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September 19, 2021

Community Insight Board: Reasons to back 400 block sale

Most Community Insight Board members agreed that the Hollister City Council made the right decision by supporting a sale of the 400 block property downtown to allow for development of condos, retail space and a new Community Foundation for San Benito County building.

Community Board: Road tax support could backfire on city, county

Local support surrounding the Measure P roads tax idea has been stronger than that of any other recent ballot measure, and for good reason, but an all-in mentality from the public might come back to haunt other public entities with their hands out in November for more tax increases.

Community Board: Local pool talks sink

Nearly a year has gone by since the cancellation of the city’s summer swim program at San Benito High School due to concerns over the pool infrastructure. And another year has gone by without any serious talks on putting together a viable plan to develop a new one or an aquatics center.

Community Board: Chambless has airport flying sky high

Mike Chambless wears a lot of hats for the city. In his role as airport director, Chambless has been a shining star while overseeing several important projects.

Community Board: Roads tax needed, for essential repairs

San Benito County’s roads, both highways and local streets, are in terrible shape. It’s most definitely worth an investment from taxpayers to support a half-cent sales tax, as proposed by the Council of San Benito County Governments, to fund more than $200 million in repairs.

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: City puts dogs before people with parks

It says something about the City of Hollister’s priorities when dogs on the nice side of town get park funding before people on the west side.

Community Board: Marlow case underscores flaws in bill

Due to a new state law that is far too broad in nature, one of Hollister’s most notorious criminals has a chance for freedom in April.

Community Board: If looking at rally fees, hike for all

If the City of Hollister and rally promoters want to recoup more costs through fees charged to businesses, then officials should look into a broad examination of all permit charges to merchants over the rally weekend and increase those levies across the board.

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.