Hollister Independence Rally May End

The City of Hollister, California voted Monday to end its contract with the Hollister Independence Rally Committee, the organization that&#...

The City of Hollister, California voted Monday to end its contract with the Hollister Independence Rally Committee, the organization that's been putting together the Hollister Independence Rally.

It's not yet known what the City Council plans to do, whether to hire a different group, organize the event itself, or scrap the rally altogether.

City council members cited financial and public safety concerns. Councilwoman Monica Johnson stated...
"It really comes down to: Can we continue to afford it the way we've been doing it? Bottom line: We can't."
Last summer's rally, which drew about 120,000 people, left Hollister with a debt of $360,000 which has to be paid out of the city's general fund. As for public safety, the Hollister Police Chief said that he could not guarantee his department could provide adequate staffing at the next rally due to escalating violence between rival motorcycle clubs.

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  1. Yes, unfortunately it's true that the future of the Hollister Independence Rally is in jeopardy. The Hollister City Council still has to weigh-in and make their final decision, but time is running out as July rapidly approaches... Bikers are going to come into town whether or not there is an organized event, so it makes sense for the decision makers to get off the dime and get things in gear. Much of the anti-rally contingent has been saying that the event is bad for the city, and that bikers are evil, deranged, dirty, and dangerous people -- a complete myth, obviously. The official DVD of the 2005 Hollister Rally has just come out and it shows what the rally was really like -- thousands of people getting together, showing mutual respect, and all there for the same reason -- to have a good time. The event generates revenue for the city, the local businesses, and many local charities as well.
    HOLLISTER 2005 -- THE OFFICIAL DVD is available now, and more information can be found at the website of the Hollister-based video production company, Pelicam Productions LLC:
    http://www.PelicamProductions.com

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  2. How does Sturgis do it? And why is there a threat every year about the rally being cancelled but it never is?

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  3. The City of Hollister could recoup its money easily simply by asking for a $5 to $10 donation from each biker who attends...why didn't they think of that, I wonder?

    DOH!

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