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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Draft Formula Retail Measure Gets Ready for First Close-Up

• Ordinance Has Been Moving in Slo-Mo

BY BILL KOENEKER

City Manager Jim Thorsen recently announced municipal officials expect the draft formula retail ordinance will be available for public scrutiny by the end of this month.
“The draft is nearly complete,” he said.
The city manager added that the proposed draft ordinance plus the California Environmental Quality Act documents would be included in the packet of materials.
There had been little information about the progress of the legislation since a town hall meeting last year in December when participants used electronic devices to “help the staff” draft certain particulars of the proposed ordinance.
City Planner Joseph Smith said the staff would prepare what he called the preamble for the ordinance and the description of what formula retail is.
Smith said they wanted to narrow down the findings to six and had already built a skeleton of ideas, but acknowledged, “the devil is in the details.”
“Now we want to hear from the public. What would you say?” asked Smith.
Polling officials said a full report of the tabulations would be available at the end of the week of the meeting, which was held in December, but that never happened.
Municipal planners said those results would be posted on the city’s website as soon as they were made available. That never happened either because the results were never made available to the general public.
Smith, at that time, said they hoped to have a draft ordinance in front of the planning commission by Jan. 22 with the proposed measure going before the city council by Feb. 25.
However, the timetable has been much slower than apparently anticipated given it will be the end of the month before even the documents are released.
City officials have been accused of stalling or delaying the legislation in an attempt to cool the temperature down on a very controversial piece of legislation.

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