Where there’s smoke, there’s Rudat

Dave Rudat, Stockton’s interim fire chief 2011-12, sold marijuana grow shelves on the side, as I reported here. I thought it more amusing than anything else.

Now the feds have raided an industrial park Rudat owns in Orange County. The city of Anaheim had ordered the Live Love Shop to close. But it remained open. Operators were even growing pot on the site (I wonder: using Rudat’s handy shelf?).

The OC Register reports the feds found such product as “Pablo Escobar,” “Snow Puff Popcorn,” and “Jack the Ripper.”

Rudat was working illegally for Stockton. He was getting a pension while earning $119 an hour as fire chief. I did a Public Records Act Request for the documents to prove it, but never ran the story, because Rudat immediately announced his retirement. CalPERS had given him an ultimatum: retire, or pay back $216,000 pension.

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