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Paso Robles City Council Meeting Highlights for Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4-5, 2019, as submitted by the City of Paso Robles.

Highlights from the June 4-5, 2019 City Council meeting are as follows.

Approved the Annual Levy for the Landscape and Lighting District and the Drainage Maintenance District: The council approved the annual levy and authorized the collection of assessments for the July 2019 through June 2020 period.

Confirmed existing public nuisances relating to weed abatement, and ordered that those risks be addressed immediately: The Fire Marshal conducted the annual inspection of properties, and compiled a list of those properties still posing a significant fire risk of fire. At the meeting, the council directed that the city contract for the abatement of weeks on all properties still not in compliance. The expectation is that this fire season will again pose significant risk for Paso Robles.

Approved the proposed membership in the Monterey Bay Community Power joint powers authority: Membership in the community choice aggregation authority has the potential to reduce electronic power generation costs and reduce the power generation portion of both residential and commercial electrical bills. Assuming the other cities in Sand Luis Obispo County and the County Board of Supervisors also approve membership, resident and businesses could start seeing the benefits of membership as early as January 2021. Each bill payer has the option of joining or not joining Monterey Bay Community Power.

Approved the purchase of Police portable radios and body worn cameras: The radios are replacements for existing radios that have passed their expected life. The body worn cameras will provide additional information to the city and public for interactions that lead to questions or concerns. The footage can also improve transparency and supervision, reduce complaints, and reduce the use of unnecessary force.

Updated Title 3, Revenue and Finance, and Title 5, Business Licenses, of the City’s Municipal Code: The council approved updates to reflect changes in State law and case law, clarify certain provisions, and delete provisions that are no longer necessary.

Introduced an ordinance amending the City’s Zoning Code to regulate short-term rentals in all zoning districts throughout the city: After 29 public meetings over 4+ years, called by the Short-term Rental Task Force, the Planning Commission, and the council itself, the council held first reading of an ordinance that permits home shares in all zones, permits non-hosted short-term accommodations in all zones other than R-1, and allows existing non-hosted accommodations in the R-1 zone for only the next two years. It requires the council to review the status of the industry in one year and two years from now, and specifies that the ordinance will expire if not modified or replaced in three years.

This is just a subset of the actions taken by the Council Tuesday and Wednesday night. To view the full agenda and supporting documentation, click here: https://www.prcity.com/AgendaCenter/City-Council-2.

The next City Council meeting takes place on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Conference Center at 1000 Spring Street.

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