Cannabis fine appeals

 

Fresno County supervisors meet periodically to hear appeals of the $1,000/plant fines imposed under the county’s cannabis cultivation ban. Watch or listen to the hearings online.


Fresno County cannabis fine appeals ‐ March 25, 2014 (approx. 1:17, 72 Mb)

Item Start time Appellant name(s) Appeal Vote Plants Fine amount
1 0:00 Phaeth Holapatiphone Denied 5-0 43 $43,000*
1 0:00 Linkheo Holapatiphone Denied 5-0 43 $43,000*
2 50:30 Bret Harmon Denied 4-1^ 30 $30,000
2 50:30 Ruth and Ronald Larson Denied 4-1^ 30 $30,000

*Appealed to Fresno County Superior Court; fine rescinded by board resolution Dec. 2, 2014, on a 4-1 vote, with Supervisor Poochigian dissenting.
^Dissent: Poochigian. Re-hearing conducted May 6, 2014.


Fresno County cannabis fine appeals — May 6, 2014 (approx. 1:06, 61 Mb)

Item Start time Appellant name(s) Appeal Vote Plants Fine amount
18 0:00 Bret Harmon Denied 3-2^ 30 $27,000
18 0:00 Ruth and Ronald Larson Denied 3-2^ 30 $3,000

^Dissent: Supervisors Larson, Perea.
Discussion: At this “first” appeal hearing (actually the second), Supervisor Borgeas introduced the concept of fine “apportionment,” which was used to reduce the fine owed by non-resident property owners in this and subsequent cases.


Fresno County cannabis fine appeals — July 15, 2014 (approx. 1:09, 63 Mb)

Item Start time Appellant name(s) Appeal Vote Plants Fine amount
16 0:00 Carri McCorkill Denied 3-2^ 26 $1,300
17 48:45 Xiongh Thao Denied 5-0 99 $99,000*

^Dissent: Supervisors Larson, Perea.
*Appealed to Fresno County Superior Court; fine overturned by Judge Ikeda in June 2015.


Fresno County cannabis fine appeals — September 22, 2014 (approx. 4:58, 274 Mb)

Item Start time Appellant name(s) Appeal Vote Plants Fine amount
1 2:45 Richard Hickingbottom Denied 5-0 87 $87,000+
2 23:22 Juan Gonzales Denied 4-1^ 180 $180,000
2 23:22 Ricardo Alcantar Denied 4-1^ 180 $180,000
2 23:22 Bridigo Gutierrez Denied 4-1^ 180 $180,000
3 48:40 Bea Luangrath Continued 4-0-1* 316
3 48:40 Jenny Luangrath Granted 4-0-1* 316 N/A
3 48:40 Phoukhong Phothirath Continued 4-0-1* 316
3 48:40 Mone Phouaypha Continued 4-0-1* 316
3 48:40 Keosuphanh Snow Continued 4-0-1* 316
4 1:21:04 Deirdre Davidson Granted 5-0 162 N/A
4 1:21:04 Va Lo Denied 5-0 162 $162,000
4 1:21:04 Padao Yang Denied 5-0 162 $162,000
4 1:21:04 Meneu Yang Denied 5-0 162 $162,000
4 1:21:04 Ha Thor Denied 5-0 162 $162,000
5 2:07:56 Khamphan Bounluang Denied 5-0 126 $126,000
5 2:07:56 Sone Sengsiri Denied 5-0 126 $126,000
5 2:07:56 Suey Sengsiri Denied 5-0 126 $126,000
6 2:22:08 Boota Chahil Granted 4-1^ 45 N/A
6 2:22:08 Kuldip Kaur Granted 4-1^ 45 N/A
6 2:22:08 Xua Yang Denied 4-1^ 45 $45,000
7 2:42:11 Alfonso Gonzales Continued 5-0 68
7 2:42:11 Carlos Melo Continued 5-0 68
7 2:42:11 Maria Melo Continued 5-0 68
7 2:42:11 Jose Sarabia Continued 5-0 68
8 2:43:06 Ricardo Contreras Continued 5-0 162
9 2:45:10 Luciano Morales Continued 5-0 67
10 2:58:52 George Finley Continued 5-0 299
11 2:43:45 Sopath Prak Continued 5-0 95
11 2:43:45 Gabino Zambrano Continued 5-0 95
12 3:55:30 Neil Snodgrass Denied 5-0 100 $100
12 3:55:30 Joseph Banuelos Denied 5-0 100 $100,000

^ Dissent ‐ Supervisor Perea
* Abstain ‐ Supervisor Case-McNairy
+ Fine appealed to Fresno County Superior Court


Fresno County cannabis fine appeals — October 20, 2014 (approx. 5:16, 723 Mb)

Item Start time Appellant name(s) Appeal Vote Plants Fine amount
1 3:00 Bea Luangrath Denied 5-0 316 $316,000
1 3:00 Phoukhong Phothirath Denied 5-0 316 $316,000
1 3:00 Mone Phouaypha Denied 5-0 316 $316,000
1 3:00 Keosuphanh Snow Denied 5-0 316 $316,000
1 3:00 PAR Citrus Holding, LLC Granted 4-1^ 316 N/A
2 42:30 Alfonso Gonzales Denied 3-2* 68 $68,000
2 42:30 Carlos Melo Denied 3-2* 68 $1
2 42:30 Maria Melo Denied 3-2* 68 $1
2 42:30 Jose Sarabia Denied 3-2* 68 $68,000
3 1:35:30 Ricardo Contreras Denied 5-0 162 $162,000
4 2:01:58 Luciano Morales Continued 3-2+ 67
5 2:18:05 George Finley Denied 3-1^^ 299 $29,900 =
6 2:52:50
5:09:15
Sopath Prak Continued 5-0 95
6 2:52:50
5:09:15
Gabino Zambrano Continued 5-0 95
7 2:56:50 Yer Yang Continued 3-2** 95
7 2:56:50 Kong Meng Lee Continued 3-2** 95
8 3:45:10 Kaisorn Thalavong Denied 4-1++ 228 $228,000
9 3:58:15 Gerardo Montejano Placencia Denied 3-2* 107 $1,000
10 4:14:20 Maly Vang Denied 5-0 52 $52,000
10 4:14:20 Sengsooly Chomphanh Denied 5-0 52 $52,000
11 4:35:20 Elizabeth Sersansie Denied 3-2^^^ 81 $1,000
12 4:50:30 Dwayne Alvares Denied 3-2*** 11 $11,000
13 5:09:08 Carl and Debra Dean Continued 315

^ Dissent ‐ Perea.
* Dissent ‐ Borgeas, Case-McNairy.
+ Dissent ‐ Case-McNairy, Perea.
^^ Dissent ‐ Poochigian. Recused ‐ Larson. Fine rescinded by unanimous board resolution on June 2, 2015.
** Dissent ‐ Perea, Poochigian.
++ Dissent ‐ Borgeas.
^^^ Dissent ‐ Borgeas, Poochigian.
*** Dissent ‐ Borgeas, Perea.
= Appealed to Fresno County Superior Court; fine rescinded June 2, 2015, by board Resolution No. 15-190.


Fresno County cannabis fine appeals — March 17, 2015. (View on county website.)

Item Start time Appellant name(s) Appeal Vote Plants Fine amount
1 3:40 Carl and Debra Dean Denied 5-0 315 $315,000
2 5:50 Luciano Morales Denied 5-0 67 $67,000
2 5:50 Ana Maria Morales Denied 3-2^ 67 $6,700
3 40:55 Soprath Prak Denied 5-0 95 $95,000
3 40:55 Gabino Zambrano Denied 4-1* 95 $95,000
4 1:17:22 Carl Hager Granted 4-1* 228 N/A
5 1:42:45 Kong Meng Lee Continued 5-0 95
6 1:43:45 Gilbert Lopez Continued 5-0 800

^ Dissent ‐ Pacheco, Poochigian.
* Dissent ‐ Perea.


Fresno County cannabis fine appeals — May 12, 2015. (View on county website.)

Item Start time Appellant name(s) Appeal Vote Plants Fine amount
1 0:00 Kong Meng Lee Granted 4-1^ 95 N/A
2 22:35 Gilbert Lopez Denied 4-1* 800 $80,000
3 56:15 Bouathong Saysamongdy Denied 5-0 79 $79,000
3 56:15 Kaysone Saysamongdy Granted 5-0 79 N/A

^ Dissent ‐ Borgeas
* Dissent ‐ Poochigian


Fresno County cannabis fine appeals — September 15, 2015. (View on county website.)

Item Start time Appellant name(s) Appeal Vote Plants Fine amount
1 0:00 Donald Kolz Denied 4-1^ 40 $40,000
2 19:05 Prom Damlong Denied 5-0 71 $71,000
3 33:05 Sone Sengsiri Denied 5-0 5 $5,000

^ Dissent ‐ Perea


Fresno County cannabis fine appeals — November 17, 2015. (View on county website.)

Item Start time Appellant name(s) Appeal Vote Plants Fine amount
1 0:00 Jeff Hoffman Denied 5-0 698 $698,000
2 0:00 Anne Louise Hays Denied 5-0 698 $698,000

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