PICO RIVERA – Fearing Pico Rivera could get caught with no regulations in place for medical marijuana dispensaries, the City Council has unanimously moved to put a temporary ban on any such facilities until it can establish rules for them. Already, the city has received several inquiries from parties interested in opening medical marijuana collectives, said City Manager Chuck Fuentes. Officials said they wanted to avoid a repeat of what happened three years ago, when an all-nude strip club opened for business within a small shopping center on Slauson Avenue near a McDonald’s restaurant, a school and a neighborhood of homes. At the time, the city’s zoning ordinances governing adult businesses prohibited strip clubs from opening anywhere in Pico Rivera except in areas zoned for commercial and manufacturing uses. City officials moved to shut down the club, but the owners of Imperial Showgirls sued Pico Rivera and won, arguing that the 23-year-old zoning restrictions were outdated and provided no place in the city where a strip club could open. “We want to be on more solid ground this time,” Fuentes said Wednesday, “with a zoning ordinance in place so \ can only open in certain parts of the city.” The council also is following the lead of Whittier’s council, which approved an ordinance in January that allows medical marijuana dispensaries but only in commercial and industrial zones, Pico Rivera City Councilman Ron Beilke said. Before approving the ordinance, the Whittier council adopted a moratorium on the dispensaries while the city’s attorney and planning staffers worked out details of the new regulations. “Given that Whittier has already walked this path, we want to do the same,” Beilke said. However, in Whittier’s case, its ordinance was adopted after a medical marijuana collective already had moved into a medical center, without the city’s knowledge. Because of that, the city had no choice but to allow the Whittier Collective to continue operating in the medical center location. Increasingly, smaller cities are finding themselves caught between the proverbial rock and hard place, having to choose whether to observe a state law that allows marijuana to be used for medical reasons – and with a doctor’s prescription – and federal law that makes its possession and use illegal. Some cities that have banned marijuana dispensaries based on federal law have found themselves facing lawsuits. Fuentes said, as far as he knows, no marijuana dispensaries now exist in Pico Rivera. According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’ Web site, dispensaries exist in Whittier, Hacienda Heights, Long Beach and Anaheim, but there are none in Pico Rivera. With Tuesday’s directive from the council, officials now have 45 days to come up with zoning rules and other regulations for marijuana dispensaries. “We are going to come up with an appropriate policy using all the tools at our disposal to regulate such a facility, if it was allowed to exist,” said Fuentes. But Bill Britt, a member of the Whittier Collective and executive director of the Association of Patient Advocates, said the council’s action showed no compassion for patients who rely on marijuana for pain relief. “It seems like a last-ditch effort so they don’t have to comply with state law,” he said. “They know if they did an out-and-out ban, they could be sued.” Fuentes insisted that wasn’t the case. “We just want to do the right thing,” he said. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Renowned football player ClarenceSeedorf with his Legacy Champions award. Seedorf says the moments he spent withNelson Mandela will remain with himforever.(Images: Lauren Mulligan for NelsonMandela Foundation The Dutch-Surinamese player is regardedas one of the best in the world.(Image: Clarence Seedorf officalwebsite)Khanyi MagubaneRenowned Dutch football player Clarence Seedorf has joined A-list personalities in becoming the latest celebrity to be named one of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Legacy Champions.The sporting legend jetted into South Africa in early June to receive the award for his humanitarian work through his charity organisation Champions for Children.The organisation is set to open a Champions Playground, a multi-functional sports complex for children in Cape Town.The sports centre will be built in Manenberg and is to be inaugurated during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The project is a joint venture between Seedorf’s organisation, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Italian university Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and the University of the Western Cape.During his short visit Seedorf met with former president Nelson Mandela on 5 June, which according to his online blog, was a special moment in his life, “It was a very special day today. For my whole life I have been inspired by his life and work. It is an honour for me to have become a Legacy Champion.”In addressing the media following the meeting between Seedorf and Mandela, Nelson Mandela Foundation chief executive officer Achmat Dangor said he was proud that the soccer legend is now part of the foundation.“Clarence Seedorf can count himself among those who will help ensure that this organisation, founded by Mr Mandela himself in 1999, will become financially independent, ensuring that it continues to promote Madiba’s vision, values and work.”Seedorf joins high profile Legacy Champions members including former US president Bill Clinton, mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, minister of human settlements and former businessman Tokyo Sexwale and tycoon David Rockefeller.Using fame for good workThe name Clarence Seedorf is synonymous with prestigious football clubs around the world such as Ajax Amsterdam, the notable Italian team AC Milan, Spain’s Real Madrid and top English club Chelsea.He started playing football in the early 1990s, but his big break came in 1994 when he became the youngest player to join the Ajax Amsterdam first team at the tender age of 16.Since then, the 33-year-old’s meteoric rise in the football fraternity has been nothing less than stellar.Regarded as one of the top players in the world, Seedorf’s trophy collection includes four Champions League winner’s medals, two Fifa Club World Cup trophies and a Union of European Football Associations (Uefa) Super Cup.He is the only player in history to have won the Uefa Champions League with three different football clubs.In the Dutch leagues, he has four domestic league titles, and three domestic super cups.According to the football star’s website, no Dutch player in history has won more silverware than Seedorf.To add to his accolades, at the 10th annual Uefa Club Football Awards in 2007, Clarence was recognised as Europe’s best midfielder. The same year, he was awarded a Torretta award for best European athlete.Aside from his sporting achievements, Seedorf is perhaps most regarded for his humanitarian work.Growing up in the small former Dutch colony Suriname, the smallest country in South America, Seedorf grew up with a dream of becoming a football player, despite being told that he couldn’t because of his weak lungs.According to his official blog, he learned at an early age what it meant to hope and dream, and that he wanted to share this with others. “From my days as a child, watching famine strangle Ethiopia, I made a promise to myself to do whatever I could to help those, and others, when I was old enough, and had the means to do so.”Preserving the legacy of Nelson MandelaAccording to its website, the Nelson Mandela Foundation “contributes to the making of a just society by promoting the vision, values and work of its founder and convening dialogue around critical social issues.”In 2006, the foundation, with the help of the Centre of Memory and Dialogue, adopted a two-pronged strategy.The memory programme will deal with documenting the life and times of Mandela, through its records and documentation unit.It locates scattered material on Mandela, with the objective of ensuring that all resources linked to Mandela are presented in a way that preserves his memory.The dialogue programme will deal with developing and sustaining a dialogue platform, in line with its founder’s legacy.The centre of dialogue will encourage South Africans to speak to each other in a manner where every person’s voice is heard, regardless of their background, race, or political affiliation.As part of its dialogue series, the Nelson Mandela lecture is held annually at the foundation.This year, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner professor Muhammad Yunus delivered the seventh lecture on 27 May.He delivered the lecture on the topic “Investment in the marginalised as a way of creating wealth and combating poverty.”Prof Yunus is a distinguished scholar and businessman and the founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in the 1970s. The bank now operates in more than 100 countries.He has received over 70 major international awards for his work and has 29 honorary degrees under his belt.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: firstname.lastname@example.org Useful linksNelson Mandela FoundationClarence Seedorf official websiteChampions for ChildrenRepublic of Suriname
Farmers have moved the Bombay High Court against the Nagpur-Mumbai Super Expressway as they are being forced to evict their lands for the project. The farmers claimed that their fundamental rights were being violated.Twelve agriculturists and the Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti, an association of farmers and land owners in Thane district, are opposing the Samrudhhi Expressway project. Around 27 villages in Shahpur taluka and co-operative societies have expressed their objection to the project. The petition challenges the constitutional validity of the provisions of The Maharashtra Highways (Amended) Act, 2016 and the Maharashtra Highways Act, 1955. ‘Illegal methods used’The petition states that the government adopted illegal measures to acquire their land. It claimed that due process of law was not followed and the police force, the paramilitary force and the revenue machinery was used to pressure thousands of land owners to give up their land.The petitions alleges that the proposed project would pass through 155.98 hectares of forest land and the ghat section and it has not received clearance from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.The plea opposes the compensation given to landowners and farmers affected by the project under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.A Division Bench will hear the plea on Wednesday.
zoom European shipowners expressed their concern over the recently adopted decree on maritime transportation of certain goods in Indonesia.As promulgated on October 31, 2017, and entering into force 6 months from that day, the new law imposes that commodities, coal, crude palm oil, rice and goods for government procurement, can only be transported for import or export by national maritime transport companies.European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) said that the new law is “a clear measure of protectionism and will impact seriously European shipping companies that have longstanding access to this market.”European shipowners stressed that this decree goes against fundamental principles of free trade.“In a time when the EU and Indonesia are negotiating on a free trade agreement the adoption by the Indonesian authorities of such a law is unacceptable,” Martin Dorsman, ECSA’s Secretary General, said.ECSA therefore called upon the EU to approach the Indonesian authorities in order to have this law taken off the table, and to ensure inclusion of strong principles on maritime transport services in any future free trade agreement with Indonesia that will avoid any of such rules to re-emerge.“In view of this week’s bilateral trade talks we have passed our concerns on to the European Commission and hope they will see a chance to question their Indonesian counterparts on this matter,” Dorsman added.