The Citywise column incorrectly spelled the name of former Oakland City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente.
Alameda County is asking President Barack Obama to "end federal interference" in how states and municipalities regulate marijuana.
The board of supervisors adopted a resolution Tuesday supporting the legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational use, and asked the federal government to back off from heavy-handed and costly enforcement, including raids on medical pot dispensaries.
The resolution also "respectfully requests that Obama begin a discussion about the potential benefits of reforming federal marijuana use in all forms, including medicinal and recreational uses," citing states such as Colorado and Washington that have approved recreational use of the drug.
Cannabis dispensary approved for Oakland
The city may soon get its seventh medical cannabis dispensary.
Oakland officials last week greenlighted a dispensary for 3007 Telegraph Ave. The outlet would be run by Tidewater Patients Group, which has strong ties to Carlos Plazola, a one-time aide to former Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente.
Last year, the city approved Tidewater for a dispensary permit but rejected the outfit's proposed location in a building near the Oakland estuary owned in part by Plazola. Members of a youth rowing team had opposed the location. The city also rejected a second proposed site on Franklin Street before approving the Telegraph Avenue location last week.
Oakland granted preliminary approval last year to four medical cannabis dispensary outfits, including Tidewater, potentially doubling the number of city dispensaries from four to eight. But the permit recipients struggled to find willing landlords amid a federal crackdown on the state's dispensaries.
Tidewater would be the third dispensary approved last year to open shop, following Blum at 578 West Grand Ave. and Magnolia Wellness at 161 Adeline St.
San Leandro council OKs medical pot shop
The San Leandro City Council voted 6-1 Monday to allow one medical marijuana dispensary in the city, rather than two shops previously considered.
The council also decided not to wait for voters to approve a medical marijuana sales tax measure in November 2014 before allowing a shop to open, despite the recommendation by staff to do so.
Councilwoman Diana Souza cast the sole dissenting vote. The City Council issued a yearlong moratorium on dispensaries in 2010, and again in 2011, a prohibition that expired Sept. 30, 2012.
Oakland changing parking ticket rules
Beginning Monday, Oakland will stop issuing tickets for parking during times reserved for street sweeping unless the street sweeping is actually taking place. The new rule comes in response to residents upset about getting tickets for parking on streets that never were cleaned.
The city is rolling out another new parking rule next year that requires motorists in two-hour, nonmetered spaces to move their car at least one block or two-tenths of a mile from their original parking spot after the two hours have expired to avoid a ticket.
Meanwhile, Oakland will once again offer free parking at meters on Saturdays during the holiday season. The free meter days will begin the Friday after Thanksgiving and continue every Saturday through New Year's Day.