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Los Gatos City Council to consider retail pot sales to boost tax revenue

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Los Gatos to vote on retail pot sales this summer

The Los Gatos City Council is considering allowing retail pot dispensaries within city limits – reversing a strict city ordinance banning cannabis sales in the city that was put into effect after the state legalized marijuana in 2016, East Bay Times reports.

City leaders believe that legalizing pot sales in Los Gatos would bring a large influx of tax revenue projected at $500,000 annually. The projected tax revenue comes amid a projected budget deficit of $10 million for the city.

However, some area residents rejected the idea during a town hall discussion Wednesday to gather community feedback on the proposed legalization saying that legal pot sales in the city would give minors easy access to marijuana products while increasing crime and creating a general risk to public safety.

The city hired HDL Company in January to consult on the pros and cons of legalizing pot in Los Gatos.

“We are still in the exploratory phase,” town manager Laurel Prevetti said. “Council may also say, ‘Thank you very much, I think we’ve learned a lot, and maybe this isn’t quite the time for us.’ The June date will be a very important milestone in this process.”

The city council will vote on June 21 to decide if a measure legalizing pot sales in Los Gatos will be added to the November ballot.

Oakland park to be renamed after late Alameda Co. Supervisor Wilma Chan

Oakland’s Madison Park will soon be renamed after the late Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan. Chan was killed after being struck by a car while walking her dog last year, East Bay Times reports.

Chan was the first Asian American woman elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors during her career that spanned over three decades.

The Oakland City Council unanimously approved the renaming of the park on Tuesday. The park, located in Chinatown, is a popular community gathering spot where older residents who participate in various programs such as Tai Chi practice, as well as holding youth classes and activities.

“Supervisor Chan’s contributions supporting the wellness of underserved and uninsured communities, especially championing children, families, seniors, immigrants, and AAPI neighbors, spanned her service on the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, California StateAssembly, and Alameda County Children and Families Commission,” wrote City Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas in a statement promoting the renaming of the park.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors in March renamed the Highland Hospital as the Wilma Chan Highland Hospital.

Richmond City Library eliminates late fee, expands hours

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The hours of Richmond’s Main Library have been expanded, maintaining the modified schedule that was put into effect last month, East Bay Times reports.

In addition, the Richmond Public Library system has eliminated late fines and added additional services such as charging lockers for library visitors.

The library’s hours are now set from Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The operating hours for both the Bayview and West Side Branch libraries are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“We’re really pleased to be offering more hours for people to make use of all the resources the library offers!” said Library Director, Melinda Cervantes. “We used the pandemic shutdown to rearrange and refresh, and we’re eager for Richmond to come in and check it out.”

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