrer hearing on Friday September 21, 2007 where he could dispose of the entire case, even though he does not dispute the facts supporting grounds for disqualification! If he does all his rulings are void or voidable, and he had a duty to inform us of these conflicts before we found him out. We are therefore about to file a writ of mandate to ask the Sixth District Court of Appeal to force Judge Breen out.
Judge Breen has offered no solution to this problem and we are now approaching demurrers without Nancy having any legal representative. The County and SARC have insisted that they have veto power over appointment of any GAL that represents Nancy and really wants no one to represent her so they can throw her case out of court. In the alternative, if the defendants pick their own GAL for Nancy, she would have the standing to dispose of all Nancy's claims without a single witness appearing or a single juror sitting.
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Tom Breen (831) 637-4870
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"We get to move on from here to a new place we can afford and we know we are going to have quality education, and we will probably provide for more students," Gavilan trustee Tom Breen said last month.
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posted on Wed, 01/20/2016 - 09:37am by Tom Breen
Editors' note: Gavilan College Trustee Tom Breen, who represents Hollister on the board, submitted the following letter in response to a commentary by Hollister resident Aurelio Zuniga regarding the usage of Measure E bond expenditures and the college's compliance with Proposition 39.
Judge Breen, We have sat together at a table more than a few times and discussed various public issues and while I respect you personally I cannot respect the actions of the Gavilan Board of Trustees on this matter.
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