By Doug Darling —
Referendum or Dead-end-em ???
Lets take a look at what happened in Vallejo recently. City Council finally gets around to an MMD Ordinance, 4 dispensaries may not seem like a lot to some, but hey, it appears to be a fair and balanced start. In late June, the “Application Process” begins. But hold on, not 24 hrs or so later, the application process for Vallejo MMDs to get underway is brought to a screeching halt! Why you might ask? Well, the MMD folks gathered enough signatures to stop the recent Ordinance adopted by City Council.
So what next? Well, that’s the crazy part, nothing has to happen right away, that’s right, nothing at all actually. The Council has several choices available to them, one of those choices is to do nothing for the next 12 months. So in a nutshell, the MMD Industry just stopped the whole process because they don’t feel the Ordinance is good enough, for them. That is certainly their choice. But what a gamble that is and what a mixed message that sends. The MMDs themselves just STOPPED the process. Council OPENED the door for the Measure C tax to start coming in and the MMD folks just CLOSED that door.
The bottom line is this, City Council approved and adopted an Ordinance and a process quite capable of providing safe access and medicinal marijuana to the residents of Vallejo.
These folks want up to 11 and possibly more Dispensaries in Vallejo, ( MC-11 ) Does Vallejo need 11 clubs? What happened to the needs of the patients? They are gambling the needs of the patients against the wants of the club owners, for shame. Not only are the patients being taken advantage of, this community is being taken advantage of. What everyone should be asking themselves is, who are the true leaders behind these bold moves? What are their true motives? Safe access seems to be no longer a main concern. Patients needs seems to be no longer a main concern. MORE, MORE and MORE, that seems to be the main concern.
Since the “fairness” of the selection process is being scrutinized, renegotiation’s should allow anyone to apply to the application process, not just those who are currently in operation.
To all Vallejo, As you are asked to support this industry in the future, be very cautious about what you support and why. Be sure you understand what is at stake. Is this about medicine, or money????
“Intent to Recall”
Democratic Process or Lynch Mob ???
So, they get a referendum through, they file an “Intent to Recall” 4 City Officials and then say to the City Council, “ we ask you to please work with us “ From a community standpoint, it looks like these folks continue to muscle their way through Vallejo, violating land use ordinances, playing the sympathy card to get votes and threatening further with a recall. It appears they continue to just take what they want, that even includes our City Council. Though just an Intent at this point, no one should underestimate the level of this threat and the ability of the sympathetic vote to carry it out! The Council gave in quite a bit already, where does it stop? At what point will the Council say “enough is enough”? This new bargaining tool may have just set the Ordinance and Measure C back another 16 months. A bold and risky move, at the cost of the community and the patients. After another 16 months, Measure C may be a moot point?
Do not underestimate the outside forces pushing for what they call reform. Many of these local movement leaders and visionaries are not from Vallejo, they just “use” Vallejo to push their agenda. Manipulation is more like the name of the game. MMDs are a “Billion” dollar industry, If you don’t think it is about the money, you need to re-think whats happening to Vallejo. BEWARE.
Again, City Council approved and adopted an Ordinance capable of providing safe access and medicinal marijuana to the residents of Vallejo. Is a recall called for or is it an abusive bargaining tool?
Even though I do not agree with how much our City Council gave back in negotiations and concessions for dispensaries, I support my Council and you should too. These outside forces are pitting the Community against the City Council. They are saying you should support them as they demand a green key to this City. We have enough Bullies in Vallejo, the likes of Callahan, ABAG and a few more.
One simple rule folks. If you don’t know the facts for yourself, don’t sign anything, be informed!
This is “Your Vallejo” Support Vallejo! Support your City Council!
When challenged with motives of this nature, transparency is part of the public process. Included are the Letters of Intent and the Responses.
Letter’s of Intent to recall Mayor Osby Davis, Vice Mayor Malgapo, Councilmember Dew-Costa, Councilmember Verder-Aliga:
Response letter from, Mayor Davis, Vice Mayor Malgapo, Councilmember Dew-Costa, Councilmember Verder-Aliga:
Right or Wrong ?
Please keep in mind when trying to understand whats happening to Vallejo, there is no “right or wrong”
in regards to current decisions being made by our City Council. Whether an Ordinance or a Selection Process, these are not grams or ounces to be tossed on a scale and scrutinized as right or wrong, there is no “standard of measure” when weighing these recent results of the City Council. It is a matter of balance. Trying to understand and balance the needs for the good of the community, that means Vallejo as a whole.
Well, the shoving match has begun, apparently. I must say again, this no longer seems to be about safe access and patients needs. Council provided those opportunities and they have been rejected, now it seems to be about greed. It appears to me that the entire City of Vallejo is being held hostage by the motives of those behind this local movement. There is so much money at stake here. Its a “Green Rush” folks. Do not underestimate the true motives behind all this. Its always been about the money, that’s what makes the world turn. Its a business, but even business must have its limits.
If you support Medicinal Use, does that mean you need to support the current Referendum and Intention to Recall? Of course not. Many folks support Medicinal Use, yet they oppose too many storefronts. Don’t believe for a minute that you have to be all for or all against. Like everything else, it comes down to balance, in this case, what is healthy for Vallejo?
Now when the powers that be decide to file an intent to recall because they don’t like the Ordinance and or process, your threatening not only my City Council, your threatening the Waterfront Development, the General Plan Update and much more. There are extreme ramifications to removing 4 members of that body at one time. There are ramifications to even the threat of it.
Considering all matters, I hope Staff and City Council leverages the additional time they now have available to them, rethink what we are getting into, take a better look at the whole picture. Now is the time to stop and consider what legalization brings to the table vs medicinal. Using the new time frame provided by the referendum, this might be the perfect opportunity to set all this madness aside.
After all, any decision City Council might make from here out could be perceived as to duress or succumbing to the threat of recall, conflict of interest? Perhaps the best ethical and legal approach towards resolving this matter would be to abstain from any further involvement until the intent to recall has taken its course, that is, those whom are being threatened with Recall.
I strongly support my City Council and would urge all of Vallejo to do the same!
Note: All opinions expressed in this column are those of the writer and not necessarily those of the Vallejo Independent Bulletin