Morning Report: Where Chula Vista’s Campaign Contributions Come From
One of the most compelling local elections this year is the Chula Vista mayoral race – and its importance is reflected in the interest it generates from donors.
According to the latest filings, two-thirds of contributions supporting candidates in 2021 came from out of town, report Megan Wood and Scott Lewis.
Republican John McCann, who serves on the Chula Vista City Council, said 22 of the 110 contributions he received came from Chula Vista residents. Similarly, Ammar Campa-Najjar, who raised about $109,000 last year, said less than a quarter of his detailed contributions came from Chula Vista.
Candidates often brag about their popularity and dismiss the success of their rivals by claiming how many donors they got and how many are local. Learn more about how the candidates stacked up and other cities’ significant contributions here.
End in sight for SD rental rules?
The state Coastal Commission voted late Wednesday to support the city’s plan to dramatically reduce vacation rentals. The Union-Tribune reported on Wednesday’s vote and the commissioners’ regulatory addition requiring the city to review the regulations in seven years to assess their impact.
The Coast Commission’s approval likely means the city can proceed to implement long-desired rules that include a cap on whole-home rentals citywide, but it’s not yet clear exactly when the city will put implement the new rules.
Before moving forward, City Council and Mayor Todd Gloria will first need to formally approve the addition of the Coastal Commission amendment to city bylaws. Then the regulations must return to the commission for final certification.
For that reason, city spokesman Arian Collins told Voice of San Diego that it’s unclear when those long-elusive vacation rental rules might finally go into effect.
“City staff are working to submit the California Coastal Commission’s recommended ordinance changes to the City Council for consideration as soon as possible,” Collins wrote in an email. “The timeline for implementation will be dependent on City Council and Mayor approval of the Ordinance changes and subsequent full certification by the Coast Commission.”
After that second Coast Commission vote, Collins said the city will choose a date “no more than nine months from Coast Commission certification” when the new rules go into effect.
“This will allow the city to onboard and train staff, accept applications and issue licenses, and provide sufficient notice to area hosts who are currently accepting advance reservations for their properties,” wrote Collins.
Regulatory update: The regulations cap whole-home vacation rentals at 1% of the city’s housing stock and create a stronger licensing process and enforcement system allowing the city to issue fines and revoke permits. licenses. The regulations include an exception for Mission Beach allowing whole-home rental licenses for the equivalent of 30% of the longtime tourist center’s housing stock.
In other news
- The new San Diego ambulance provider, which only resumed services less than six months ago, faces fines after an initial review of Falck’s contract found the company was routinely understaffed in its ambulances. (KPBS)
- On Wednesday, a city council committee approved a Padres-led development team’s plan to redevelop Tailgate Park, the large surface parking lot next to Petco Park, into 1,800 homes. The city would sell the property to the group for $35.1 million. (Union-Tribune)
- Former Coronado Golf and Recreation Services Manager Roger Miller has resigned after allegedly making racist statements towards Asians captured in a TikTok video. (KPBS)
- A Ukrainian refugee mother and her three children seeking asylum in the United States crossed the border from Tijuana to San Diego on Thursday, a stark reversal from the day before when the mother was denied entry under restrictions of Biden for humanitarian protection. (NBC 7 and Union Tribune)
- Trouble is brewing over contract negotiations between the union representing Southern California grocery store workers and big supermarkets like Ralphs, Vons, Pavilions and Albertsons. (Fox 5)
- The San Diego Padres will host their first spring training game on March 18 and open the season on April 7 against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix after Major League Baseball and its players have agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement. Yeah ! (Union-Tribune)
- The Santa Ana winds – those warm easterly winds that come from the desert – pick up until Friday afternoon. (National Weather Service)
This morning report was written by Megan Wood, Lisa Halverstadt and MacKenzie Elmer.