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Cal City police, fire prepare for incoming medical marijuana cultivation businesses

October 9, 2019


.3RD LARGEST.POPULATIO N.NOW THE MARIJUANA INDUSTRY IS COMING TO TOWN, MAKING AN IMPACT ON THE POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT.” (:12) 3500 TO 4500 ACRES OF LAND SET ASIDE FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION AND MANUFACTURING. D 20:15 “IT’S GONNA BE GREENHOUSES, FENCING, THERE’S GONNA BE SOME BEAUTIFUL STUFF.” DAVID STAFFORD IS A REAL ESTATE AGENT HERE – WORKING AT FULL SPEED FOR THE INCOMING BUSINESSES THE CITY AWARDING DOZENS OF BUSINESS LICENSES – POTENTIALLY CREATING HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF JOBS HERE IN CAL CITY. THE INCREASE OF PEOPLE MEANS ADDED STRESS FOR THE POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS – EACH WITH UNDER 20 PEOPLE ON STAFF. NOW THEY’RE BOTH SCRAMBLING TO PREPARE. J 20:00 “WE HIRED FIRE MARSHAL TO ASSIST WITH THE NEW INFLUX OF BUILDING AND INDUSTRY COMING TO CAL CITY” MORE TASKS FOR A FIRE DEPARTMENT THAT ALREADY HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST CALL VOLUMES IN KERN COUNTY. J 21:25 “LAST YEAR WE RAN 2,770 CALLS.” CALLS THAT ARE DUE TO INCREASE WITH POPULATION. J 28:07 “THERE’S GONNA BE A NEED FOR AN INCREASE IN TRAINING, THERE’S GONNA BE A NEED FOR PERSONNEL. J 25:40 “PREPARING FOR THAT IS SOMETHING EVERY DEPARTMENT HAS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT.” INCLUDING THE POLICE FORCE. E 9:12 “WHAT WE’VE DONE ISLOOKED AT SECURITY MEASURES OTHER CITIES, COUNTIES, AND STATES HAVE DONE AND WE’RE KIND OF MOLDING IT FOR WHAT WOULD WORK BEST HERE.” POLICE CHIEF ERIC HURTADO PLANS ON HIRING MORE STAFF TO HELP OVERSEE THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA OPERATIONS – RATHER THAN PULLING OFFICERS WHO CURRENTLY PATROL THE STREETS. ALL OF THESE NEW HIRES – FUNDED BY A NEW MARIJUANA BUSINESS TAX – A TAX THAT COULD BRING IN UP TO 15 MILLION A YEAR TO THE CITY FUND. E 13:23 “THAT ADDITIONAL FUNDING WOULD HELP BRING IN MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT.” AND MORE FIREFIGHTERS — ALL TO PREPARE FOR THE FIRST REAL INDUSTRY BOOM CALIFORNIA CITY HAS SEEN. D 4:43 “THIS IS GONNA BOOST THE CITY LIKE IT’S NEVER BEEN BOOSTED.” IN CALIFORNIA CITY, CHLOE NORDQUIST, 23ABC. WE ARE CONTINUING TO TRACK HOW THE MARIJUANA

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