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Group launches recall of Hollister Mayor

Notice of intent is still to be filed with the city.

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.

Nonprofits

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.

Del Curto Brothers Construction broke ground Sept. 5 for the new Epicenter that will serve as a meeting place for San Benito County nonprofits. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Community Foundation breaks ground on 400 block project

New nonprofit headquarters known as the Epicenter expected to be open at the end of 2021.

Hollister residents came together downtown on Aug. 1 to pray and speak regarding the Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting. Photos by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

Hollister hosts vigil for Garlic Festival shooting victims

Gathering gives SBC residents a chance to show support in response to Gilroy tragedy.

The 400 block of San Benito Street. Photos by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Deadline passes for mayor to sue over 400 block development

No sign that Velazquez has filed in San Benito County or elsewhere.

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez said he may possibly sue because of the council's decision against his appeal. Photos by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

400 Block appeal fails

Hollister mayor says he’ll “most likely” sue.

Housing / Land Use

Dreams of the 400 Block circa 1992

Magazine brings readers back to a time of excitement about redevelopment projects in Hollister.

The 400 block of San Benito Street. Photos by John Chadwell.

400 block appeal hearing delayed

Several locals voice frustration with rescheduling to June 3.

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez opposes development of the 400 block because he believes it is the wrong project to attract people to come downtown. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister mayor appeals Planning Commission approval of 400 block development

Ignacio Velazquez's appeal will go before the City Council on May 20. If it fails to be upheld, he will decide whether or not to sue.

Councilman Marty Richman spoke from the podium and challenged Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and Councilman Rolan Resendiz on claims of city staff and other council members having conflicts of interest and making back door deals. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister politics turn ugly

Councilman Marty Richman challenges Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and Councilman Rolan Resendiz on accusing staff, fellow council members of conflicts of interest and back door deals.

The 400 block of San Benito Street. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Planning Commission approves use permit for 400 block development

Mayor’s second letter to commissioners fails to delay vote.

The 400 block at the corner of Fourth Street and San Benito Street. The Vault building, owned by Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, sits in the background. File photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Mayor’s letter delays approval of 400 Block tentative map

Planning Commission moves to first review Velazquez’s claims.

The 400 block at the corner of Fourth Street and San Benito Street. The Vault building, owned by Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, sits in the background. File photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister City Council approves amendment to 400 block agreement

No reserved parking spaces for Community Foundation.

Briggs Building in downtown Hollister. File Photo.

Business / Economy

Parking for 400 block development stalls

Program staff working on changes to licensing agreement before City Council votes on it.

Briggs Building in downtown Hollister. File photo.

Government / Politics

Parking license agreement hits speed bump

Councilmembers said they need more detail on upgrade costs before deciding.