|By Marketwired .||
|December 13, 2013 05:22 PM EST||
LONG BEACH, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 12/13/13 -- The Long Beach City Attorney's Office -- tasked back in September with drafting a new medical marijuana ordinance to replace the current ban -- attempted to seek further input from the City Council at last Tuesday's meeting, but was thwarted when the absence of three council members forced another postponement of the issue.
Missing from action were Vice Mayor/District 1 Councilmember Robert Garcia, District 6 Councilmember Dee Andrews, and District 3 Councilmember Gary DeLong. Vice Mayor Garcia, who had been present earlier in the evening for a special council meeting held to discuss the Draft Housing Element, left City Hall before the regular council meeting began. Councilmember Andrews was missing all evening. And even though Councilmember DeLong was present for most of the meeting, he was missing from his chair when the medical marijuana agenda item was called, and did not respond to calls for him to return to his seat.
Citing the importance of having all of the council members present for this issue, the remaining six council members voted 5-1 to postpone the item until Tuesday, December 17. The lone dissenter, District 5 Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, expressed her frustration by noting that all of the council members had known that the issue was on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting and yet the missing members obviously chose to be absent, with no guarantees that they would in fact be present for next week's meeting if the item was postponed to accommodate them.
That same frustration was echoed by Jeremy Coltharp, the lead petitioner behind a recent effort to qualify a medical marijuana measure onto the ballot. "When we submitted our petition with over 43,000 signatures from Long Beach voters, we made it quite clear to city officials that this is an important issue in Long Beach," he stated. "So it is extremely frustrating to face yet another delay because of missing council members, after waiting over two months already for the City Attorney's office to prepare a draft of the ordinance, which it hasn't even done yet since it is saying that it needs more guidance from the city council."
Coltharp pointed out that nearly one third of the signatures he had gathered came from Districts 1, 3 and 6. "That's nearly 14,000 voters just in those 3 districts alone that are saying they want responsible, regulated access restored back to Long Beach," he noted. "To put it into perspective, only 26,175 voters voted for Mayor Foster back in 2010. That means we got nearly 20,000 more voters than that saying they don't want a ban, they want something that makes sense, that's reasonable, that's safe. This is consistent citywide. Even in Council member Schipske's district, which is perhaps the most conservative area we have in the city, I was actually able to gather more signatures there than in any other district -- a full 16% of our signatures came from there alone. So it's crucial for all of the councilmembers to listen to and actually represent their constituents."
The city council seemed to do just that back on September 10 when it voted unanimously to draft a new medical marijuana ordinance to replace the ban. So while Coltharp's petition failed to be certified for the ballot by the Long Beach City Clerk -- a controversial move currently under review by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals -- it did at least appear to spur the city council into taking action. However, its direction to the City Attorney that dispensaries be limited to industrial areas only, and that there be two dispensaries per district, has made it an impossible task -- something that took that office over two months to acknowledge.
"As soon as the city council put those two parameters in, we knew right away that they would be fatal to the task, given how Long Beach is laid out. All we needed to do was look at the map that Planning had prepared back when the city was poised to grant permits to dispensaries under its old ordinance, and it was clear that all of the industrial areas are concentrated in just a few of the districts, meaning that most of the city would still lack safe access," stated Jina Nam, attorney for the Long Beach Collective Association who, along with Coltharp, advocates for having a limited number of dispensaries disbursed throughout the city in non exclusive-residential zones, far away from schools, parks and beaches -- and from each other. "Plus limiting (dispensaries) just to industrial zones discriminates against the seriously ill patients in wheelchairs or otherwise immobile who can't drive, who rely on public transportation to get around -- they would not be able to access industrial areas where there are no bus routes or areas located far away from bus stops. That's too ironic, especially since the CUA (Compassionate Use Act) was enacted to help the seriously ill to begin with," she added.
Ms. Nam and other advocates have since sought to point out these concerns to city officials and to try to address what additional guidelines should be provided to the City Attorney. "Some city officials have been really positive about having an open dialogue and show a willingness to hear all sides of this debate, and are truly committed to drafting something that is fair and reasonable and still prohibitive enough to avoid all the pitfalls associated with this industry," Ms. Nam noted. "But with some of the other officials, it has been an extremely frustrating process to even get their attention," she admitted.
Still, she and Coltharp remain hopeful that the city can still craft a well-balanced, well-drafted ordinance that will avoid the further need for another voter initiative. "In our initiative, we really tried to come up with a balanced ordinance that not only met the needs of the patients, but one that would support safe access and public safety throughout the City of Long Beach," explained Coltharp. "For this reason, we wanted to include a task force that would support input from the police department, city staff, surrounding neighbors, and citizens throughout the city, and have a stringent code of conduct of good practices. We now call on the City to adopt these measures into its ordinance. But if not, we are ready to go back to our 43,000 voters and beyond to put something on the next ballot if the 9th Circuit doesn't let our previous initiative move forward, or if the city fails to adopt something fair and reasonable. With over 70% of Americans supporting medical marijuana, this is an issue that is not going away. The City of Long Beach understands that not developing sound policy with strong and balanced regulation now will only result in further headaches and problems down the line. So we truly hope that sound leadership will prevail at the end of the day."
Software is eating the world. Companies that were not previously in the technology space now find themselves competing with Google and Amazon on speed of innovation. As the innovation cycle accelerates, companies must embrace rapid and constant change to both applications and their infrastructure, and find a way to deliver speed and agility of development without sacrificing reliability or efficiency of operations. In her Day 2 Keynote DevOps Summit, Victoria Livschitz, CEO of Qubell, discussed...
Feb. 28, 2015 12:30 PM EST Reads: 3,792
NaviSite, Inc., a Time Warner Cable company, has opened a new enterprise-class data center located in Santa Clara, California. The new data center will enable NaviSite to meet growing demands for its enterprise-class Cloud and Managed Services from existing and new customers. This facility, which is owned by data center solution provider Digital Realty, will join NaviSite’s fabric of nine existing data centers across the U.S. and U.K., all of which are designed to provide a resilient, secure, hi...
Feb. 28, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 848
SYS-CON Events announced today that Open Data Centers (ODC), a carrier-neutral colocation provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Open Data Centers is a carrier-neutral data center operator in New Jersey and New York City offering alternative connectivity options for carriers, service providers and enterprise customers.
Feb. 28, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 1,804
When it comes to the Internet of Things, hooking up will get you only so far. If you want customers to commit, you need to go beyond simply connecting products. You need to use the devices themselves to transform how you engage with every customer and how you manage the entire product lifecycle. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Manager for Xively at LogMeIn, will show how “product relationship management” can help you leverage your connected devices and the data th...
Feb. 28, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 1,217
Thanks to Docker, it becomes very easy to leverage containers to build, ship, and run any Linux application on any kind of infrastructure. Docker is particularly helpful for microservice architectures because their successful implementation relies on a fast, efficient deployment mechanism – which is precisely one of the features of Docker. Microservice architectures are therefore becoming more popular, and are increasingly seen as an interesting option even for smaller projects, instead of bein...
Feb. 28, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 2,438
Security can create serious friction for DevOps processes. We've come up with an approach to alleviate the friction and provide security value to DevOps teams. In her session at DevOps Summit, Shannon Lietz, Senior Manager of DevSecOps at Intuit, will discuss how DevSecOps got started and how it has evolved. Shannon Lietz has over two decades of experience pursuing next generation security solutions. She is currently the DevSecOps Leader for Intuit where she is responsible for setting and driv...
Feb. 28, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 2,248
The explosion of connected devices / sensors is creating an ever-expanding set of new and valuable data. In parallel the emerging capability of Big Data technologies to store, access, analyze, and react to this data is producing changes in business models under the umbrella of the Internet of Things (IoT). In particular within the Insurance industry, IoT appears positioned to enable deep changes by altering relationships between insurers, distributors, and the insured. In his session at @Things...
Feb. 28, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 1,092
SYS-CON Events announced today that CodeFutures, a leading supplier of database performance tools, has been named a “Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. CodeFutures is an independent software vendor focused on providing tools that deliver database performance tools that increase productivity during database development and increase database performance and scalability during production.
Feb. 28, 2015 11:00 AM EST Reads: 2,396
The IoT market is projected to be $1.9 trillion tidal wave that’s bigger than the combined market for smartphones, tablets and PCs. While IoT is widely discussed, what not being talked about are the monetization opportunities that are created from ubiquitous connectivity and the ensuing avalanche of data. While we cannot foresee every service that the IoT will enable, we should future-proof operations by preparing to monetize them with extremely agile systems.
Feb. 28, 2015 11:00 AM EST Reads: 1,127
There’s Big Data, then there’s really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. Learn about IoT, Big Data and deployments processing massive data volumes from wearables, utilities and ot...
Feb. 28, 2015 11:00 AM EST Reads: 985
Even as cloud and managed services grow increasingly central to business strategy and performance, challenges remain. The biggest sticking point for companies seeking to capitalize on the cloud is data security. Keeping data safe is an issue in any computing environment, and it has been a focus since the earliest days of the cloud revolution. Understandably so: a lot can go wrong when you allow valuable information to live outside the firewall. Recent revelations about government snooping, along...
Feb. 28, 2015 11:00 AM EST Reads: 6,877
In his session at DevOps Summit, Tapabrata Pal, Director of Enterprise Architecture at Capital One, will tell a story about how Capital One has embraced Agile and DevOps Security practices across the Enterprise – driven by Enterprise Architecture; bringing in Development, Operations and Information Security organizations together. Capital Ones DevOpsSec practice is based upon three "pillars" – Shift-Left, Automate Everything, Dashboard Everything. Within about three years, from 100% waterfall, C...
Feb. 28, 2015 11:00 AM EST Reads: 2,623
Feb. 28, 2015 10:30 AM EST Reads: 2,374
SYS-CON Events announced today that Intelligent Systems Services will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Established in 1994, Intelligent Systems Services Inc. is located near Washington, DC, with representatives and partners nationwide. ISS’s well-established track record is based on the continuous pursuit of excellence in designing, implementing and supporting nationwide clients’ mission-cri...
Feb. 28, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 1,147
PubNub on Monday has announced that it is partnering with IBM to bring its sophisticated real-time data streaming and messaging capabilities to Bluemix, IBM’s cloud development platform. “Today’s app and connected devices require an always-on connection, but building a secure, scalable solution from the ground up is time consuming, resource intensive, and error-prone,” said Todd Greene, CEO of PubNub. “PubNub enables web, mobile and IoT developers building apps on IBM Bluemix to quickly add sc...
Feb. 28, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 4,597