Pot, new city mgr. on agenda

THE WESTMINSTER CITY Council will hear a report on the impact of cannabis retail stores on the surrounding area (Shutterstock).

Cannabis and a contract for the hiring of a new city manager top the agenda for the Westminster City Council when it meets on Wednesday.

In an effort to replace revenues to be lost if the 1 cent sales tax expiring at the end of 2022 is not renewed, the council has been considering embracing the sale of cannabis products.

The Shryne Group, which operates 20 such stores in California, has approached the city about establishing a location in Westminster.

To that end, the council directed the police department to research the impact of a retail cannabis – marijuana – store on crime in the surrounding area. The WPD surveyed eight locations, but received only two responses.

In each case – San Diego County and City and County of San Francisco – the responses indicated no appreciable difference between criminal activity near such “pot shops” and other retail areas.

Also on Wednesday night, the council will take up a proposed employment agreement with Christine Cordon as city manager, effective June 8. The council voted 5-0 at its May 25 meeting to hire Cordon, who has been serving as interim city manager.

Her salary would be $240,890. She would also receive a monthly auto allowance of $300.

The council will meet in person and via teleconference with a closed session at 5:30 p.m. and the open session starting at 7 p.m. Council chambers are located at 8200 Westminster Blvd.

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