During its March 10 meeting, the Signal Hill City Council received survey results on resident satisfaction and attitudes regarding commercial cannabis activity. After much discussion, the council requested a financial study on how such businesses would impact the city.
City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn recapped how the City chose the path of “observing and analyzing the cannabis industry in California,” banning all commercial activity though the State legalized medical and recreational marijuana use with Propositions 215 and 64.
A Prop-64 subcommittee comprised of city officials gathered information and toured commercial cannabis facilities for two years, sharing that information with residents during two community workshops last year, Shin-Heydorn said.
As part of that process, the council approved a contract last October with consulting firm True North Research to survey residents on their satisfaction with city services and attitudes about commercial cannabis activity.
Dr. Timothy McLarney, president of True North, told the council during the meeting Tuesday that his firm conducted the survey in January, questioning 316 residents most likely to vote this year. The interviews took an average of 18 minutes each and results have a 95% confidence rate, he said.
Most survey respondents expressed satisfaction with their quality of life in Signal Hill, with 83% rating it as excellent or good, McLarney said.
Published: March 12. 2020
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