In our district (District 4, south west CV) we typically have just as many illegal pot shops as we do 7-11’s and StarBucks. Because the San Diego County District Attorney’s office often fails to prosecute these illegal nefarious operators, the city has had to use civil action to evict operators from their place of business. This method is extremely slow and because the operators make so much illegal money, they can fight us and slow the process to a crawl. I have been the most outspoken council member to demand we start up a neighborhood prosecution unit. At the beginning of the year we hired Chula Vista’s first criminal prosecutor. In February, I met with the District Attorney and she promised to commit a prosecutor to Chula Vista to help us close down the illegal pot shops. She also said she would reach out to the Sate Attorney General and request state assistance. With our Neighborhood Protection Unit, the CVPD Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and the District Attorney's office, I think we are on track to start closing down illegal pot shops. With our new NPU we can request search warrants to gain access and seize property and make arrests.
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