So far, COVID-19 has cost Hollister $1.6 million in lost tax revenue. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Business / Economy

Pandemic brings drop in Hollister’s sales tax revenue

The city has a $1.6 million deficit compared to last fiscal year.

Firefighters battled two structure fires in downtown Hollister within minutes of each other in the early morning hours of Nov. 2. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Investigation underway after four separate fires in downtown Hollister

Early morning blazes occur minutes apart from each other; HPD arrests one suspect.


Trump rally attracts boisterous, enthusiastic supporters; counter-protesters

Hollister fills with political activity. Pro-Trump supporters are met with anti-Trump contingent with no incidents of note.

Businesses on San Benito Street will be refunded up to $15,000 for constructing parklets. Photo courtesy of city of Hollister.

Business / Economy

Hollister approves downtown parklet program

Portion of San Benito Street to be transformed into one-way thoroughfare.

Susan Postigo and Jeri Hernandez.


Election 2020: San Benito County Health Care District, Zone 1

Challenger Susan Postigo running against incumbent Jeri Hernandez.

San Benito Health Care District, Zone 5 candidates Rick Shelton, Elizabeth Arrizon and Alberto Arevalo.


Election 2020: San Benito County Health Care District, Zone 5

Three candidates seek seat that will be vacated by incumbent Angie De La Cruz.

Rick Perez and Jose Fernandez.

Government / Politics

Election 2020: Hollister City Council District 1

Jose Fernandez and Rick Perez compete for the seat of outgoing councilmember Carol Lenoir.

Former Hollister city manager Bill Avera shows a map of the earthquake zone that runs down San Benito Street. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

Is Hollister ready for the next big one?

With the 31st anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake on Oct. 17, former city manager Bill Avera takes BenitoLink on a downtown walking tour to discuss retrofitting.

Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez said he will call the FBI and other authorities over spoofed robocalls. File photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Robocalls spoof Hollister mayor’s personal phone number

Ignacio Velazquez says he plans to report the calls to authorities, including the FBI.

A homeless encampment that moved from Dunne Park to the empty lot on Fourth Street in Hollister next to Briggs building. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Shopping cart ordinance sign of bigger issue with Hollister’s homeless

If approved with a second reading on Oct. 19, it would allow the city to remove shopping carts from parks, sidewalks and other public places.

One of the new ballot drop boxes being installed near True Value Hardware on Fourth Street. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Ballot drop boxes installed around San Benito County

Locations offer safe, secure places for voters to turn in mail-in ballots.

Tim Burns and Julio Rodriquez.

Government / Politics

Election 2020: Hollister City Council District 4

Tim Burns and Julio Rodriguez run for seat left vacant by the late Marty Richman.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Government / Politics

Hollister mayoral candidate denies connection to robocalls attacking opponent

Sal Mora: ‘I have run a clean campaign, and will continue to do so.’

Community Foundation CEO/President Gary Byrne, Rebecca and Randy Wolf, and Marilyn Ferreira take part in official groundbreaking ceremony for the Epicenter. Photo by John Chadwell.


Community Foundation hosts ceremony for new nonprofit HQ

Leon Panetta, Anna Caballero, Robert Rivas among attendees of groundbreaking for the Epicenter, slated for completion in December 2021.

Ignacio Velazquez and Sal Mora.

Government / Politics

Election 2020: Hollister Mayor

Sal Mora challenges longtime incumbent Ignacio Velazquez.