Out About in Madera: City council to hear cannabis workshop Wednesday

September 5, 2017

The second of three scheduled presentations on cannabis and California cities will be offered at a public City Council workshop Wednesday evening. The meeting, scheduled to start at 6 p.m., also will take up whether a couple of gearboxes should be purchased for the sewer plant.

The marijuana presentation will be given by attorney David Hale, who specializes in helping California cities navigate the still uncharted waters of selling soon-to-be legal marijuana in California, the citizens of which voted last year to give legalization the go-ahead.

The City Council is holding the presentations to learn about the issues it may face when entrepreneurs seek permission to set up shop. Nobody on the council has expressed an interest in having pot legal in Madera, but the council is interested in balancing the city budget. Taxes from pot sales could provide much needed revenue for the city.

It also will be interesting to see whether Councilwoman Cece Foley-Gallegos objects to the purchases of the gearboxes on an emergency basis, as is being requested by Public Works Director Dave Randall.

Making a substantial and important purchase like that on an emergency basis means the city likely will have to spend more money for it than if it were made as part of a budget plan.

When the issue was raised at the Aug. 16 council meeting, Foley-Gallegos objected to the emergency resolution, saying she had visited the sewage processing plant and believed that mismanagement had caused the emergency and put the plant in danger of a shutdown.


He’s in the Army, and in high school


Before leaving for basic combat training for the Army, Madera South High School student Angel Gutierrez was selected to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.


On June 30 in Atlanta, while still in basic training, Gutierrez was announced and recognized as a top scholar and a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.


Gutierrez has returned to Madera South to finish his last year of high school as an Army soldier and member of the National Society of High School Scholars.


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