It has been a great privilege to represent the Central Coast in the State Assembly for the past six years. I'm honored that voters put their faith in me three times since 2010 to be there champion in Sacramento.
Until I received a call from the lovely reporter from KION yesterday I had no idea that the city had lost its mind again.
Hillary Clinton garnered most of the national popular vote, but Donald Trump was elected because he won the majority of electoral votes. Many Californians now say they want the winner determined by popular vote. The presumptive argument is that one-person-one-vote is more democratic (little d). Assuming this idea was not put forward for merely partisan political purposes, it’s worth a look.
I have a confession to make. I don’t read the Free Lance newspaper very often. As a writer and a business owner in town that may seem shameful, but it may also be the reason that I pass on it.
In response to Marty Richman's guest view: Marijuana Ordinance Should Wait (Sept. 2 Free Lance) I offer this response:
The Hollister City Council has scheduled Sept. 19 for a decision on Hollister’s medical marijuana ordinance, but acting before the upcoming election results doesn’t make sense. The primary reason for waiting is to get the Nov. 8 local vote view on Proposition 64, the closely related proposal for recreational marijuana.
Poor transportation planning and lack of coordination, especially by San Benito County, will soon overwhelm a critical portion of the local road network.
It is a shame we could lose 12 firefighters. We need our fire fighters, we need more at that. We cannot afford this kind of thing to happen. It’s very unfortunate. I believe the grant was put into place when Mike O’Conner was fire chief. It, of course ,was not going to last forever. We have to be on things like this, make sure everything goes through properly and correctly. We should have had some kind of backup plan. Just like we need more police officers; I hope they don’t say we will be losing police officers as well. Let’s make sure this does not happen.
But the Hollister City Council must take a hard look at putting in restrictions to bar dispensaries from downtown, other areas where children congregate.
As a result of the strong and passionate voices we have heard from the community, I would like to provide you with more insight on how we got to where we are today in planning for a new Philanthropic Center for San Benito County, a lasting home for the Community Foundation, as well as a hub for charitable collaboration—convening diverse voices to address local issues and opportunities.

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