City Reports $10.5 Million Budget Surplus

At the close of the 2021-22 fiscal year, the City of Dana Point is looking at a surplus of $10.5 million. During its Sept. 20 meeting, City Council voted unanimously to receive a financial report for the fiscal year and allocate the surplus to the Community Investment Account, California Public Employees’ Retirement System and Coastal Transit account.

Council Appoints Candidates to Open Seats, Cancels Local Election

In lieu of holding an election to fill the three open City Council seats this November, the current council voted on Thursday, Aug. 25, to cancel the local election and appoint incumbent Councilmember Jamey Federico, Planning Commission Chairperson John Gabbard and Chief Financial Officer of Pan-Pacific Mechanical Matthew Pagano to the dais as they were each running unopposed in their respective districts.

Short-Term Rental Program Facing Appeal

An appeal has been filed against the city’s recently approved short-term rental program that’s meant to permit and regulate local vacation rentals. A hearing on the appeal has been set at City Hall for June 21 at 6 p.m. to hear residents’ argument against the program.