Carson Chamber of Commerce votes to oppose Measure C and the Moratorium

This year, the City Council enacted a one (1) year moratorium on establishing, expanding or modifying virtually all industrial facilities and declared a fiscal emergency on August 7, 2017 and called for a special election to be held on November 7th for voters to decide on Measure C.

The one (1) year Moratorium has caused a great deal of uncertainty and confusion to the industrial landowners and logistics business of Carson. The moratorium has caused lease cancellations for industrial landowners. Some logistics users have chosen not to renew their leases. They chose to locate in other cities. Projects are being delayed, even though the underlying zoning codes allow for those projects.

Measure C targets only the oil companies that blend, mix or refined petroleum products. Measure C comes immediately after Andeavor (formerly Tesoro) agreed to pay the City $45 million dollars so Andeavor could obtain the permits that would allow construction to begin on their LA Integration and Compliance Project in Carson. Measure C will bring increased gas prices on top of the $.12-per gallon increase statewide on November 1st. We should not make it more difficult financially for working families and small businesses already struggling in Carson.

The above actions will not solve the structural deficit problem of the City. The Utility User Tax passed in 2009 is a good example. It has not alleviated the deficit problem. Andeavor and Phillips 66 are two oil companies that pay close to $3 million of the $8 million plus of the Utility User Tax collected each year.

City staff should expedite the approval process for projects not requiring a zoning change. It should not take an undetermined time to obtain a construction permit to begin a project. Developers cannot afford to wait indefinitely plus not knowing how much it will cost for the permits necessary for their projects. They will go to adjacent cities that are more business-friendly and invest their money.

What has been done the past 8 of 11 years to solve the structural deficit problem has not worked. There should be a strategy development process that includes a broad variety of stakeholders, including the City's Senior Staff, City employees, and community and business groups to solicit input and feedback on potential strategies to address the structural deficit. It will take time, but short-term and long-term strategies could form a structural deficit elimination plan that can be presented and adopted by the City Council to eliminate the deficit in 3-5 years. The Carson Chamber of Commerce is prepared and committed to assist the City in this process. We want Carson to truly be a business-friendly City. If given the opportunity by the City to be a partner, we can be a part of the solution to eliminate the structural deficit.

On Nov 7th, vote No on Measure C.