City man­ager is­sues emer­gency or­ders

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By John Glid­den jglid­den@timesher­al­don­ @glid24 on Twit­ter

Al­low­ing the city’s cannabis busi­nesses to of­fer curb­side pickup of med­i­cal mar­i­juana is one of three or­ders is­sued Wed­nes­day by Vallejo City Man­ager Greg Ny­hoff, amid the COVID-19 pan­demic.

Ny­hoff’s or­ders also in­cluded keep­ing es­sen­tial busi­nesses open to the pub­lic, while lim­it­ing res

iden­tial and busi­ness evic­tions in the city.

The or­ders come just two days af­ter the Vallejo City Coun­cil ap­proved a procla­ma­tion declar­ing a lo­cal state of emer­gency as a re­sult of the coro­n­avirus out­break. The move also gives Ny­hoff emer­gency pow­ers as Vallejo’s di­rec­tor of emer­gency ser­vices.

“These three or­ders re­ally help to keep the city safe,” Vallejo Mayor Bob Sam­payan said by phone on Wed­nes­day. “They also keep the city up and run­ning.”

The city’s 11 cannabis store­front busi­nesses are now al­lowed to “con­duct curb­side pick-up of med­i­cal cannabis goods un­der video sur­veil­lance or un­der mon­i­tor of the re­tailer’s se­cu­rity per­son­nel,” the or­der states. Re­tail­ers are still re­quired to check a cus­tomer’s age un­der state law.

Ny­hoff stated that such busi­nesses are es­sen­tial health care op­er­a­tions. His sec­ond or­der listed al­most ev­ery type of busi­ness as es­sen­tial, in­clud­ing gro­cery stores, cer­ti­fied farm­ers’ mar­kets, food banks, con­ve­nience stores, and other es­tab­lish­ments en­gaged in the re­tail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits, busi­nesses that pro­vide food, shel­ter, and so­cial ser­vices, and other ne­ces­si­ties of life for eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged or oth­er­wise needy in­di­vid­u­als.

Also listed as es­sen­tial were news­pa­pers, and other me­dia ser­vices, gas sta­tions and auto-sup­ply, auto-re­pair, and re­lated fa­cil­i­ties, banks and re­lated fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, hard­ware stores, plumbers, elec­tri­cians, ex­ter­mi­na­tors, and other ser­vice providers who pro­vide ser­vices that are nec­es­sary to main­tain­ing the safety, san­i­ta­tion, and es­sen­tial oper­a­tion of res­i­dences.

The or­der fur­ther iden­ti­fies busi­nesses pro­vid­ing mail­ing and ship­ping ser­vices, in­clud­ing post of­fice boxes, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, laun­dro­mats, dry clean­ers, and laun­dry ser­vice providers, restau­rants and other fa­cil­i­ties that pre­pare and serve food, air­lines, taxis, and other pri­vate trans­porta­tion providers pro­vid­ing trans­porta­tion ser­vices nec­es­sary for es­sen­tial ac­tiv­i­ties and other pur­poses ex­pressly au­tho­rized in Ny­hoff’s or­der.

The or­der stip­u­lates that Ny­hoff is “to as­sist con­tin­u­ing ser­vices of an Es­sen­tial Busi­ness and to sup­port its op­er­a­tions to main­tain fi­nan­cial fea­si­bil­ity, that any Es­sen­tial Busi­ness is able to pro­vide de­liv­ery ser­vices of its prod­ucts to all res­i­dents of the City of Vallejo.”

Fi­nally, Ny­hoff de­clared that all res­i­den­tial and busi­ness evic­tions based on a ten­ant’s loss of in­come or need to pay out-of-pocket med­i­cal ex­penses due to COVID-19 are pro­hib­ited.

All three or­ders stay un­til the coun­cil re­scinds the emer­gency procla­ma­tion they ap­proved on Mon­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit city­of­ NCOV.

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