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May 11, 2021

Tag: hollister council

FPPC rejects councilman’s 400 block complaint against mayor

The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission has ruled against a Hollister councilman’s complaint about the mayor—and allegations of a conflict—regarding the city’s consideration to sell the 400 block of San Benito Street for development.

Editorial: Council turned back on public with 400 block

How does it feel to have something special ripped away so a developer can reap profits at the expense of the community? How does it feel to know insider politics and cronyism live on?

Hollister mayor switches to public email for city business

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez recently switched from using a private email account for city business to exclusively using a city address—in a move that enhances transparency and curtails the official’s discretion on what’s accessible to the public.

Luna cancels planned trip to second conference for new officials

Days after a Free Lance story detailed 2015 travel expenditures incurred by Hollister Councilwoman Mickie Luna without council approval, she canceled plans for a second consecutive multi-day January trip to the League of California Cities conference in Sacramento designed specifically for newly elected officials, the city clerk confirmed.

Council goes off agenda, broaches biker rally debt

Hollister council members held an off-agenda discussion on the potential for a 2016 Hollister motorcycle rally, and one official made mention of a $100,000 debt still owed by the prior promoter.

After fatality, official bemoans lacking helmets, parental supervision

City Councilwoman Mickie Luna reacted after the fatal accident Monday—involving a bus that struck a boy on a bicycle—by pointing out that many users of the nearby skate park facility neglect to wear helmets, as required by law.

County, district weigh pursuing safety changes without city

Despite reluctance from some Hollister officials on a partnership, county and San Benito High School District leaders appear intent on moving ahead in addressing safety issues on Nash Road.

Hollister to seek ideas for Pinnacles promotion?

Hollister officials want to stir the creative senses, so to speak, by considering a design competition for some type of Pinnacles National Park promotion on the west side.

City, school district pool ideas for Nash Road

Hollister council members and San Benito High School trustees reopened a contentious discussion about the future for a section of Nash Road, a street bisecting the campus that belongs to the county and city.

Community Board: Logic goes up in smoke with fee idea

An attempt to charge additional “Rescue Fees” when residents need help from the Hollister Fire Department should go up in flames. It is nothing more than a cruel money grab and could do serious harm to families throughout the community.