I have received several complaints about the service at City Hall in regards to the issue of business permits, occupancy permits and basic transactions such as these.
When a business person comes to the City to obtain a license to do business the city should bend over backwards to speed the process. This process should be a simple rubber stamp when the business is re occupying a space formerly or currently used as that same function. For example if a hairdresser sub leases a booth in an existing salon there is no reason to do a title search on the land, or the office space leased by the saloon operator.
With commercial and retail rentals or leases being as expensive as they are in Grand Terrace, the city does not need to add motivation for the business operators to go to Colton just down the hill so they can get going with their business.
When a business is purchased, and it operates in a leased building. The business purchased is in name and good will only. The new owner operator may have picked up a long term lease with the land lord or not. The new owner gets the Name, Goodwill and perhaps some of the removable equipment and inventory in their purchase price. There is no need to to a title search all the way back to the original Spanish Land Grants.
There is no need to have the new owner interrupt business or the services provided to the community, in order to complete the transition.
How is it that Plans for developments by the RDA aren't Stopped in their tracks due to questions regarding the "Land Ownership". When these plans are often done overlaying land not owned by the proposed developer, or the city at the time they are being made?
Let's be fair, and intelligent about how businesses are treated in GT.