Local Pastor Urged Congregants To Oppose San Leandro’s Proposed Pot Dispensary Ordinance

SAN LEANDRO | Following two hours of testimony from San Leandro residents over a proposed ordinance allowing up to two medical cannabis dispensaries within city limits, council members commented upon the seemingly even number of those in favor and against.

However, a week earlier the pastor for San Leandro’s Heritage Baptist Church urged members of the congregation to “flood” the city’s office with a letter writing campaign against the plan.

“They need a flood there,” said Pastor Alan Fong said during a Sunday sermon Feb. 3 for the need to sign a form letter to be given to city officials in opposition of dispensaries. [AUDIO of the sermon can be heard below.]

At the Feb. 12 informational hearing regarding the city’s proposed ordinance, four council members made note of the large number of letters received from the church. Councilmember Diana Souza, also an opponent of pot clubs in San Leandro even noted 95 percent of the correspondence came from members of Heritage Baptist Church, located on Merced Street.

“We must let the city know there’s a strong voice of strong opposition against medical marijuana dispensaries in the City of San Leandro,” Fong said in the recording.

Councilmember Jim Prola also noted the inordinate number of letters from one group, but cautioned the strength in numbers did not constitute citywide opposition to dispensaries. Over 100 members of the church also attended the well-attended Feb. 12 hearing.

Whether the ordinance, which has no timetable for discussion at the City Council level, is ever passed, its future is in the hands of the Lord, according to a recording of the sermon earlier this month. “We’re not going to win this in the power of the flesh,” preached Fong. “It’s going to be in the power of God.”



Categories: Diana Souza, God, Heritage Baptist Church, Jim Prola, Lord, medical marijuana, ordinance, Pot Dispensary, san leandro

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  1. The only problem with the pastor's argument is that the lord created pot. He also created money that corrupts the church. Let's ban that too. There goes your Mercedes padre!

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  2. Free marijuana at the student health center. Come and get your free marijuana. Thank you Prola for doping and dumbing our student education.

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  3. President of school board Diana Prola supporting her husband's idea for pot shops in San Leandro. A San Leandro school boardmember/teacher was arrested for DUI during the Christmas season. He is still serving on the board; Diana Prola publicly prasied him as great role model, drive drunk and drive high. SL parents must know about this twisted Prola couples!

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  4. God created pot, Diana Prola will passing out the good stuff marijuana to students and ensure marijuana is available at school health clinic.

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  5. Hear, hear, Princess Di and King Jimmy are SL Gods.

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  6. Ok let's ban alchohal now too…. O wait we tried that.. Didn't work so well. Hmmmm the current state of marijuana use (while being banned) seems to be very similar to the prohibition days… also it was a group of ultra conservative CHRISTIAN women who got prohibition started and it turned out they were wrong, just as these ultra conservatives are. They're hearts are in the right place but they're not seeing the whole picture. Open you're eyes. I hate marijuana and that's why I want it legalized and regulated. The drug dealers DO NOT WANT IT LEGALIZED. They will lose all their illegal income.

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  7. Diana Souza for mayor! vote Prola couples out!

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  8. This is what Crack Heads would say: Open you're eyes. I hate Crack and that's why I want it legalized and regulated. The drug dealers DO NOT WANT IT LEGALIZED. They will lose all their illegal income.

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  9. Many nieghbors just find out and surprise both Prola are marijuana supporters…voiced will not vote for either one of them again.

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  10. Diama Souza for Mayor 2014! Prola stay home!

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  11. Medical marijuana while legal in California is still illegal on the federal level. Harborside in Oakland, one of the largest medical marijuana dispensaries cannot find banks to accept their deposits for fear of a federal crackdown

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  12. Just Cracked!

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  13. The proposed ordinance contains restrictions on the location and operations of dispensaries. Notable restrictions include limiting the allowable number of dispensaries to two, requiring a Board of Zoning Adjustments conditional use permit approval, locating them only in industrial and commercial zoning districts, and requiring certain security measures including guards. In addition, the dispensaries cannot be within 1,000 feet of a school, library, youth center, park, recreation facility, or another dispensary, or within 500 feet of a residential zone.

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  14. Lets turn San Leandro Hospital into a rehab center then sell pot in San Leandro. What are they smoking at city hall?
    We need new leaders. Souza for MAYOR. Get rid of the rest. Lee your walking the line and we are watching you!
    Don't vote for anyone with links to Cassidy or anyone else at city hall.
    Any School Boardmenbers supporting this, it's time for them to go too!
    NO DOPE IN SAN LEANDRO!! Vote both Prolas out. Let stay home and smoke their pot.

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  15. Remeber Mr & Mrs Potato Head? Now we have Mr & Mrs. Pot Head Prola.
    Are they all idiots? What are they smoking? Wonder what are they getting under the table to push this? Do we now consider them pushers?
    JUST SAY NO TO ALL DRUG PUSHERS AT CITY HALL!!
    NO POT in SAN LEANDRO. NO PUSHERS ON CITY COUNCIL and SCHOOL BOARD!

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  16. 11:24am, you posted “drug dealers will lose all their illegal income.” You also mentioned prohibition and that you “hate marijuana.”
    If we lived in a perfect world, we would not be posting.
    I lost a member of my family because a selfish person choose to drink and drive.
    The pain never goes away, you just try to live with it. I can also assure you that children NEVER get over the loss of a parent. This didn't have to happen, but because one person used poor judgement, 2 people are now dead.
    If this passes we will now have to worry about people driving high and more children will lose parents.
    This is all over the city wanting to raise revenue(MONEY.) No one should have to die becasue the city wants money.

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  17. Pastor Alan Fong, I don't know you, but thank you for having the courage to speak out against this.

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  18. Wanna hear comments? Prola wants pot shops and will say anything to get them into San Leandro. Hear it for yourself at 02:33:10 mark on the city audio.

    http://sanleandro.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=329

    Say Nola to Prola!

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  19. 1208 No pots. Didnt you hear?

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  20. Yay to Pastor Alan Fong for his leading the way. We need more leaders like him who have the courage to stand out and fight our politicians from bringing crime dispensaries into San Leandro.

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  21. Pot shops want you to be fooled. They are cash business with untraceable million$ bringing more crime lords under the mask of lawfulness. Recall Prola and anyone who allows them.

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  22. Nola to Prola, Nola to Prola, Nola to Prola!

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  23. 1208, The BZA must be high too! If the dispensaries can't be near schools, senior centers,libraries, parks, etc, news flash families go to commerical areas. Stores, strip malls, shopping centers, restaurants. People of all ages work at or live near industrial areas. If they are making them hire security, you know they are expecting TROUBLE.
    BZA will want to open one in Bayfair Mall. Good bye Target, good bye Macy's.
    RECAll city council and clean house by getting rid of BZA members too! 2 birds 1 stone. No stoners in San Leandro!!

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  24. 5 members of the City Council voted to not ban it in summer 2012. Mayor Cassidy, Vice Mayor Gregory, and Council persons Cutter, Prola and Reed. Council persons Souza and Starosciak voted to ban. Prola and Reed were re-elected in November 2012 in spite of their vote, and Starosciak was replaced by Councilman Lee who has not said for sure if he favors a ban or not. There will be 4 Council seats up for election in 2014, but don't hold your breath and expect much change. San Leandro has become a heavily Democratic and very progressive town. The Democratic party and the Bay Area is in favor of Medical Marijuana. Get the strongest ordinance you can get and forget the ban.

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  25. When dispensaries are outlawed(banned), only outlaws(drug gangs) will have dispensaries!

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  26. Drug gangs are suppliers to the medical marijuana dispensaries, it's about under table money (money laundrying) between the unions, pot growers and owners of the dispensaries.

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  27. If dispensary so safe, prove it by disarming in Oakland first. Get rid all your gun and arm guard. Most bank have no arm guard and Prola say dispensary is safer than bank. Prove it by disarming dispensary now! If no disarm in Oakland, no dispensary in San Leandro.

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  28. Prohibition didn't work with alcohol. It created gangs and violence. Pot needs regulation and control just like prescription drugs, alcohol and tobacco. They are all far more harmful than pot.

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  29. Pastor bring good message and hope to San Leandro. He is example for good character and compassion to all people. Marijuana dispensary wanting supporters show no care for good people and ridicule good man of church. Already have dispensary at end of Lewelling. No brownie is no excuse. Grind and put in your cereal. Are you dumb?

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  30. Anonymous 11:15,
    You need to read the ordinance. There will be security cameras and security guards who are not armed. The ordinance is on the city homepage and is a very strong ordinance.

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  31. No ordinance needed. No dispensary in San Leandro. Go to end Lewelling for your pot shop.

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  32. I don't use pot but I am in favor of the ordinance. I don't think we should force our residents who need pot for pain to go to a different city to get their medication. Some are elderly and can't go far. Have some compassion for the sick and dying. What if it was your sister, brother, mother or father and you weren't around to help them. Most religions teach tolerance.

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  33. Lewelling is close enough and a straight drive.

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  34. Diana Souza for Mayor 2014!! Vote Prola out!

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  35. Pot shop at end of East Lewelling near East 14th. AC Transit stop with one block walk so no bus problem. Parking spaces in front of shop. Straight drive on East 14th or Lewelling. No need in San Leandro. No conflict with people in San Leandro.

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  36. Where are the caretakers?
    Home deliveries, front door services are available for marijuana users.

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  37. Home deliveries are illegal.

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  38. WASHINGTON — Melvin McDonald, a Mormon Republican who previously served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, describes himself as a “leader in the drug wars in the 1980's.” He served on an advisory board that set national drug policy. He also supports medical marijuana.

    McDonald, a criminal defense attorney who also previously served as Superior Court Judge for Maricopa County, Ariz., had a change of heart on the issue of medical marijuana after his son was hit by a car in 1997 and suffered irreversible brain damage. McDonald said his son, who suffers from seizures, isn't able to keep food down without marijuana.

    “You don't have to be driving a skateboard or riding a skateboard with long hair to be a hippy to realize that there are genuine people that need this, and people that take efforts to block it to people that are sick is just wrong,” McDonald told HuffPost Live on Tuesday. “I've come full-circle, from being on the crime-fighting end to seeing it within my own home, having my wife have to go and obtain marijuana illegally to get to her to keep him alive.”

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  39. No Pot in San Leandro! Get it?

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  40. 2:58
    MJ dispensary available at end of East Lewelling and is near enough. No more dispensary needed.

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  41. Lewelling pot shop is right next to SL.
    Oakland is not far from us.

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  42. 3:19
    I can smell it. Stinks!

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  43. Cassidy, Gregory, Prola, Reed and Cutter were right. Souza and Starosciak were wrong. Nobody knows Lee's position yet. Recall Souza because the majority of people want medical options. Keep Cassidy mayor!

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  44. I agree recall Souza and keep Cassidy Mayor.

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  45. Re-elect Cassidy for Mayor in 2014.

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  46. Recall Souza. She's a louza!

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  47. Recall all elected officials, let unions take over!

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  48. Recall Diane Souza . This will stop her from running for Mayor in 2014. She has no compassion for the sick and the dying.

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  49. I will never vote for Diana Souza again. I will vote for Cassidy, Gregory, Prola, Reed and Cutter again though. Marijuana is a prescription drug for many ,that we should be able to get at a pharmacy which are dispensaries for drugs.

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  50. 3014 election certainly will reveal the majority votes on marijuana issue. 90% SL residents are not supporting pot stores in SL,

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