Council Appoints Candidates to Open Seats, Cancels Local Election

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.

Proposed Ballot Initiative Looks to Bring Pot Shops to Dana Point

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.