NICK SCHOU OF OC WEEKLY TO DISCUSS CONTROVERSIAL LB MEDPOT STORY ON GREATER LB RADIO WEDNESDAYBy Greater Long Beach
Award-winning reporter and author Nick Schou, whose current OC Weekly cover story about medpot dispensaries in Long Beach also serves as a disturbing case study of the institutional culture at City Hall, will be the featured guest Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. on KBEACH.org. Schou and Wielenga, publisher of GreaterLongBeach.com, were colleagues at OC Weekly from 1998 to 2003.
Schou, who lives in Long Beach, spent six months on the story, pursuing leads and interviews into offices of city officials, heavily armored cultivation spaces, storefront dispensaries raided by Long Beach Police without warrants—but strangely, with mid-level bureaucrat Erik Sund riding along.
His story, straightforwardly written to the rhythmic release of one hard fact after another, reveals a city council that acts on individual impulse, a City Attorney with his own agenda, a city staff that botched the lottery that awarded permits to investors when by buying the wrong sized ping-pong balls for the pneumatic machine and a hovering cadre of well-connected insiders hovering.
Schou will recount the twists and turns, dead ends and unexpected rewards of his investigation, including some of what he found that didn’t make the story. He will assess what he learned—about medical marijuana, but also about Long Beach government—and suggest what may be next.