Supervisor Richard Anderson, who is currently running unopposed for reelection in District 5, was the only supervisor to oppose the “emergency” ordinance that bans outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana and limits indoor grows to 12 plants.
Anderson refused to jump on Sheriff Keith Royal’s bandwagon at January’s kick-off rally for the passage of Measure W…I mean, the Board of Supervisors meeting…and suggested instead that all sides be brought together to seek a compromise.
“Bring in the HOAs, the growers and the public and consider their wisdom,” he said in January. “Let’s try and reach a middle ground.” He reiterated his opposition earlier this week, calling the ordinance a “textbook example of regulation to benefit government. It’s hard to argue this is the wisest approach.”
So Anderson is a staunch opponent of Measure W, right? Well, not exactly–he told The Union he is taking no public position on W.
Why the timidity? Has he been getting static from his constituents over his “no” vote? Is he afraid the other supervisors will cut-off District 5’s share of the political patronage included in the new budget? Does he want to become board chairman, a position that was denied him the last four years but given to the board’s junior member, Smilin’ Dan Miller?
Maybe he just doesn’t want to rock the boat. Whatever the reason, Anderson is no candidate for a profile in courage.