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SLO to hold forum on future of city’s rental housing inspection program

The new San Luis Obispo City Council will address the rental housing inspection program at a community forum to be held Feb. 16. The council is pictured here at the installation ceremony held Dec. 9.
The new San Luis Obispo City Council will address the rental housing inspection program at a community forum to be held Feb. 16. The council is pictured here at the installation ceremony held Dec. 9. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A community workshop is scheduled for Feb. 16 in San Luis Obispo to discuss the future of the city’s rental housing inspection program.

The ordinance — which requires health and safety inspections for residential rentals — was adopted by the City Council in May 2015 and became a key issue during the November election.

At its Tuesday meeting, the City Council directed city staff to set up a forum that would allow the public to offer opinions and potential solutions for the controversial policy.

The location and time of the event haven’t been determined as the city seeks “the largest venue possible,” San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon said.

The event will include roundtable discussions and is expected to be videotaped and facilitated by a moderator.

The council will review the ordinance again at its March 7 meeting.

New council members Andy Pease, Aaron Gomez and Harmon each campaigned for at least altering the ordinance, and Harmon recommended repealing it. Councilman Dan Rivoire has called for scrapping the program, while Councilwoman Carlyn Christianson has supported it.

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