Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Is Former Sierra Madre Mayor Joe Mosca Leading the Fight to Bring Commercial Marijuana to Encinitas?

It's on peoples' minds
More and more cash strapped cities in California are beginning to look to marijuana as a potential revenue resource. Many of these fine localities might say it is for other reasons (in Encinitas the purpose given is to "save local agriculture"), but if it wasn't for the tax potential of commercial ganja would they really be interested? I doubt it. It's always about the money.

Former Sierra Madre Mayor Joe Mosca, who abruptly vacated a City Council seat halfway through his second term here a few years back, recently resumed his political career in the City of Encinitas. Now an appointed member of the City Council there, today he sits on a subcommittee tasked with bringing marijuana into their revenue mix. Faced with a massive $154 million in (euphemism alert) "unfunded market pension debt" (link), obviously no stone (or stoner) is being left unturned. 

Here how Councilmember Mosca describes his efforts in the most recent edition of his weekly newsletter (link).

Sub-Committee on the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“AUMA”) – In November of 2017, the California voters passed Proposition 64, which legalized marijuana in California.  If cities throughout the State intend on regulating or banning the adult use of marijuana within its boundaries, then it must due (sic) so before a certain date. In response, our City formed a sub-committee to look more closely at the matter of cultivation of marijuana.  Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz and I were selected to be on this sub-committee.  We held our first meeting of the sub-committee last week.  The meeting was held in City Council Chambers. We had about two hours of public comment and received multiple correspondences before and after the meeting. We will hold another meeting soon in which we will review model regulations and take pubic (sic) comment.

Awkward typos aside (maybe Joe was doing a field study?), this wasn't quite as dry and abstract an affair as the Councilmember's newsletter made it out to be. Crucial local newser The Coast News reports a meeting that was far more robust (link).


We will keep an anxious eye on the Encinitas variant for any further developments.

Is Pasadena chasing its own green rainbow to a pot of gold?
The City of Pasadena, which is currently carrying over $1.5 billion dollars in unaccounted for employee pension debt, is also looking to get in on the big green gold rush. Here is how a recent article from the cutting edge on-line news site Pasadena Now breaks it down for us (link).

Nearly six months after the voters of California passed Proposition 64, which allows adults aged 21 years or older to possess and use marijuana for recreational purposes, the City of Pasadena still does not officially allow marijuana dispensaries, nor formulated a city-wide plan for its use, possession or sale.

To that end, officials are holding a series of public meetings to help formulate a public policy.  

“The voters of California have spoken, and the US Attorney General has spoken with another voice, and we increasingly find ourselves in California at odds with the Federal government. But, Pasadena has never allowed marijuana dispensaries, not even medical marijuana, when it was legal,” Mayor Terry Tornek said Monday.

Tornek said that the City now needs to develop some type of land use regulations that would permit the opening of legal dispensaries.

‘We’re going to have to regulate them carefully, because I think they threaten to be like liquor stores, which have been nuisances in some locations,” he said. Tornek added that the process could be “controversial and troublesome, but that’s the reason for having these public meetings.”

Councilmember Margaret McAustin said Monday that regulation is now more important than ever in controlling what could become a sudden proliferation of dispensaries.

“If we regulate them,” she said, “we will have the opportunity to shut down the bad operators quickly, which is something we don’t have now. Without regulation, they have more control. They can just pop open and get shut down, and then more somewhere else.”

All well and good, I suppose. But certainly you do know that when Councilmember McAustin talks about "regulation," she's actually more concerned about collecting tax money and selling business licenses, right?

Sierra Madre's recently hired City Manager, the visionary Gabe Engeland, helped enable one of the most successful municipal marijuana tax raising efforts in this country to date. In a story that ran on the CNN website ('Did pot money save small town from 'abyss of nothingness'? - link), this is how our new dude Gabe describes the way it all got done in Trinidad, Colorado.

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

Don't for one minute think other cities all over our blessed land haven't taken notice of Engeland's fiduciary achievement.

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68 comments:

  1. What great news for the parents of young children.

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    1. Their allowances will have to go up?

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    2. What happened in your life that made you so cynical and dark?

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    3. 7:31 - your assumption is incorrect. Legalization of marijuana will drive prices down, thus lessening the need for pocketbook robbery.

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    4. If only the economics were that simple

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    5. Depends on how much cash is left laying around the house.

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    6. 7:49 - by today's Washington standards Nixon would no longer be a crook.

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    7. Looks like Trump caved in on his stupid wall. He couldn't even get the American taxpayer to pay for it.

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  2. So Encinitas voted against allowing pot shops in town, but then later voted overwhelmingly to legalize marijuana state wide? The American voter in action.

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    1. Not in my backyard.

      Or grow House

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  3. Is it better to take the cartel out of the profits and trade government for legal taxation? One won't behead you or kill your whole family or bury your body in a mass grave. Yet!

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    1. Patience. The Trump administration is still new.

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    2. Either way, the common man remains opiated and enslaved to the oppressor

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  4. If Mosca is involved, he'll be against it, then for it, then against it, then for it, then....you get the idea.

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    1. It's a process.

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    2. Joe never makes a decision until he feels it is completely safe to do so.

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    3. It is hard to figure out what Joe is saying. He has a different story for every new set of eyes.

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    4. Joe only does something when he sees personal advancement in it. His actions are a good insight into the thinking of the local political machine.

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  5. Taking profits from the Cartel or street gangs won't be easy.
    With the possibility of Pot Shops being legalized and a new tax source for CAlpers continuing to ensure public employees get their full salary after retiring at age fifty, Pot is here to stay.

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  6. Capital Hill, President Trump gave a most heartfelt speech on the days of remembrance.

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    1. Who wrote it? Bannon?

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    2. Gee, I wonder whyApril 25, 2017 at 8:54 AM

      Some Jewish Groups Bristle at Thought of Trump at Capitol Holocaust Ceremony
      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/us/politics/trump-holocaust-remembrance-ceremony.html?_r=0

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    3. I'm sure he tried to feel more than their hearts.

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    4. (CNN) Ivanka Trump defended her father at a women's panel in Berlin Tuesday after attendees hissed and booed when she attempted to champion her father's commitment to women's issues.

      The event opened with the first daughter explaining her role in the White House.

      "You are first daughter -- German audience not familiar -- what is your role -- to whom are you represented? Your father, the American people, or your business," asked Miriam Meckel, editor of German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche.

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    5. Chief Black KettleApril 25, 2017 at 9:04 AM

      Heartfelt, heartfelt, heartfelt, 8:47 am? Trump's speech was about as heartfelt as him reading a list of repairs being made to his limosine by a mechanic.

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    6. Trump only cares about Trump.

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    7. Psychiatrists warn President Trump Is 'paranoid' and 'delusional'
      https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/2017/04/21/psychiatrists-warn-president-trump-%27paranoid%27-and-%27delusional%27/100753240/

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  7. 8:45am. Those would be American Jews.

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    1. Are those the ones you hate the most?

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    2. Anti-Semitic incidents in US surging in ’17, rose by a third in ’16
      http://www.jta.org/2017/04/24/news-opinion/united-states/anti-semitic-incidents-in-us-surging-in-17-rose-by-a-third-in-16

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    3. Anti-Semitic incidents climbed 21 percent statewide in 2016, but first part of 2017 may be even more troubling
      http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/social-affairs/20170424/anti-semitic-incidents-climbed-21-percent-statewide-in-2016-but-first-part-of-2017-may-be-even-more-troubling

      "The ADL report linked 34 cases last year to the presidential campaign, including graffiti found in Denver in May that said: 'Kill the Jews, Vote Trump.'"

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  8. 9:04am. Suggest read as it fits you and your outlook in life; Jean-Paul Sartre/ Reflexions.

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  9. The CALpers early retirement group, could offer to volunteer for their cities and towns, and thus keep expenditures down.
    The Generation X and Mellinnals would then be free to partake in the newest money makers for their town, Marijuana. Again, a windfall for all.
    The Feds will tackle taxes or legalities of the weed.
    The dummied down of society has a been occurring for years.
    Win win for all.

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  10. Looks like my question from earlier this morning has not arrived yet so here it is again. If a person who smokes marijuana is called a stoner what is a person who drinks alcohol called? Please excuse my ignorance but I am trying to learn.

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    1. drunk
      noun: drunk; plural noun: drunks
      1.a person who is drunk or who habitually drinks to excess.
      synonyms: drunkard, inebriate, drinker, tippler, imbiber, sot; heavy drinker, binge drinker, problem drinker, alcoholic, dipsomaniac; informal boozer, soak, lush, wino, alky, rummy, barfly; archaic - toper

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  11. All mood enhancements for humans are linked to chemical imbalances in the human body.

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  12. Being drunk does not sound like a recreationl user. If I have a couple of beers I'm not a drunk. When I go to wine tasting night am I a drunk? Must be a better definition than drunk!

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  13. Wow, I knew having sex was a mood enhancement!

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    1. Have you ever shared the experience with someone else?

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  14. In the dictionary a Full Definition of a Stoner is :a person who habitually uses drugs or alcohol

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    1. Ray Charles - Let's Go Get Stoned
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFwhCLYO_-M

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  15. Hey, it looks like Joe Mosca actually attended a meeting that he was supposed to attend!

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  16. High potency THC pot, up to 80%, not the 16% pot of the 60's.
    "Butter, Honey, Schatter, all names given for "dabbing", the new dipping your reefer into THC, creating "crack pot", the new high.
    Creates anxiety, anger and physical acting out from the user.

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    1. "I sure felt a lot better when I woke up this morning." - Frank Zappa

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    2. I have dealt with people that were drunk (alcohohol) and people who are high (Marijuana). In all those contacts there has never been violence with someone who is high. On the other hand, most of my violent contacts were with people who were drunk. Make Marijuana legal, it will be like the end of prohibition. The criminal enterprise in weed will die. The government can stop wasting time and resources on a battle already lost and the taxes can be used to get California out of debt.

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  17. This is kind of like being in on the beginning of the tabacco business. Quite an investment opportunity.

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    1. I think we have finally found a good use for some of the properties those DSP investors bought a decade or so ago.

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  18. TRUMP FAIL!

    A federal judge in California on Tuesday blocked Donald Trump’s executive order cutting off federal funding to sanctuary cities.

    The judge in San Francisco v. Donald J. Trump granted a preliminary injunction against the order, and in doing so called out “the Government’s flawed interpretation of the order.”

    Another win for democracy

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    1. Trump's likely the first president to have his First Lady cheating on him Embarrassingly, many presidents have had affairs. But has it ever gone the other way before now? How's that for a first by tangerine Mussolini?

      They don't live in the same state and when they do they don't sleep in the same bed. Not only are tax payers funding her security, they are probably funding her boy toys on the side. My friend and I concluded that she must be sleeping with the security guards at chump tower to fill the void in her life.

      I know, I know. Rumors abound. Just a thought.

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  19. The guards are being paid off by Mussiolini Man to keep any eye on her....wink, wink, non, nod.

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    1. Don't Russian gangsters live in that same tower?

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    2. Perhaps she is the Katherine the Great of first ladies? Any horses live there as well?

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  20. Has Melania had a facelift and implants?

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  21. Any of you conservative old people ever seen how pot helps people with various medical issues ? If not, may want to read up on it a bit. Seen anyone go thru cancer and chemo treatment ?

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    1. I believe most people are aware of that, yes. Did you completely miss the point of today's post? It is about the hypocrisy of small town politicians and their endless hunt for more tax revenue. If you need me to explain that to you, please leave a message saying so.

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    2. Does smoking pot cause cancer?

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  23. Having not tried pot in the 60's how would I know if it was stronger now. Would that mean that you get high quicker and use less pot now? As the beer and wine seem to disturb my stomach sooner now I will try pot next year when it is a recreational drug. Appreciate every one for posting here, I have learned a lot.

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    1. The marijuana plant is made up of more than 500 chemical compounds. Many of these compounds are cannabinoids, which bind to receptors in your body and then affect your immune system and brain. Researchers have pinpointed two main cannabinoids—THC and cannabidiol, or CBD—as beneficial, Dr. ElSohly tells me. (The biggest difference: CBD doesn’t make you high.)

      Trouble is, when exposed to the high temperature of a burning joint, the 500 or so chemical compounds in marijuana can produce hundreds or thousands of byproducts—many of which are thought to be carcinogens. Research suggests that marijuana smoke can contain up to 70 percent more carcinogenic materials than tobacco smoke. And while many researchers think that—logically—marijuana smoke should cause lung cancer, studies remain inconclusive. (See Does Smoking Pot Cause Lung Cancer?)

      But ElSohly contends that the smoke itself isn’t the biggest issue at this point. “There’s an inherent problem with the smoking of marijuana as a delivery system,” he says.

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  24. Very nice party going on for our new mayor, Rachelle Arizmendi. Lots of people, and lots of food at the Hart Park House.

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    1. She was against the UUT before she was for it.

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    2. Let them eat cake.

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    3. There's a lot more than cake there.

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    4. Who paid for it?

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  25. A word about Joe Mosca. I live in Encinitas. We were once known as the "flower capital" of the country. Since the price of housing is so high, most growers have had to sell. We have one grower left that would like to grow marijuna. That is what the sub-committee, consisting of a long time resident, Tony Kranz, and short time resident Joe Mosca were supposed to decide. Most people who have lived here a long time are taking sides with the one grower left. This isn't yet about dispensaries, etc. However, Mosca, who has only lived here a short time, thinks he knows what is best for our community. Kranz, on the other hand, does know what is best. But, Mosca, along with his sidekick Tasha, who after 10 months on our City Council is going to run for Assembly, with the full blessing of Mosca. Sure wish he had moved anywhere else but here.

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