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COMMENTARY: LULAC endorses Measure W

League of United Latin American Citizens says the extension of the tax will address various community priorities

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of San Benito County, Council 2890, endorses the City of Hollister's Measure W. San Benito County LULAC believes that quality and equitable access to public safety resources is the foundation for building strong communities.

Among LULAC's top policy platforms and priorities is the continued support for youth delinquency prevention programs, adequate policing, recreational activities for youth and fire protection within the City of Hollister.

If approved, Measure W would continue to address the following community priorities:

  • Maintaining rapid emergency response times
  • Maintaining operations at all current Hollister fire stations
  • Attracting and retaining qualified police officers and firefighters
  • Preventing cuts to youth gang and drug prevention and intervention programs
  • Maintaining water conservation programs
  • Maintaining youth programs at city parks and recreation centers
  • Supporting programs to retain, expand, and attract business to Hollister

The positive interactions of the local police, fire, recreation and other city departments have proven to be instrumental in creating a community where residents feel proud to reside in. However, without the adequate revenues, all city of Hollister residents will be negatively impacted.

"The reality is that without Measure W, the city will need to consider reducing crucial services such as: police, fire response, senior and youth program, parks, roads improvements and this something we cannot afford to vote no on," said Cesar Flores, San Benito County LULAC president.

Measure W includes strict accountability measures including independent annual audits and citizens oversight. All Measure W funds would stay in Hollister – providing essential city services. The San Benito County LULAC membership advocates that on Nov 8., all residents of the city of Hollister vote Yes on Measure W.

San Benito LULAC

LULAC is the largest and oldest Latino organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, housing, health and civil rights through community-based programs operating at more than 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide.