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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventFuentes said the city attorney is studying several lawsuits that reveal the difficulty in regulating these facilities. For example, in the spring of 2005, the city of Fresno, one of four California municipalities that adopted a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, was sued for enacting the ban. Also in October 2005, Americans for Safe Access filed lawsuits against the cities of Concord, Pasadena and Susanville for banning medical marijuana dispensaries. Rebecca Saltzman, field coordinator for Americans for Safe Access, an Oakland-based nonprofit that protects patients’ access to medical marijuana, said cities should focus on developing regulations instead of passing moratoriums. “It’s better to regulate than place bans, because when a ban is too long, it’s too long for a patient to wait,” she said. PICO RIVERA – The City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to extend its temporary ban on medical marijuana dispensaries by 10 months and 15 days. Officials made the decision to extend an interim ordinance, which prohibits issuing any permits to medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, because they need more time to study the subject, said City Manager Chuck Fuentes. “We want to make sure we have a sound policy in place on this serious issue,” he said. The extension on the temporary ban, put in place by the council on March 7, gives the Planning Commission more time to study any adverse impacts to the community and City Attorney Jamie Casso time to look into legal ramifications, said officials. The council adopted the original ordinance because it had received several inquiries from parties interested in opening medical marijuana collectives, said Fuentes. Officials also wanted to avoid a repeat of what happened in January 2002, when Imperial Showgirls, an all-nude strip club, opened in a family-oriented shopping center on Slauson Avenue. At the time, the city didn’t have a proper ordinance in place, so Showgirls was able to come in and the city was forced to accept certain conditions regarding its operation, said Fuentes. “Once bitten, twice shy,” said Fuentes. “This time we want to look at what our options are.” The council is also following the lead of Whittier’s council, which approved an ordinance in January that allows medical marijuana dispensaries but only in commercial and industrial zones. Before approving the ordinance, the Whittier council adopted a moratorium on the dispensaries while the city’s attorney and planning staff worked out details of the new regulations. However, in Whittier’s case, its ordinance was adopted after a medical marijuana collective already had moved into a medical center without the city’s knowledge. Because of that, the city had no choice but to allow the Whittier Collective to continue operating in the medical center location. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“Staples has been the best thing since sliced bread, and l.a. live is going to continue the enormous impact Staples has had on our renaissance,” Schatz said. “Not only will it provide a place for people driving in to spend money and go, it also has great importance for the residents who have moved downtown.” — Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake AEG spokesman Michael Roth said work is progressing on l.a. live, but he had no comment on talks involving a new equity partner for the hotel, on which estimated construction costs have climbed to more than $500 million. Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller, who has worked on the deal for the city, said the entertainment complex will boost economic development downtown, with the public financing package for the hotel carrying minimum risk for the city. The city agreed to forgo about a quarter-billion dollars in hotel transient occupancy taxes over 25 years, a $16 million loan from the Community Redevelopment Agency and $4 million in city fee waivers. “It’s certainly providing for … job creation, and providing housing including affordable housing in the area to further the development of downtown as a residential community, as well as development of amenities such as movie theaters that are in short supply in the area,” Miller said. Carol Schatz, president and CEO of the Central City Association, said l.a. live will have far-reaching benefits for downtown Los Angeles and all of Southern California. The languishing Convention Center and surrounding area got a boost in September when ground was broken on a $4.2 billion sports and entertainment complex near Staples Center, although negotiations soon broke down over a 56-story marquee hotel planned for the project. AEG, the development company owned by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, has committed $1 billion to the l.a. live complex, which is expected to rival New York’s Times Square with theaters, a cinema complex, restaurants, bars and housing. But the project was dealt a blow in November, when negotiations for a 1,100-room Hilton hotel broke down, despite a quarter-billion-dollar public-financing package. City officials say they expect AEG will find an equity partner to replace Apollo Real Estate Advisors of Century City, which initially was expected to provide about $60 million for the hotel.