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Hollister City Council to meet three times a month

Additional session will be televised.

Rather than go through the arduous process of changing city code, the Hollister City Council opted via resolution to add one meeting per month to their schedule.

The additional meetings, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., will also have live, televised coverage from Community Media Access Partnership (CMAP), a nonprofit media group that records local government meetings.

City Clerk Christine Black said that the city IT department will record and post recordings on the city’s website if CMAP is unable to be present.

Hollister resident Salvador Mora said he was against special meetings because, as he understood it, he was worried the council might place specific items on the special meeting agendas in order to avoid public comments. Black clarified that the public can comment on any item on the agenda whether the meeting was regular or special.

The council added a public input item to the agenda of the approved special meetings since, unlike regular meetings, they normally don’t include an opportunity for members of the public to speak on off-agenda topics.

Councilman Marty Richman suggested placing public input at the start of the agenda, in case people do not have the opportunity to stay the entire meeting.

Richman, who was elected to the District 4 council seat in November, proposed having three council meetings per month on Dec. 17. Council members approved the recommendation on Jan. 14, which prompted city staff to put together a resolution.

“All the things that you were promised during this election by me and by other people, I intend to try to deliver,” said Richman at the Dec. 17 meeting. “I didn’t take this job to be a bump on a log.”

Despite being the driver behind this action, Richman suddenly left City Hall as the council prepared to vote on the resolution. It was approved 4-0.

Richman packed up his belongings and departed after Police Chief David Westrick approached the dais to tell him something.

Richman did not immediately respond for comment.

City Manager Bill Avera also left at the same time, but later returned to the meeting.


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Noe Magaña is a freelance writer for BenitoLink. He also experiments with videography and photography. A San Benito High School graduate with a bachelor's in journalism from San Jose State and a Liberal Arts Associate's Degree from Gavilan College. Noe also attended San Jose City College and was the managing editor for the City College Times, the school's newspaper. He also was a reporter and later a copy editor for San Jose State's Spartan Daily.


The reason I left abruptly is simple, the Chief informed me that I had a family emergency; my wife Joyce was ill and she was taken to the emergency room at Hazel Hawkins Hospital for treatment.  I went to be at her side.

She had a "cardiac episode" and was transferred to Good Samaritan Hospital the next day where she was treated until early Wednesday evening.  She is home now and doing better, but we have a lot of follow-up testing to do.  During my candidacy I announced that my wife was undergoing Chemotherapy for colo-rectal cancer and she still is; as the nurse said, "Chemo can do crazy things to your system."

Joyce and I want to thank the Hollister FD, AMR ambulance and the team at Hazel Hawkins for the outstanding response and treatment they provided.  I also want to thank the public and the city staff for their support and good wishes (City Manager Bill Avera wanted to make sure I got there safely that's why he left).  Thanks to the PD and Chief for the notification; my daughter had called the PD from North Carolina - I had my cellphone off during the meeting, next time I'll try vibrate, but don't get upset when I peek to see who it is.

Not much of a mystery, no alien invasion, just the hazards of real life.  I'm sure I have my priorities straight...

Marty Richman, Hollister City Council, District 4.



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Submitted by Nicholas Preciado (nicholaspreciado) on

Hi Marty!

Just wanted to clarify that we were unaware of the reason you had left the meeting. I apologize for the critical tone, it was meant to be informative and we will watch for that going forward.

Submitted by John Noble on

Scary stuff Marty.  Best wishes for your wife's speedy and as comfortable as possible recovery.

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