City Councilor Michelle Wu called for sweeping change to Boston’s development review process Monday by proposing that the Boston Planning and Development Agency be abolished — overdue action needed to address the city’s pressing problems, she said. Wu, detailing the proposal in a 54-page report, said the agency has only served the well-connected in an outdated system designed 60 years ago that lacks accountability and transparency. Meanwhile, Boston’s modern day problems have continued on, unchecked, she says. “Instead of delivering the resources to address our most urgent challenges, Boston’s development process is making our problems worse,” Wu wrote in the report, titled, “Fixing Boston’s Broken Development Process: Why and How to Abolish the BPDA.” “We’re more and more anxious about rising home prices and rents, frustrated daily by increasingly awful commutes, and scared about the flooding and extreme heat … [Read more...] about Michelle Wu wants to abolish the BPDA. Here’s what to know.
National City: Want to try tennis for the first time? Or are you an experienced player looking for some fun with the tennis community? Come to Family Tennis Day from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, 10/12 at EL Toyon Park, 2005 E. 4th St. All ages and experience levels welcome. No registration required and equipment will be provided. Do some fun drills and hit for prizes! A free follow-up drop-in tennis class will be offered for beginner adults wanting to learn more. Call (619) 299-8647. Hosted by the city of National City and the San Diego District Tennis Association.City Councils: (Oct. 10-16)Chula Vista, 276 Fourth Ave.: 5 p.m. TuesdayImperial Beach, 825 Imperial Beach Blvd.: 6 p.m. Wednesday Lemon Grove, 3146 School Lane: 6 p.m. Tuesday National City, 1243 National City Blvd.: 6 p.m. Tuesday School Boards:Chula Vista Elementary School District, Education Service and Support Center, 84 East J St.: 6 p.m. National School District (National City), 1500 N Ave.: 6 p.m. Wednesday Santee School … [Read more...] about What’s on: National City hosts Family Tennis Day
Published 12:19 pm CDT, Saturday, October 12, 2019 HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu City Council has proposed a bill that would create a new property tax category for homeowners operating bed-and-breakfast establishments. The Star-Advertiser reports that City Council approved the first-reading of the bill Wednesday and the Budget Committee could take up the bill this month. City officials say the bill could be in effect by July 1 if passed. Officials say tax rates for each category are determined by ordinance by the Council each June. Officials say the new category could fall somewhere between the standard residential category currently $3.50 for every $1,000 of assessed value and the $13.90 hotel-resort category. City officials expect to issue up to 1,700 new permits for hosted B&B operations starting October 2020 after the Council approved a new vacation rental ordinance in June. ___ Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com … [Read more...] about New Hawaii bed-and-breakfast property tax category proposed
The city of San Diego will host three workshops this month to educate street vendors on a proposed ordinance that would set limits on the time and places they can operate.The first workshop will take place Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Logan Heights Library from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.The workshops will serve as an opportunity for street vendors to learn more about the proposed ordinance and to provide city staff with input.“This is what people need, we need to be educated,” said Ellie Galvan, owner of Ellie’s Party Salsa. “I think that these workshops are going to help so much.” Galvan sells food and salsa at special events but has wanted to take her business to the street for some time. She said the only thing stopping her is waiting to see what regulations the city adopts. She plans to attend one of the workshops this month.The city’s Sidewalk Vendor Ordinance would prevent street vendors from setting up in tourist-heavy areas and restrict areas … [Read more...] about City seeks input on proposed sidewalk vending ordinance
The star of CNBC’s “The Profit” has settled a yearlong dispute with a North Carolina city over a huge U.S. flag at the reality TV star’s recreational vehicle store.News outlets report Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh announced the settlement with Marcus Lemonis on Monday, allowing the flag to continue flying outside Lemonis’ Gander RV company.At 40 feet by 80 feet (12.1 meters by 24.3 meters), the flag violates a city ordinance limiting flags to 25 feet by 40 feet (7.6 meters by 12 meters).The settlement requires Gander RV to pay about $16,000 for fines and legal costs, and the council to change the ordinance to allow the flag. The council voted against that in June, but unanimously agreed to it this time, just ahead of Tuesday’s elections. … [Read more...] about ‘The Profit,’ NC city settle dispute over giant US flag