Government Affairs: Approval of a long- term sustainable water source remains the top priority for MCHA. In November, the California Coastal Commission met to consider issuing a Coastal Development Permit that is necessary for the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project to move forward. Coastal Commission staff recommended to the Commissioners not to approve the Permit. Commissioners wisely decided that they would not vote, because additional information was required from CAL AM and the CPUC. The meeting was held as informational only. MCHA representatives attended and gave testimony in support of the Project. The Commissioners may be prepared to vote at the March Coastal Commission hearing. MCHA will attend.
On November 19th, the Monterey City Council approved a .5% sales tax initiative for the March ballot. Leading up to this meeting, an MCHA sub-committee made up of hotel GM’s and staff developed a plan to endorse the tax increase in lieu of a TOT increase. They had one on one meetings with 4 of the 5 council members. The Initiative passed 5 to 0, and there was no mention of a TOT increase.
At the November 7th GAC meeting, John Narigi asked for MCHA endorsement of his Management Plan to operate the Laguna Seca Recreation Area and Weather Tech Raceway by his newly formed company A&D Narigi LLC. GAC voting members approved the request and sent the recommendation to the MCHA Executive Committee who sent it to the full MCHA Board. On November 12th the Board heard proposals from SCRAMP (the current operator) and A&D Narigi LLC. The Board voted to endorse the A&D Narigi proposal. On November 19th, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors awarded a 4-year contract to A&D Narigi with a 5-0 vote.
The Monterey Conference Center remains ahead of pace. Conference Center staff and the Conference Center advisory committee are reviewing Group Commitment Goals to ensure that the goals are achievable.
The Board of Supervisors will vote on a Short -Term Rental proposal in early 2020. MCHA continues to monitor this process to insure a viable Enforcement mechanism.
The GAC needs the help of every MCHA member, please join us at our monthly meetings held on the 1st Thursday of the Month at 8:30 am. Periodically guest speakers will be invited to address maters of interest to the hospitality industry. Please advise GAC Director Gary Cursio of any Speakers you would like to hear from.