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Folsom council to take up pot-growing measures

Like other communities around the region, the city of Folsom is struggling with how to regulate marijuana growing in the event voters pass Proposition 64 in November. The ballot measure would allow recreational marijuana use and the cultivation of six plants at home. It permits local governments to reasonably regulate, but not ban, marijuana growing inside a person’s private residence and permits local governments to ban outdoor cultivation. Folsom now bans all marijuana growing, which it will continue to do if voters reject Proposition 64. But the council will weigh ordinances Tuesday night in case the ballot measure is enacted, such as requiring growers to live full-time in the residence where the cultivation occurs. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. in its chambers at 50 Natoma St. More information about the proposed ordinances is available at the city’s website, www.folsom.ca.us.

Keeping of chickens up for vote in Placerville

Placerville City Council members will vote on an ordinance allowing residents to keep chickens at home. Chickens generally are prohibited within the city limits on residential parcels, though “staff is aware that a number of residential properties within the city currently harbor chickens, both hens and rosters in violation of the zoning ordinance,” city planners wrote in a report. “It is the opinion of staff that allowing for the keeping of hen chickens on residentially zoned properties will give residents the opportunity to provide a local sustainable food source for themselves, and allow for the children of families to engage in 4-H and animal husbandry projects.” If the ordinance is passed, the Gold Rush-era town in the Sierra Nevada foothills will join a growing number of California cities, including Sacramento, that allow backyard chickens. The council meets at 6 p.m. in its chambers, 549 Main St., Placerville.

Learn how to make better coffee at home

This is Specialty Coffee Week in Sacramento, and among the scheduled events is a session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in midtown’s Temple Coffee, 2829 S St., Sacramento. It promises to help homemade coffee taste more like the brew at a favorite coffee house. People who attend the free session will get to examine how elements such as grind size, water quality and cleanliness affect coffee brewing and flavor. There will be a tasting of cups side by side. For more information, call 916-454-1272 or visit the Specialty Coffee Week website at specialtycoffeeweek.com/events. The site includes a list of other events.

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