Port Hueneme City Council: Takes first step to Approve Recreational Cannabis- Agrees to pay 1.5 Million to former housing director, Joe Gately

By Tom Dunn

Last night, the Council approved first reading of the ordinance (as amended regarding the 6 month hold period only being applicable to non-medical adult use cannabis applications). The first reading merely places the public on notice of a proposed ordinance adoption which is scheduled for Dec. 18th. If adopted on Dec. 18th, the Ordinance becomes effective on January 17, 2018. 

Neither the City nor Mr. Gately admitted any fault in the agreement.  The City will pay $200,000 of the agreement and JPIA, city’s insurer, will pay the remainder.  The city agreed to the amount which could be a much smaller  amount  than if the case had gone to court.  Mr. Gately sued the city after he was fired for disclosing irregularities in how the city handled HUD funds.  The improper handling of HUD funds occurred in 2012 -2014.  HUD’s investigation said the city would have to pay $2.4 million to cover mismanaged HUD funds.  

The City and HUD reached an agreement for a lesser fund that the City would have to spend on various community projects that would benefit the citizens of Port Hueneme.  The amount agreed on, around half of the $2.4 million, would be paid for by the city not its insurance company.  


Tom Dunn is a Port Hueneme resident who is publisher of Port Hueneme News, a digital newspaper (facebook @huenemenews)  and host of  “Hello Port Hueneme” a video interview show about people, places and things in Port Hueneme  google helloporthuenemeblog.blogspot.com.

 

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