Air­port, Mar­i­juana Ban Top­ics At Council Meet

Escalon Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

With Mon­day, Feb. 20 be­ing ob­served as the Pres­i­dents’ Day hol­i­day, mem­bers of the Escalon City Council will have their reg­u­lar meet­ing on Tues­day, Feb. 21 in­stead.

A cou­ple of on­go­ing top­ics of con­cern for the council are on the agenda for that night.

A spe­cial City Council Work­shop is planned prior to the ac­tual council meet­ing, with the work­shop set from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the city council cham­bers, 2060 McHenry Ave.

City Man­ager Tammy Al­can­tor said the pur­pose of the work­shop is “to re­view and dis­cuss po­ten­tial reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing Propo­si­tion 64,” – also known as the Adult Use of Mar­i­juana Act.

Cur­rently, the city has a mora­to­rium on per­sonal mar­i­juana uses, en­acted by the council, pend­ing an up­date to the city’s Mu­nic­i­pal Code.

This work­shop will fo­cus on recre­ational use of mar­i­juana only, not cur­rent med­i­cal mar­i­juana reg­u­la­tions.

The council is ask­ing for pub­lic in­put re­gard­ing per­sonal mar­i­juana cul­ti­va­tions, uses and po­ten­tial im­pacts that such land use might have on pub­lic health, safety and wel­fare.

The ex­ist­ing ban, en­acted by the council as Prop 64 was be­ing ap­proved by vot­ers statewide last Novem­ber, has re­stric­tions on mar­i­juana dis­pen­saries, cul

ti­va­tions, man­u­fac­ture and de­liv­ery and will re­main in place un­til the council fur­ther stud­ies the po­ten­tial im­pacts and takes pos­si­ble ac­tion to re­peal it.

Dis­cus­sion of the ban may also con­tinue at the council meet­ing fol­low­ing the work­shop, with the council ses­sion slated for 7 p.m.

Also due at that meet­ing, Al­can­tor will be pro­vid­ing an FAA pre­sen­ta­tion re­gard­ing the Stock­ton Air­port and some con­cerns re­gard­ing flight paths over the city.

“The Direc­tor and As­sis­tant Direc­tor of the Stock­ton Air­port will be there to share what the fu­ture plans are for the Air­port,” Al­can­tor added.

Con­cerns pri­mar­ily fo­cus on the cargo planes that con­tinue to ap­proach the air­port di­rectly over the city; coun­cil­man Ed Alves has been the driv­ing force in seek­ing a change in the flight path, di­rect­ing those planes away from the heart of the city.

Harry Mavro­genes and Ron El­liott from the Stock­ton Air­port have con­tacted Al­can­tor and in­di­cated they will be avail­able for the Feb. 21 ses­sion to par­tic­i­pate in the dis­cus­sion.

“Council has re­quested that I also reach out to our lo­cal leg­is­la­tors for pos­si­ble rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the meet­ing to un­der­stand the on­go­ing sit­u­a­tion and sta­tus,” Al­can­tor said.

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