Group behind controversial San Leandro dispensary is also looking at Hayward

HAYWARDWhen Stephen Cassidy was the mayor of San Leandro he believed the city's approval of medical cannabis dispensaries would put children at risk. As legend has it, Cassidy toured the nearby Harborside Health Center in Oakland and his views dramatically changed.He later tempered his stance by leading the San Leandro City Council to approve just … Continue reading Group behind controversial San Leandro dispensary is also looking at Hayward

Quirk introduces bill allowing public pot use at special events

Assemblymember Bill Quirk has long beena strong supporter of cannabis.20TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTWith the East Bay on the cusp of becoming awash in legal cannabis, a bill introduced Monday by Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk would afford local governments the ability to host cannabis-related special events in their cities.Under the legislation, to be heard in an assembly … Continue reading Quirk introduces bill allowing public pot use at special events

San Leandro non-profit leader, who accused city manager of misconduct, will sue the city

SAN LEANDROThe leader of the local non-profit, who last week said San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata attempted to offer a publicly-financed loan for the Davis Street Family Resource Center in exchange for an intimate relationship, says she plans to file a lawsuit.A lawsuit against Zapata and the city is pending, said Sam Singer, a … Continue reading San Leandro non-profit leader, who accused city manager of misconduct, will sue the city

San Leandro city manager discloses allegation of sexual misconduct reportedly made against him by local CEO

San Leandro Chris Zapata denied allegationsreportedly made by Davis Street Family Resource Center CEO Rose Johnson. EXCLUSIVE! SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILIn an apparent preemptive move, San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata released a lengthy letter Tuesday that rebuts unspecified and, until now, not publicly known allegations of improper sexual conduct reportedly made against him by the CEO of a … Continue reading San Leandro city manager discloses allegation of sexual misconduct reportedly made against him by local CEO

EBC AGENDA | SEPT 1-7 | ALAMEDA to end dispensary moratorium, selects just cause elex date; SAN LEANDRO tenant relocation $$; Piedmont rages

THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 1-7As far as the dreaded August council recess period goes this was awful. Nothing much happened because the players in politics took some time to relax. Many went of vacations, near and far. I even saw one Oakland councilmember on my own vacation earlier this month.But those on a staycation in … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | SEPT 1-7 | ALAMEDA to end dispensary moratorium, selects just cause elex date; SAN LEANDRO tenant relocation $$; Piedmont rages

Hayward City Council tells city manager to begin accepting applications for cannabis permits

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILHayward was originally one of the first cities in the East Bay to allow medical cannabis dispensaries. But after concerns over the safety of its dispensaries, including one instance when the current mayor toured one such establishment while it was being robbed, the Hayward City Council closed them down and placed a moratorium … Continue reading Hayward City Council tells city manager to begin accepting applications for cannabis permits

San Leandro councilman says dispensary permit holder lobbied council colleague’s employer

San Leandro Councilmember Pete Ballewslammed the city's second dispensary permitholder for acting unethically.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe cross section of cannabis and politics clashed Monday night in San Leandro after one elected official said the group seeking to retain its previously approved dispensary permit has acted unethically in its zeal to protect their investment.San Leandro Councilmember … Continue reading San Leandro councilman says dispensary permit holder lobbied council colleague’s employer

City Council support for cannabis in Alameda is building

Alameda Mayor Tish Herrera SpencerALAMEDA CITY COUNCILThe push for cannabis dispensaries and cultivation facilities in recent years in Oakland and San Leandro has long eluded Alameda where a moratorium has made the burgeoning industry a non-starter in local politics. That appears to be changing and quickly after the Alameda City Council laid at a short … Continue reading City Council support for cannabis in Alameda is building

Hayward City Council is open to dabbling in cannabis

Hayward city leader have shied away from thecannabis industry over the past seven years.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILThe Hayward City Council is now on track to allow cannabis businesses in the city at some point in the near future. During a work session Tuesday night there appeared to be unanimity in favor of Hayward dipping its toes … Continue reading Hayward City Council is open to dabbling in cannabis

San Leandro proposes tax rate on cannabis purchases

San Leandro's initial tax rate on cannabispurchases could start at 7 percent, accordingto a city staff report.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILSan Leandro city staff is proposing a tax rate on cannabis purchases that would exceed Oakland and Berkeley.Next week, the San Leandro City Council will be presented with a cannabis business tax that would begin at … Continue reading San Leandro proposes tax rate on cannabis purchases

Oakland eyes creating public bank to help city’s underserved, cannabis industry

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | A proposed resolution setting the stage for Oakland to begin studying the feasibility of a public bank was approved Tuesday by the Oakland City Council Finance and Management Committee.The idea of a city-owned public bank, first proposed by Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, is intended to fill the gap for Oakland small businesses … Continue reading Oakland eyes creating public bank to help city’s underserved, cannabis industry

San Leandro may ‘pump the brakes’ on dispensaries, but only after three

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |  A third dispensary permit in San Leandro in just over a year was formally approved Monday night, but it may be the last for some time after a councilmember raised the possibility of moratorium on any further dispensaries. The San Leandro City Council moved to schedule later this month a … Continue reading San Leandro may ‘pump the brakes’ on dispensaries, but only after three

San Leandro sets the stage for third dispensary, without open bidding process

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter already hasa operator in mind for the city's potential third dispensary.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |San Leandro’s medical marijuana dispensary ordinance was amended Monday to include a possible third permit. The San Leandro City Council only recently awarded a second permit in July, and now with its latest action, is setting the stage … Continue reading San Leandro sets the stage for third dispensary, without open bidding process

San Leandro could be moving quickly toward a third cannabis dispensary

San Leandro quickly approved a second medicalcannabis dispensary in July.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |When the San Leandro City Council approved a second medical cannabis dispensary in July, its swiftness, coming just after awarding its first-ever permit to Harborside in 2015, was notable given the excruciatingly difficult path it endured to get even a single dispensary … Continue reading San Leandro could be moving quickly toward a third cannabis dispensary

Eric Swalwell backs state cannabis legalization initiative

Rep. Eric SwalwellCONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell is backing Proposition 64, the state initiative aiming to legalize cannabis use, according to a Sacramento Bee reporter. The state measure comes before voters this November.Although the two-term congressman from Dublin often finds wiggle room along the left of center political spectrum, his … Continue reading Eric Swalwell backs state cannabis legalization initiative