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By Eric Heinz
City Council directed the city’s staff and Planning Commission on Oct. 4 to look at forming an ordinance to evaluate whether thrift stores, pawn shops, check-cashing businesses and smoke/vape shops should be allowed to do business by right or if they need a conditional use permit.
During the Oct. 4 City Council meeting, La Tienda Thrift Store owner J.P. Spitz said he was worried about what would happen to his business if the zoning were to change. A neighbor to the thrift shop said she was worried about the operation initially, but she said she has known many of the people who work for the thrift store. La Tienda works with people in substance recovery programs to help them get back into society.
When the report is ready, it will likely go through the Planning Commission and eventually back to City Council. Details of the instructions can be found at www.san-clemente.org under the City Council, Oct. 4 meeting agenda.