OCEANSIDE — Oceanside mayor candidates Mayor Jim Wood, Rick Kratcoski, Georgeo Kerpani, Cynthia M. Rocco and Jim Gibson were asked to share their views on the impacts of recent and proposed state laws on Oceanside.
Kerpani and Rocco explain their views on marijuana, vehicle miles traveled counts, and organic waste reduction.
The replies of Wood and Kratcoski are in another story in this week’s paper.
Gibson did not respond by time of publication.
What are your views on Prop 64, state allowance of recreational marijuana, which will be voted on in November, and the city’s allowance of medial marijuana delivery?
Georgeo Kerpani, 61, occupation Real Estate Broker/ Consultant: It is high time we look at the benefits of what marijuana can offer.
Many people who are negative against this proposition usually do not know anything about this and/or think it is a dangerous drug. Alcohol is considered a drug too, yet many of those who drink are against Prop 64.
Well, the active ingredient in marijuana that gets one high is called THC, but the active ingredient that helps people with pain is called CBD. Many people who use CBD’s to relieve pain do not get high and this helps them greatly with numerous ailments.
We can limit the number of dispensaries until we see how those involved are professionally handling the entire spectrum of health and safety issues.
Cynthia M. Rocco, 54, occupation Stock Market Investor: Subjectively a simple yes or no appears easy but I delved in through a more objective lens.
I read the amendment, legislative analyses’, and looked at countries where marijuana is legal like Spain.
A straw poll of neighbors and parents yielded overwhelming 73 percent saying yes.
With the legalization of alcohol, it became a choice and when a criminal act occurs you go to jail.
If we diminish the criminal element and regulate products, we create legally owned and operated businesses and jobs. Our city still maintains local control: licenses, locations and taxation. This allows flexibility.
We could use funds to fund increased law enforcement and pre-teen programs.
Young children learn foreign languages readily so let’s teach them addiction prevention younger, and allow adults the freedom to choose: a labeled, child-resistant container of marijuana or a pint of craft beer.
What effects will SB 743, which goes into effect in 2017 and measures vehicle miles traveled to determine traffic’s environmental impacts, have on Oceanside development?
Kerpani: This vehicle mileage plan is an example of more California government red tape, more bureaucracy, more regulations, more expense, more engineers, more delays, more ignorance.
Rocco: Sadly this bill passed, but now is our opportunity to delay implementation.
When traffic congestion is removed for environmental evaluation this is a huge red flag. Builders already want to develop here in Oceanside, we are the diamond they seek.
CEQA has determined that traffic congestion impacts are insignificant but should we?
What can be done to support city efforts to fulfill AB 1826, which has been in effect since April, and requires grocery stores and restaurants to divert organic waste from landfills?
Kerpani: Organic waste gases can be harnessed into energy of which the converter can resell this renewable energy for sale.
Thus, those that are required to collect all organic matter from their grocery store, restaurant, apartment building shall not be charged a fee for the collection service.
They will incur enough hardship with these requirements.
Those that collect this matter, can sell it to those that convert (it) to energy for resale.
Soon our government bureaucracy will require farmers to harness cattle farts.
Rocco: Organic waste diversion is our future. When bottles/cans recycling started, it took adjustments.
Restaurants/grocery stores in Oceanside will have to bear the cost of transportation and disposal. We cannot abandon local businesses.
The city must collaborate with owners and identify best practices, incorporate (them) into the budget and locate grants to create supporting infrastructure.
If not, food prices will rise with costs and empty everyone’s pocketbook.