By Gary Clark, Capistrano Beach
The residents of the city of Dana Point deserve to know of any possible conflicts of interest between the members of the City Council and any special interests groups that might benefit from the legalizing of the (now illegal) issue of short-term summer and vacation rentals (motels) in the city.
As a 37-year resident, home owner and tax payer of the City of Dana Point, I am requesting an investigation into this possibility.The conflicts could include: Campaign contributors (that may benefit from the legalizing of the issue), ownership of short-term rentals in Dana Point (either in their name or in a business name) and any other possible conflicts that might influence a council person’s voting and decision making on this most important issue.
The residents of Dana Point deserve to know where their public officials’ interests align.
I think anyone, if they were totally honest, would agree that these “motels” are inappropriate in R1, single family neighborhoods, even Councilman Weinberg, if he were totally honest. I guess all that the “little people” who cannot afford to live in gated neighborhoods that have CC&Rs outlawing these motels can only hope that City Council will see the right thing to do and outlaw this disease before it destroys our precious way of life.
Is the little revenue that the city stands to make off of this terrible disease worth the price we all will ultimately pay?