[Butte County] Shasta Lake may show what could come in Oroville

Blog note: this article references a Shasta County Grand Jury report that criticized the City of Shasta Lake for actions with respect to marijuana that the City of Oroville in Butte County is considering.

SHASTA LAKE — Driving down Shasta Dam Boulevard, one of Shasta Lake’s main thoroughfares, it’s hard to miss the small city’s three marijuana dispensaries.

There isn’t much traffic on the road, but inside 530 Cannabis on a Thursday, it’s busy. Dozens of customers go in and out in less than an hour.

[Butte County] News of Our Past (25 Years Ago): Grand jury reports Butte’s a have-not county

Blog note: I’m a history buff. The county grand jury continues to investigate and report on Oroville. The financial situation is still an issue.

OROVILLE — Rising poverty and welfare levels are taxing the county’s limited resources, the Butte County grand jury concluded in its 1992-93 final report made public today. It revealed that 18.9 percent of families in Butte County are considered below the poverty line, compared with a statewide poverty rate of 12.5 percent.

[Butte County] Oroville council votes to put cannabis tax measure on ballot

Blog note: this article references a Shasta County Grand Jury report.

OROVILLE — A motion to put a tax measure on the November ballot to charge cannabis businesses up to a 10 percent sales tax passed with a 5-1 vote on Tuesday from the Oroville City Council.

Mayor Linda Dahlmeier was the sole dissenter on the motion, which was made by Councilor Marlene Del Rosario and seconded by Linda Draper. Councilor Scott Thomson was absent.

Commercial cannabis activity is currently banned in Butte County, including in Oroville.

[Butte County] Grand Jury blames Oroville’s budget problems for public safety deficiencies

OROVILLE — A grand jury report released Friday found the city of Oroville’s budget woes have led to understaffed police and fire departments, low morale and job uncertainty.

The 2017-18 Butte County Grand Jury concluded that the city “needs additional revenue sources” that should be used specifically for bolstering the Department of Public Safety, including hiring and retaining sworn police officers, fire personnel, equipment and “other necessities for the overall general public safety and the citizens of the City of Oroville.”