In Paso Robles, a lot of residents still talking about the flip flop by mayor Steve Martin and the two council members on the short term vacation rentals. The testimony Tuesday night had some familiar voices and some that were new, although the arguments were familiar.
Mayor Steve Martin and Fred Strong talked at length about definition and details. Carol Janssen is a resident who has owned a residence for more than 20 years in Paso Robles. She was disappointed by mayor Steve Martin’s flip flop to allow short term vacation rentals to stay in neighborhoods zoned R-1 residential. One of the questions a lot of people are asking, why did mayor Steve Martin flip-flop? He voted for a ban on short term rentals, then two weeks later he reversed field and pushed to allow several hundred short term vacation rentals to continue operation in residential neighborhoods.
28 cities in California have banned short term vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods. They include a number of wine towns; Napa, Healdsburg, Calistoga, Sonoma, Rohnert Park, Temecula and San Luis Obispo. All of the weekend wine partiers may be restricted to only one wine town in California, Paso Robles.