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City Council to Discuss Campaign Disclosure, Business Fees and Gateway Project

Coronado City Council
Coronado City Council
Here’s what the Coronado City Council will be discussing at its meeting on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

 

Business License tax. Replace the business license tax, the business occupancy permit fee and home occupation permits with a business certificate that would cost $25 a year. Currently a business license costs from $25 to $2,000 annually. People owning a business that is physically located in Coronado pay a one-time fee of $219. People operating home business pay a one-time fee of $35. The annual $25 fee would replace these and apply to all businesses operating in Coronado. The city manager would oversee the program. By combining business fees, the city expects to reduce operating costs and simplify the process. This item was continued from the December 5, 2017 city council meeting.

Gateway Project reports: The staff will present the Preliminary Environmental Analysis Report (PEAR) and the draft Historical Resource Compliance Report (HRCR) for the project. The PEAR describes the proposed plans for the San Diego-Coronado Bridge Toll Plaza. The HRCR identifies changes to the Caltrans parking lot and removal of median vegetation that might impact the historical significance of the toll plaza, the bridge, and the I-5 interchange. The Gateway Project was approved in September 2016. Plans call for changes that will slow traffic coming off the bridge and create a more attractive entrance into the city.

Campaign Disclosure Statements: Allow these to be filed electronically, so that residents will be able to access them online. For past elections, candidate financial reports were only available at the library and city hall. If approved, this would be the second major change the city has made to its campaign rules. Last September the council decided to allow credit card contributions. Prior to that, campaign contributions could only be made by check.

Padres Pedal the Cause: Mayor Richard Bailey wants the council to reconsider its decision not to allow the Padres to use the San Diego-Coronado Bridge to raise money for cancer research. The council rejected the event because it conflicted with community events. Since that council meeting the baseball organization has offered to hold Pedal the Cause next year on November 17 or 18. No other civic events are scheduled for those days. If the council approves the mayor’s request, it will be taken up in a public hearing early next year.

 



Gloria Tierney
Gloria Tierney
A freelance writer in San Diego for more than 30 years. She has written for a number of national and international newspapers, including the Times of London, San Diego Tribune, Sierra Magazine, Reuters News Service and Patch.Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: [email protected]

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