Echo Park block offers one-stop shopping for pot and politics

Several city council candidates running in the upcoming March 5 election have recently opened their campaign headquarters, including Council District 13 contender Matt Szabo, who on Saturday held a grand opening for his Echo Park office on Glendale Boulevard.  Not only is the office centrally located,  it’s close to such neighborhood institutions as El Centro Del Pueblo, a social service agency, and The Echoplex nightclub, said Szabo. But the white and orange “Vote Szabo” banner that hangs over the front of the new campaign office is located right next door to the big green crosses painted on the windows of  Downtown Holistic, a marijuana dispensary.  It may seem to odd to open a campaign office next to a business that, according to a Yelp review,  offered a free bong to anyone who brought in two friends ore more.  But given the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries, Szabo said nearly every storefront in the area is in close proximity to a pot shop.

The opening of marijuana stores has been the subject of widespread debate and several failed attempts by the City Council to limit or close their operations.  In May, voters will get a chance to decide whether they want to keep the store open. What’s his position on marijuana dispensaries? Szabo said residents have indicated that there is a need for medical marijuana, but it must be regulated and those regulations must be enforced.

Szabo said he is happy with the location of his campaign office. This weekend’s opening celebration, he said, was “terrific.”


  1. I’m glad to see that the war on local small businesses is easing up – there have been five empty storefronts along Fountain and Hyperion for the past couple months and who knows how many part time workers unemployed as a result.

  2. Szabo needs to go bother another neighborhood.

  3. Bother? Looks like he’s a rent-paying tenant, coexisting with his neighbors.

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