Mr Bond said renting his property is a property right, a continuation of the often-used phrase “I can do whatever I want with my property”. It is a mistake. If one owns in a city that has zoning rules, the city identifies the permitted uses for each type of zoning. Chapter 9 of the La Quinta Municipal Code deals with zoning, Chapter 9.40.030 specifies permitted uses in residential zoning. Short term vacation rentals are not listed. Chapter 3.25 of the La Quinta Municipal Code, passed last year, pertains to STVRs; it specifically identifies where new STVR permits are allowed from May 2021:
- Residential accommodation within a residential project located in the CT Tourist Commercial District area, and some adjacent areas.
- A residential project located in the VC Village Commercial District area.
- A housing project subject to a development agreement with the city in which short-term seasonal rental is a permitted use, authorized under a CC&R declaration, for the housing project.
- Residential accommodation within the area covered by the specific SilverRock Resort plan.
STVRs are an incompatible commercial enterprise in areas intended for residential and family use.
If the author wants to do what he wants with his property, I suggest he investigate Slab City in Imperial County, described as the last place in the United States without laws.
Vote yes on measure A.
Barbara Lambert, LaQuinta
We need more Evan Trubees
A new guy is seeking a seat on the Palm Desert City Council, representing District 2. His name is Evan Trubee. I know him well and I love him very much. I wish we had a lot of Evan Trubees in town, or anywhere else in the desert.
He is young, intelligent and full of energy, enthusiasm and good ideas. With a wife and three children, he is well aware of what it takes and what will be needed to successfully navigate stormy weather in the future.
Evan runs a business in Palm Desert. He’s got skin in the game. Along with his employees, he’s contributing taxpayer money to a municipal cash register that’s taken a beating with COVID and needs new sustainable revenue streams in addition to hospitality. We can’t just ignore the most unusual of circumstances.
Evan doesn’t belong to local political dynasties but has so much to offer, so much that we badly need today and beyond. Together with Evan, let’s make Palm Desert the wonderful place to live and work it should be.
Alain Pinel, Desert Palm
Why I vote for Will Rollins
I live in the recut CA-41 and I proudly support Will Rollins. Will runs against Ken Calvert, incumbent for 30 years.
Will is a former Southern California attorney. He defends the rule of law focused on counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence. When he saw what happened in our own Capitol on January 6, 2021, he believed it was time for a young generation of leaders to end the toxic divisions that keep us from solving problems together.
Ken Calvert voted against certifying Joe Biden’s election and buying the Big Lie.
He voted against the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
He voted against the gun control bill and against the $35 cap on the cost of insulin.
He does not support a woman’s right to choose. Currently, bans are not in effect in California, but our state is overrun with women fleeing bans in neighboring states. The “little government” party has implemented a government mandate to interfere with private medical decisions.
He was not an LGBTQ ally until Palm Springs became part of his district. We don’t buy it.
It is time for new leadership. Vote for Will Rollins for CA-41.
Eileen Stern, Palm Springs
Is the Cotino project at Rancho Mirage the right thing to do?
The Cotino project with its planned 1,700 housing units (creating non-mitigable environmental impacts based on volume) does not include a single affordable housing unit or any replacement costs to finance the construction of affordable housing.
Those employed there (as well as many other businesses in Rancho Mirage) will have to commute to work, rather than have the opportunity to be residents and engaged stakeholders, living in affordable housing.
The current wait for applicants to Rancho Mirage’s existing affordable housing is approximately five years. I know of long-term residents on fixed incomes who have seen their apartments at market price increase every year in a row and who will be forced to move because they can no longer afford the increased rent.
With the amount of land DMB must develop, there was no need for them to apply for density bonuses, permitted by state law, which would have mandated that a percentage of their housing be set aside as affordable.
Is what DMB does legal? I’m sure it does. But is this the right thing to do or is this just another example of corporate greed with no regard for our community?
Rob Bergstein, Rancho Mirage
Does Trump care about issues important to women?
I have to respond to a recent letter from the president of a local Republican women’s group that has “Patriots” as part of her silly name. We can disagree as different party members on some political issues and on how to solve many problems in our country. But I think it’s absurd and dangerous to defend Donald Trump’s lies.
Former President Trump and his party have rejected issues important to women such as equal pay and women’s right to decisions about reproductive health and other health issues.
They do not support gun control, which has allowed people with assault weapons to kill children in schools.
I don’t think Trump cares at all about you “patriot” women or his Republican Party.
Rob Westwood, Rancho Mirage
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