Hobbs vetoes limits on local oversight of home-based businesses

PHOENIX — Gov. Katie Hobbs killed legislation that proponents said was designed to make it easier for people to operate home-based businesses.

Current law allows such operations as long as they meet certain conditions and also allows temporary commercial signs and the offering of items for sale.

SB1162 would have gone a step beyond, declaring that home businesses are “allowed as a use by right” as long as they didn’t run afoul of deed restrictions. It would have eliminated any requirement for licensing that would have allowed city officials to be aware a business was operating in the area.

“You should be able to operate a home-based business,” said Sen. Steve Kaiser, R-Phoenix, sponsor of the legislation. He noted that many people started such businesses during COVID. “We don’t need heavy regulation,” Kaiser said.

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Hobbs, however, sided with local officials who opposed, effectively removing all their power to regulate.

“While there is no doubt that more can be done to support small businesses in Arizona, this approach is far too broad,” the Democratic governor said Tuesday in her 25th veto of the legislative session. “This bill would create challenges for public safety and code enforcement in neighborhoods.”

That mirrors the comments of Tom Savage, a lobbyist for the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, who was tested against the measure when it was heard by the Senate Commerce Committee. He said the bill would have made it more difficult for communities to meet the needs of adjacent property owners.

“The bill seems to tip the scale in favor of the property rights of those who want to operate a home-based business over the property rights of those who bought their home expecting their neighborhood to be quiet and free from commercial activity,” Savage said.

He said the fact there are home-based businesses now, under existing local regulations, proves there is no need to further restrict the ability of communities to have some oversight.

But Jenna Bentley, a lobbyist for the Goldwater Institute, which says it advocates against government overreach, said the measure was justified.

“Sometimes this is a primary source of income,” he tested. “Sometimes this is a side job they do to help pay for groceries.”

Bentley said SB1162 was structured to apply only to operations with “no impact” on neighborhoods.

Hobbs, in her veto message, was unconvinced.

“I believe that there is a common-sense approach that balances the needs of neighborhoods and small businesses,” she wrote. “This bill fails to strike that balance, and I look forward to working with the Legislature and local leaders to support entrepreneurs and small businesses.”

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Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has been reporting since 1970 and covering state politics and the Legislature since 1982. Follow him on Twitter at @azcapmedia or email azcapmedia@gmail.com.

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Moana Nursery provides gardening preparation tips as warm weather nears | News

As soon as warmer spring weather comes around, local gardeners swarm to plant nurseries around town to start their gardening endeavors.

The Plant Doctor at the Moana Nursery, Jon Bruyn, says Nevada is not an easy state to garden in because the weather patterns change every year.

But a lot of the plants they have in the nursery are chosen for the area we live in.

But as a plant doctor he says he loves the longer winter we’ve had because he doesn’t have to worry about water for his plants as much. He says, “The fact that it hasn’t warmed up hasn’t given the plants any false sense of spring or early budding and that causes greater damage.” The plant doctor says it’s nicer for plants when the weather gradually gets warmer as opposed to having an instantaneous heat wave, he mentions “That’s stressful for plants because usually that’s followed by snow or freezing temperatures later that month.”

With the cooler temperatures, there are some plants you can plant now, but there are others you should be more cautious about planting.

Some of the plants you can plant safely now are pansies, primroses and snapdragons. Some that you should hold off on planting are tomatoes, zucchinis and petunias.

The plant doctor says if you’re able to tend to your garden closely, you can plant the riskier plants in the colder months. He tells us “I planted geraniums yesterday, but I prepared to make adjustments for the forecast, and I pay attention to the weather.” But if you don’t have such a green thumb, it’s better to hold off and wait until the weather warms up for the summer season.

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Who rents and who owns?

Newly filed financial disclosures reveal some of San Francisco’s elected officials’ real estate holdings, shedding light on who owns versus rents a home, and who collects rent as a landlord.

While 61{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} of San Francisco’s residents are renters, only a quarter of the city’s top elected officials — Mayor London Breed and two of San Francisco’s 11 supervisors — rent their homes.

One of those renters also owns a house outside the city, while another supervisor shares ownership of a vacation home with family. One is a landlord who rents out three homes in San Francisco, and another owns a partial stake in an event space in the city and runs a bed-and-breakfast in El Salvador.

These financial details matter in part because supervisors and, to a lesser extent, Breed, wield enormous influence over housing policy in one of the country’s most expensive cities. Local officials make laws that decide how and where housing gets developed, place limits on evictions and sometimes even decide the fate of individual projects.

While city officials tend to agree on policies that provide added protections for tenants, progressive supervisors and the more moderate major have butted heads over housing development.

Jason McDaniel, a political science professor at San Francisco State University and a YIMBY (yes in my backyard) housing advocate, said homeowners are overrepresented in political offices nationwide, in California and in San Francisco, where the gap is especially stark because of the strong electorate renters.

To find out about officials’ housing investments, The Chronicle looked at their statements of economic interest, called Form 700s, which they are required to file every year by April 1.

While the forms include income from jobs, some investments, gifts and real estate, officials are allowed to report amounts in a broad range — and they aren’t required to disclose everything. Officials must report stocks invested in individual companies, but not mutual funds, for instance, and the forms don’t include personal properties that do not generate income.

To gain a complete picture of officials’ real estate holdings, The Chronicle used PropertyShark, a real estate data website that compiles public property records, and an internal database of assessor records compiled for a previous project. Each official was contacted to confirm ownership details and asked about the existence of any other properties outside the Bay Area or owned by companies in which they were a partner. Supervisor Catherine Stefani did not respond to confirm what The Chronicle found in property records or identify any other real estate holdings not found in records.

This story does not include property owned by family members of supervisors. The Chronicle is not publishing specific addresses due to privacy concerns.

Renters versus homeowners

Out of the major and 11 supervisors, only three — Breed, Supervisor Shamann Walton and Supervisor Matt Dorsey — were renters in the city.

Breed, who grew up in public housing in the Western Addition, has rented for years in the Lower Haight.

Dorsey said he decided to rent because he didn’t

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April marks the start of the growing year | Gardening advice

April, a month of warmer days and light. Weeks when we yearn for more growing space, perhaps a glasshouse, while being grateful for what we have.

Wherever you are – and yes, there may be a chance of late snow in some northern spots – much of the UK is on the cusp of change. If in doubt, local weeds will be a guide to what grows where and when.

Plot 29 has an abundance of poppy shoots. Self-own, scattergunned, from extravagant flowers we trialled last year. It was the gorgeous gaudy packet what did it. Already we have too many – ignoring the new seed I bought in the past couple of months.

Our resident fennel is shooting fast. There’s a run of small leaf it’s too early to identify. Our verbena bonariensis was caught by the late snow, but we have hopes it will recover.

So, hoe and mulch your flower and fruit and vegetable beds. Finish preparation for the sowing season. Green leaves can be unleashed now: sow brassicas, chards, spinaches, orientals (mizuna, komatsuna, etc). Salads, lettuces, rocket and land cress, too. Under cover or not depending on where you grow. Parsley should also be ready to go.

The same with many root crops. I have a yen to grow beetroot again. We’ll sow orache as some of last year’s is shooting up, small pretty stems in purple-pink. We’ll likely wait until later on amaranth.

We’ll be sowing peas and climbing beans as soon as we source more hazel. Hard in the city. We’re also impatient for sweetpeas, nasturtiums, calendula, tagetes. I’m craving color.

Remember, though, to keep an eye for slugs and snails now. Predator aphids, greenfly and blackfly will appear in search of tender shoots.

Allotment growers should be seeing more of their neighbors as longer, warmer afternoons become the norm. We’ll wave and chat, muse over new plans and plants. Getting set for the growing year.

Allan Jenkins’s Plot 29 (4th Estate, £9.99) is out now. Order it for £8.49 from guardianbookshop.com

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expert tips for success |

Raspberries are a crop usually thought to require a lot of space, but they are a fruit that can be grown successfully in pots. All types of raspberries are suitable for pots, though it is best to choose shorter-growing canes or the modern compact varieties. I had a dwarf ‘Ruby Beauty’ raspberry in a pot that was really low-maintenance and provided me with fruit for several years – I gifted it to my sister and it is still cropping for her.

You don’t need lots of raspberry canes to feed your household and, for a small outlay for a handful of bare root raspberry canes in fall, you can get fruits for at least three years. The only potential drawback is that they do need a large pot in which to grow and will require regular watering while the canes are forming fruits.

If you want to know how to grow raspberries in pots, the answer is that it is a simple and practical way to get delicious homegrown fruits even without the luxury of needing lots of outdoor space to do it in.

Hands holding a fresh harvest of red raspberries

Growing raspberries in pots can provide a good harvest without a glut of fruit to deal with

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Tips for growing raspberries in containers

Raspberry canes are normally seen growing in long rows in a kitchen garden or on an allotment or homestead. Not everyone is lucky enough to have that opportunity and may want to get delicious fruit in their small backyard or small vegetable garden.

That is where growing raspberries in a pot comes to its fore, it is a simple way to grow and allows anyone with little space or soil to enjoy the luxury of raspberries. Container gardening also offers the advantage that you can control the soil you put the plants in and place the pots in the sunniest corners of the yard to help them succeed.

The one downside to growing raspberries in containers is that the plants are not all suited for long-term growing in containers. It is recommended that raspberries in pots have a lifespan of around three or four years, after which they can be planted in the ground in your vegetable garden and will grow happily for many years. The new compact dwarf raspberry varieties do have a longer lifespan in pots than other types.

A selection of red raspberries growing on canes in a garden

All types of raspberries, including red, yellow, and black types, are suitable for pots

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How to grow raspberries in a pot

Raspberries come in summer-fruiting and fall-fruiting varieties. The summer types crop from mid-to-late summer and fall varieties from late summer to mid-fall. Both types are suitable for growing in pots.

There are types of raspberry canes now bred specifically to be dwarf varieties that are ideal for planting in pots in a small garden or patio.

The canes are often sold bare-root by specialist nurseries and are available from fall to early spring, which is the plant’s dormant season. The best time to

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