Don’t Fractionalize Our Community

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It’s becoming a trend in this area to let community services
move away from the community they serve necessitating
transportation to move people to their destinations.
Editor,

It’s becoming a trend in this area to let community services move away from the community they serve necessitating transportation to move people to their destinations.

The San Benito County Jail and the Hollister Police Department moved away from downtown. The Hollister School District offices and the Hollister Post Office also moved away from downtown. Many community services that moved to a group of buildings off San Felipe Road, away from homes, stores, schools and businesses, have forced those in need of services to pay for public transportation or a taxi or to drive away from all Hollister’s city services and their downtown community.

Now the San Benito County Sheriff’s Department wants to move out to the jail area and Gavilan College wants to build even further away from town.

Local governments, citizenry, the Chamber of Commerce and the Hollister Downtown Association need to get together and speak up in one voice and cooperate to show positive support for building our community into a cohesive unit, not to work individually and fractionalize it.

We can learn from other communities that have let their downtowns die while others have saved them.

Various resolutions were sent to the state to show opposition to the proposed casino. We need the same commitment from government bodies, chambers, organizations businesses and individuals when it comes to keeping our local agencies local! By working together, we can show support by sending resolutions to the college and other agencies to keep our community together, to build a city and community for us and future generations.

Ruth Erickson, Hollister

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