On the Road
A Half % for Housing
We’ve Got Water
STRB: Thirty-day Max?
The state bill to ban sales of guns and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is still under consideration in the legislature. It has a good chance of approval and signing by the Governor before the end of the session this summer.
The North County Coastal Bike Share Pilot Program, approved by the City Council for a year-long term, is coming to Del Mar, joining neighboring cities Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside and possibly Solana Beach.
Gotcha Ride, LLC will operate the program offering up to 75 rentable three-speed, “Electric-assist” bikes painted a bright teal. The technology-savvy bikes will have designated hubs where bikes can be picked up and returned. The goal is to place as many as 12 bike hubs around town with some on the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Gotcha will be responsible for round-the-clock support to keep the streets clutter free.
The City Council gave direction for the final budget preparation to implement the remaining .5% voter approved TOT (hotel tax) and earmark the revenue to add to the city’s housing fund. This signals a strong Council commitment to put serious money in play to help implement portions of the “5 in 22” strategy recommended by housing consultants. For decades the dwindling housing fund has been used to fund the rental assistance program for five to eight families. The hotel tax, paid by visitors, is estimated to yield about $125,000 per year.
The City Council held required public hearings and gave preliminary approval to proposed water and sewer rate increases; action on the clean water rate increase was deferred due to a ratepayer challenge.
The City of Del Mar has received an Emerging Cities Grant from San Diego Gas & Electric Company to distribute energy savings information, perform a limited number of in-home energy audits, and assist in applying for energy efficiency rebates/incentives. Del Mar Community Connections is assisting in reaching out to seniors with limited incomes who may qualify for free energy upgrades. Rincon Consultants is helping with the outreach efforts and in-home audits. The city has established a hotline for more information about the program; it is 858-793-6131. The grant ends December 21, 2019, so please don’t wait to get involved.
The City Council approved a letter of support for a proposed bill in the state legislature that would set a 30- day maximum for short term rentals in the San Diego County coastal zone, which includes Del Mar. More restrictive requirements such as Del Mar’s 28-day maximum would be allowed. The bill, which has passed the Assembly, must pass the Senate and be signed by the Governor to become law.