City Council District 4 Council Vacancy

District 4 City Council Vacancy

Applications will be accepted from interested candidates 18 years and older, residing in the City of Hollister City Council District 4, for City Councilmember from Tuesday, March 21, 2017, through Friday, April 7, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

Applications must include a Cover Letter and a Resume, and may be submitted via email to or in person at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 375 5th St., Hollister, CA 95023.

Interested parties may also telephone the City Clerk, Tom Graves,  at 831-636-4300, X-16 for questions.

Tentatively, interviews will be conducted on April 17, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. City Councilmembers will deliberate from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The successful candidate will be announced on or after the hour of 6:30 p.m. on April 17, 2017.

Please note that the interview schedule and announcement of the successful candidate are subject to change.

Tom Graves, MMC
City Clerk
636-4300 x 16

Hollister Recreation Announces Junior Giants Registration for 2017 Season

Registration Begins: April 15-May 15th

Register on line at

Walk In Registration
Tuesday, May 2nd 6-7:30 pm Hollister Community Center 300 West Street
Thursday, May 11th 6-7:30 pm Hollister Community Center 300 West Street

First Pitch Meeting” (this is a mandatory Parent and Participant Meeting; Junior Giants refers the meeting as the first pitch):
Tuesday, May 23rd Veterans Memorial Building 649 San Benito Street check in 5:30 pm meeting begins 6 pm-7pm
Thursday, May 25th Veterans Memorial Building 649 San Benito Street check in 5:30 pm meeting begins 6 pm-7pm

Coach/Team Parent Meeting
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 6pm-8pm Hollister Community Center
Thursday, June 1, 2017 6pm-8pm Hollister Community Center

Practices begin the week of Monday, June 12th
First Game scheduled June 24, 2017

Request for Proposals / Qualifications (RFP/RFQ) – Use of Housing Successor Low Moderate Income Housing Asset Fund

City of Hollister Development Services Department, Housing Division
375 Fifth Street
Hollister, California 95023
(831) 636-4316

Issued on: January 30, 2017

Housing Proposals Due: March 3, 2017

FUNDING DETAILS: A total of $700,000 of the Hollister Housing Successor Low Moderate Income Housing Asset Fund (LMIHAF) may be awarded through this Request for Proposal/Qualifications (RFP/RFQ) to support the new construction, acquisition and

rehabilitation, substantial rehabilitation of housing as defined in §33413 of the Health and Safety Code or the preservation of an assisted housing development that is eligible for prepayment or termination or for which the expiration of rental restrictions is scheduled to occur within five years as those terms are defined in §65863.10 of the Government Code.

Funding for the proposal will be awarded by the City Council on a competitive basis. The City is seeking a rental housing project proposal that demonstrates an understanding of the community and its affordable housing needs, the unique attributes and opportunities of the neighborhood where the project would be located and a cost-effective use of available funding.

The City is required to expend a specified amount of the Housing Successor LMIHAF to facilitate the development of rental housing affordable to households earning 30% or less of the area median income by the end of Fiscal Year 2018/19 as required by §34176.1 (3)(A) of the Health and Safety Code. The City is seeking a housing project with a feasible funding and implementation plan that that can demonstrate an ability to complete the project and expend the approved funding prior to the end of FY 2018/19.


A minimum of the $500,000 of the LMIHAF must be used to assist rental housing affordable to and occupied by households earning 30% or less of the area median income.

The remaining $200,000 of the LMIHAF may be used to assist deed restricted housing affordable to and occupied by households earning 80% or less of the area median income.

Rental units will remain affordable for at least 55 years.

The project’s management plan promotes a health living environment for tenants and a compatible relationship with neighbors.

The project is consistent with the goals and objectives of Hollister’s General Plan.

The development team demonstrates experience with successful affordable housing projects and the capacity to work cooperatively with the community in the design and development of the project.

The applicant/developer is able to obtain all other funding needed and required permits, expend the funds by no later than June 30, 2019 and complete the project.

The project incorporates appropriate community spaces, amenities and services for the target population.

SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS: Any experienced affordable housing developers who meet the qualifications described in this RFP/RFQ and have demonstrated an ability to design, build and manage quality affordable housing projects is encouraged to submit proposals.

A. Housing project applicant must submit the following materials:

1. One (1) original and two paper copies of the proposal and one (1) digital copy (CD or flash drive) with the following materials:

a. Project description with conceptual site plan
i. Targeted market for rental units and income levels.
ii. Number of units, size and bedrooms per unit.
iii. Proposed community spaces, amenities and services for the targeted population.

b. Project Schedule.

c. Proforma and funding plan.

d. Description of the development team and experience with affordable rental housing projects.

e. Description of community engagement completed or proposed to work cooperatively with the community in the design, development and administration of the project.

B. Submittal:
a. Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
b. Mary Paxton or Trisha Lee, 375 Fifth Street, Hollister, California 95023

C. Timeline:
Issue RFP/RFQ: January 30, 2017
Deadline to Submit RFP/RFQ March 3, 2017
Tentative City Council Hearing March 20, 2017
City Council Authorizes City Manager to execute loan agreements April 2017

D. Contact Information:
Trisha Lee – Housing Coordinator
831-636-4316 Ext. 15

Mary Paxton – Program Manager
831-636-4316 Ext. 16

Download RFP/RFQ (PDF File 132KB)

Sand Bags Available at these Locations

Sand bags are available at the following locations:

San Benito County Yard at 3220 Southside Road, Hollister.
Aromas Fire Station at 492 Carpenteria Rd, Aromas.
San Juan Bautista City Yard at the corners of 2nd and San Jose Streets, San Juan Bautista.
Hollister City Yard at 1321 South Street, Hollister.
Hollister Fire Station 2 at 1000 Union Road, Hollister.

West Gateway Project Receives $1 Million Grant

Hollister — The City of Hollister is receiving a $1,078,000 Active Transportation Program grant through the California Transportation Commission to improve bicycle and pedestrian access in west Hollister. The West Gateway Project, scheduled for construction in the year 2020/2021, includes a comprehensive approach to improving access and mobility of all users of the City’s transportation network. Project improvements will transform Fourth Street between Westside Boulevard and Graf Road from its existing highway design to a pedestrian and bicycle friendly roadway. Project highlights include:

* Adding high visibility crosswalks and curb extensions to shorten crossing distances for pedestrians at several intersections along Fourth Street and near Calaveras Elementary School

* Filling sidewalk gaps along Fourth Street

* Incorporating on-street parking

* Addressing gaps to existing bike lanes along Fourth Street

* Adding bike lanes on Central Avenue-Third with a connection to Fourth Street from Bridgevale and Bridge Road.

One of the City’s top scoring portions of the grant application was public engagement. In particular, the efforts of Councilmember Mickie Solorio Luna contributed to the success of community participation by hosting several community meetings in District 2 where the project is located. Councilmember Luna specifically expressed her appreciation to the residents who shared their comments and support of the improvements planned for the area. The City of Hollister would also like to extend a special thank you to state Sen. Anthony Cannella and Assembly member Luis Alejo for their letters of support and for continually advocating for citywide projects. Other key partners that contributed to the success of the grant include the Council of San Benito County Governments (COG), Hollister School District, San Benito County Office of Education and the residents and business owners that participated in community meetings.

For more information on the West Gateway Project, please contact Mary Paxton with the City Of Hollister Development Services at (831) 636-4316, Extension 16 or email at

Press Release for Staff Recommends City of Hollister Cycle 3 Active Transportation Program (ATP) Funding (PDF File 423KB)

The City of Hollister is now eligible to apply for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds through the California Transportation Commission to advance the project construction to 2018 instead of 2020/21. The community can support this application by emailing your pledge of support for the “Safe Connections and Complete Streets for West Hollister” grant application to and share your views on the need for the project. Here are a few examples: The pedestrian and bicycle improvements will…

* make walking and bicycling an easy choice for residents and workers in west Hollister improve air quality

* improve air quality for residents in west Hollister who suffer from asthma

* help combat high rates of obesity for residents in our community

* improve safety and help stop speeding in west Hollister

* improve access to medical services and healthy foods on Fourth Street in an economically disadvantaged area of Hollister

* transform Fourth Street to a pedestrian friendly street in the commercial hub of west Hollister and fulfill the vision for mixed use, sustainable infill development

Survey Map (Word Document)

Survey Map Spanish (Word Document)




Utility Payment Center and Administrative Services Department *** NEW LOCATION***

The City of Hollister Administrative Services Department and Utility Payment Center have a new location at 327 Fifth Street, Hollister. It’s located next door to the former Utility Payment Center at 339 Fifth Street.

Utility Payment Center phone number remains the same at (831) 636-4301 and fax number is (831) 636-4369. The Administrative Services Department which was located at City Hall at 375 Fifth Street, recently moved into the building and now shares the main phone number with the Utility Payment Center.

List of Extensions at (831) 636-4301:
x10 – Utility Payment Center
x19 – Brett Miller, Administrative Services Director
x20 – Utility Payment Center
x21 – Utility Billing
x22 – Finance – Account Payables
x23 – Payroll
x24 – Human Resources
x25 – Administrative Services Analyst
x26 – Business Licenses

Water Rates for 2017

Starting January 1, 2017, water rates will increase to the following:

Meter Service Charge                                                                                                  Consumption Charge / Monthly Service
Meter Size / Charge No HFC Allocation Single Family Residential                            Single Family Residential
5/8″ – $11.76 (Most Single Family Residential Dwellings have 5/8″ meters)                      $2.99 – 0 to 9 hcf
3/4″ – $11.76                                                                                                              $4.91 – 10 to 15 hcf
1″ – $24.92                                                                                                                 $5.61 – over 15 hcf
1-1/2″ – $46.62                                                                                                           All Other Classes
2″ – $69.87                                                                                                                 $3.88 for every hcf
3″ – $137.64
4″ – $205.43
6″ – $408.79
8″ – $631.51