Vista City Council members had a lot to say regarding freedom last night, and opted to vote for background checks on ice cream vendors and granting more time for candidate signage in election years.
Joining the familiar faces on the council dais, new member Councilman John Franklin seemed to bring his full focus on each item in the agenda. On the issue of election signage, apparently put on the agenda last November by former Councilman Dave Cowles, Councilmember Amanda Rigby and Deputy Mayor John Aguilera said they thought the signs were left out too long after an election.
Rigby’s statement was that the day after the election she would like to see them all gone. “Ten days [after an election] is a long time.”
Aguilera concurred. “I would agree. Five days is plenty.”
Franklin asked some questions, mulled over the information and then, with input from the city manager and staff realized “five days,” with elections on Tuesdays, meant candidates would have until Sunday to take their signs down.
The council members weighed in on property owners being restricted to limits on signage. Aguilera didn’t think that would be a good idea for Vistans at all, he said.
After a staff report prepared by city analyst Rachel Beld to councilmembers, regarding the contract approved last June with the Vista Village Business Association to provide administration for the Central Vista Business Improvement District, Cliff Kaiser of the VVBA gave a slide presentation and made his report, apparently without benefit of the Board because they had not had time to meet yet.
Kaiser noted accomplishments such as town hall meetings and events being “well-received” including the Christmas Bazaar and Winterfest, complete with Nativity and horse-carriage rides.
The CVBID collects fees levied on businesses in the downtown area per staff report, and this is used to sponsor events and promote the downtown area as a “shopping destination.” Kaiser requested that a later reporting date be granted in future to allow time to meet with the board.
Ice cream vendors
Along with granting one extra hour of sales to Vista’s ice cream vendors, the council decided to require background checks on the vendors and their employees.
Those persons convicted of violent assaults would be barred from working as would any individual with drug-related convictions. The changes will occur sometime next month.
Rigby pulled one item, c-6, from the consent calendar for discussion. She said she was concerned about the issue of California Assembly Bill 109, which has shifted the responsibility of incarcerating lower-risk inmates from the the state to the counties in California.
This shift is known as “prison realignment,” and Rigby sees “problems” that this has already created. “I wanted to know if this is something we could put in our legislative platform….”
It is a “fluid” issue Rigby said.
She wants it to be tracked.
The rest of the council seemed just as concerned about it, voting 4-1 (Campbell voted no) to approve the 2015 Legislative Platform and Advocacy Objectives.