In A Decaying California Resort Area, A Pot War Erupts

CALIFORNIA:   Transients hole up in the old cottage resorts where vacationing families once came to fish and swim. Rotted docks and pier pilings litter Clearlake’s shoreline.

Much of this city, in fact, and others nearby in Lake County, looks as if it was plucked from Appalachia — with weeds and unpaved streets, stray dogs and backyard marijuana crops.

But across the water in the county seat of Lakeport, civic and business leaders talk of bringing back tourism, of planting more vineyards instead of weed.

They are tired of the hot August stink, when every neighborhood patch is in full bloom. They are tired of the thuggish out-of-towners, the stream diversions and the violent crime.