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April 17, 2021

Community Board: Spike fireworks fines, do enforcement blitz

Political leadership and law enforcement’s general passivity toward illegal fireworks is a serious public-safety problem, but neighbors must play a more active role in reporting the dangerous crimes as well.

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 vital for...

Community Insight: Crack down on skaters at memorial

When it comes to skateboarders abusing the Veterans Memorial Building property, enough is enough.

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.

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: No reason to rush on pot ordinance

Hollister City Council members considering a proposed medicinal marijuana ordinance should keep in mind that there is no rush to make a final decision. More important, local voters will offer a collective take on recreational pot in November that should ease any political tensions about where the general public stands.

Goodbye to former columnist

Marty Richman gave readers a window into his mind and life for nearly seven years as a columnist for the Hollister Free Lance.  Those who...

Multi-use development to enliven downtown district

A Philanthropic Center and a separate development set to include commercial space and condos will give a positive lift to downtown Hollister and a...

Community Insight Board: Measure J taught us locals care

In certain respects, the tension-laced debate over Measure J was unhealthy and unnecessary, and at times personal. The fervor on both sides of the issue, however, showed a lot about local residents’ passions for this county.

Community Board: Giveaway reflects city’s recklessness

Hollister City Council members defied logic by donating $92,050 to local nonprofit groups while the city is on the verge of campaigning for a sales-tax extension needed to stay afloat.