Better idea: bypass all the complicated water credit issues and send that toilet water straight to the new hotels.
So it must have been a shock to P.G. City Manager Ben Harvey to receive a letter from the state water board on May 16, stating that the board was holding back on the payment because the city’s plan might be a breach of contract.
The issue appears to be a discrepancy of interpretations stemming from the water board’s 2009 order to the Monterey Peninsula to stop using water from the Carmel River. One interpretation is that due to the order, P.G. cannot keep any new water credits for itself – they all have to go back to the river.
Toilet To The Tap Water Credits Not Usable For New Hotels?
You need to approve it before you can see it. And the city manager that lives in another city needs to commute by jet. P.G. voters please don’t elect any more mistakes.
The mishandling of the failed luxury hotel project known as Project Bella ultimately cost Pacific Grove $100,000. That was the main finding of a recent Monterey County civil grand jury report investigating why the 160-room hotel development, which was proposed to replace the American Tin Cannery Outlets, failed to become a reality.
While Roufougar had also determined allegations that Harvey accepted paid airfare and other gifts from Domaine developer Ron Meer had no merit, the grand jury report looked deeper into Harvey’s part in a group membership into a private airline with his friend and sub-contractor of Domaine, Jared Ficker. Meer was also part of the membership.
P.G. Bella Players “Costly Mistake” Cited In Grand Jury Report
To leave the the city he’s supposed to manage every weekend. Plus expenses.
city manager Ben Harvey’s revised employment agreement includes a $4,000 per month reimbursement plan to fly to Southern California on the weekends to see his children and a $500 per month car allowance, according to the contract approved by the city council in late.
He’s Got A Ticket To Ride
No lottery to ration out the licenses for weekend rental of homes. The mayor sides with other newcomers to pimp houses to short term rentals and further degrade the quality of life for permanent residents. Remember all this when election time comes around, non resident owners can’t vote.
That was the decision made Monday night on a 4-2 vote at a special meeting/workshop held at the Pacific Grove Community Center to clarify the short-term rental lottery procedure. The four-hour meeting had upward of 100 in attendance, many of whom were short-term rental owners. Council members Bill Peake and Nick Smith were those that remained in favor of keeping the lottery. Councilman Robert Huitt was not in attendance Monday.
It was in October that council members approved the first reading of Pacific Grove’s amended short-term rental policy. That ordinance incorporated the use of a lottery system that would siphon out short-term rentals in areas where their numbers exceed density requirements.
The ordinance, which will now have a new first reading at the Dec. 6 council meeting, allows only 15 percent of housing per block dedicated to short-term rentals and for that number to include both Type A (owner doesn’t necessarily reside at site) and Type B (owner resides on site) licenses. Other changes include adopting a 55-foot zone of exclusion to address density problems of short-term rentals and that the total number of STRs be capped at 250 citywide.
Feel Free To Sell Out P.G. To AirBnB
1. Forget about enforcing covered dumpster rules and gulls come back.
2. Birds of prey don’t help the situation
On Wednesday, the Pacific Grove City Council will discuss bringing back the program to control gulls. With an additional $30,000 in city funding, the proposal will aim to kickstart the effort once again.
“It is prudent to get back on the program,” said Ben Harvey, the Pacific Grove city manager. “You have to do this year in and year out, otherwise the birds just come back.”
Harvey was hesitant to label the gulls as a problem, “We are a coastal community and this is their habitat,” he said. The real problem, he said, is that they skew away from natural behavior. “They are no longer hunting for food, but they are scavenging for garbage.”
Captain Obvious Prepares To Battle Gulls
Increasing business tax as other sources for more money fail.
The proposed increase would take the current rate from $0.001 per dollar of gross receipts to $0.0024.
If passed, the initiative would also remove the current cap.
Right now, if a business makes more than $3 million in gross receipts, they only pay $3,000 in business license tax because that is the current cap.
City Manager Ben Harvey said there are about 20 businesses in Pacific Grove affected by the cap.
The city has been exploring ways to increase revenue for months and this is one of the ideas the council thinks could work.
City Proposing A 140% Tax Hike
I think they do this to every new City Manager to introduce them to the town since they are never a current or previous resident.
Consideration of the tax comes after last week’s council meeting when City Manager Ben Harvey presented revenue-generating ideas for the city. That’s when councilman Dan Miller made a motion to consider putting an admissions tax on a future ballot, a move that could potentially drive up the cost of ticket prices at the aquarium, but also raise $700,000 for the city of Pacific Grove.
“The wear-and-tear done on our roads and infrastructure is by people who are coming here for admissions for one area event or another,” said Miller. “You have to just start saying, ‘They pay other taxes like a gas tax, sales tax except not admission to an event.’ Why is that special? It shouldn’t be.”
Taxing The Aquarium Admissions Back In The News
OK if they offer incentives that can reduce the tax, like being open 7 days a week and at least 10 hours per day. Tax property owners for empty storefronts.
The current cap for a business license is $3,000 while the minimum cost is $15. City Manager Ben Harvey said that both figures should be a lot higher.
“Both need to be reviewed and raised,” said Harvey. “We will bring back different scenarios to the council and what each one would potentially yield to the city.”
Business Tax Hike In The Works
Expert bureaucrat, does not yet know what “makes Pacific Grove unique and special”
Prior to coming the Monterey Peninsula, he was the city manager for the city of Avalon on Catalina Island from September 2013 to November 2015. Before that, Harvey worked as a regional manager for local public affairs for Southern California Edison for seven years.
“I’m working to understand everything that makes Pacific Grove unique and special and trying to keep it that way,” Harvey told The Herald.
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