The San Jacinto City Council met Tuesday, March 17, with no one in the community center except Councilman Russ Utz, to approve the extension of a moratorium on further industrial hemp cultivation in the city.
The council, abiding by the Riverside County Medical Officers’ request to cancel all public meetings of more than 250 people to help contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19 disease, held the council meeting with Utz present and the remaining four council members teleconferencing.
The Brown Act, which requires the public to be physically present during any city government meeting, has been relaxed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom because of the COVID-19 social distancing recommendation. This allowance lets the public to enter into an official government teleconferencing call f