The city of Fontana, California

Fontana pot issue on hold; Moratorium placed on disputed dispensaries

FONTANA - It takes a drive to Los Angeles for Kay Smith to get her medicine. The same thing for Shawn Tizabi, who suffers with back pain and insomnia. But an answer as to whether they and others who use medical marijuana will be able to have access to it legally in Fontana won't come any time soon. The Fontana City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to enact a 45-day moratorium on the establishment and operation of medical marijuana dispensaries. "Locally, there is no place for me to get my medication," said Smith, who has used marijuana for about seven years to ease the pain of her various ailments and help her insomnia. Unlike prescription pills, marijuana does not make her feel ill. But with high gas prices and traffic congestion, the long drive to Los Angeles is more than a hassle, Smith told the City Council on Tuesday.

Board plans to measure Speedway value

No one questions whether California Speedway is valuable to the Inland Empire. But the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors wants to know exactly how valuable it is. On Tuesday, board members authorized a plan to analyze the economic impact for the Speedway's redevelopment project area in Fontana. "This board has made it a priority to redevelop around the Speedway," said Paul Biane, chairman of the board, adding that the study should arm decision-makers with ample information. John Husing, a regional economist based in Redlands, found four years ago that one race pumped $136million into the economy and two races added as much as $220million. San Bernardino County made a strong commitment nearly a year ago when supervisors approved a three-year, $2.1million sponsorship agreement with the Speedway. The deal means the county's name will be used during a nationally televised NASCAR event, and that it will be displayed throughout the Speedway as part of the county's promotional effort that hails the region as "Opportunity, California."

Fontana dumps competition in recycling contest

NO TRASH: The city comes in first among 30 vying in a national recycling contest. 10:00 PM PST on Friday, February 9, 2007 By MICHAEL MELLO People in Fontana drink. A lot. But that's not a bad thing because they also recycle. Fontana residents collected more than 100 tons of aluminum cans during a two-week period in September to take first place out of 30 cities competing in a recycling contest. "That's a lot of cans," Dan Chadwick, manager of the Public Works Department, said this week after announcing the victory. "I think it was a great response." As a reward, the city will receive $5,000 from the United States Conference of Mayors and Novelis Corp., which sponsored The City Recycling Challenge. The money will be used for recycling programs and education. The 107 tons of cans included those collected in from the city's curbside recycling program and containers turned in at recycling centers around the city.