P.G. council to consider November ballot measures, farmers market relocation.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Two measures already look likely for Pacific Grove's November ballot, and the City Council is about to consider three more.
On May 5, the council directed city staff to prepare a measure updating zoning rules to allow the downtown Holman Building to develop into a hotel. Meanwhile, an initiative petition regarding staff pensions may gain enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
On Wednesday, May 19, the council will consider three additional measures:
- A library tax and city charter amendment to boost the Library Board's authority;
- A city-sponsored pension measure; and
- Moving the guiding language for three charter commissions into the city code.
Several other potential measures have a lower priority, according to the staff report:
- Adopting an admissions tax;
- Reducing the City Council from seven to five members;
- Approving council actions with a majority of the quorum rather than a majority of the full council;
- Adopting a special zone to include the American Tin Cannery;
- Updating Measure E regarding building limits affecting the Holman Building; and
- Clarifying the process for filling a vacancy in the Office of Mayor in the event of a tie council vote (as occurred after the resignation of former mayor Dan Cort, when a coin toss placed Carmelita Garcia in the post).
Each approved ballot measure is expected to cost the city about $45,000.
The council will also revisit the question of the Everyone's Harvest farmers market location, continued from the May 5 meeting.