- Small wineries can open second tasting rooms
- Locals achieve new instruments for overseeing short-term leases
- Hundreds of acres of East Bay wilderness to be preserved
CONTRA COSTA – Governor Gavin Newsom has signed three long-standing proposals superior by Senator Steve Glazer, D-Contra Costa, that can have a direct influence on residents of Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
“It’s very gratifying to see necessary legislative priorities for my district signed into regulation,” Senator Glazer stated. “These are payments and proposals that I’ve been engaged on with companions, in some circumstances, for years. I’m grateful to Governor Newsom for ushering them throughout the end line together with his signature, a pleasant reward for all of the laborious work put in by key allies and mates.”
The three proposals that Gov. Newsom signed had been:
Wine Tasting (SB 19)
SB 19 will permit licensed winegrowers or brandy producers to function two off-site tasting rooms underneath their winegrower licenses. This invoice will notably assist small and family-owned wineries to function as California continues to recuperate from the Pandemic.
Roughly 55 wineries are situated in Senator Glazer’s district, together with in Livermore, Oakley, Brentwood and Moraga.
“Small and family-owned wineries have struggled probably the most amongst wineries, as a result of they rely closely on guests and direct gross sales,” stated Senator Glazer. “With tourism taking a horrible hit from the pandemic and penalties of the wildfires, I’m glad that Governor Newsom acknowledged that these wineries are in want of that further outlet to supply tastings and gross sales to their prospects.”
Previous to the present tasting room closures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many wineries seen further off-site tasting rooms as a major profit. This was much more urgent for a lot of small wineries trying to increase enterprise alternatives, particularly these wineries that produce their wine in an settlement to make use of the power and tools of a second (often bigger) vineyard.
Steven Kent Mirassou, proprietor and winemaker of Steven Kent vineyard, a part of the Livermore Valley Wine Nation Affiliation, stated SB 19 will make a distinction to the trade, but in addition to wine fans.
“The flexibility to deal with individuals – which is the true middle of hospitality and wine – is necessary always,” Kent Mirassou stated. “It’s particularly essential in the course of the pandemic after we are all striving to keep up connections with our bigger circle of mates and patrons, that small wineries stay open and thriving. I’m so appreciative of the laborious work and perseverance that Senator Glazer and his employees have proven in serving to us proceed so as to add pleasure and richness to peoples’ lives.”
With the COVID-19 pandemic, tasting rooms have been required to both shut or considerably alter their operations for tastings, however can proceed to function gross sales for curbside pickup or supply. Tourism has turn into nearly nonexistent and isn’t anticipated to recuperate for a number of years. Because of this, the influence from COVID-19 to the wine trade is estimated to be $5.9 billon, with a $3 billion loss in tasting room gross sales.
As well as, the 2020 wildfires had a considerable influence on the wine trade. Based on the Wine Institute, the estimate of harm from 2020 wildfires quantities to $3.7 billion, together with a lack of $41 million in tasting room gross sales and $57.6 million in misplaced vineyard constructions.
Quick Time period Leases (SB 60)
Beneath SB 60, cities and counties can now impose elevated penalties on short-term rental hosts who violate native property rental legal guidelines – an try to rein in home events, typically violent, which were occurring at quick time period leases due to lax oversight of those properties. SB 60, which took impact instantly, authorizes localities to impose fines as much as $5,000 for a violation of a short-term ordinance.
“These giant gatherings have made some short-term rental properties the websites of underage ingesting, brawls, noise complaints, and violence,” Senator Glazer stated. “I’m grateful to Governor Newsom for signing this invoice in order that native governments have the instruments to make sure the security of those that wish to proceed to make use of short-term leases, and of our residents who dwell close by these properties.”
The laws was sparked by a spate of violence at short-term rental properties, most notably a mass taking pictures in Orinda, the place 5 individuals had been killed. Different abuses at short-term leases occurred in Los Angeles and different locales in Northern California, together with a celebration at a Sunnyvale rental the place a youngster was shot and killed in August after violence erupted on the gathering.
Smaller fines had been proving to be ineffective in deterring violations. Hosts had been capable of cost a lot lease for large homes that the fines, in the event that they occurred, had been simply seen as a price of doing enterprise.
“Violence and damaging conduct at quick time period leases has turn into a real public security subject in cities all through California, as residents of Orinda know all too nicely,” Orinda Mayor Amy Value stated. “I’m grateful that mayors like me will now have the flexibility to impose fines at a degree excessive sufficient to get the eye of property homeowners who function quick time period leases to make sure the security of our residents. Senator Glazer has been a real champion of this subject, and we’re grateful for his laborious work on making this California regulation.”
The usage of short-term leases has skyrocketed by 105 p.c over simply the previous three years, in line with trip rental knowledge compiled by AirDNA. Although short-term leases provide a manner to enhance tourism and earn homeowners some more money, their current proliferation has allowed unhealthy actors to make use of the platform to promote and safe houses for big events, oftentimes in violation of native ordinances.
The Covid-19 pandemic led to a rise in individuals utilizing short-term leases to evade public well being restrictions on giant public gatherings. Noise complaints on account of events have tripled for the reason that begin of the pandemic, in line with Host Compliance, which tracks authorized compliance amongst short-term leases for 350 cities and counties within the U.S.
Within the final half of 2019, 42 individuals had been shot inside or simply exterior a short-term rental property nationwide and 17 individuals died.
Tesla Preservation (Funds)
Hundreds of acres of East Bay wilderness threatened by the growth of an off-highway car park will as an alternative be preserved.
The laws, permitted within the Governor’s current finances payments and took impact instantly, ends plans to increase the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Space into the three,100-acre Tesla parcel within the southeast nook of Alameda County, which scientists have described as a biologically distinctive habitat and Native Individuals have lengthy thought-about to be a delicate historic web site.
That land will now turn into a brand new state park closed to motorized recreation. The state will reimburse the Off-Freeway Automobile fund for the acquisition value of the land, its appreciation in worth, and the cash spent planning the growth, which was opposed from the beginning 20 years in the past by close by residents and public businesses. That cash will go towards the acquisition and improvement of an off-road park at one other location.
“Our group and area will protect this pure and cultural treasure, leaving it pristine for future generations to take pleasure in,” Senator Glazer stated. “In the meantime, off-road fans will have the ability to maintain their present park and obtain funding to develop one other park on land that’s extra appropriate to that type of recreation. I admire the laborious work that so many key people performed in shifting this vital environmental and cultural subject to the Governor’s desk, and, after all, for the Governor to work with all of the gamers to signal this necessary settlement.”
Senator Glazer partnered with Meeting member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, the Sierra Membership, Pals of Tesla Park and different environmental organizations and people in getting the ultimate approval from the governor’s workplace. Earlier, former Meeting member Catharine Baker labored with Senator Glazer on the identical subject.
Nancy Rodrigue, a number one member of the Pals of Tesla Park steering committee and Livermore resident, stated she was proud that years of laborious work and persistence paid off.
“A really particular thanks goes to Senator Glazer and Meeting member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan for the numerous years of labor on this particular venture,” Rodrigue stated. “Tesla Park will now be a reserve with no motorized recreation. As an alternative, the longer term holds Tesla as a protected native panorama for hikers, historical past buffs, nature lovers, researchers and educators.
“Saving Tesla Park has been a protracted, troublesome, and now a rewarding journey, and we’re grateful for the large work of so many for saving Tesla as a legacy for future generations,” Rodrigue continued. “We’re trying ahead to planning the subsequent section of Tesla Park as a nature and cultural protect, offering passive recreation and training to the group of the Bay space, the San Joaquin Valley, and Northern California.”
Info launched by Senator Steve Glazer