North Oakland Now: Feds tell Oakland pot farms are illegal; California ranks 44 in kids’ health care

on February 3, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a statement to the Oakland City Council Wednesday notifying council-members that Oakland’s current laws allowing large scale pot farms are illegal. The DOJ letter stated that the department was considering “civil and criminal legal remedies” if Oakland continues with its plans to permit the large farms. Read the whole story by Zusha Ellison on BayCitizen.org. And for our coverage of Tuesday night’s City Council meeting where these issues were discussed at length, read N.O.’s politics reporter Laura Hautala’s story here.

Also courtesy our friends at the Bay Citizen comes the disheartening story that California ranks 44 when it comes to providing health care to kids. The high rate of uninsured children and the low rate of vaccinated children were just a few of the measures looked at in the study by the Commonwealth Fund. Massachusetts ranked first. Annette Fuentes has the full story on BayCitizen.org.

And on a lighter note, our own Ye Tian brings us the news that Visit Oakland is kicking off it’s 2011 photo contest. Read Tian’s article for more information and to see last year’s winners.

Photo by Basil D Soufi
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