Supervisors plan to tackle big issues
January 5, 2011
San Luis Obispo County supervisors listened Tuesday as several speakers voiced their concerns about controversial issues including recent medical marijuana arrests, SmartMeters and flooding in Oceano and signaled that they plan to deal with these issues. [Tribune]
Several people spoke out about the recent arrest of 15 people who ran medical marijuana delivery services. Many voiced their concerns over the alleged aggressive and humiliating actions of some law enforcement personnel.
Pat Hedges, a fierce opponent of medical marijuana, was still in office during the raids. Organized by the San Luis Obispo County Narcotics Task Force, six law enforcement agencies and at least 50 agents participated in the arrests.
The supervisors said they plan to meet with new county Sheriff Ian Parkinson to discuss a rational approach in dealing with medical marijuana.
Residents also questioned whether the recent flooding in Oceano could have been prevented and demanded to know what action the government plans to take to prevent it from happening again.
Supervisors Paul Teixeira and Adam Hill said they intend to speak with South County residents and leaders to assess the situation.
Several people voiced their opposition to SmartMeters and asked the board to place a halt on instillations because of growing concerns about the PG&E meters. Currently, PG&E is installing the controversial meters in the North County and plans on moving south over the next year.
Opponents cited concerns over radiation, privacy, cost, security and lost jobs as the meters readers are replaced by technology. PG&E representatives said they have already found jobs for 80 percent of their former meter readers.