Dispensary involved in San Leandro political scandal says they’ll repay loan before next week’s deadline, open 4/20

Rendering of the proposed Davis Street Wellness Center at 3081 Teagarden Street.SAN LEANDROIn response to allegations of sexual misconduct, San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata denied the claims and, instead, asserted they were attempts by the accuser to aid final approval of a medical cannabis dispensary in the city, of which she has a financial interest.But … Continue reading Dispensary involved in San Leandro political scandal says they’ll repay loan before next week’s deadline, open 4/20

2017 Year in East Bay Politics Part IV – Oct-Dec: Oakland Strikes

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSAs fall began to bleed into winter, everything seemed to go wrong for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. The unions were already nipping at her heels with a campaign-style website  portraying her leadership in dire tones. An August raid by ICE agents in West Oakland, is later found to have been aided by … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics Part IV – Oct-Dec: Oakland Strikes

Repayment of federal loan is hampering proposed San Leandro dispensary permit

SAN LEANDROThe fate of a San Leandro medical cannabis dispensary may hinge on the repayment of a federal loan previously used to purchase the building where the group intends to open its business sometime next year.The San Leandro Board of Zoning Adjustments reaffirmed its vote last Thursday to pave the way for the Davis Street … Continue reading Repayment of federal loan is hampering proposed San Leandro dispensary permit

EBC AGENDA | NOV 6-9 | Housing dominates City Halls across the East Bay; ALAMEDA COUNTY begins issuing housing bonds; ALAMEDA pot ordinance

THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 6-9--SAN LEANDRO-- Regular council meeting, NoV. 6, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--CITY-OWNED REAL ESTATE DEAL-- Town Hall Square, the roughly 1.5 acres plot of undeveloped land bounded by East 14th, Hays, Davis Streets in Downtown San Leandro is slated to be sold to a developer for $2.1 million. The vision for … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | NOV 6-9 | Housing dominates City Halls across the East Bay; ALAMEDA COUNTY begins issuing housing bonds; ALAMEDA pot ordinance

EBC AGENDA | OCT 27-NOV 5 | OAKLAND’s 918-unit Oak Knoll project faces scrutiny; HAYWARD to greenlight cannabis rules; BERKELEY defines ‘use of force’

THE WEEK OF OCT. 27-NOV. 5--OAKLAND-- Special Community & Economic Development Committee meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--918-UNIT OAK KNOLL DEVELOPMENT-- "The Applicant [SunCal] is requesting planning-related permits including a General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and other planning-related actions that would enable development of 918 residential units, 72,000 square feet of primarily neighborhood-serving … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | OCT 27-NOV 5 | OAKLAND’s 918-unit Oak Knoll project faces scrutiny; HAYWARD to greenlight cannabis rules; BERKELEY defines ‘use of force’

San Leandro: BAL Theatre receives half million in city loans; Flavored tobacco ban finalized; Dispensary receives deadline extension

BAL Theatre owner Dan Dillman in front of the theater's marquee in 2014.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe BAL Theatre, San Leandro's last Art Deco performing arts building has proven scrappy in keeping its doors open while attracting former A-list Hip Hop and R&B acts from the 80s and 90s to an underutilized area strip of East 14th … Continue reading San Leandro: BAL Theatre receives half million in city loans; Flavored tobacco ban finalized; Dispensary receives deadline extension

EBC AGENDA | OCT 13-19 | OAKLAND stocks new Police Commission; Another rent measure in ALAMEDA; television chopper problem in BERKELEY; Pot plans in HAYWARD

THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 13-19--OAKLAND-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--POLICE COMMISSION FILLS OUT-- Mayor Libby Schaaf' had her appointments to the Oakland Police Commission ready to go two weeks ago. They are Thomas Smith, Edwin Prather, and Regina Jackson. Picks from a separate selection panel will be nominated Tuesday … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | OCT 13-19 | OAKLAND stocks new Police Commission; Another rent measure in ALAMEDA; television chopper problem in BERKELEY; Pot plans in HAYWARD

San Leandro zoning board overturns city’s denial of medical cannabis dispensary use permit

A rendering of the Davis Street Wellness Centerretail area at its proposed dispensary onTeagarden Street. PHOTO/DSWCSAN LEANDROAfter several San Leandro zoning commissioners downplayed a city staff report opposing the issuance of a conditional-use permit for the Davis Street Wellness Center medical cannabis dispensary, the board voted, 6-1,Thursday night to overturn the city’s denial.What was before … Continue reading San Leandro zoning board overturns city’s denial of medical cannabis dispensary use permit

Locally-based San Leandro dispensary, not yet in business, may lose permit

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILOver the past two years, San Leandro has approved three conditional-use permits for medical cannabis dispensaries. None, though, have yet to open for business. But now, the locally-backed group controversially approved by the city council last summer is at risk of losing its permit.In July 2016, the city council approved the dispensary … Continue reading Locally-based San Leandro dispensary, not yet in business, may lose permit

Cannabis industry coming to Alameda?

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda is surrounded now by municipalities in Oakland and San Leandro that are taking full advantage of the highly-profitable cannabis industry in their cities, not to mention the potential windfall of new tax revenues that may follow.Based on a council referral to be discussed next week, Alameda may be laying the groundwork, albeit belatedly, for cannabis businesses … Continue reading Cannabis industry coming to Alameda?

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

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 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

Brown signs medical marijuana bill; Bonta declares ‘new era’ for state dispensaries

ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta may have just become the godfather of medical marijuana regulation in the state. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation adding regulations to medical marijuana dispensaries nearly 20 years after voters approve its legality in California. The bill, a cobbling of several regulatory bills, is viewed as being … Continue reading Brown signs medical marijuana bill; Bonta declares ‘new era’ for state dispensaries

Bonta nears major legislative victory with dispensary regulatory bill

Assemblymember Rob BontaASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta is nearing passage of a landmark bill that will bring long-needed regulations to the state’s billion-dollar medical cannabis industry.Late Thursday evening, the Los Angeles Times reported a deal knitting together Bonta’s Assembly Bill 266 and another, AB 243, by Healdsburg Assemblymember Jim Wood, had … Continue reading Bonta nears major legislative victory with dispensary regulatory bill