Rio Dell City Council predictably tells residents to piss off, denies them democratic process

So…remember how a bunch of Rio Dell City Councillors were upset that they couldn’t force a commercial cannabis ordinance through the City Council? And how they widely broadcast their desire to have the public vote on such an ordinance because the public deserved a say in the future of their city?

Well, turns out that ensuring the people had a voice in the decision to welcome commercial cannabis into the City wasn’t what they were concerned about at all.

Nope, they just wanted to slam an ordinance through the pipe that is more beneficial to the folks who apparently have their ear.

So, rather than let the ordinance go to a vote – which was the previously stated goal of those in favor of the ordinance – Rio Dell now gets a rail-roaded cannabis ordinance without the say-so of the people who live there.

Admittedly, the ordinance’s currently proposed form differs drastically from the previous version, and now “prohibits all marijuana dispensaries from opening in city limits, prohibits all outdoor growing in city limit and the saw mill, requires businesses to eliminate all associated odors from escaping their buildings and causing a nuisance to neighbors, requires employees to wear safety gear and requires businesses to have security cameras and alarms.”

Councilmember Debra Garnes celebrated how well she brow-beat the rest of the Council into their miraculous reversal, saying that “What we’re really talking about is businesses that want to invest in our city.” Of course, the question of who actually wants those businesses to invest will be left up to interpretation, as, again, the Council did a complete about-face on cannabis in Rio Dell without allowing City residents the opportunity to vote on it. (Let’s add here that a vote on the ordinance is precisely what Garnes advocated for in the really whiny op-ed she published on LoCO.)

Kevin Caldwell, the lackey of would-be pot impresario Dennis Wendt, chimed in too, saying “If approved, the consensus of the council was to limit all marijuana activities to north of the river.” Which might come as a bummer to his friend Dennis Wendt, who was very keen to develop some of the old sawmill into a big ol’ cannabis facility. (Cannery, anyone?)

Here’s a link to the Times Standard Article that originally ran the story:

Rio Dell City Council advances commercial pot ordinance

And here are some links to previously ran THC goodness that delve into the travails of Rio Dell’s “people first” City Council.

(UPDATE) Dennis Wendt in cahoots with Rio Dell’s Development Director?

(UPDATE) Will Rio Dell City Council take a stand against marijuana ordinance or cave to special interests?

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2 Responses to Rio Dell City Council predictably tells residents to piss off, denies them democratic process

  1. Henchman Of Justice says:

    The ole “hide away inside what everyone knows is growing EVERYWHERE”.

    THC is on it!

    Rio Dell elected officials are flip flopping like a Florida Marlin as if in a drunken / prescribed state of dictator drugs ala Chet Albin Gazebo meltdown applied to all scenarios for anti voting, call it sarcastically “similar to a comical DUI on public voter chads and stuff……”

    It is like pulling pedals of love from a budding nugget of a Marijuana flower…….a very sticky resinating issue.

    Council votes 3-2 “no”, originally.(granted the accusations of insider quid pro quo had just surfaced)😇 versus 😈

    Leftist leaning lady on council throws a public tantrum charade. 😭😭😭😭😭😭

    At next meeting, tv coverage cuts of view of leftist lady as punishment. 👏

    2 conservative leaning members on council who originally voted “no”, flip their vote……as part of giving in to the issue provided a public vote would resolve the issue. 😨😨

    Council then refocuses its efforts, operates like a surgeon it machinations of deceit, decides the public won’t vote if the council has anything to say or do on the matter…… 😎😆😷😜😲

    And to top it off, the council approaches the issue like a mormon montessory school that is laced with religious radical beliefs that drugs are the devil, but it is ok if it is behind closed doors.😪

    As longtimers know, it is not Rio Dell…..but it is Real Hell! 😠

    Yet another reason why not to live within any city limits.🙈🙉🙊 see no evil, hear no evil and say no evil…….

    BTW, didn’t former council member Nancy Fleming of Eureka emmigrate to Real Hell to make it all cutesie and stuff? 😗

    Rio Dell “Ain’t so cutsie”. 👹


  2. Shak says:

    It’s the ol’ routine alright. Bash it, trash it, fear monger, forbid, then watch the citizens jump for joy when it appears on a future ballot with ridiculous fines, fees & taxes added. Liberty! The dumbed down masses cheer.


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