During the opening of a Plein Air Art Show that Dana Point Sister Cities and Dana Point Art Alliance held on Friday, Sept. 23, the City of Dana Point purchased a painting from local artist and art teacher Claire Miller to donate to Sorrento, Italy, a prospective sister city.
In lieu of holding an election to fill the three open City Council seats this November, the current council voted on Thursday, Aug. 25, to cancel the local election and appoint incumbent Councilmember Jamey Federico, Planning Commission Chairperson John Gabbard and Chief Financial Officer of Pan-Pacific Mechanical Matthew Pagano to the dais as they were each running unopposed in their respective districts.
With all three candidates running unopposed for this November’s City Council race, the current council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25, to consider appointing the candidates to the open seats and canceling the upcoming local election.
A measure to legalize cannabis retail in Dana Point will not be on the ballot this November. The citizen initiative proposing to allow up to three cannabis businesses to operate within the city failed to meet the Aug. 12 deadline to qualify for the upcoming election.
With three open City Council seats this November, only three candidates—one in each district—have qualified for the upcoming November election. The nomination period to submit campaign documents ends on Friday at 5 p.m.
Hoping to keep the historic charm of the former Dana Point Hotel, built in 1947, father and son duo Marvin and Eric Winkler plan to renovate the site with new apartments, an outdoor courtyard, a home design store, and Jack’s Restaurant.
In response to a citizen initiative currently being circulated that looks to repeal Dana Point’s prohibition against cannabis retail operations, roughly two dozen people gathered Monday night, June 20, to attend a town hall discussion regarding the impact of marijuana on the community.
A citizen initiative that proposes to allow up to three cannabis businesses to operate within the city could go to a vote among Dana Point residents this November. A petition is now being circulated for the initiative that looks repeal Dana Point’s prohibition against cannabis retail operations while granting City Council discretion to adopt additional regulating policies.