Shelli DeRobertis 9:19 p.m., May 22
City officials in Chula Vista aren't convinced that recent state legislation signed by the Governor will be effective in ridding smoke shops and roadside markets of designer drugs.
On Tuesday, city councilmembers and the Mayor will consider adopting an ordinance that makes it even harder for people to score bath salts and spice.
The city's proposal comes nearly one month after Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills, one authored by local State Assemblyman Ben Hueso, declaring it a misdemeanor to distribute the stimulants used in bath salts and spice.
If adopted, the new ordinance takes the crackdown on synthetic drugs to the next level by declaring them a public nuisance in the City of Chula Vista. By doing so, those distributing or in possession of the synthetic drugs will be subject to additional fines and other enforcement measures.
"This local declaration and enforcement mechanism is designed to supplement recent state law enactments in this area, and to fill in at least some of the gaps left by the state-level regulations," read the report from the City Attorney's office.