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Gloria Brings Change On Medical Marijuana, Lobbyists, Open Data

Above: Interim Mayor Todd Gloria gives his first weekly media briefing.

The city of San Diego has resumed enforcing medical marijuana zoning restrictions, will rehire lobbyists let go by former Mayor Bob Filner and will work toward increasing the public's access to city data, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said Thursday in his first weekly media briefing.

Aired 9/12/13 on KPBS News.

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria presented several changes and updates to Filner's policies and repeatedly pointed out what he said were gaps or inconsistencies in Filner's programs.

Gloria presented several changes and updates to Filner's policies and repeatedly pointed out what he said were gaps or inconsistencies in Filner's programs.

The city's homeless shelters may have to close in April because Filner did not provide enough funds to keep them running year round, Gloria said. Gloria will visit both shelters in the next few days, look for other sources of funding for them and look at administrative costs of running both shelters, but he said it may not be enough.

"It's extremely unfortunate that Mr. Filner allotted insufficient funds to keep our shelters open year-round as he had promised," he said. "The lack of adequate funding for homeless programs is another example of a mess that was left by the previous administration that I must now clean up."

Gloria took other opportunities to paint Filner's administration as incompetent, saying Filner "neglected to consider the need for fuel tanks to run the trams" in Balboa Park.

Those tanks are being finished now, so the trams will be running by mid-October, he said. Gloria added that some disabled and elderly people have complained that the removal of parking from Plaza de Panama has made visiting the park's museums difficult, so he is looking for extra parking spots in the Alcazar Parking Lot near the Museum of Man.

Filner also "fired (the city's) lobbyists for apparently no reason," Gloria said, leaving San Diego unrepresented in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Gloria will put out a request for proposals to hire new lobbyists, but in the meantime has renewed contracts with the city's previous lobbying firms, Patton Boggs and Sloat Higgins.

Gloria also introduced swift change in the city's enforcement of medical marijuana zoning restrictions. He said he directed staff last week to resume the enforcement that had been halted under Filner's administration.

"The city of San Diego will not reward bad behavior," he said.

"The previous administration didn't always follow the rules," he added. "When we know that we don't actually have zoning regulations that allow for medical marijuana dispensaries, obviously the mayor had ceased enforcement, and was not providing the cases that Code Compliance would generate to the City Attorney's Office."

Gloria said medical marijuana is an important issue to him, and that a draft medical marijuana ordinance will go before the City Council in January.

Some of Gloria's other updates included:

  • The city will move forward with its managed competition program, which opens city services to competitive bidding.
  • There will be a request for proposals from developers on how to use the old Central Library building.
  • Gloria will work with the city's director of information technology and Councilmembers Sherri Lightner and Mark Kersey to make more of the city's data and records open to the public. He will present an update on the plans in October.
  • The city is finalizing the contract with the San Diego Unified School District to give free bus passes to high school students. Gloria said this is a one-time contribution and the city will get a report on "measurable outcomes" from the pilot project.

Gloria said media briefings will continue every week during his administration, which lasts until a new mayor is elected.

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | September 12, 2013 at 4:46 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Filner also "fired (the city's) lobbyists for apparently no reason," Gloria said, leaving San Diego unrepresented in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Gloria will put out a request for proposals to hire new lobbyists, but in the meantime has renewed contracts with the city's previous lobbying firms, Patton Boggs and Sloat Higgins.

Whew! I'm glad he brought the lobbyists back. They did such a great job protecting us from Sequestration and securing extra funding for the border. Wooden nickels for everyone!

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CarlosDangler | September 12, 2013 at 7:15 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Hey DeLaDrick..its easy to be snarky but think for a moment...the interim mayor's attention to detail..his knowledge of what's in the best interest of the city is a breath of fresh air for San Diego and quite a welcome post the era of random chaos. Keep on Rockin Todd Gloria!! Some of us are not cynics!

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Missionaccomplished | September 13, 2013 at 8:55 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Dumanis, Duffy, now Gloria. For those of you who embrace (no pun) the idea that supporting same-sex marriage is somehow an evolution of society, your fallacy could not be more obvious. If your logic were valid, we would have decriminalized marijuana long ago.

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DeLaRick | September 13, 2013 at 9:21 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Chuck,

I'll follow your advice and think for a moment. 1 Mississippi ... 2 Mississippi ...3 Mississippi. My snark was directed at the lobbyists, not at our interim mayor. Arguing on behalf of lobbyists is a fool's errand. They've been ineffective.

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Anon11 | September 13, 2013 at 12:13 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

"Gloria said medical marijuana is an important issue to him, and that a draft medical marijuana ordinance will go before the City Council in January."

Gloria has gone on record saying he wants to exercise the legal option that allows cities to ban dispensaries.

This is about as pretentious as voting yes on Prop 8. Funny how Republicans have traditionally endorsed smaller government, yet can't reach deep enough into our personal lives when it's politically convenient.

(full disclosure: I am an independent)

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thompsonrichard | September 13, 2013 at 1:50 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

In a conventional airplane, when it banks, centrifugal forces keep you in your seat. When a helicopter banks, things roll out. (A volunteer died Thursday while eradicating marijuana from the doorway of a helicopter in a northern California forest).

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SDredbirdfan | September 13, 2013 at 2:57 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Why is TG worrying about medical MJ zoning? The Feds have pretty much stamped out the dispensaries around here.

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Missionaccomplished | September 13, 2013 at 6:06 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

AL ANON, I suppose that all those O'bama voters in 2008 who also voted for Prop 8 were "pretentious"???

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Anon11 | September 13, 2013 at 8:13 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

@MA,

Yes, yes they were. It is one thing to hold a viewpoint against someone's actions. It's something else altogether to vote to enact forceful prohibition.

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sdreefer21 | September 13, 2013 at 8:53 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Medical mj is a joke. If you want a medical mj card you should have to pay more insurance premiums because the majority of users are smokers. Smokers are such a drain on the healthcare system and we all carry the burden of their lame choices.

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Anon11 | September 13, 2013 at 10:19 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

"Smokers are such a drain on the healthcare system"

Can you cite a source?

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Peking_Duck_SD | September 14, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

More people die, by a large margin, from legal pharmaceutical medications than they do from illegal drugs.

Your doctor can write prescriptions for things that are far more dangerous than mm.

But because mj is a counter-culture drug and Xanax is a lovely boutique pick-me-up that rich powerful old white people can pop to get high, the politics is treated completely differently.

The FDA should simply validate mm for medical use and supply it at standard pharmacies.

Every drug at a pharmacy has potentially negative side effects, and it's up to a doctor to determine if the benefits outweigh the downsides for each individual patient.

Why should mm be any worse?

Regular pharmacies are allowed to exist near schools so soccer moms can run in and pick up their brain chemical altering narcotics on the way to picking up the kids from school, but society doesn't see a problem with that.

The hypocrisy on this issue is stifling and overly intellectually void.

And Gloria - he's a little too embedded in insider city cronyism for my taste.

And mission, whatever kind of crude non-existent connection you are trying to make between support for marriage equality and mm or drug laws fails.

Gloria represents all gays about as much as Marco Rubio represents all Latinos.

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sdreefer21 | September 15, 2013 at 8:51 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Do I really need to cite a source? You can Google the costs yourself, ask your insurance company, consult with any physician. Pecking you are right that there are far more dangerous legal drugs out there. But the medical mj thing is a farce and we all know it. It would be better to just legalize it. I still think smokers are a burden on society and should pay more for healthcare. Whether it is mj or cigarettes you are killing yourself every time you smoke and causing a burden on those who choose not to smoke.

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Anon11 | September 15, 2013 at 9:54 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

"Do I really need to cite a source?"

Yes. That's how adults communicate facts.

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thompsonrichard | September 15, 2013 at 10:41 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

The City Council has sought to avoid controversy in the first place, and indictment by State of California AG Kamala Harris in the second place, as its members troll for campaign contributions. Laud Gov. Jerry Brown's initiative in dissolving The Center City Development Board, is but the City Council Writ Large.

It took 10 years, and cost $30 million. to build a pedestrian bridge across Harbor Drive to Petco Park from the Hilton Hotel / Convention Center. It meant so much graft to insiders for such a very long time! Attack Kevin Faulconer,Todd Gloria, and Scott Peters, among others; they were in on the deal.

Westfield Group is making money at other malls in San Diego, but it is losing money at Horton Plaza, so it wants out from under the lease. The way to get out from under a lease is to present a design plan. That's why, while parks are good for cities, the planning process can be so contentious. Governor Brown is right to want to abolish the city development districts throughout the state. Former Governor Pete Wilson -- who always kept his word -- stillrepresents the fat cats' interests as shown by his support for the City Council's over-hasty approval of such items as Horton Plaza.

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Peking_Duck_SD | September 15, 2013 at 4:34 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Reefer, I agree that we need to legalize it.

But I think the mm debate needs to be separate from the legalizing mj debate.

The reason:

General legalization has time to be vetted by the public, slowly be applied at the state level as we see happening in CO and WA.

Mm, on the other hand, is an urgent medical and human rigts issue and needs to be allowed immediately without interference from the government.

There are people dying this very minute who can benefit from mm and it is, in my opinion, cruel and Inhumane to deny the seriously ill their medication.

Will some people game the system?

Of course.

But the dying should not be banned from getting the medication they need because some people want to abuse the system.

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sdreefer21 | September 15, 2013 at 4:55 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Yes the sick deserve meds. Every single person I know that has a card is healthy and gaming the system. When the mobile delivery man comes by he sells "meds" instead of calling it herb. The prop for mm was well intended but a huge failure. The state is really missing out on revenue and can really lessen the courts schedule with petty crime. Just open the reader while mm was booming. There were quack docs handing out cards everywhere. Those who are really sick and want this stuff I'm all for it. But I would guess that 90% of young people with cards are b.s. and just want to get high. Which really doesn't bother me if that's your presence but crusading for mm when its not is just silly.

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Anon11 | September 15, 2013 at 7:51 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

@sdreefer:

I guess that's a no?

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sdreefer21 | September 15, 2013 at 8:12 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Is your Google machine broken? There is endless data to sift through and form your own opinion unbiased by my thoughts.

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Anon11 | September 15, 2013 at 9:40 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

I think Hitchens said it nicely:

"That which can be asserted without evidence, can also be dismissed without evidence."

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Missionaccomplished | September 16, 2013 at 9:49 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

@AL ANON, 1) Civil marriage is a little more complicated than a simple VALIDATION of someone's "actions."

2) So the departed Hitch is saying you can prove a negative??? His fallacy cancels out his argument.

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Anon11 | September 16, 2013 at 10:01 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

@MA:

-I stand by my point. "It is one thing to hold a viewpoint against someone's actions. It's something else altogether to vote to enact forceful prohibition."

-You misread the quote. He is saying someone who makes a claim should have evidence to substantiate it, or it can be dismissed by everyone as nonsense. It prevents exactly the situation that happened with sdreefer, in that they made a statement intended as fact yet expected anyone questioning it to provide the proof.

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Robbin | September 16, 2013 at 2:24 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

- The lobbying thing threw me too. We're so overloaded with lobbies.
- Pot? Definitely less expense on healthcare sys than booze (& overeating)

More Americans now die from painkillers than from heroin and cocaine combined, and since 2008, prescription drug-induced deaths have outstripped those from automobile accidents, according to the CDC. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/07/28/deadly-epidemic-prescription-drug-overdoses/2584117/
"Women are dying at rates never seen before" if only they could get weed instead!

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