In Mendocino County, permitting of cannabis cultivators is already a slow and difficult process, and many cultivators have chosen to stay in the blackmarket until local and state regulations covering the industry are better refined. Now the County government has shifted staff energies to focus primarily on fire recovery, and further cannabis policy development could stall out for the foreseeable future. Dan Young reports.
On October 31 the Mendocino Supervisors passed urgency ordinances both to protect fire victims from price gouging, and to allow them to live in trailers, RVs, and mobile homes for up to 3 years during the rebuilding effort. The Supervisors also heard updates from county and state officials on a wide range of fire recovery-related issues. Dan Young reports.
On October 24 the Mendocino Supervisors moved to put in place tax relief for cannabis cultivators impacted by the Mendocino Lake complex fire, and also discussed other ways for the county government to help with fire recovery efforts. But the Board also heard from law enforcement about the dangers presented by a recent small fire at a cannabis extraction site. Dan Young reports.
On October 24 the Fort Bragg City Council Community Development Committee considered a draft resolution written by local activists, and sent the document on to the full Council. The resolution aims to send a strong statement to both state agencies and the Koch Brothers about what kind of toxic cleanup the community will accept at the former Georgia Pacific mill site. Dan Young reports.
During their Monday, October 23 meeting the Fort Bragg City Council endorsed Measure B, the Mental Health Treatment Act sales tax ballot initiative. The Council also appointed a new city attorney, approved a new salary range for the city manager position, and discussed multiple CDBG federal grant projects. Dan Young reports.
Mendocino County is cautioning the public not to touch or move ash and debris from the Mendocino Lake Complex Fires, pending evaluation and removal of toxic contamination by state and federal authorities. Meanwhile the County is considering a range of policies to help fire victims rebuild, including lifting restrictions that could interfere living in trailers during reconstruction. Dan Young reports.
On October 16 the Fort Bragg City Council and Planning Commission held a three hour public discussion on how to rezone the former Georgia Pacific mill site for future development. Dan Young reports.