Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Chula Vista to Ease Regulations at Hotels
On Tuesday, elected officials in Chula Vista will consider changing a requirement that calls for annual health inspections at hotels and motels citywide. Instead, the proposed amendment requires property owners and hotel management to have their properties certified by a state-certified health inspector every other year.
The requirement was part of a 2007 law that was meant to clean up the mess often found at budget motels.
Problems at area hotels and motels has been an issue for Chula Vista police officers for years. Rampant drug-use and prostitution was found at budget motels. The more the City visited local hotels and motels, the more unsanitary conditions they discovered. In response, the City Council passed regulations that gave the police chief the right to deny permits, and required annual health inspections.
Now, four years later, hotel and motel proprietors are requesting changes to the hotel regulations with support from the police department. According to city staff, no hotel or motel in the City has failed the inspections since 2007.
The council will hear the item at tomorrow's council meeting at 4pm.
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