By Eric Kurhi
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at 2:32 pm in Uncategorized.
2/17 UPDATE: Not going to happen this year.
2/12 UPDATE: Setting a cannabis club policy is coming back before Council on Tuesday, when they will vote on priorities. City manager is strongly urging them to rethink the direction they are going, and opponents (and probably proponents, too) are expected to show up in force. Story about it in Monday’s paper, but consider this a heads up.
It certainly isn’t the city’s only priority, but Hayward added looking into creating an official policy on medical marijuana clubs to its goals for the coming year.
Most of the Council wanted it to be a priority, with Bill Quirk and Olden Henson being the most vocal proponents of setting a policy. However, City Manager Greg Jones and Mayor Michael Sweeney both said NIMBY aspects of such clubs will make it a tough sell to put it in any given neighborhood.
It should garner its fair share of attention when it comes before council later this year — after a dozen proponents showed up last week, a number of residents spoke out against dispensaries at Tuesday’s Council meeting — but feel free to weigh in here and now.
Other city priorities included working on issues involving the homeless, and the core values held over from last year: Crime/public safety, cleanliness, organizational health, land use and sustainability and fiscal stability.
The full City Manager’s review of 2009 is available here, with a list of accomplishments here. The proposed goals are available here. Council accepted them for the most part, with the exception of the item regarding the rental inspection program and the study of surrounding areas that could be annexed into the city. Those were dropped so the medical marijuana and homeless items could be added to the year’s agenda.