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August 3, 2020

Community Insight: Biker rally; bike lanes; yoga center

With a slew of events to cover from the holiday period and after, we’re presenting an installment of Thumbs Up-Thumbs Down to indicate our support or opposition on local topics. This week, all of the selected topics incited positive responses from the Community Insight Board.

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez: State of the city

Every year we have the opportunity to make a change in our community, but 2019 is special in that there are four...

Community Board: Time to press record button, school districts

The San Benito High School teachers’ union is absolutely right: There’s no good reason for the district to go on without some type of audio or video recording to document what’s said at public meetings.

Community Board: General plan wisely allows for growth

After eight years of discussions, workshops, hiring and firing of consultants, environmental reviews and tense debates, county supervisors approved a new general plan as the blueprint for future development.

Community Board: County sales tax idea rings true

All too often in San Benito County, local government leaders have tried to push property or parcel taxes to fund initiatives or deficits caused by irresponsible budgeting. An example was the Hollister School District’s failed 2011 attempt to pass a $96 parcel tax at the depths of its financial problems, with the special election costing local taxpayers close to $150,000.

Community Insight Board: Better safe than sorry on police cameras

It is better safe than sorry when it comes to the increased use of surveillance cameras attached to police officers’ bodies or vehicles.

San Benito is on a roll

San Benito County is on a roll economically and culturally, making it an ideal place to relocate a business and family.

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.

Community Board: We’ll believe it when San Justo reopens

It’s surprisingly nice to hear that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is finally wrapping up an offensively long review process before treating a mussel infestation at San Justo Reservoir just outside Hollister.

Why I opposed Eckert

Unfortunately, Hollister’s botched first round in its search for a new city manager has become a political football. I believe that it’s...