Council and City Attorney to meet behind closed doors to discuss Medical Marijuana lawsuits

Last month, San Diego Mayor, Bob Filner put an end to the investigation and persecution of medical cannabis dispensaries by the city’s Neighborhood Code Compliance. Additionally, Mayor Filner directed the City Attorney, Jan Goldsmith to drop all pending civil suits against medical cannabis dispensary operators for zoning code violations. Since then, Jan Goldsmith has been reluctant to consent to dismissal of the cases "with prejudice" as opposed to dismissal "without prejudice," a scenario that allows Goldsmith to take up litigation again at anytime. According to their Website: The City Council will meet in closed session on Monday, January 28, 2013, regarding the civil enforcement actions which were filed against these marijuana dispensary operators and property owners to compel compliance with the City’s zoning laws. The City Attorney will brief the Mayor and City Council on the status of the medical marijuana dispensary cases and will seek direction. Public comment will be taken by filling out a speaker slip before 2:00PM on Monday in the Committee Room located on the 12th Floor of City Hall at 202 C St, San Diego, CA 92101. Please let the City Council know the Mayor intended for these cases to end permanently and the City Council should direct Jan Goldsmith to allow the cases to be closed with prejudice. Mayor Filner made a strong stand for medical marijuana dispensaries and now he needs our backing. If you are interested in being heard but can not attend to speak, you may use this fill-able form for public comment: http://www.sandiego.gov/city-clerk/officialdocs... Information you will need for filling out the form: The meeting date is January 28, 2013 and the Docket number is CS2. Link to Closed Session Agenda: http://dockets.sandiego.gov/sirepub/pubmtgframe... Link to article on Jam Goldsmith’s actions: http://www.safeaccesssd.org/2013/01/jan-goldsmi.... Thank you! Terrie Best Court Support Coordinator San Diego Chapter, Americans for Safe Access
— January 27, 2013 5:19 p.m.

Carl DeMaio's Fundraiser Deemed "Disgusting" and "Publicity Stunt" by Occupy San Diego Spokesperson

In a recent publicity stunt, Carl DeMaio attempted to sell citizens of San Diego that 1 month of extra foot traffic created by Occupy San Diego resulted in loss of sales. The story about the vendors' business failure has been covered elsewhere as a total misrepresentation of what actually happened. Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio, got a lot of mileage out of cart owner Linda Jenson’s claims that her business failed because of Occupy San Diego. He staged a press conference and vowed to help her. Very admirable except for the fact that Mr. DeMaio virtually ignored this woman’s plea for help for three years (as evidenced by the letter Jenson wrote in 2008 to newspaper, San Diego City Beat) and then saw and took an opportunity to discredit Occupy San Diego with it. He immediately staged a publicity stunt by offering money and the promise of a fund raiser to her now that it suits him. Also not covered here is the fact that protesters filed by and handed the vendors money off-camera during DeMaio's press conference. I have seen many of our Council Members down at the Plaza engaging their public but not Mayor hopeful Carl DeMaio. Mr. DeMaio chose to alienate and vilify those citizens who are begging to be heard. This is not the sign of a leader. Carl DeMaio is unsophisticated, out of touch and disconnected with what San Diegans need. Please vote NO on DeMaio.
— November 9, 2011 10:06 a.m.

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