Morning News for Tuesday, May 7th
The California Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion Monday, ruled that cities and counties can ban pot shops and that the state's voter-approved law legalizing medical marijuana did not prevent that.
The ruling came in a legal challenge to a ban enacted by the city of Riverside in 2010.
The advocacy group Americans for Safe Access estimates another 200 jurisdictions statewide have similar prohibitions on retail pot sales.
A number of counties and cities were awaiting the Supreme Court ruling before moving forward with bans of their own.
Meanwhile, an appeals court in Southern California struck down Los Angeles County's 2-year-old ban on dispensaries, ruling state law allows cooperatives and collectives to grow, store and distribute pot.
The Supreme Court's decision might not be the last word on the issue, however. Pending legislation would establish a new statewide system for regulating and licensing the medical marijuana industry and clarify the role of dispensaries in it.
Activists also are in the early stages of planning a ballot initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana and regulate it like alcohol, as voters in Washington and Colorado did last year.
Tuesday, May 7 is shaping up to be a busy day for Sheriff Frank Rivero and his lawyers.
This afternoon, different visiting judges are set to appear at the Lake County Courthouse to preside over motion hearings regarding the sheriff's separate lawsuits against District Attorney Don Anderson and the Board of Supervisors (BOS).
At the same time, County officials are investigating the discrepancy in the balance of the fund that supplies cash for undercover sheriff’s operations.
A Friday afternoon statement by Sheriff Frank Rivero’s office said an audit of the undercover operations fund conducted discovered that $2,100 could not be accounted for.
“The funds are kept in a safe located within the detective’s bureau at the Sheriff’s Main Office,” the statement said. “The persons with access to the funds are limited and strict procedures are in place, which require two signatures for assignment of the funds when needed for operational purposes.”
The sheriff’s office statement concluded, “Upon learning of the discrepancy , Sheriff Rivero instructed his command staff to secure an outside agency to conduct an internal affairs investigation.”
The Mendocino Board of Supervisors' Tuesday meeting agenda includes a proposal to dedicate a psychiatric emergency room to the late Dr. Doug Rosoff and an agreement regarding the impact of a casino proposed by the Pinoleville Pomo Nation. The board's meeting begins at 9 a.m., Tuesday at 501 Low Gap Road.
The board will consider setting up an optional payroll deduction to give county employees a way to raise $7,000 toward the $25,000 needed to rename a psychiatric emergency room "in remembrance of Rosoff, the county's late chief psychiatrist "
the board will also consider an agreement with the Ukiah Valley Fire District and the Pinoleville Pomo Nation on mitigation for "off-reservation impacts resulting from the tribe's casino and hotel project," to be constructed at 2150 N. State St. in Ukiah.
the casino and hotel would be built in two phases on 8.8 acres of reservation land. Phase One would include 26,000 square feet of construction with 12,000 of it dedicated to gaming and the remaining 14,000 feet would house a restaurant, a bar and lounge, a full-service deli, a retail shop and guest services.
The MOU includes a provision that the tribe would pay the county $150,000 annually for law enforcement services, with an acknowledgement that the Sheriff's Office has jurisdiction. The tribe would also pay the Sheriff's Office $30,000 every three years, the Fire District $200,000 annually for staffing, and a one-time sum of $50,000 for emergency response equipment .
As payment in lieu of taxes, the county would also receive $1.5 Million over years 1 thru seven and $400,000 annually starting in the eighth year with annual Consumer Price Index increases.
The Lake Supervisors will hold another meeting to update the community on a north Lakeport subdivision where a landslide has damaged homes and displaced residents,. at 9 a.m. This morning, Tuesday, May 7, at the Lake County Courthouse, Lakeport. It will be broadcast live on TV8.
By the end of last week, seven homes have been mandatorily evacuated and six others had been served with voluntary evacuation notices at the subdivision, located off of Hill Road.