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News - September 24, 2010

Around Town

PICKING SIDES ... The Palo Alto City Council will scratch its collective head on Monday as it ponders the city's stances on California's November ballot measures. Some stances are straightforward. The council plans to pass resolutions supporting Proposition 22, which limits the state Legislature's ability to "borrow" local revenues; opposing Proposition 23, which would suspend implementation of Assembly Bill 32, a 2006 bill that mandates greenhouse-gas reductions; and opposing Proposition 26, which restricts local governments' abilities to adopt new fees. Others are trickier — none more so than Proposition 19, which would legalize and tax marijuana. Though the proposition could bring in more revenues, the League of California Cities has recommended opposition because city officials were "concerned about the potential increase in crime, the unsatisfactory experience with medical marijuana, and the measure's breadth and poor drafting." Councilman Greg Scharff, who traveled to Amsterdam last month, said he was "very skeptical" about the measure for another reason — he doesn't want Palo Alto smelling like pot.

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