In Brief

In Brief

Affordability First

On June 5, the City Council is slated to introduce an ordinance implementing Senate Bill 9, a State law enacted in January 2022 that allows a qualifying lot zoned for one unit to be subdivided into two parcels, with up to two residential units allowed on each new parcel. State law prohibits discretionary review of SB 9 applications, but does allow objective development and design standards to be applied. The ordinance “seeks to mitigate SB 9’s impacts to maintain community character in neighborhoods zoned for one dwelling per lot,” according to the City’s website. The Planning Commission reviewed the draft ordinance on May 9, and favored a requirement that the first (or one) “SB 9” unit on any R-1 lot be required to be dedicated for affordable housing; it is unclear whether or how that recommendation will be incorporated into the ordinance.

Lunch at the Farmers Market now open at 12 noon on Saturdays. Photo by Julie Maxey-Allison.
Construction has begun at the alley of the Hillstone Restaurant (formerly Bully’s) site on Camino del Mar. Photo by Julie Maxey-Allison.

Blooming Bad

Those stunning displays of spectacular thick bushed yellow flowers, Sahara or black mustards, that carpeted fields after our extravagant winter rains are in fact invaders set to take over territories and potential fire hazards. These non-natives, quick to propagate, kill off our native flowers by crowding them out. Their dried up bushes turn into fuel for fires. How to control the spread of these fatal flowers: detection and prevention and removal. Volunteers?

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