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TONIGHT in ARCATA CITY COUNCIL: City Will Introduce Residential Rental Inspection Program to Ensure Landlords are Keeping Their Units Clean and Safe

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Whether you’re a renter or a landlord in Arcata, you should know that during tonight’s meeting the Arcata City Council will introduce a Residential Rental Inspection Program (RRIP), aimed to ensure that owners of rental properties comply with current health and safety standards. 

“The purpose of the Residential Rental Inspection Program is to address the issue of substandard, long-term rental properties…” City Engineer Netra Khatri writes in the staff report. “The program provides greater oversight for compliance of health, safety and welfare code violations in/on residential rental properties that can become a threat to the occupant’s safety, a threat to the long-term structural integrity of the building, and have a negative impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.” 

Image from the “At-a-glance guide” to the RRIP

The proposed program would require all rental owners to register their units with the City. During the first three years of the program the units will be inspected by City staff. After three years owners will be given a choice of signing up to have their units inspected every three years by the City, or to apply for the self-certification program. The self-certification program allows owners to perform their own inspections using a city-issued checklist, which will then be turned in and reviewed by the City’s rental inspector. To be eligible for the self-certification the applicant cannot have had any building code violations for at least three years. 

To be clear, the program would primarily apply to rentals holding one to two units. Anything above two units is generally inspected by the fire department. There are also some possible exemptions to the program, including properties that are inspected by another government agency, mobile homes, hotel or motel rooms, rooms rented on owner-occupied properties and properties constructed within the last five years.  

The proposed fees for the program would be $20 annually for most eligible properties, plus the cost of the inspection every three years. The first year the cost of the inspection (which everyone has to get from the city inspector) would be $73.29, plus the $20 annual fee. 

In the third year, owners can pay an additional the previously listed fees, plus $40 for the self-inspection fee, if they choose to go that route. After that, the cost will again be only $20 per year. 

If you would like to learn more about the RRIP, or voice your concerns, you’ll want to attend the Arcata City Council meeting tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 15) at 6:00 p.m. City staff also made this handy guide that helps simplify the inspection program a bit. 

You can view the full agenda and directions on how to participate here. Or, scroll down to view the agenda summarized by LoCO’s super smart agenda bot!

Arcata City Council
Feb. 15, 2023, 6 p.m.




A. Roll Call



A. Annual Report from the Historic Landmarks Committee.


7. N/A


A. Minutes of Feb 1, 2023 6:00 PM

B. 4116 : Bi-Weekly Report on Disbursements.

This report is about the disbursements (payments) made by the City Council during the period of January 21, 2023 to February 3, 2023. The Finance Director recommends the Council approve the payments. The payments are in line with the City Council's adopted budget and are being presented to the Council at its first meeting after the checks and electronic payments were made.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a corrido!


En la ciudad hay una noticia,
que el Consejo recibirá hoy.
Tabatha Miller, la directora de finanzas,
presentará un reporte, ¡no hay duda!

Un reporte del 15 de Febrero,
de Matthew Morgan, el Gerente de Finanzas.
Conforme a la ley de California,
los cheques no necesitan ser auditados.

El Consejo, atentos a la información,
aprobó los gastos del 21 de Enero al 3 de Febrero.
Entre los gastos está el de la ciudad,
que fue incluido en el presupuesto aprobado.

El Consejo está al tanto de todo,
e hizo su trabajo sin descuidar,
manteniendo bien los recursos
de la ciudad y su dinero.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportCash Disbursement 02.15.23

C. 4115 : Declare a Continuation of the Local Emergency Related to the Coronavirus Pandemic through March 3, 2023.

The City Council is considering continuing the local emergency related to the Coronavirus pandemic through March 3, 2023. This would allow the City to get resources to help with the pandemic and potentially get reimbursement for the costs associated with the response. The Council will also consider allowing people to access meetings online or in person, as well as providing opportunities for people to comment in real-time.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a right-wing radio talk show hosted by Merv "The Beast" Tarkington!

Welcome to the Merv "The Beast" Tarkington Show, where we examine the world from a conservative perspective!

Today we're talking about the continuation of the local emergency related to the Coronavirus pandemic. We all know that the pandemic has been going on for over a year now and it seems like the government is never going to do anything about it. The City Council is trying to extend the local emergency for another 40 days, but what are they doing to actually solve the problem?

Well, it looks like they're relying on the Federal Government and California to implement measures that can help, like getting booster shots, wearing masks, and encouraging social distancing. But is that really enough?

It's also worth noting that the City Council is trying to make it easier for people to attend meetings remotely, but that doesn't really help if the people attending those meetings don't feel safe. On top of that, they're not doing anything to address the mental health issues that are arising from this prolonged period of social isolation.

At the end of the day, it's up to the citizens to take matters into their own hands and do what they can to protect themselves and their families. So, what do you think? Is extending the local emergency the right move or is it just an excuse for the government to do nothing? Let us know in the comments below!

— LoCOBot


Staff Report

D. 4103 : Adopt Resolution No. 223-35, A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Arcata Establishing A Fee Schedule for Administrative Fee Citation Procedures for Municipal Code Title VII, Chapter 3—Water.

The City of Arcata is proposing to establish a fee schedule for administrative fines for violations of the water section of the Arcata Municipal Code. If approved, the fines for violations such as disrepair or lack of a backflow device would be $100/day for the first violation in a year. The goal of the City is to encourage voluntary compliance with the Municipal Code.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a Dungeons & Dragons campaign!

Dungeons and Dragons Campaign:

The city of Arcata has been plagued with mysterious disappearances for the past few months. People have gone missing, and strange creatures have been spotted in the city’s sewers. The Mayor has called for adventurers to investigate the source of these disappearances, and the city council has decided to offer a reward for anyone who can uncover the truth.

The adventurers must journey through the sewers and underground tunnels beneath Arcata in search of clues to the disappearances. Along the way they will encounter strange creatures, puzzles, and traps as they unravel the secrets of the city. Along the way they will discover the truth behind the disappearances, and must face off against a powerful magical being intent on taking control of the city.

The adventurers will need to use their wits and skills to progress through the dungeons and fight the various monsters that populate the area. They will also need to use the city’s resources to their advantage, such as the various fee schedules and administrative procedures established by the city’s council. They will also encounter friendly NPCs who can provide aid and information, as well as hostile NPCs who will try to thwart their progress.

The fate of Arcata hangs in the balance, and only the heroes can save the city from its mysterious fate.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportA. Resolution No. 223-35 - Administrative Fees for Code Violations

E. 4060 : Adopt Resolution No. 223-23, Approving an Application for Specified Grant Funds for the Arcata Ball Park and Carlson Park Improvements; and Authorize the City Manager to Execute All Applicable Documents.

This staff report recommends that the City Council adopt a resolution to approve applications for a grant of $2 million from the state to fund improvements to the Arcata Ball Park and Carlson Park. The grant would help to make the parks more accessible and improve the entryway of the Ball Park. Designs for Carlson Park improvements are currently being developed and the outreach and design phase for the Ball Park improvements is anticipated to start in spring 2023.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a bildungsroman!

It had been a long road for Kevin, but he had finally made it. He had grown up in Arcata, in the Valley West neighborhood, and for most of his life he had felt like he was stuck in a place with no hope for a better future. His parents had worked hard to make ends meet, and his siblings were all struggling to make it through school. But Kevin was determined to make something of himself.

He worked hard in school, and when he graduated high school, he was accepted into a prestigious university. There, he studied environmental science and public policy. He had always been passionate about the environment, and he wanted to make a difference in his community.

When Kevin heard about the news that the City was planning to use a grant to improve the Arcata Ball Park and Carlson Park, he was thrilled. These parks were both in the Valley West neighborhood, and he had spent many of his childhood days playing in them. He knew that improvements to these parks would be a great benefit to the community.

He was even more excited when he heard that the City was looking for someone to work on the project. He applied for the job and was hired as the Director of Environmental Services. He was thrilled to be able to make a difference in his community and to help improve the parks that had meant so much to him growing up.

For the next year, Kevin worked tirelessly on the project. He worked with the City to secure the grant and to make sure that the money was spent as intended. He traveled around the community, talking to residents and gathering information about what improvements they wanted to see. He worked with architects and engineers to design the new parks.

Finally, after months of hard work, the project was complete. The Arcata Ball Park and Carlson Park were both looking better than ever. Kevin was proud of what he had accomplished, and he knew that the community was grateful for the improvements.

The experience of working on the project had changed Kevin. He had developed a true passion for public policy and environmental science. He knew that he wanted to use his knowledge to make a difference in his community. He decided to continue his education and pursue a career in public policy.

Years later, Kevin had worked his way up the ladder and was now the Mayor of Arcata. Every day, he was grateful for the opportunity that the City had given him so many years ago. He was proud of the changes that he had helped make in the community, and

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportSpecified Grant Resolution for Arcata Ball Park and Carlson Park

F. 4107 : Adopt Resolution No. 223-36, Authorizing Investment of Monies in the Local Agency Investment Fund.

The City Council is considering a resolution that would authorize the City of Arcata to invest funds in the Local Agency Investment Fund (LAIF). The LAIF is a program that allows local governments to invest hundreds of millions of dollars with the help of the State Treasurer's Office, while not costing taxpayers any extra money. The resolution would also set up officers authorized to deposit and withdraw City funds from the LAIF account. This investment option provides the City with greater liquidity than other options and higher earnings than operating bank accounts.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a Twitter thread!

Today's City Council meeting is considering Resolution No. 223-36, which authorizes the City of Arcata to invest in the Local Agency Investment Fund (LAIF). This fund offers local governments the opportunity to use the investment expertise of the State Treasurer's Office at no additional cost to taxpayers. #ArcataCityCouncil #LAIF #InvestmentFund

The LAIF program has grown from 293 participants and $468 million in 1977 to 2,378 participants and $27.7 billion at the end of December 2022. Funds may be withdrawn on a same-day basis, providing agencies with greater liquidity and higher yields than other investment options. #LAIF #FinancialGrowth

The City’s investment policy objectives are safety, liquidity, and yield in priority order. To reduce risk of fraud, funds are only transferred between city accounts. The average monthly LAIF yield for December 2022 was 2.173%. Federal Reserve has increased rates 8 times since March 2022. #InvestmentPolicy #FraudPrevention

The City Council is being asked to adopt Resolution No. 223-36, authorizing the City of Arcata to invest in the Local Agency Investment Fund (LAIF) and establishing officers authorized to deposit and withdraw City funds from the LAIF account. #ArcataCityCouncil #LAIF #InvestmentFund

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportA. Resolution 223-36B. LAIF Average Monthly Effective Yields

G. 4113 : Adopt Resolution No. 223-33, a Resolution of the Governing Body of the City of Arcata Authorizing Joint Application to and Participation in the Homekey Program and Amending Resolution No. 212-51, and Authorize Amendments to the Standard Agreement.

The City of Arcata is applying to and participating in the Homekey Program, which provides funding to purchase and rehabilitate housing in order to create affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness. The City Council is considering a resolution that would add the property owner to the Standard Agreement and authorize amendments to the agreement. This resolution must be approved by the Department of Housing and Community Development in order to receive the grant funding.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a sea shanty!

Come all ye fair city folk, a tale to tell
Of a plan our council did see fit to sell
We'll aid the homeless, a noble effort
Adopt resolution 223-33

To Danco Communities we'll add our name
A joint application sanctioned the same
The LP to the agreement we must add
That HCD can approve, that won't be bad

We'll amend the standard agreement too
That individuals with income can benefit too
Resolution 223-33 we must pass
To aid the homeless, a noble task

CEQA and NEPA, we've completed them all
The budget's not affected, no need to bawl
The grant's provide $19 million for the Grove Homekey
We'll help the homeless, it's the right thing to do

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportA. Resolution 223-33

H. 4112 : Adopt Resolution No. 223-39, a Resolution of the Governing Body of the City of Arcata Authorizing Joint Application to and Participation in the Homekey Program and Amending Resolution No. 212-40, and Authorize Amendments to the Standard Agreement.

This resolution authorizes the City of Arcata to apply to the Homekey program with Arcata House Partnership and The Grove at Valley West llc, a limited liability corporation. It also authorizes changes to the Standard Agreement to allow individuals with income to be eligible for housing and to reflect the actual buildout of units in the Grove project. No budget or environmental impact is expected.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a nursery rhyme!

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep,
And doesn't know where to find them,
But with the Homekey Program,
We'll make sure all have a home,
And the city council meeting,
Will help with that, it seems.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportA. Resolution 223-39

I. 4114 : 1) Approve the Agreement for Employment, City Manager, and 2) Adopt Resolution No. 223-38, a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Arcata Amending the Class and Pay Resolution for Management, Mid-Management, Confidential & Appointed Employees.

The City Council is considering approving an agreement to extend the employment of the City Manager for an additional three years, and adopt a resolution to amend the salary schedule for the City Manager. This would result in a salary increase of approximately $7,890 for the remainder of the fiscal year.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a Bruce Springsteen song!

Verse 1:
This town's been searching for a leader,
Someone to keep the peace and carry on the legacy.
We found a new city manager,
To take the position, her name was Karen Diemer.

She's gonna do the job,
Making sure things move along,
Making sure the books balance,
And keeping us all strong.

Verse 2:
We gave her a salary for her services,
And made sure she had all the benefits.
We gave her the tools she needed to succeed,
A vehicle allowance, and a chance to lead.

She's gonna do the job,
Making sure things move along,
Making sure the books balance,
And keeping us all strong.

We set her up for success,
Giving her a chance to shine,
We trusted in her judgement,
To make this town of ours divine.

She's gonna do the job,
Making sure things move along,
Making sure the books balance,
And keeping us all strong.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportA: City Manager Contract 1-31-26B: Resolution 223-38



A. 4007 : Introduce Ordinance No. 1552 Adding Chapter 5—Residential Rental Inspection Program (RRIP), to Title VIII—Building Regulations of the Arcata Municipal Code.

The City Council of Arcata is introducing an ordinance that would create a Residential Rental Inspection Program (RRIP) to help maintain safe housing, address code violations and promote greater compliance with existing health and safety standards in rental housing. The ordinance would require owners of rental dwellings to register their units with the City, and would establish fees for the program. The program would also include an option for self-certification for some properties. The ordinance will be discussed further in the next City Council meeting.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a horror story!

It was a dark and stormy night in Arcata, California. The thunder rolled and the lightning flashed, illuminating the night sky and the town below. The winds howled and the rain pelted the windows of the homes below.

Inside one of these homes, a family of four was watching a movie, trying to ignore the storm raging outside. Suddenly, a loud crash sounded from downstairs, followed by a high-pitched scream.

The family rushed downstairs to find their youngest daughter, Sarah, petrified and pointing to the window. Through the window, the family could see a figure standing in the rain, shrouded in a black cloak and hood, with a long, pointed staff in their hand.

The figure seemed to be looking directly at them, and the family could feel a chill of dread go up their spines. Before they could do anything, the figure suddenly stepped forward, pointing the staff at the window and speaking in a strange, raspy voice.

"I have come to inspect your home. I am the inspector sent by the city council, here to enforce the new Residential Rental Inspection Program ordinance. You must comply or face serious consequences."

The family was terrified and had no choice but to comply. The inspector went through their home, inspecting every inch and making sure the home was up to code. The family was relieved when the inspection was finally over, but their relief was short-lived.

The inspector then informed them that they must now pay a fee every three years to keep their home inspected or face serious consequences. The family was shocked and angry, but they had no choice but to comply.

From that day forward, the family was always on edge, living in fear of their home being inspected again. They never knew when the inspector would come, and the fear of what might happen if they didn't comply kept them in a constant state of dread.

Little did they know that their fear was only just beginning. For the inspector was not human. It was the spirit of the old law, come to enforce the new Residential Rental Inspection Program. It was a force of nature, and it would not be denied.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportAttachment A- Summary of changes since October 2021Attachment B RRIP Response to Council QuestionsAttachment C - RRIP Flyer and TrifoldAttachment D RRIP FAQAttachment E RRIP Inpection ChecklistOrd. 1552, Rental Inspection Program, 2-15-23


A. 4110 : 1) Consider a Salary Adjustment for Councilmembers as Provided Under State Law; 2) If a Salary Adjustment is Made, Identify the Amount of the Salary Increase in Ordinance No. 1564, and Introduce Ordinance No. 1564 Amending the Arcata Municipal Code Title II (Administration), Chapter 1 (Council), Section 2010 (Salaries of the City Council Members).

This report is about a potential salary adjustment for City Council members. The Council may increase their monthly salary by up to 5% per year, based on state law and the Arcata Municipal Code. If the Council decides to increase their salary, they must identify the amount of the increase in Ordinance No. 1564 and introduce it for approval. If approved, the additional cost for all Councilmembers would be up to $4,633.80 annually.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a fantasy story!

It was a cold winter day in Arcata as the City Council and Mayor gathered for their weekly meeting. They had been discussing mundane matters of business when the Assistant City Manager, Danette Demello, stepped up to the podium to present her report.

"Good day," she began. "I have a special report to present to you all today. As you know, state law provides that the Council may consider a salary adjustment for Councilmembers, and I am here to present the details of this potential increase."

She went on to explain that the Council had last adjusted their salaries in 2021, and that state law allowed them to increase their salaries by five percent every two years. Danette then presented various salary adjustment options, up to the five percent maximum.

The Council discussed the options and eventually decided to go with a four percent increase, for a total monthly salary of $818.62. They then voted to approve Ordinance No. 1564, An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Arcata Amending the Arcata Municipal Code to Adjust Councilmember Salary, Title II (Administration), Chapter 1 (Council), Section 2010 (Salaries of the City Council Members).

The Council's decision was met with mixed opinions from the citizens of Arcata, but when the Mayor announced that the salary increase would be used to fund local initiatives and community projects, most of the citizens agreed that it was a good way to reinvest the hard-earned money back into their beloved city.

The following weeks saw a flurry of activity in Arcata as the Council began to implement their new salary adjustment. The money was used to fund various projects and initiatives, such as increasing police presence in the city, improving public transportation, and creating more recreational spaces.

The citizens of Arcata were happy with the Council's decision, and the effects of their salary adjustment were felt throughout the city. It was a wise decision, and one that would benefit the city for many years to come.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportOrdinance No. 1564




A. Set a Date of Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at 6:00 p.m., for a Joint Study Session with the Planning Commission on Sea Level Rise.

B. Study Session with Committee Chairpersons, Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at 6:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber.

C. Annual Goals-Setting Study Session, Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at 6:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber.

D. Fiscal Year 2023/2024 Budget Study Session, Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at 6:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber.




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