The Hollister City Council is expected to discuss the future of the 2020 motorcycle rally in early May. File photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Future uncertain for 2020 motorcycle rally

Hollister City Council expected to discuss postponing in May.

Police officers patrol the 2013 Hollister Independence Rally. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister council approves 5-year contract for motorcycle rally

Police chief and two council members warn of financial risk over lack of workers’ comp insurance.

Top Hatters Motorcycle Club Secretary "Q" dressed as Uncle Sam at the second annual trike night. Photo by Heather Graham.

San Benito Lifestyle

Top Hatters MC race tricycles in fundraiser

The second annual “Trike Night” happened downtown during Hollister Rally.

After boisterous discussion rally supporters were unconvinced that they could not pull off rally. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Rally may hang on Chief Westrick and Changing a Council member’s vote

At least two dozen motorcycle rally supporters tried to pressure Police Chief David Westrick to call outside law enforcement to cover rally, as Mayor Velazquez and Councilman Friend tell supporters to convince other councilmembers to change their votes.

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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.

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.


Business / Economy

70th Hollister Independence Rally slowly revving up; big crowds anticipated over weekend

Annual downtown event starts off quietly, but promises to build over the weekend

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Business / Economy

OPINION: Is the biker rally a calculated risk or financial Russian roulette?

At best, it will be a break-even event; at worst, it could be a big money loser

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Business / Economy

City Council shoots down Air Show, Rally still up in the air

City council loses confidence in the rally and air show, cancels air show, leaving the status of rally uncertain

Residents, business owners and city officials came to hear promoter's plans for rally.

Business / Economy

Promoter Says City Will Make Money Off Motorcycle Rally

Reno-based promoter comes to Hollister to brief residents, businesses and city officials on its plans for motorcycle rally

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Government / Politics

City Council narrowly approves contract for 2016 biker rally

Council members Klauer and Luna vote no, but 2016 biker rally moves forward

Government / Politics

400 Block development, biker rally future among city council topics

City is considering extending the period to receive proposals for downtown parcel, while the future of the biker rally will also be discussed


San Benito Lifestyle

‘Sons of Anarchy’ actors draw big crowds Saturday

Mark Boone Junior and Tommy Flanagan had people lining up for hours for a meet-and-greet

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Business / Economy

City finalizes 3-year rally agreement with HDA

City will receive $180,000 from the HDA before the event kicks off