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.
It’s great to see Hollister leaders dedicating funds toward new playground equipment, including a structure at Park Hill.
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.
It was sad to see the news that longtime City Clerk Geri Johnson is set to retire soon from the City of Hollister.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.