The City Council of Temple City unanimously approved two proposed exemptions, by first reading, to the business moratorium on Tuesday, August 5, 2008.
The first exemption would allow non-sales tax producing businesses to move into second floor units. The second exception permits those same businesses to operate in areas of less than 1000 square feet.
Under an adopted city law, all businesses since April 1 must provide 50% of sales tax of its businesses services in order to move into Temple City. The moratorium affects all areas on Las Tunas Drive between Rowland Avenue and Sultana Avenue. Existing businesses are not affected by it.
The moratorium, approved by a 4-1 vote in April 2008, has attracted opposition from a growing number of business owners and the Temple City Chamber of Commerce. Despite its unpopularity, it was extended for 10 ½ months in May 2008. Councilman Fernando Vizcarra was the sole individual to vote against the moratorium twice.
On July 15, City Manager Charles R. Martin stated, “I think the moratorium as we have studied it can be improved upon.”
At the Planning Commission meeting on July 22, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to reform the current business moratorium. They passed their recommendation to the City Council.
Tuesday’s vote is one step closer to maintain a moratorium on non-retail businesses without abolishing it. The City Council must officially approve the ordinance a second time before the new exemptions become law.
This article was written by Sophia Chang. It was published in the Temple City Voice on November 26, 2008.