SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The City Council Tuesday made official the repeal of restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city of San Diego, making such establishments illegal.
On second reading, the council voted 7-1, with Marti Emerald dissenting, in favor of the ordinance rescinding the restrictions that were approved earlier this year.
Supporters of medical marijuana collectives considered the laws to be too stringent and gathered enough signatures to force them to be repealed, or for the issue to be placed before voters on next year's ballot.
In July, the City Council voted to repeal the restrictions, citing the cost of placing a measure on the ballot.
Ironically, San Diego returns to the situation in which no dispensaries are allowed within city limits. Just last week, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith filed civil complaints seeking to shut down a dozen pot shops he believes are too close to schools.
One of the two ordinances that had been in place kept dispensaries at least 600 feet from homes, schools, churches and other sensitive areas, but did allow them in certain zones. Proprietors would have had to apply for an expensive operating permit.
In other council action today, the panel unanimously agreed, without discussion, to pay $156,244 to a firefighter who sued in December 2008, claiming retaliation in employment.
Paul Vandeveld claimed he was suspended and denied a promotion to captain because he reported harassment of a colleague and cooperated with an investigation into pension spiking -- a tactic for employees to boost the compensation later used to determine retirement benefits.
The City Council tentatively approved the settlement in closed session in May, according to city documents.
All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 will be closed from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Sunday night and continuing through Oct. 25, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.
A Mexican fishing boat caught fire and burned 30 miles south of San Diego, and while 15 people were rescued by a U.S.- flagged vessel, three people remained missing Sunday.
A blessing. That is exactly what Kelly Muno is calling what happened to her son, a former San Diego State University baseball star, on Friday afternoon.
San Diego State has suspended one of its fraternities, the university announced in a statement late Friday.
Gun owners had the chance to trade in unwanted firearms for gift cards or skateboards on Saturday, no questions asked, at a gun "buy back" event in southeastern San Diego.
Warm and dry conditions are expected to last through Saturday. Gusty northeast winds in the mountains and valleys are expected to increase the risk of fire danger in the region.
The University of Southern California will pay $215 million in an "agreement in principle" to patients treated by Dr. George Tyndall, a campus gynecologist who has been accused of sexual assault by hundreds of women.
A San Diego Harbor Police vehicle was involved in a crash with a bicyclist early today, officers said.