Seeking clarity in the the statement by Chairman Steele at the May 15th, 2018 board meeting, in response to public input by Cliff Ruzicka, owner of Ruzicka Associates, that state law was delaying the issuance of early activation permits for cannabis cultivation.
Letter to CDD: Letter_to_CDD_5-15-2018.pdf
Proposed Resoltion: Ltr_to_LC_BOS_5-7-18.pdf
Another attempt to hold the Board accountable to the public for explicit promises to qualified applicants that they may operate in 2018. Due to intentional delays $119,790 in Measure C tax revenue has been lost for 2018 from the Benmore Valley project alone. The claims of Measure C will not generate revenue appear to be supported by policies that make that a self-fulfilling prophecy. The public who voted Measure C into law deserve to have representation that support generating maximum revenue while stimulating local economic activity.
Legal Analysis: Ltr_to_LC_BOS_5-7-18.pdf
An addendum to the Lake County Economic Impact Report to reflect data and trends from the first 4 months of the regulated market clearly demonstrates that hard data and transparent methods point to erroneous conclusions in the HdL presentation to the Board of Supervisors. When projects on one group of contiguous parcels under common ownership are poised to generate over $800,000 annually in Measure C taxes and HdL projects $164,000 Measure C revenue from all of Lake County, something is wrong. Perhaps the data is being skewed to support an opaque political agenda?
At the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 24th, 2018, Mark Lovelace from HdL Consulting gave a presentation projecting economic activity and Measure C tax revenue for the nascent Lake County cannabis industry.
A letter to the Board with critical analysis supported by fact and transparent methodology: BOS_letter_27-apr-2018.pdf
The Benmore Valley Ranch Project is exempt from CEQA. The County is using CEQA as excuse to delay early activation of complete applications that meet the criteria set forth in Ordinance 3073. During the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 24th, 2018 there was a discussion of the state burdening counties with CEQA review, thus causing delays in processing cultivation applications. That is not the case for the Benmore Valley Ranch applicants and demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of CEQA.
The CEQA determination:Benmore_CEQA_Exemption_Determination.pdf
Email to Community Develepment Department: Email_to_CDD_23-APR-2018.pdf
Legal analysis of CEQA around Ordinance 3073: LC_Ordinance_CEQA_Analysis_2-22-18.pdf
Comments and suggestions to amend Ordinance 3073 to be more business-friendly, reduce environmental impact, and maximize Measure C tax revenue.
Legal Analysis: Ltr_to_LC_BOS_4-23-18.pdf