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Friday, July 22, 2005 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 5 Editor's note: The following access to their property for use as was originally sent to Avalon a getaway refuge. Mayor Ralph Morrow: Owners deprived of CUPs I just had the opportunity to would likely not put their read the May 20 Catalina properties into the long-term Islander; I'm sorry this response rental pool, but let them sit idle letter is delayed, most of the time. This would I presume you will receive my create real crime and safety letter prior to your deliberations, problems not perceived or The solution to the issues and unfouiaded concerns for crime and concerns relative to conditional safety. use permits (CUPs) will challenge In addition, vacant properties you to "think out of the box." may expose those properties to In my opinion, based solely on risks associated with squatters. the Islander article, the Housing The gut aspec$ of the issue is Task Force did not do justice to not that there are too many CUPs; the real issues at hand. Its it is that there are insufficient recommendations barely scratch non-CUP type properties. The the surface of complicated city needs to increase other types underlying critical economic of residential property. issues. The problem is not A contrived ration of transient excessive or unregulated transient to permanent housing imposed on CUP housing, the problem is not the current housing population is safety, the problem is not inherently self-destructive in that nuisance, the problem is not lost it focuses on selective employee housing units, the enforcement of an arbitrary quota, problem is not control or access not on true economic needs. to information concerning any of The city needs to encourage, the preceding, not discourage, the development These are symptoms, and most of additional housing units. This are perceived symptoms at best. will require major changes to the You are charged to determine way the city views the solutions to an economic issue, community's infrastructure; an Plain and simple, without infrastructure that sorely needs significant levels of transient upgrading at any rate. This will CUP housing, longterm housing require major"thinking out of the is irrevelant, box." This may also cause you to Avalon's economy is driven by rethink priorities with respect to tourism. Without tourism, there is new housing units that best no viable economy; the city will support the long-term goals of the simply shrivel up and blow away. community. Reckless restriction or limitation For example, additional units of CUPs will precipitate an in Hamilton Cove do nothing for increasing spiral of decay within the overall community; such the city. residences will likely not be used Curtailing CUPs will not free for year-round employee housing, up equivalent housing for will increase vehicular traffic in employees, or for any other the downtown area, and will soak purpose. The bulk of the up valuable infrastructure properties with CUPs are resources. Valuable City and vacation, second, or even third community resources would residences. The owners of these better serve increased low and homes personally use them on an moderate income housing which infrequent basis. Owners use are best suited as year-round CUPs as a means to help mitigate employee housing. the costs of home ownership in If any positive correlation exits order that their home is available among the different types of for their use when they want to housing within Avalon, it is that use it. the need for employee housing Cui:tailing CUPs will not result exacerbates the CUP issue. These in additional permanent or are not exclusive demands as you employee housing. A majority of are well aware. the current CUP owners desire Tourist season employees flow "-I-I-IE !",I. I:~L S'-I'~'A t. JI:(A'NT Enjoy ()ur Newly Renovated h- d