The traditional market is strong and the politics run deep red in and around this Merced County town. So, how does a municipality respond when its moderately-underperforming first REC storefront asks for a new contract?
- Atwater’s council voted 4-1 last week to change the store’s monthly payments to the city from $15,000 to 5% of gross monthly sales.
- An attorney for Medallion Wellness said the terms had been established on the condition that the local illicit market would be stanched.
- “I would rather take a little bit less than the $15,000,” Councilmember Cindy Vierra said. “Fourteen-thousand is nice versus nothing at all, and if you fail, that’s what we get.”