Despite the recent federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries and last week's raid on Oaksterdam University, it appears that the four groups approved last month to open dispensaries in Oakland still want to get into the medical marijuana business.
The Oakland Community Collective is moving forward to open at 2101 Broadway by mid-to-late summer, member Scott Hawkins said.
The other three groups to get permits have the added burden of finding new locations after the city nixed their proposed sites for being too close to schools or parks.
Many medical cannabis industry observers questioned if those groups would follow through, given that federal authorities in recent months have closed dozens of dispensaries and threatened to seize the property of their landlords.
However, on the day of Oaksterdam raid, Tidewater Patients Group told Assistant City Administrator Arturo Sanchez that they were still looking for a viable site, Sanchez said last week. He also said leaders with G8 Medical Alliance Inc. had told him before the Oaksterdam raid that they too had been looking at sites to open a dispensary. Neither group has returned phone calls this week, nor has Jeff Wilcox, whose Agramed cooperative also received a permit. Wilcox had said before the Oaksterdam raid that he hoped to find a suitable home to open a dispensary in Oakland.
Oakland: Group to patrol International Boulevard
A section of East Oakland is going to have some extra eyes and ears out on the street Saturday evening. The Bay Area Street Safety Patrol, a citizens group, announced Friday that about 10 members would be walking along International Boulevard from High Street to 78th Avenue.
The group, which formed last year, has about 15 members, many of them private security guards from across the Bay Area that do citizen patrols on their free time, said the group's founder, Enrique Zerbato.
He said they decided to do a patrol on International after hearing of complaints of prostitution along the thoroughfare.
Group members, who don't carry weapons, wear black T-shirts, black berets, combat boots and military fatigue pants.
San Leandro: Change in Crossings project plans
An updated San Leandro Crossings project was presented to the City Council at a work session on Monday, calling for less housing and a technology campus.
The original vision was for up to 700 apartments and condominiums adjacent to the San Leandro BART station.
The project stalled in 2010 because of the depressed economy.
It is being revived as a mixed-use project involving 200 units of affordable rental housing, but with a large OSIsoft campus west of the station.
There will be a community meeting to gather input on the project May 1 at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.
For more information, visit www.sanleandro.org/depts/cd/projects/crossings.asp.