Mountain View Voice

News - July 16, 2010

Pot club operator says he will run for city council

by Daniel DeBolt

He may have lost a battle to sell medical marijuana in Mountain View, but Matt Lucero says he's been inspired to run for City Council this fall as a champion for the "blue collar, lower-class residents of Mountain View."

"If they thought I was a problem from the other side of the podium, wait until they see me sitting next to them," Lucero said of the City Council.

While Lucero had yet to submit the necessary forms, he said Monday that he was "absolutely" going to run. In order to qualify as a council candidate, he plans to become a Mountain View resident by moving into an apartment on Castro Street "right down the street form City Hall so I can keep an eye on them," he laughed. He plans to rent out his Campbell home to his daughter.

"It was not my idea," Lucero said Monday, saying his Mountain View customers pushed him to do it. "Scores, if not hundreds ask me to do this," he said.

Lucero said he plans to use the former location of his dispensary, Buddy's Cannabis Patient Collective, as campaign headquarters. The operation moved from the Bayshore Parkway location on July 7 to Sunnyvale after a judge upheld Mountain View's temporary ban on pot clubs. Sunnyvale has a similar ban.

Lucero said his desire to run "has nothing to do with Buddy's Cannabis in Mountain View" and that he would abstain from related discussions and votes. "I don't need to sit on the City Council to do the Buddy's thing."

The theme of his campaign, he said, is "throw the bums out."

"I don't like the way that City Council treats its people," Lucero said, noting the way the council decided to shut down his dispensary even though not one resident opposed the operation in City Council meetings. "There is a strong dislike of the City Council by blue collar, lower class residents of Mountain View."

A Web site and position statements are in the works, but Lucero said he is still "getting up to speed" on a lot of issues. Among the complaints he's gotten from his customers include "misuse of money, oppression and apathy" on the part of the city and City Council.

Lucero, a millionaire and former corporate attorney for large tech companies, said he was not yet sure about whether to commit to the city's voluntary spending cap of $19,000 for a council campaign. Spending over that amount is rare and has been frowned upon by prominent community members in the past. Lucero said he planned to spend up to $25,000 or "whatever it takes" to get elected.

No one had yet pulled the necessary papers to challenge incumbents Jac Siegel, Ronit Bryant and Margaret Abe-Koga as of Tuesday, according to acting city clerk Wanda Wong. Potential candidates can apply between July 12 and August 6.

Lucero also said Tuesday that he has agreed to drop the lawsuit against the city and City Attorney Jannie Quinn that were part of his strategy to keep Buddy's open in Mountain View. Quinn said the city has spent $66,000 on outside attorneys to handle the court battle with Buddy's.

Comments

Posted by mv resident, a resident of Gemello
on Jul 15, 2010 at 11:45 am

The last thing the city of Mountain View needs is to be run by a corrupt lawyer who is on a power-trip. He is very obnoxious and childish and thinks that he can "buy" his way into the city council. Please Mr. Lucero, we DON'T need you and we certainly do not need your drug money to help run this city.


Posted by Christina, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Actually the city of mountain view needs to shaken up by this. The city of mountain view doesnt need drug money to run their city but we do need money for our schools, community programs and housing and many people in this community alone purchase medicinal marijuana and most of these people are hard working citzens. I think its time we get some of those simple minded arrogant city officals out of office and start electing regular people who know what its like to appreciate the value of a dollar. It's about time someone stepped up and took the time to think of the little people that actually make the City of Mountain VIew what it is today.


Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

We need someone to shake up business-as-usual here. For years the city has been run by non elected city staff. Anyone attending council meetings has seen the process. Important issues are "analyzed" by staff, who submit their recommendations for rubber stamp approval. The current council is showing promising signs of independence, but overall city operations have a long way to go before they truly serve their masters, the citizens of Mountain View


Posted by Austin, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm

OUTSTANDING! I agree with Steve in that we need someone to remind the council members who they work for, US! Council decisions are too often made with more "personal feelings" than facts. And there's way too much favortism within their inner-circle. I'm happy to know that someone with brains, financial backing and passion for the people will finally give them a run for their money. I look forward to learing more about your campaign Mr. Lucero, you have one potential vote in me.


Posted by Responsible Resident, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 15, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Whether you agree with the current council, injecting drugs into city politics is not the answer. Despite Mr. Lucero's altruistic claims, there is no doubt in my mind that his true motivation is to open Buddy's Cannabis in Mountain View. It's offensive to use the "blue collar, lower class residents of Mountain View" as his smoke screen.

Mr. Lucero, if you are truly concerned about the welfare of the "lower class" residents, provide your talent, time, and financial assistance to any of the many charitable organizations that help Mountain View citizens everyday, rather than spending "whatever it takes" to buy your city council seat.


Posted by Ned, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Mr. Lucero just might be what MV deserves for opening this can of worms.


Posted by Kuman, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 16, 2010 at 8:12 am

Hey Mr. Lucero. I think you'd better run for County Criminal Judge or being a watchdog for County jails. How's about that? Hehe


Posted by Jr., a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm

It's about time to shake things up. I was never a fan of a City Council that didn't listen to the People that they work for.


Posted by Jonathan Lustig, a resident of Castro City
on Jul 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Imagine 14 years after slavery was abolished...

Imagine 14 after segregation was outlawed...

Imagine 14 years after women were allowed the right to vote...

Imagine 14 years after our fellow Asian American citizens were informed that they were allowed to leave the concentration camps...

Imagine individual cities and individual municipalities impeding and blatantly ignoring the civil rights of all these people, 14 years after they were legally acknowledged...what would you do??

Today, there are countless physically and psychologically disabled patients all around us who can substantially benefit from utilizing the Cannabis plant.

We voted and passed the Compassionate Use Act eons ago in 1996.

Was it deplorable that Matt Lucero opened up a wellness center here in Mountain View after a moratorium was in place..or was it despicable that we forced him to close his doors and stop helping the hundreds and thousands of patients which considered him a godsend??

There are many nights where I cant sleep because I repeatedly think about patients and their loved ones circumstances.

Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, Depression, Insomnia..the list consists of hundreds of ailments.

I am sure Matt is haunted by similar voices and feels helping these people is his ethical responsibility as a decent human being.

Once you facilitate in bettering sick and suffering patients lives, there is nothing else in the world that you would want to do more.

Peace be with you all.


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