City to consider biker rally contract for 2016 event

Motorcycles decorated in patriotic colors were a popular theme at the seventh-annual Hollister Independence Rally in 2003.

Hollister council members Monday are set to consider a contract with Roadshows, Inc. to promote the 2016 motorcycle rally in early July.
Roadshows was the one company that submitted a bid to the city for the July 1-3 rally after last year’s promoter, Las Vegas-based ConvExx, departed over a dispute of $90,000 owed to Hollister.
In the proposed agreement with Reno-based Roadshows, which runs the Street Vibrations events there, the promoter would pay $135,000 to cover city costs such as police, fire and public works. That is $45,000 less than the desired amount from the city, $180,000.
But Hollister officials in the contract would agree to call it even if the promoter would collect city business license fees and sales tax revenue totaling an estimate of the $45,000 difference, according to an agenda report for Monday’s meeting.
Council members are set to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hollister City Hall, 375 Fifth St. Also in the agreement, the document lays out several other provisions related to matters of debate during prior rallies.
• The city would require the promoter to pay the $135,000 by June 1 or the deal would be canceled. Last year’s promoter missed his last payment before a July 1 deadline, but the event went on regardless.
• The city would maintain all naming and trademark rights related to the rally, two years after a promoter sought trademarks on the event’s name.
• The promoter would have to maintain all books, ledgers and accounting documents on file for at least one year following the rally for inspection by the city.
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