Government / Politics

Joint government meeting reveals shortcomings, plans for dealing with pandemic

Representatives from San Benito County address how prepared agencies and the hospital are for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Elected officials ask for an organized and united communication plan.

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.

While the audience was meager at a May 16 meeting hosted by Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and Supervisor Peter Hernandez, the topics were far-ranging. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Mayor Velazquez and Supervisor Hernandez hold town hall

Elected officials and business leaders discuss cannabis, growth, roads and tourism.

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.

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.

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Government / Politics

No easy answers come out of town hall meeting on growth

Residents voiced their outrage and sense of helplessness in addressing growth as Mayor Velazquez and Supervisor Medina advised them to get involved in the political process.

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. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Attorney General decision goes against petition to stop sale of 400 block

Hollister residents and city officials have waited since September 2017 to hear back from the state attorney general on whether a referendum could be added to the November ballot. Word came back that it cannot.

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez recused himself as other council members decided fate of petition.

Government / Politics

Hollister mayor threatens suit against city over 400 Block, officials say his “facts” wrong

Ignacio Velazquez says he will sue city over 400 Block and that officials are misleading the public. City and county officials do not support the mayor's story and the city manager questions his motives because Velazquez tried to develop the 400 Block

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez showed up Tuesday morning to deliver two boxes of petitions. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister mayor delivers more than 2,400 signed petitions in effort to reverse council’s 400 Block decision

Registrar of Voters will confirm whether there are enough signatures to make the council reconsider its vote or put the matter before voters

Hollister Dual Language Academy students

Children and Youth

Mayor, students present big ideas for tiny homes

Joint effort between mayor and middle-school students hopes to address the local homeless problem