Monthly Archives: May 2016

City Council stands firm on pot ban

The current ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Garden Grove remains in place while the Medical Marijuana Regulation Task Force, led by Mayor Bao Nguyen and Councilman Phat Bui, continues studying the regulation of medical marijuana businesses in the city.

The task force will also examine the implementation of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act recently signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, taxation authorized by the Act, and solutions to mitigating negative impacts created by illegal marijuana businesses.

The task force, created by the Garden Grove City Council at its March 22 meeting, held public meetings on May 3 and May 18 to hear input from the community and local businesses about medical marijuana dispensaries. More than 300 people in total attended both meetings.

On May 24, the City Council considered taking additional actions regarding taxation and regulation of medical marijuana businesses, but took no action. Instead, the City Council confirmed that the ban against marijuana dispensaries remains in place and the task force will continue to study regulations and the experiences of other jurisdictions permitting medical marijuana businesses and implementing the Act.

–Posted by Brady Rhoades

Kim, Quirk-Silva do battle

The latest campaign reporting period shows Assemblywoman Young Kim ahead in the fundraising battle.

Since the start of the new year, Kim raised $299,516. Kim’s opponent, Sharon Quirk-Silva, raised $163,294.

The ending cash balances show an even bigger fundraising gap between the two candidates. Kim more than doubles Quirk-Silva’s report with an ending cash of $679,807 to $264,602. In total, Young Kim has raised more than $920,000 for her reelection, making her one of the most prolific fundraisers in the state.

If you remember, Kim flipped the script a couple years ago when she unseated Quirk-Silva for the 68th District Assembly seat.

Now, Quirk-Silva is trying to return the favor.

Stay tuned.

–Brady Rhoades

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Make a point of reading this week’s OCN

If you do nothing else this week, read your Orange County News. It’s got everything you need to know about your community: civic matters, profiles on youth doing great things, school updates, culture, sports and a humorous piece by columnist Tony Cheong about texting politics with her 10-year-old niece.

–Brady Rhoades