Healdsburg’s move to crack down on illegal vacation home rentals has prompted questions over a rental owned by Councilwoman Susan Jones and whether she violated the city’s ordinance prohibiting them.
Straying from its usual practice of sticking to local issues, the Healdsburg City Council on Monday adopted a resolution supporting the reinstatement of a federal assault weapons ban.
An upscale neighborhood in Healdsburg is the latest flashpoint for a controversy over vacation rentals that flares periodically in Wine Country.
In the heart of Wine Country, where harvest time produces pungent scents of fermenting grapes, the conversation these days is about another odor — that of skunk-like budding marijuana plants.
The harvest is still months away, but wine-centric Healdsburg is wrestling with guidelines for medical marijuana cultivation and whether to confine it indoors.
The intent behind keeping cultivation indoors is not only to suppress the smell, but to discourage burglaries and even violence.
Healdsburg wants to be seen as a bicycle-friendly community, but not to the extent of approving a law that makes it easier for cyclists to sue motorists who harass or assault them.
Healdsburg has a problem that many towns would envy — a growing number of special events and festivities that is causing a reassessment of whether to limit the number that can be held, or impose restrictions to handle traffic and parking overflow.