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. We are now working to hire the prosecutor’s support team which will include an investigator and paralegal staff. Once we have that team in place we will be able to criminally prosecute these illegal operators. That means we can request search warrants to gain access and seize property and make arrests.