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February 24, 2024

Council moves to ask voters to increase Hollister hotel tax

The Hollister City Council voted last week to put a proposed occupancy tax increase on the ballot for the November 2024 general election. If passed, this would be the first time since 1986 that voters will  decide to increase the tax on hotel stays...

Hazel Hawkins receives $10 million from state loan program

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Aug. 24 announced $300 million worth of zero-interest loans for struggling hospitals, including Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital which will receive $10 million from the program.  The Hollister hospital, which declared bankruptcy earlier this year, will receive the funds in the coming...

South Bay DA proposes ballot initiative to address gun violence in California

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced Aug. 3 that he is sponsoring an “unprecedented” statewide ballot initiative that seeks to “transcend the bitter politics of gun control and save the lives of crime victims, the suicidal and children.” If approved by voters, the...

How will Robert Rivas lead the California Assembly?

The key to understanding new Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas’ leadership might be his severe childhood stutter. Growing up, he often had his ears open more than his mouth. Now, Rivas said Wednesday in an interview hosted by the Sacramento Press Club, his greatest strength is...

Robert Rivas sworn in as California Assembly speaker

It’s a day that seemed like it might not ever happen: Robert Rivas was sworn in Friday morning as speaker of the California Assembly. The ascension of the Hollister Democrat—who represents the 29th Assembly District—to lead the lower chamber of the Legislature brings to a...

As sewer plant approaches capacity, Hollister OKs more housing hookups

The Hollister City Council meeting went on until almost midnight June 20 as council members engaged in a lengthy discussion regarding potential expansion of services for the city’s Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plant. Two resolutions to have the city of San Juan Bautista and the...

Hollister City Council votes for more mobile food vendors

The City of Hollister took a big step toward boosting the amount of food trucks allowed on public streets following a unanimous vote by the city council during Monday evening’s meeting. Councilmembers Tim Burns, Rolan Resendiz, Rick Perez and Mayor Mia Casey all voted yes...

Hollister City Council rebukes another member

For the second time in less than a month, a majority of the Hollister City Council has decided to take disciplinary action against an elected member of the five-person body.  On May 15, the council voted 3-1 to give Council member Rolan Resendiz a written...

Bill would help undocumented disaster victims

Three California assembly members on Tuesday introduced a newly minted bill which, if it becomes law, would bring financial assistance to storm and flood victims who are ineligible for state and federal assistance. Assembly Bill 513, also known as the California Individual Assistance Act, was...

Hollister Council warns Perez over ‘inappropriate conduct’

A majority of Hollister City Council members voted April 17 to issue a verbal warning to their colleague, Rick Perez, for violations of the city’s code of ethics and conduct.  Council members also asked city staff to return at a future meeting with more detail...

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