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May 25, 2022

Community Board: Shelter won’t solve all homeless issues

It’s become clear that the homeless population in Hollister is only growing, and local officials are making a big mistake if they believe a new homeless shelter will completely solve the problem.

Community Insight: Park Hill getting needed upgrade

It’s great to see Hollister leaders dedicating funds toward new playground equipment, including a structure at Park Hill.

Community Board: Supervisors must represent all constituents

No matter where supervisors end up locating a permanent homeless shelter in San Benito County, it is clear that government officials initially pushed through the consideration with little interest in getting input from residents near the previously chosen Southside Road location.

Community Insight: Johnson has been bright spot for Hollister

It was sad to see the news that longtime City Clerk Geri Johnson is set to retire soon from the City of Hollister.

Community Board: Explore district consolidation

It is well past the appropriate time for a serious, outside, unbiased study on the potential for school district consolidation in San Benito County.

Opinion page enters new era with Community Insight Board

The Free Lance's volunteer-based Editorial Board has been a voice of community opinion in San Benito County for a decade. Its members have performed a valuable service through their willingness to speak out boldly on difficult issues.

Community Board: Agencies ought to move now on solar project

There never really was a doubt that San Benito County supervisors would support the Panoche Valley Solar Project, a 247-megawatt effort set to result in an estimated 500 construction jobs locally and even more over the long term. It’s less clear, though, how four state and federal agencies might rule on the project opposed by an array of big environmental groups and neighbors of the site.

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: 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 Insight: City, SBHS must engage on Nash Road issue

With so much at stake pertaining to the possible closure of a Nash Road stretch during school hours, it is clear that city and San Benito High officials have to open further lines of communication on the issue.

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