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Warm Springs / Milpitas Residents Complaining about Smell

What’s that smell?

A number of Fremont residents have recently complained about odors coming from the Newby Island facility in San Jose. I talked with City staff about this issue. Unfortunately, it sounds like there might not be much the City itself can do about this. Milpitas, who are even more impacted by this, lost their lawsuit against the expansion of the facility and have filed an appeal.

On the positive side, much of this has to do with the prevailing wind patterns. Normally, the wind is from the northwest which means the odors tend to go south of Fremont. The winter is when we see more southwesterly winds which are the worst in this regard.


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Council Extends Marijuana Growth Ban to Include Indoor Growth

This was a difficult decision that a number of my strongest supporters disagreed with me on.

Back in January of 2014, the City Council banned all outdoor growth of marijuana within the City. I voted for this because some houses were being used as ‘grow houses’ where the entire lot was dedicated to growing. The police and the neighbors made a convincing case that these houses created a public nuisance by bringing criminal elements to the area.

While this ban helped the situation, grow houses moved their operations indoors which allowed the problem to continue. Indeed, complaints from neighbors of grow houses continued. Thus, the Police Department recommended extending the ban to indoor growth as well. The Council unanimously supported the PD’s decision.

I understand that a number of people use medical marijuana for legitimate reasons. I empathize with them. I also know that marijuana use is a real problem in our schools and that many students obtain marijuana illegally from people growing it within Fremont. I talked with representatives from the School Board who supported the indoor growth ban as a way to reduce marijuana use in our schools.

A big factor in my decision was that this new ordinance does not criminalize marijuana growth. If someone is found to be growing, they are required to remove their growing operation.

Where are all of the blog posts?

My apologies to those people that have come here looking for updated blog posts. I have found that far more people go to my Facebook page than come here to read and comment on my blog posts. If you want to read updates on my campaign, post a question, or read comments from others, you can do it all from my campaign Facebook page.

Yes, it’s true that many people don’t have Facebook accounts. These are probably also the people who don’t read blogs either. 🙂