Say ‘No’ to property rights violation, say ‘Yes’ to private property rights.
A friend of ours was telling my husband the other day, the ballot language of Butte County Measures A and B was confusing to him. I really thought I knew the measures, but when I tried to explain it to him, I found myself fumbling. So I whipped out the Voter’s Pamphlet.
On page 04-1114-501, there is a brief history of these measures under “Impartial Analysis.” It all came back to me – and made me kind of angry. Back in February of this year, 4 of 5 supervisors voted Ordinance 4075. Those four – Teeter, Lambert, Connolly, and Kirk, all seemed to agree that a committee of interested parties including law enforcement, pot growers and other “affected” property owners was a reasonable way to regulate marijuana grows in our county. The growers were happy enough with it. Law enforcement reported that raids went down as more growers worked to comply with 4075.
By June a group led by dissenting Supervisor Larry Wahl brought in signatures to overturn 4075. In response, 4075 proponents quickly brought in enough signatures to get Measure B placed right under it on the ballot.
I don’t like Candace Grubbs. I think she plays favorites, and I think she gave the Measure A people more play than she gave the Measure B people. I believe Larry Wahl stood up for her when County Admin Officer Paul Hahn called her on inappropriate use of staff for personal business, so she turned right around and did just exactly what he said he would ask her to do – used county staff time to check each and every signature on the Measure B petition instead of doing the usual sampling, like she did with Measure A. She’s a bitch and she knows it, I’d have to get a lawyer up her ass to prove anything. And Larry Wahl will protect her as long as she does what he says.
Measure B is the same as 4075, except for a provision that the supervisors may not change the ordinance without a vote of the people. The county supervisors put together a committee of interested citizens and they worked for the better part of a year on 4075, arguing constantly between Larry Wahl’s Hate Camp and the various growers who didn’t necessarily agree on anything. One thing everybody seemed to agree on – they wanted to stop the environmental degradation, the water theft, and the ingress and egress of illegal aliens with military style weapons. The measure they came up with put strict limits on number of plants, restricted water usage, established residential and sanitary requirements for grow sites, setbacks, prohibitions from growing near schools and bus stops, fines of hundreds of dollars a day for noncompliance – to hear the Measure A proponents say this measure will cause lawlessness is just hilarious.
Measure B is loaded with restrictions on the growing and processing of pot. When B proponent Andrew Merkel came to speak to Chico Taxpayers, he stated several times that pot needs to be regulated, and that’s what this measure addresses.
My dad always told me, there’s no arguing with crazy people or liars, and that’s what we’re up against with the proponents of Measure A. They’ve all got their anecdotes – no names, no dates, no addresses… They put out their own newspaper full of complaints about grows and activities that would be illegal under Measure B.
This is what our local law enforcement do with their union dues.
This “newspaper” is completely loaded. For one thing, they claim that Measure B will change the current ordinance – that’s an outright lie folks.
I find it hilarious they complain about professional signature gatherers – Larry Wahl used pros to collect signatures for Measure A, the city initiative he hoped would put college students out of city elections. That bombed because his employee Stephanie Taber was found to be using her office computer inappropriately for campaign purposes, while she and her friends were yakking up how much they hated college students and how they shouldn’t be allowed to vote here. She still works for Larry, and she’s been pretty busy with her peanut gallery. I’ve been getting Larry’s notices, asking people to write letters without any facts, just complaints. Here they also complain that they won’t be able to bother the police or sheriff with facetious anonymous complaints about anybody they feel like harassing.
Measure A was not passed by the supervisors – it was brought in by petition, and the supervisors had to either change the current ordinance drastically to suit these people or put it on the ballot. The only difference between Measure B and the current ordinance is a provision that the supervisors can’t change the ordinance without a vote of the people.
One of their latest claims is that Measure B will hurt the economy. Stand back folks, I hate to tell you – have you noticed how many “grow shops” there are sprung up around town? They advertise marijuana trimming equipment on tv now, I’d seen the commercials about 10 times before I realized what they were talking about – machines that groom marijuana buds. They have all this specialized equipment, fertilizers, grow juices, special dirt, little gopher proof baskets, plastic grow bags – and it’s selling like hotcakes out the door. These shops are doing really well, in addition to Home Depot and Payless Lumber and all the building supply stores.
And, this is just an anecdote from an old issue of Life Magazine, about 1984, I saved it for years because it had a gorgeous picture of Princess Diana on the cover. Humboldt County was The Scene way back then. The Life reporter talked to local businesses who said pot had become a regular cornerstone of the economy. The car dealerships said their sales were through the roof at harvest time, and all the local businesses noticed the trickle down, especially cafes and hotels that filled up for weeks with folks who came from elsewhere to work the harvest.
So don’t try to tell me the pot industry is bad for the economy, that’s pretty weak Larry. I guess they realized they weren’t getting anywhere with their lame stories about grandmas being terrorized at their mailboxes. Do you notice, all the stories they tell are of grows that would be illegal under Measure B? And here a guy who says the sheriff is understaffed is telling us the sheriff needs to be sent all over the county investigating hillbilly squabbles. Measure A will drag the sheriff and police into neighbor disputes.
What I don’t get is why three of the four supervisors who originally approved the current ordinance, 4075, have turned about face and signed on to Measure A.
What’s with the flip-flop Bill, Mo and Steve?
Connolly, Kirk and Lambert all argued fiercely with Larry Wahl that they thought 4075 was a perfectly legitimate ordinance, that it had come from a broad spectrum of citizens on that committee, who really worked hard, gave of their personal time, argued this thing out. But now they all sign on to this bullshit campaign against Measure B?
I’m done with Mo Kirk. She doesn’t have the decency to attend either of those CPUC hearings, she can’t write a letter protesting this PG&E rip-off, instead sic’ing a PG&E employee on me. Now I find her name on this propaganda piece stuffed into my mail box?
She said, at our Chico Taxpayer’s meeting, she didn’t want Butte County being known as “where they grow pot.” Well, for your information Maureen, Butte County is currently known as one of the poorest counties in California. Less than 25 percent of your constituents have gone beyond the 12th grade. Butte County’s unemployment rate is currently higher that the state’s. What exactly is it you’d like Butte County to be known for? The drunken DA who racks up his car with his kids in it? The sheriff’s sting operation at the stripper bar? The murders at Inskip? How about the Jimmy Campbell killing? How about the city of trees in which all the trees are turning brown? How about the park that’s falling apart? Wow, Butte County has such a rich heritage, maybe Maureen’s right , I wouldn’t want to spoil what we got going here.