If you love seeing San Benito Street full of motorcycles let your voice be heard.

If you love seeing San Benito Street full of motorcycles let your voice be heard.

Here we go again, rally faithful’s. I was saddened by the departure of yet another rally promoter. I believed in and fought for Chuck Schwartz of Convexx. He put on a well-organized rally with lots of great entertainment. There were, however, financial issues that he didn’t agree with, so he walked away owing the city $90,000. He is an honorable man and I’m sure the situation will be rectified.

In the meantime we have a 2016 rally to consider. Our Mayor Ignacio Velasquez along with Councilman Raymond Friend have been working hard behind the scenes to secure another promoter. They have one in place, and this time around all of the city’s rally costs will be covered before being allowed to move forward. It’s the way it was done in 2007 when I chaired the Hollister Motorcycle Rally Committee. Seth Doulton teamed up with us and we somehow managed to come up with the outrageous costs required for law enforcement that year. Chief Westrick, with a vision for what the rally means to our city, brought those costs down by two thirds and it is the only reason that we have been able to have a rally for the past three years.

Motorcycles jam onto San Benito Street.

Motorcycles jam onto San Benito Street.

In 2013 the city council unanimously voted to sanction Hollister’s motorcycle rally for ten years. As a proponent that fought for the rally for more years than I could count, I was thrilled with the decision. I thought, “Finally, no more worrying about whether we will have a rally or not.” I’m finding out that that may have been a silly notion. With the departure of Convexx and the debt still unpaid, some council members may be thinking about abandoning the rally once again.

It was big news for motorcycle enthusiasts as this Cycleworld article attests to.

It was big news for motorcycle enthusiasts as this Cycleworld article attests to.

Mayor Velasquez and Councilman Friend have a promoter in the wings. Roadshows Inc., the company that puts on Reno’s Street Vibrations, has stepped up to the plate. And they don’t have a problem with giving the city all of its rally costs upfront. Despite this news, some council members may be waffling. Every Hollister resident that hates the rally is probably calling, emailing, and stopping by to offer up I told you so’s. We, the rally faithful’s, have got to be just as vocal.

Many of my Hollister friends make the trek to enjoy Street Vibrations every year.

Many of my Hollister friends make the trek to enjoy Street Vibrations every year.

The council meets this coming Monday December 21st at 6:30, and the rally will once again be on the agenda. If you value our rally and want to keep it going, and want the council to stand by its 2013 decision, please be at city hall and let your voice be heard. Public speaking is not easy for many people but I can tell you that the folks that don’t want a rally will muster up the courage to fill out a speaker card. Charisse Tyson of Johnny’s Bar & Grill cannot be the only person to speak on behalf of the rally. Our city council needs to hear from other business owners as well as citizens that enjoy the rally. If it gets canceled again our city will be a laughing stock. Other towns and cities across the country are making up reasons to host a motorcycle rally because they see the financial opportunities they hold. We are the only city in the world that can call itself, “The Birthplace of the American Biker” and we need to honor that place in history with our annual rally.

I beseech all of those that love our rally to call and email your council members before the meeting and tell them how you feel. Let’s also pack city hall with rally faithfuls this Monday night. I know we’ve been down this road before, but we have got to travel it once more.

Councilwoman Mikie Luna – vmluna@sbcglobal.net, (831) 637-1342
Councilman Victor Gomez – victor.gomez@hollister.ca.gov (831) 245-6446
Councilman Karson Klauer – Karson.Klauer@hollister.ca.gov (831) 801-0858

For thank you’s and atta-boys
Mayor Ignacio Velasquez HollisterMayor@hotmail.com (831) 905-3720
and Councilman Ray Friend – rmfriend3@yahoo.com (831) 313-3099

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