Mr. Bond stated that renting one’s property is a right of ownership, a continuation of the oft-spoken “I can do anything I want with my property.” This is a fallacy. If one owns within a city that has zoning rules, the city identifies permitted uses for each type of zoning. La Quinta Municipal Code chapter 9 deals with zoning, chapter 9.40.030 specifies permitted uses in residential zoning. Short-term vacation rentals are not listed. La Quinta’s Municipal Code Chapter 3.25, adopted last year, concerns STVRs; it specifically identifies where new STVR permits are allowed starting in May 2021:
- A residential dwelling within a residential project located in the CT Tourist Commercial District zone, and a few adjacent areas.
- A residential project located in the VC Village Commercial District zone.
- A residential project subject to a development agreement with the city in which short-term vacation rentals are a permitted use, authorized under a declaration of CC&Rs, for the residential project.
- A residential dwelling within the area covered by the SilverRock Resort Specific Plan.
STVRs are a commercial enterprise incompatible in areas planned for residential and family use.
If the author wants to do anything he wants with his property, I suggest he investigate Slab City in Imperial County, described as the last place in the U.S. with no laws.
Vote yes on Measure A.
Barbara Lambert, La Quinta
We need more Evan Trubees
A new guy is looking for a seat on the Palm Desert City Council, as a District 2 rep. His name is Evan Trubee. I know him well and like him a lot. I wish we had lots of Evan Trubees in town, or anywhere else in the Desert.
He is young, smart and full of energy, enthusiasm and great ideas. With a wife and three kids, he is well aware of what it takes and what will be required to successfully navigate in stormy weather going forward.
Evan is running a business in Palm Desert. He has skin in the game. Together with his employees, he contributes tax dollars to a municipal cash register that took a beating with COVID and needs new sustainable sources of income besides hospitality. We cannot do business as usual in the most unusual of circumstances.
Evan does not belong to the local political dynasties but has so much to offer, so much of what we badly need today and beyond. With Evan, let’s make Palm Desert the wonderful place to live and work it ought to be.
Alain Pinel, Palm Desert
Why I’m voting for Will Rollins
I live in redistricted CA-41 and am proudly supporting Will Rollins. Will is running against 30-year incumbent Ken Calvert.
Will is a former prosecutor for Southern California. He stands for the rule of law focused on counterterrorism and counterintelligence. When he saw what took place in our own Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, he believed it was time for a younger generation of leaders to end toxic divisions that keep us from solving problems together.
Ken Calvert voted against certifying Joe Biden’s election and buying the Big Lie.
He voted against the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
He voted against the gun control bill and against the $35 cap on the cost of insulin.
He does not support a woman’s right to choose. Currently, the bans are not in effect in California, but our state is being overrun with women fleeing bans in neighboring states. The party of “small government” has implemented a government mandate to interfere with private medical decisions.
He has not been an ally of the LGBTQ until Palm Springs became part of his district. We aren’t buying it.
It’s time for new leadership. Vote for Will Rollins for CA-41.
Eileen Stern, Palm Springs
Is Cotino project in Rancho Mirage the right thing to do?
The Cotino project with its 1,700 planned units of housing (creating non-mitigatable impacts on the environment based on sheer volume) includes not a single unit of affordable housing nor any in-lieu fees to fund construction of affordable housing.
Those that will be employed there (as well as at many other Rancho Mirage businesses) will have to commute to work, rather than having the opportunity to be residents and engaged stakeholders, living in affordable housing.
The current wait for applicants to Rancho Mirage’s existing affordable housing is about five years. I know of longtime residents on fixed incomes who have seen back-to-back yearly increases in their market-rate apartments that will be forced to move as they can no longer afford the increased rent.
With the amount of land DMB has to develop, there was no need for them to request any density bonuses, allowable under state law, that would have mandated a percentage of their housing be set aside as affordable.
Is what DMB doing legal? I am sure that it is. But is it the right thing to do or is it just another example of corporate greed with no regard for our community?
Rob Bergstein, Rancho Mirage
Does Trump care about issues important to women?
I must respond to a recent letter from the president of a local Republican women’s group that has “Patriots” as part of its silly name. We can disagree as different party members on some policy issues and ways to tackle many problems in our country. But I believe it is absurd and dangerous to defend Donald Trump’s lies.
Former President Trump and his party have rejected issues important to women such as equal pay and the right to women’s decisions regarding reproductive health and other health issues.
They don’t support gun control, which has allowed people with assault weapons to wipe out children in schools.
I think Trump cares not a tiny bit about you, “patriot” women, nor does his Republican Party.
Rob Westwood, Rancho Mirage