Rally view from Johnny's roof before it got real crowded.

Rally view from Johnny’s roof before it got real crowded.

When the Hollister City Council meets Monday night at 6:30 an ordinance will be discussed and voted on that many residents could be unaware of. I would not have known myself had Hollister PD and our city manager Bill Avera not been courteous enough to inform me of it. I knew that the Waco, Texas shootout at a restaurant during a Confederation of Clubs meeting would cause concern about our motorcycle rally for Chief Westerick and the Hollister Police Department as well as the city. And I certainly don’t blame them. I do however believe that the ordinance they are considering will not serve the purpose of addressing any fears of a biker incident during our rally.

The ordinance will require all bars in Hollister to be closed by midnight during the rally. Since we are so busy during the rally this would mean an 11:15 last call. Not only would the hit to our revenue be substantial but the only people that would suffer are the locals. This is my twentieth 4th of July at Johnny’s and I can tell you that by 11:00 at night all the bikers have gone to their hotel rooms, campsites, or have headed home. But most of our young people don’t even come out until 10:00 at night.
I have asked Chief Westerick, the council and Bill Avera to consider a compromise of a midnight last call, meaning that all patrons would be gone and the doors locked by 1:00. The people that are going to become troublesome usually do so after midnight anyway. Everyone will have headed home a full hour before they normally would and our officers as well as cab drivers will catch a one hour break.

If you are one of those people that will be disappointed when you have to head home hours before the norm, you need to let your council members know. We vote for them to represent us and they can’t very well do that if they don’t know how we feel about the things they are voting on. So if you would like to weigh in on the ordinance, call or email your council member or show up Monday night and fill out a speaker card and address the council.

I used to be one of those people that didn’t vote because I thought my vote wouldn’t make a difference. Then I complained about the people in office. I had no right to complain when I didn’t make an effort to make my voice heard. Now I always vote and believe me, I still do a lot of complaining. I just feel a lot better about it. If I have to give last call during the rally at 11:15 I know I will hear plenty of complaining. I’m not looking forward to it and hoping that it won’t come to that.

I am a fervent believer in the power of prayer. In 2002 after the Laughlin shootout bikers from many clubs joined us in praying for an incident free and safe motorcycle rally. And guess what, that’s exactly what we got. So join us in doing the same this year.

On Thursday July 2nd Pastor Z, founder and senior pastor of Bikers for Christ International will be leading us in prayer before he and the Full Throttle Band rock the place. Their lively contemporary music gets everyone on their feet and dancing. They are part of a rally tradition at Johnny’s and I can’t think of a better way to kick it off.

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5 Responses to Hollister City Council to Vote on Ordinance Effecting the Rally

  1. Ann Ross says:

    I also hope that knee jerk reactions to other cities and other rallies won’t affect this year’s Hollister Rally. Hollister residents complain loud and often about our lack of resources for parks, roads, etc., Every time Johnnys’ and other cash registers complete a sale means more city and county revenue from sales tax. Shutting down early to give the police a break – well the revenue not earned could be money that might fund the thing you’re looking for to be built or fixed…including possibly funding additional manning to HPD for the whole year. If one believes it is unsafe to be out after midnight, don’t go out. But let’s let the money role in from whomever wants to be out and make late night purchases.

  2. Big Bob says:

    I don’t think they should be concerned about the bikers. Like you said most if not all are back to there hotels by that time. I think the concern is the PD getting a little over board with there agenda. We all know that is what happened in WACO. Ever though they won’t admit it, we know.

    • Charisse says:

      Despite being a response to Waco I don’t think the ordinance really had anything to do with bikers. There are some people who get out of hand late at night and I think they will continue to do so. They will just be a bit more spread out now.

  3. Carl says:

    Looks like God has spoken through his disciples on the city council.

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