San Luis Obispo
The San Luis Obispo Fire Department and the American Red Cross postponed their plans to ‘pass the helmet’ to collect donations for the victims of the Japanese disasters at Thursday night’s Farmers Market because of rain.
The event has been rescheduled for March 31 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Chorro and Higuera streets.
— AnnMarie Cornejo
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Anyone with questions about PG&E’s SmartMeter program can ask questions at several events in Nipomo and San Luis Obispo over the next week.
An educational center will be open at Miner’s Ace Hardware at 552 W. Tefft St. in Nipomo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday.
An open house will also be held March 30 in the community room of the San Luis Obispo City-County Library at 995 Palm St. PG&E representatives will be available to answer questions about the SmartMeter program technology and rate options.
PG&E has installed 40,000 SmartMeters in San Luis Obispo County and expects to have the county covered by the end of 2012. Statewide, some 7.7 million have been installed out of 10 million planned by PG&E.
For more information, go to www.pge.com/smartmeter or call PG&E’s 24-hour SmartMeter Hotline at 1-866-743-0263.
— Cynthia Lambert
The Grover Beach City Council has decided not to prohibit vacation rentals from all of the city’s residential areas, as the city’s Planning Commission had recommended.
But the council did not establish new rules regulating vacation rentals during Monday’s meeting, instead directing city staff to look into creating a zone that would allow rentals in areas west of Fourth Street.
The item could come back to the council in May, though an exact date was not set, Community Development Director Bruce Buckingham said.
Issues with possible vacation rentals first came to the city in late 2009, when some residents told the council they believed several homes were being used as rentals in their neighborhoods, and the tenants were causing noise, garbage and traffic problems.
The commission in February recommended the council allow vacation rentals in commercial districts and prohibit them from residential areas.
Currently, only 14 vacation rentals report transient occupancy tax, or bed tax, to the city. The tax, which is also reported by hotels and other lodging facilities, makes up a small portion of the city’s revenue.
The council Tuesday also told staff to come back with options for those homes currently being used as vacation rentals, Buckingham said.
City Manager Bob Perrault said last month that while extra revenue would be nice, the main point of the ordinance is to regulate the rentals so they can co-exist in the community.
— Cynthia Lambert