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COMMENTARY: What if you were given the opportunity to invest $400,000 of Hollister’s general fund dollars in your community?

Could the money spent on surveillance cameras have been spent in a more effective way?

Last May, Hollister city “leaders” approved by a vote of 3-2 the expenditure of close to $400,000 to install surveillance cameras downtown.

Although the mayor and the retired law enforcement member of the city council voted against the resolution, they support the idea of surveillance and record keeping of information, but could not justify the cost.

With more pressing problems facing Hollister, the last thing we needed is 81 surveillance cameras; that’s two cameras for every one thousand of Hollister 36,095 residents.

Much was touted that the surveillance camera program was approved with an economic investment purpose in mind and would have a positive economic outcome on our economy. How that is to occur remains a mystery, when one considers that the company that was awarded the contract is located in Morgan Hill.

With that in mind, if you were given the opportunty to invest $400,000 of Hollister's tax dollars in your community, how would you do it?

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Luis Burguillo (An Engaged and ...)

As a student of the media and journalism, I am interested in utilizing the medium in order to assure that the residents of the City of Hollister and San Benito County are alerted, informed and educated on the official actions of their elected officials who are sworn to preserve, protect and defend the US constitution and Bill of Rights. More importantly, their engagement in the political process will hold the leaders accountable for their actions/decisions and lead to an improved governance.


Submitted by (Robin ) on

Would 400k get us play equipment and stairs from west st & 3rd to the top of Park Hill? The best view in the city and most under used green space in our fair city?

This article reminds me of the old saying about 'beating a dead horse'. 

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