Monday, March 13, 2017

CNN: Did pot money save small town from 'abyss of nothingness'?

Mod: Big CNN news report from about a year ago on the "Trinidad Miracle." At tomorrow night's City Council meeting Sierra Madre's new City Manager, Gabriel Engeland, will be introduced to the folks of this town. Until just recently Gabe was the City Manager of Trinidad, Colorado, a town currently building its economic renaissance around the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. He is featured in the CNN report below. Does any of this actually apply to Sierra Madre? I don't know. But with the city carrying $30 million in water bond and CalPERS debt, you never can tell.


Did pot money save small town from 'abyss of nothingness'? (CNN link): Anthony Mattie walks down Main Street confronted by a shell of the town he once knew.

The retired state patrolman-turned-mayor pro tem stares at vacant building after building, his reflection bouncing off the empty glass storefront windows. The streets are lined with century-old facades, but not much more, except for a few cars slowly passing by.

Still, Mattie maintains a sparkle in his eye and a boyish grin as he shares the plan to bring his town back to life -- thanks to marijuana money.

"The abandoned Pepsi plant became a marijuana dispensary. People resurrected these buildings that were about to fall and collapse," he says.

It's in large part thanks to at least $800,000 in marijuana tax revenue.

The green rush is bringing hope back to this once-booming coal mining town in rural southeast Colorado, just 11 miles from the New Mexico border, where generations of Mattie's family have lived. Residents pride themselves on the town's pioneer reputation and Wild West spirit.

"This is the place where Bat Masterson was the marshal. This is where Jesse James' gang did run. This is the place where Doc Holiday was a dentist and owned a brothel. This is the place," says Cy Michaels, a hotel owner and leader of the town's tourism board.

It was also home to one of the first places in the nation for gender reassignment surgery, earning it the unofficial title of "Sex change capital of the world" in the early 2000s. But the doctor left, mines shut down and businesses closed, leaving the town searching for a new identity. So the city turned to marijuana, hoping to fill the economic void.

Compared with 30,000 in its prime, 8,200 residents live here now. But Mattie and others hope weed dispensaries, grow facilities and a high-scale commercial chocolate edibles company can be a shot in the arm.

"I expect that the sale of medical and recreational marijuana in the city of Trinidad is transitional," Mattie says. "That it gets us over this abyss of nothingness."

The town is in many ways an experiment that other cities across America are watching. They're only starting to see the good, the bad and the uncertainty that comes with a small town green-lighting weed.

The town waded slowly into the controversial legal marijuana industry, waiting and only allowing medical marijuana business first.

"It's like tipping your toe in the water, testing the water," Mattie says. "And we said, 'Alright, this is not the big problem we maybe thought it could be.'"

In November 2014 the first recreational retail pot shop opened in Trinidad. Then, the money started flowing beyond expectations. The $800,000 in tax revenue from marijuana sales in one year makes up just about 10% of the town's general fund, City Manager Gabe Engeland says. Mattie says they anticipated about $200,000.

And so began the transformation of the town. With the marijuana tax money, the city spent $70,000 on a new fire engine, a pumper truck. Some of the money has allowed the city to expedite replacing old water pipes.

"About 60% of our water pipes were installed between 1890 and 1950," Engeland says. "They're edging towards catastrophic failure."

The city bought several rundown buildings in the heart of town with plans to convert them into live-work lofts and galleries, to attract artists and craftspeople to Trinidad.

It's money that's making a difference for this struggling town and a trend being seen across the state.

Mod: The rest of this CNN report, including video, can be found at the link above.

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

61 comments:

  1. Tge Tattler has done several articles on this topic. Does the Tattler support city's raising revenue in this manner. Maybe I'm not reading carefully to understand where you stand.

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    1. Not the Mod, but medical marijuana shops downtown would be better than another round of tax increases.

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  2. Better idea- let's cut all services except police which we'll heavily invest in, then build a wall that Arcadia will pay for.

    That'll balance the budget

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    1. Don't wall out Arcadians--they'll pay for our green with amber!

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  3. For all outsiders there will be a police escort to the dispensary. If it becomes too popular they can run shuttles from the town line. Need to find sufficient parking for the dispensary clients where the shuttle will pick them up. After they pick up their goods they can pick b/n leaving directly back to their cars, or take a tour of the city, maybe see the wonderful vine (if in bloom), drive by the famous horn, the buck, etc.

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  4. There are plenty of pot shops around us. Don't think pot would bring in enough money to put up with added people driving in town for a joint and leaving. Will be interesting to see what our new city manager with his degree will come up with but I don't think it will be weed.

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  5. Can the city council take any action at tomorrow night's meeting since the agenda and staff reports were not available 72 hrs. In advance. They were not on the city Web site last night.

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    1. If the notice was posted at City Hall or the Library, they are good to go. Doesn't need to be on line.

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  6. This could present an interesting new challenge for the Chamber of Commerce.

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    1. I think they'll need to bring back the Green Committee.

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  7. The Chamber of Commerce does not care about our town, they are in the business of creating business for the businesses. They don't care about our water problem or high density or safety of our town, they are the Chamber of Commerce.

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    1. The Wistaria Festival was very poorly attended this year.

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    2. The Chamber is thinking of replacing it with the world's largest flowering marijuana plant.

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    3. Been there, done that. A big bush and a bunch of crap in booths.

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  8. "About 60% of our water pipes were installed between 1890 and 1950," Engeland says. "They're edging towards catastrophic failure."

    No kidding.

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  9. New Poll Finds Religious Right’s Agenda To Be Extremely Unpopular
    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/new-poll-finds-religious-rights-agenda-to-be-extremely-unpopular/

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  10. he took the most obvious and easiest route to rebuilding his former city and somehow he's a genius?

    jeez we got some morons on city council

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  11. Why is the Tattler the only one covering this?

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    1. Most local newspapers and news sites filter out information upsetting to local city governments and business organizations. Then they wonder why nobody reads them.

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  12. This is not proving to be too hopeful. The new City Manager does not come with an established record in the two cities he previously worked in. Short stints in both. I am not holding my breath.

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  13. Because it's not really that much of a story...

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  14. Trump and Ryan fear the GOP faces a ‘bloodbath’ in 2018. They may be right.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/03/13/trump-and-ryan-fear-the-gop-faces-a-bloodbath-in-2018-they-may-be-right/

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    1. Sure hope so.
      The GOP needs to take a break and disassociate itself from the anti-education crazies.

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    2. Education is a leading cause of Democrats.

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    3. Just when I thought it was safe to read the Tattler again it has morphed into another Trump bash. Will try again in a couple of months. Bye

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    4. Don't come back.

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  15. Donald Trump Faces Deadline To Hand Over Evidence Of Wiretapping Allegations
    The big question still is whether any such evidence exists.

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    1. Krazyann Conways says it was done with microwave ovens.
      http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/03/13/twitter-mercilessly-roasting-kellyanne-conway-saying-obama-spying-microwaves/

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  16. 7:29am. Good point. The answer is no; unless the overpaid attorney in town wants to be challenged.
    Did the adjudicate paper, Mt. View News, have any notices?
    Could be a intro to new mng. meeting only. on Tues.

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  17. 11:00am. I think you ment to say; that the uneducated crazies need to take a break. Connect back into reality.

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    1. 1:55, you really don't know what the education level of the majority of Trump supporters is?

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    2. You people keep bring up education as though it makes you a better person or somehow gives you insite into the world that others don't have. Get over your self.

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    3. That is some "insite" on education there, Jethro.

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  18. About 1,000,000 working class Americans will lose health insurance every month in the first year alone when the Bannon/Ryan health plan is pushed through Congress,thanks trump.

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    1. The GOP is committing political suicide.

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    2. You mean getting it free since it is paid for by the working stiffs.

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    3. People pay for their benefits. Everyone pays taxes. To say that those who receive government benefits don't is not the truth.

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  19. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump wasn't referring to wiretapping when he tweeted about Obama wiretapping him. I see that explains it.

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    1. They even lie like idiots.

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    2. Poor Spicey. He'll never recover from the Trump contagion.

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    3. This administration has so many fools.

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  20. Let's only hope the GOP is committing political suicide. How much damage can they they do before we get enough reasonable people in Congress - the Democrats and John McCain - where are the GOP's leaders? Oh yeah, Ryan, Cruz, etc. Yikes!

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  21. John McCain, Yikes!!! Should retire and sit in a rocking chair.
    THREE PART phase in HealthCare. It will take time to fix the GOVERNMENT ONLY ONE PARTY PAYER of Obama Care. Talk about royal screwup's. No wonder not a single Democrat read the ObamaLaws on ONEPARTY NATIONAL HEALTHCARE (Obamanomics move to Cuba it will suite you), before signing it into law.

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    1. John McCain is a patriot. Trump and his henchmen are traitors.

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    2. Make America Great Again. Die for TrumpMarch 13, 2017 at 4:24 PM

      Obamacare revision would reduce insured numbers by 24 million, CBO projects
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/obamacare-revision-would-reduce-insured-numbers-by-24-million/2017/03/13/ea4c860a-0829-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html

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    3. Three part trump care-
      1. Bait
      2. Switch
      3. You go broke before you die

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    4. "The trust of the innocent is the liar's most effective tool." - Stephen King

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  22. 2:54pm. What did those 1,000,000 working class people have for health ins. before ObamaCare? If they were working, then they could have bought their own ins. as they can buy their own ins. now.

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    1. The number is 24 million, not 1 million.

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    2. The 1 million a month that were without health care before Obama care were going to emergency rooms where no one is turned away,it's 10 times more expensive and the Taxpayers (middle class) were paying for it. Are you as stupid as you sound?

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    3. 24 million people are going to lose their health care. 24 million. This is war on America's citizens.

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    4. 5:21 is either,under 15 years old,over 90 years old and has Alzheimer's,or so filthy rich ,like trump, that he has no idea of how healthcare works.And it's actually 100 times more expensive to go to an emergency room for a sick child than go to a private M.D.not 10 times.The 1,000,000 figure comes from the projected 14,000,000 that will lose health care by 2018 alone.
      .

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  23. 8:48am. No kidding?!!! How old is the town?
    When Bruce was in charge, he spent the monies on reparing the Reservoirs. Then California went into a drought.
    Good money spent on bad brown water fiasco has damaged more pipes.
    New studies on computer programs to track leaky water pipes.
    Very little money left in the City Reserves in case of an emergency; like a fire in the hillsides. But wait; no Fire Department in the near future, the town's broke.
    Contracting out the Fire Department or privatization may be an option.
    Now guess what has the attention of the new guy in City Hall? Old pipes.
    Could be that Pot and smoke pipes will turn the town around.

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  24. 6:14pm. I hear you can homestead in Syeria, really cheap these days.
    Unvetted Radical Muslims enter the USofA, and "you" can yell Jihaid Allah Akbar and receive a free trip to a new home. Plenty of Health Insurance over seas.

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    1. You are a paranoid racist terrorist

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    2. Goodness, where to start?

      Syria, not Syeria
      cheaply, not cheap
      radical, not Radical
      Jihad, not Jihaid
      Allah hu Akbar (not said with the word jihad)
      health insurance, not Health Insurance
      overseas, not over seas.

      As well as using spell check, you might also like to give thinking a try.




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  25. 6:46am. What war on citizens?
    In life you are guaranteed nothing. Your born; you die.
    You buy healthcare or sign up for assistance, if your too mental to get assistence, eventually the system will catch you. So, no worries.

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    1. Are you always a jerk?

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    2. We should all have the same health care that congress has. After all we tax payers are paying for it. Something is really not right when we argue to save money by taking health care away. The poor cant afford it so they get ER for free, it's the middle class who will be paying for everything including our own health care.

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    3. What an uncivilized mind. This is the 21st century. We have the money and means for everyone to have accessible healthcare. A fundamental human right.

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