The San Jose City Council Tuesday debated strict new limitations on medical marijuana dispensaries.
The regulations included banning pot clubs within 1,000 feet of a school, library, church or community center. The regulations would also ban them 500 feet within a drug rehab center and 150 feet from a home.
Medical marijuana supporters say these restrictions would make 99 percent of the city off limits and result in a de-facto ban.
"It will put almost every collective in the city of San Jose out of business," said Douglas Chloupek, co-founder of MedMar Healing Center downtown.
Chloupek said he supports reasonable regulations that would reign in problematic pot clubs.
"We need positive regulations for the industry," Chloupek said. "To get rid of the bad actors, only support those who are helping patients and truly dispensing medicine."
Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio is pushing for incremental changes to regulate the growing industry.
"Let's have a buffer between collectives and residential, close all of those facilities and once they are closed come back to council and continue to use our land use authority to get to a number to somewhere it needs to be," Oliverio said.
There are currently 82 dispensaries actively operating in San Jose.
City leaders approved similar restrictions in 2011, only to have them later overturned by voters.
Medical marijuana advocates said they would gather signatures for another referendum if the new rules are approved.
The Hayward mother of a homeless man who died Sunday says his tragic death points to the lack of services for the homeless.
The family of 50-year-old Joe White says he had tried to get off the streets and didn’t deserve to die out in the cold.
"I would let him come home and stay with me, but then he would only stay awhile because he didn't want to be a burden on me, "said Mary Archuleta about her son.
Archuleta says her son worked odd jobs and turned to various social agencies for help but was given the runaround.
The family says they don’t want White to die a nameless, homeless man.
"He deserves to be recognized for the person he was. He wasn't just homeless, he was my brother,” said White’s sister Theresa Long.
Relatives say White was a loving father and a doting grandfather.
Despite his plight, they say he refused to take advantage of his family.
His mother said White would visit her regularly.
"When he would come here, he wouldn't eat that much because he didn't like eating our food," she said.
Archuleta tells KTVU health problems and associating with people of questionable character contributed to her son’s downward spiral.
His sister says she met with him just Friday to give him a new coat to ward off the cold.
"I helped him put it on because his hands were kind of swollen, I helped him zipper it," said Long.
On Tuesday night, remnants of yellow crime scene tape still marked where White was found just two days after receiving his new coat.
White was found lying on the walkway near the Safeway on Foothill Boulevard and was rushed to the hospital where he later died. White’s family tells KTVU they were told several men had beaten White, stolen his new coat and left him in the cold.
"It's an extraordinarily difficult issue," said Sean Reinhart, Hayward's Director of Library and Community Services as he spoke about the city's homeless population.
Reinhart oversees the city’s funding of 20 nonprofits that proved services to the homeless.
While the community has family shelters, they do not have homeless shelters specifically for men or women.
Reinhart says the city is currently assessing exactly what services are available to come up with a long term comprehensive plan.
"We're really doubling down our efforts going forward," said Reinhart.
But White's mother insists that the system failed her son.
"I wonder what it must of felt like for him to be that cold, you know," she said.
The general manager of Lone Tree Cemetery is helping the family with funeral expenses to give Joe White a proper resting place.
A man was shot and killed outside a Vallejo supermarket Tuesday afternoon drawing a hostile crowd that took four law enforcement agencies to contain, Vallejo police said.
The shooting was reported at 3:40 p.m. in front of King's Market at 1624 Fairgrounds Drive, police said.
The man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.
After police arrived, a large hostile crowd formed, leading police to call for help from American Canyon police, the California Highway Patrol and the sheriff's offices from Napa and Solano counties.
The officers secured the crime scene and continued with their investigation, police said.
Police are looking for two young sisters who ran away from their Richmond home Tuesday afternoon, a police sergeant said.
The two girls took off from their home in the 300 block of Maine Avenue at about 4:40 p.m. when 13-year-old Xiomara Zelaya ran away and took her 9-year-old sister, Heidi Moreno, with her, police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.
Xiomara is described as Hispanic, 4 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 80 pounds with brown eyes and long black hair to her waist. She was wearing black yoga pants and a pink top with gold when she left, Abetkov said.
Heidi is described as Hispanic, 4 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 60
pounds with brown eyes and black shoulder-length hair. She was wearing pink pants, a pink shirt and a beige hooded jacket.
The girls are considered potentially at risk because of cold temperatures Tuesday night.
"We're obviously a little concerned because of the weather outside," Abetkov said.
A new proposal is beginning to circulate UC Berkeley that would forever link the University with late South African President Nelson Mandela.
Cal employee Anne Stinson launched an online campaign to rename Lower Sproul Plaza, "Mandela Plaza." Stinson was among protesters who filled Sproul Plaza in 1986, demanding an end to apartheid and that UC Berkeley divest itself from companies doing business in South Africa.
"I do think the anti-apartheid movement, centered at Berkeley was arguably one of the most important in the history of the campus," said Stinson.
She says the recent death of Nelson Mandela caused her to reflect on his role in history as well as the impact of the protests at Cal.
"Just hours ruminating on the campus' history and Mandela's good works made me want to somehow acknowledge that in a greater way," said Stinson.
On Tuesday, a University spokesman told KTVU administrators were "intrigued" by the proposed name change and that it "will be taken into consideration." However, an oversight committee would have the final say on any renaming of Sproul Plaza.
By only renaming Lower Sproul, Stinson insists the honor given to former University of California President Robert Sproul can still be preserved.
"I'm hoping, given that we're not taking away something, we're adding to the campus' legacy... that the campus will honor the request," said Stinson.
While most Cal students contacted by KTVU on Tuesday seemed open to the idea of renaming Lower Sproul Plaza, Austin Zaccor argued Nelson Mandela's early militant period before he was imprisoned should not be ignored.
"If we use his image and rename Sproul Plaza after Nelson Mandela, that's fine," said Zaccor. "But we shouldn't do so because it helps us board up and shore up our opinions of what the political spectrum is today."
For Stinson, having "Mandela Plaza" on the UC Berkeley campus would help connect the University's future with its significant history of protest. Lower Sproul Plaza is currently being redeveloped.
"I thought when they have the grand opening of Lower Sproul Plaza, they could have the renaming ceremony at the same time," said Stinson.