Meeting Time: September 10, 2019 at 5:55pm PDT
The online Comment window has expired

Agenda Item

b) REPORT 19-0510 CONSIDERATION OF A MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENT TO ESTABLISH A TWO-YEAR PILOT PROGRAM TO ALLOW AND REGULATE SHORT-TERM VACATION RENTALS IN EXISTING NONCONFORMING RESIDENTIAL UNITS THAT ARE LOCATED WITHIN COMMERCIAL ZONES (Community Development Director Ken Robertson)

  • Default_avatar
    Fred Nichols 3 months ago

    Fred Nichols <fredcnichols@yahoo.com>
    To:anny@hermosabch.org,dblumenthal@hermosabch.orgCc:citycouncil@hermosabch.org,Gail Esther Forrest Nichols,Frederick Nichols
    Aug 23 at 7:58 PM
    REQUEST TO DAVID BLUMENTHAL: Please provide me with the draft ordinance and draft provisions, to email:fredcnichols@yahoo.com, or the address noted below.

    QUESTION:
    WHAT SPECIFIC PROPERTIES ARE BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS PILOT?
    MY WIFE GAIL AND I OWN:
    148, 150, 148 A FIRST STREET, HERMOSA BEACH, CA. 90254
    I AM TRUSTEE FOR AND LIVE AT:
    118 MANHATTAN AVE, HERMOSA BEACH, CA. 90254
    I AM TRUSTEE FOR:
    168 FIRST STREET, HERMOSA BEACH, CA. 90254
    PLEASE LET ME KNOW THE PROPERTIES THAT ARE IN 200 FEET.
    ALSO, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO KNOW ALL THE PROPERTIES IN HERMOSA THAT ARE INTENDED TO BE PART OF THIS PILOT, OR WOULD QUALIFY FOR THE PILOT.

    Our comments to City Council:
    As a resident of Hermosa Beach since 1979, I raised two sons in the city. I am a former Coach of neighborhood sports, a former Cub Master & Scout Master of Hermosa Beach scouting.

    My wife and I are deeply concerned about the safety and the quality of life for our family, our grandchildren and our neighbors. I have recently spent thousands of dollars on security for my properties due to current conditions associated with homeless & out of town young delinquents. (I have made multiple calls to Hermosa PD of "skaters" damaging my property and my neighbor’s property. We recently had a peeping Tom in South Hermosa that the police were unable to apprehend. We see no upside to city residents for this pilot program.

    We are against short-term rentals of any-kind, residential or commercial, in Hermosa Beach. Perhaps the city should encourage the building of more hotels. I see what appears to be short-term rentals weekly as I walk the city , on my own street and on the strand. The city appears to be unable to regulate what is happening now; that I believe is against the law. How will the city be able to regulate these new units in the pilot program? Gail and I have 7 tenants that include single women, and include a family with a baby on the way. If there are benefits to the community that I do not understand as it relates to safety and quality of life please advise. How will this program be paid for? How will the city get input from the many renters who will be impacted by this pilot program? How will the city get input from the property owners who happen to live more than 200 feet from the specific properties? This is an issue for the entire city, not just homeowners within 200 feet of pilot properties. We believe this will aggravate / exacerbate the out of control homeless problem in Hermosa Beach. Short term renters will be less inclined to report crime than residents or tenants.
    What do our police and fire departments think of this ordinance? Do they have concerns? How will their concerns be mitigated? As a landlord, I appreciate the revenue opportunity this provides to the owners of the pilot properties. Although it may be good for them, it is not good for are already deteriorating quality of life in Hermosa Beach.

    Please read this into the record during the hearing on Tuesday August 27, 2019 as I will not be available to attend in person. Please acknowledge that this will be read into the record. I am happy to discuss with anyone on the council or in the city planning department.

    Thank You in advance,

    Frederick and Gail Nichols
    118 Manhattan Ave
    Hermosa Beach, California 90254

  • Default_avatar
    Skip Blomer 3 months ago

    I am against the proposed ordinance anywhere in the city. We are regularly overwhelmed with noise, left over trash, loud boisterous party goers and music blaring from the top floors of multi story buildings. Parking becomes problematic and the quality of life for those who do live nearby has gone down. I also want Code Enforcement to be proactive in enforcing those who regularly have short term rentals where the owners figure that an occasional fine outweighs the income they receive from the weekend.

  • Default_avatar
    Linda Lindsey 3 months ago

    I live at 123 Lyndon Street. The properties that are wanting short term rentals are within 200 ft from my property. I am a homeowner and the people who live in this area do not need short term rentals right next to them which keep the neighborhood unsecured with drunks and on going noise.

  • Default_avatar
    Theresa Tuton 3 months ago

    I have lived next door to one of the properties that would allow short-term vacation rentals for 15 years. As it is, this property has been rented to people who have caused significant noise issues for me and my family in the past. Allowing short-term rentals is likely to attract even less courteous and desirable transient neighbors and cause us - home owners - more stress. We live in Hermosa Beach. This is not a community for partiers, but instead a place with considerate neighborhoods and neighbors who look out for each other and understand common courtesies with regard to parking, trash and noise etc. We all know each other on our street and keep an eye on each other. Allowing short-term renters devalues our way of life and the character of our community. Short-term vacationers should stick to hotels or other high-density tourist areas in Los Angeles. NOT our beautiful Hermosa Beach.

  • Default_avatar
    Jim Butler 3 months ago

    1) Looking at the zoning map, the majority of properties under consideration are “islands” in a sea of residentially zoned properties covered by the ban on STVRs. Inconsistent to allow STVRs on one property while prohibiting it on an adjacent property.

    2) This program is a “solution looking for a problem” – original impetus was speculation that the program MIGHT be helpful in future dealings with Coastal Commission. However, there have been no actions or rulings to affirm this.