Hollister District 1 Councilwoman Carol Lenoir. File photo by John Chadwell.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Time for change

Hollister Councilwoman Carol Lenoir writes in support of Sal Mora for mayor.

Hollister Councilwoman Honor Spencer announced her intent to run for mayor in 2020 at an Aug. 5 council meeting. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Councilwoman Honor Spencer plans mayoral run

Marty Richman will not seek a second term.

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.

Newly elected Councilmembers (left to right) Cesar Flores, Leslie Jordan and Mary Edge, along with City Clerk Laura Cent being sworn in by San Benito County Supervisor Anthony Botelho. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista City Council bucks tradition of mayoral succession

Newly elected Cesar Flores appointed mayor, Mary Edge as vice mayor.

Jim West (left) at a San Juan Bautista City Council meeting in October 2018. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Coroner’s Office says SJB Mayor Jim West committed suicide

Shot himself fatally at workplace.

(Left) Mayor Jim West at a San Juan Bautista City Council meeting in October 2018. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista Mayor Jim West passes away

No cause of death has been given at this time.

Hollister City Hall. File photo by Diviana Navarro.

Government / Politics

COMMUNITY OPINION: Why Hollister needs a new mayor

Keep politics civil.

Ignacio Velazquez wants to continue to be the mayor in order to keep focusing on finances and planning. Photo provided.

Government / Politics

Election 2018: Hollister Mayoral Race

Two-time incumbent Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, former mayor Gordon Machado and consistent challenger Keith Snow vie for mayoral seat in November.

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Government / Politics

OPINION: Hollister’s Mayor Has a Problem and It’s Hurting the City

Ignacio Velazquez is playing a dangerous, win at all costs, political game on peripheral issues and the risks far outweigh the possible rewards.

Councilman Jim Gillio said the city would lose millions in property taxes if block is not developed.

Business / Economy

Hollister City Council certifies mayor’s petition, will rescind decision on 400 Block or put on ballot at next meeting

Hollister council passes resolution to certify signatures on petition referendum to stop development of 400 Block and will hear options to either rescind development or put it on upcoming ballot.


Business / Economy

Hollister council increases percentage of TOT reimbursement

Hollister city council raises the reimbursement rate of transit occupancy taxes (TOT) from 50 to 70 percent. Councilman Karson Klauer said hotels should not get more of the TOT than city.

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and others have gathered some 1,000 signatures so far. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister mayor continues campaign for referendum to force council to rescind approval to develop 400 Block

Velazquez maintains that his efforts to overturn council decision is permissible despite his recusal from discussing or voting on the matter in council meetings

The 400 block has been a source of contention for several years, and the mayor has pushed against developing it. Google Earth.

Business / Economy

Mayor continues to use social media to solicit support against council’s decision to develop 400 block

The debate continues over Mayor Ignacio Velazquez' use of Facebook to address issues on which he recuses himself during city council meetings

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Government / Politics

City council split on vote to add four-year term for mayor on November ballot

Voters had previously decided the mayor should only hold the office for a two-year term

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Government / Politics

Homeless encampment at river to be cleared out within a week

Hollister mayor says the 40 or so people living along the river will be forced to move within a week