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


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

Teacher sets world record at Boston Marathon

As if teaching 5 year olds weren’t a big enough challenge…

Eisenhower Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jami Marseilles recently set a world record as the first female bilateral amputee to complete the Boston Marathon.

She didn’t stop there.

After completing the marathon, Marseilles threw the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game.

Read about this amazing woman in this week’s Orange County News.

–Brady Rhoades

Cold War issues still chilling…

What is this, the 1940s, the 1950s?

Nope. But you know the old saying that states the more things change, the more they stay the same.

State Assemblyman Travis Allen is doing battle with the secretary general of the Communist Party.

Read all about it in this week’s Orange County News.

–Brady Rhoades

Hail, Caesar!

I just have to post this photo of Marine Staff Sgt. Caesar (below).

A “Welcome Home” ceremony was recently held for Vietnam Veterans — who never received a proper welcome home — at Sid Goldstein Park in Westminster. Many veterans and dignitaries were present.

Caesar was one. He’s not what you’d expect, as you can see. But remember, dogs play a vital role in many military operations. Military canines can be counted among the heroes who do the dirty work to keep this country safe. Marine Sgt. David Palomares is Caesar’s handler.

Photo was taken by Loreen Berlin.

–Brady Rhoades



Down on Main Street…

The Garden Grove Downtown Business Association met recently to discuss how to enhance Historic Main Street.

There were many, many suggestions. Here are five:

–A bagel shop.

–A Thai restaurant.

–A Trader Joe’s

–More live music and entertainment.

–Some chic stores that sell furniture, antiques, etc.

Readers, what do you think?

–Brady Rhoades