Hollister Police Chief Carlos Reynoso said it was not possible to recruit police officers from other cities to provide security for the event. Photo of the 2019 Biker Rally by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister not hosting motorcycle rally this year

Police Chief Carlos Reynoso says the greatest obstacle is obtaining enough security for public safety. 

Sheriff Eric Taylor speaking to the San Benito County Board of Supervisors at the Sept. 27 meeting. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

San Benito County Sheriff says crime is on the rise

Eric Taylor notes a statewide shortage of new deputies.

Police conduct active-shooter training on school campuses with volunteer students. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Local law enforcement trained to enter schools and stop active shooters

While Hollister Police Department has a contract with one school for a school resource officer, a community leader says police presence on campus is not the answer.

Juan Guevara. Photo courtesy of Juan Guevara.


Officer Juan Guevara enters race for San Benito County Sheriff

Longtime Hollister resident says improvements in engagement are needed.

Illegal hemp cultivation in Hollister. Photo provided


Illegal hemp cultivation abated

Cultivator had previously been given a 10-day notice to cease operations. No arrests were made.

The San Benito County Sheriff's Office is working with a local contractor in an attempt to determine why the primary radio channel is experiencing interference. Photo courtesy of SBC Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

Law enforcement experiencing radio frequency interference

San Benito County Sheriff’s Office working to resolve it.

Government / Politics

State Senate Approves SB 230

Information provided by the Office of State Senator Anna Caballero. Senate Bill 230, introduced by State Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), unanimously passed the State Senate on May 29 on a 38-0 vote. Co-authors of the bill include State Senators Bob Archuleta, Andreas Borgeas, Bill Dodd, Cathleen Galgiani, Steve Glazer, Jerry Hill, Brian Jones, Mike Morrell, and Jeff Stone, as well as State

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Government / Politics

New state laws taking effect in 2019

Legislation concerning cannabis, law enforcement, environment and more.

File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

Local police take part in No-Shave November and December fundraisers

Fourth year running for Hollister Police Officer's Association and the Hollister Police Department.

Capt. Eric Taylor speaking to county supervisors about the training staff would receive. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Sheriff’s Office to be trained by media company on communications

Supervisors approve one-year contract.


Schools & Education

Active-shooter drills at schools are about saving lives

Local law enforcement trains school administrators and teachers how to survive an active-shooter by emphasizing escaping, barricading and hiding, and if all else fails, fighting.

Only Marty Richman (at podium) and Zavan Quezada spoke to the council about the rally. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister City Council Cancels Motorcycle Rally

Hollister City Council cites rally promoter is $50,000 short on covering city expenses and concerns over liability. Council canceled 2018 rally.


Government / Politics

County Supervisor News Roundup

Chamber produces promotional videos for county, White House designates county HIDTA area, new LBGT youth program, county to produce its own promotional video.

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Government / Politics

BenitoLink addresses big questions

Grappling with tense subjects is better than not communicating


Police / Fire

BenitoLink Connects: Perspectives on local policing

Hollister resident Luis Burguillo and Police Chief David Westrick share their thoughts about police practices