Tuesday, November 5, 2013

San Leandro Council Green Lights First Medical Pot Dispensary

by Steven Tavares
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM

The fate of medical cannabis in San Leandro will not rest at the ballot box after all, but patients looking to medicate their ailments will, instead, be limited in their choice of dispensaries after the city council voted, 6-1, to allow the permitting for just a single dispensary in the city. If all goes as planned, San Leandro could have its first medical pot club late next year.

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Tuesday Must Reads: Big Oil and Gas Spent Millions Lobbying Over Fracking; Oakland A’s Aren’t Going to San Francisco

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Big oil and gas interests spent millions lobbying California lawmakers during the final few months of the legislative session as they successfully weakened a fracking regulation bill, the SacBee$ reports. Chevron, the Western States Petroleum Association, and Aera Energy LLC all spent more than a $1 million each on lobbying in Sacramento during the last quarter. Oil and gas interests also treated a handful of moderate Democrats to a $13,000 dinner at an upscale eatery near the Capitol. In the end, the lobbying and gifts paid off when the legislature approved a fracking bill that promises to greatly expand hydraulic fracturing in the state.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Approval of Pot Dispensaries in San Leandro Could Hinge on a Ballot Measure Next Year

by Steven Tavares
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 4:34 PM

The San Leandro City Council might approve permits tonight for two medical cannabis dispensaries to open in the city. But in a late twist the approvals would not go into effect until a yet-to-be-written sales tax measure is approved by city voters next year.

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Monday Must Reads: Report: Major League Baseball Plays Hardball with Oakland; Army Base Project Finally Launches

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Major League Baseball has warned Oakland and Alameda County officials that it will help the Oakland A’s move to San Francisco to play games at AT&T Park next year unless the city and county give the A’s a favorable lease deal at the Coliseum, the Chron reports, citing anonymous sources. The city and county want the A’s to effectively pay higher rent to help offset the debt costs at the Coliseum, but the threats by Major League Baseball could force a deal that further benefits the A’s.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Must Reads: State Official Failed to Help Distressed Nursing Home Residents; Oakland Dispatchers Overwhelmed with Non-Emergency Calls

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. At least one state official visited a distressed nursing home in Castro Valley last week but failed to help residents who had been abandoned by staff, the Chron reports. Two untrained workers who were the sole people taking care of elderly residents of the nursing home said they saw state officials come and go last week and did nothing to help. One 65-year-old resident is now missing. A spokesman with the California Department of Social Services' Community Care Licensing Division admitted to the Chron that at least one state official had visited the home during last week’s chaos and the agency was now “looking into” what happened.

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