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Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Look, I have several of these people in my neighborhood. I view them as an asset... Fruit stand right there on the corner.

But I also ponder, how does she stay stocked? I've seen a fruit truck drop off a load to restock. Where does she come from... Is she labor trafficked? No way to tell and she's not selling sex so no one will ever look into it. I've seen her there when I left in the morning with a small kid... She and the kid are still there when I get home twelve hours later. WTF! That has to be hellish for her AND the kid. At five dollars a bag, how can she possibly be making a living... Only as a part of something much bigger. Wait... she never charged me sales tax. Something bigger, organized (possibly a human traffickers) uses her and her kid as a front to operate a business that neither collects or submits sales tax. And that was a BIG truck. A lot of fruit on it. And I'm betting the bigger thing relies on community outrage over enforcement to fly under the radar.

Hmmm... It MAY not quite so simple and harmless as it looks, eh?

That's ok... Now you feel good. You protected the little guy... While allowing the big, hidden something to thrive at their expense.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/16/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Trial Begins for East Bay Landlord Accused of Rigging Foreclosure Auctions

He probably lives in complete splendor and while tenants live in deplorable conditions. Shameful.

Posted by C. Leonard on 05/16/2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Trial Begins for East Bay Landlord Accused of Rigging Foreclosure Auctions

This A$$hole did this to me, I ended up taking him to court. He commited perjury in small claims court, but the judge asked me just to take the check instead.

He filed multiple illegal evictions against me and tried to harass me to move out.

Posted by Nick W on 05/16/2017 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

The police respond to complaints. They are supposed to. No reason to blame them for this when it was us. We operate a non-profit that defends the rights and resources of native born californians. the majority has passed laws to require permits to sell food, and when someone violates those laws they compete unfairly against the people who live and work in this area who do follow the laws. We made the complaint. Blame us if you like, We do not blush or shrink from our task. Serving our constituents is our job.
We are Save Our State, and we make complaints about similar activities every week to serve our community. The police are obligated to respond. Normally it would be the health department, but they are not equipped to confront often hostile people who work under the table. So they pass the job to the cops.
If anyone else needs help with unlicensed, unlawful foreign competition in their communities in this state, we are here to help you

Posted by Davi Rodrigues on 05/16/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “California's Cannabis Rules Are Here, Reminding That Legalization Was Never Going To Be Easy

The Prohibitionists turned obstructionists new weapons are over regulation and over taxation. It's going to take awhile to convince Chicken Little that the sky is not falling.

Posted by Jim Heffner on 05/16/2017 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Trial Begins for East Bay Landlord Accused of Rigging Foreclosure Auctions

That was us! says Christine Miller, ACCE member, fighting for Housing Justice.

Posted by Christine Miller on 05/15/2017 at 7:28 PM

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Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

**LOW-HANGING FRUIT**
Jim Mzt, I agree, the man is violating a noncriminal law, an insignificant ordinance that can be enforceable with a warning or a citation, not an arrest. He was simply low-hanging fruit for the cops to justify an arrest, in my humble opinion.
Does it even occur to you how much time, manhours, tax dollars and effort it takes to arrest and book a person into jail ? Is this a good return on our tax investment to go after low-level infractions, non-violent, non-criminal, non-felony, instead of investigating patterns burglaries, robberies and significant non-violent offenses?
To illustrate my point further, if a cop chooses to let you (a privileged and educated person) off with a warning for speeding or talking on a cellphone when driving, should you insist on being arrested for violating the law? Law enforcement has the discretion to arrest or not to arrest someone based on, OK, will this person be a threat to society for violating the law? Will this person start gravitating into organized business crime because he's selling fruit unlawfully on the sidewalk and not from the back of his car trunk so he can make a quick getaway?
That poor man is hardly a threat to the community. He's relatively poor and uneducated, trying to earn a living the best way he can without being a burden to the rest of us. He probably doesn't even know the law on selling on the sidewalk or if he's unfairly competing with Safeway or the Farmer's Market, jeez.
In all, he was targeted, because he was low-hanging fruit...an easy police report, just add belligerent behavior in writing because it may be just too much "hard work" to deal with other real crimes in the neighborhood. Too bad there wasn't any video for us to evaluate it further in the court of public opinion.

Posted by Shasa B Foster on 05/15/2017 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Interesting that kids selling lemonade on the corner isn't a crime, but someone supporting probably said kids selling fruit that made lemonade is a crime. Maybe he should've sent the kids instead. What thee entire fux is wrong with people?

Posted by Aaronette Leboothang King on 05/15/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Oakland Bus Stop Battle Continues, Outcome Unclear

I ride a bus that stops in front of the Bank of America in San Leandro. They usually have a security person in front of the bank. However, most of those who ride the bus are elderly and disabled. I have not seen anyone loitering as there is no place to loiter. What causes loitering are corner and liquor stores. Oakland get a back bone and restore the bus stop.

Posted by Anita Wills on 05/15/2017 at 11:26 AM

Re: “A New Plan For Oakland’s Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is definitely weighted toward developer interests, a reflection of Mayor Schaaf's open door policy for developers. But to think of Ms. Myres as being a community defender. I witnessed her on occasions to side strongly with developers despite strong neighborhood oppositions. Her support toward developers was even contrary to City policy as laid out in zoning policy. I also found that her "design" comments were shallow and showed a basic lacking in understanding of the principals of Urban Design. Its depressing to think that Ms. Myres is the best Oakland's got.

Posted by Charlie Chan on 05/15/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “The Secrets of Vertical Gardening

Loved "like patients to an iv!".

Posted by Wallace Shane Rogers on 05/14/2017 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

There's a lot murders in Alameda county to waste time arresting a person who is trying selling food to bring food to his family. Anyway is not a crime to sell veggies and fruit, by the way how many strawberry the sheriff's department bring home that day?

Posted by La Vikina on 05/14/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Fat ass officer was just hungry trying to look for a free meal on behave of the poor Hispanic trying to make a living. Fuck the police!

Posted by James Johnson on 05/14/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

Hobart, tell me... Where did you study fire prevention? And what EXACTLY do you propose as a "new approach"?

It's FAR too easy to say "We need something new... You come up with it and we'll take cheap shots, never offering a constructive critique".

Fire prevention professionals presented known to work methodologies to protect people and property. So far, I've seen NO suggested alternatives... Just "We don't like what there is so make something we do like".

BAH! Bread and circuses mentality.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/14/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Everyday I lose more and more respect for law enforcement. This guy is just trying to make a dollar like the rest of us and he's doing it in a different way than most. Why waste my tax money on petty victimless shit like this? What's next? Law enforcement gonna start hitting up road side fruit stands selling out of the back of their pickups? How about all the late night riff raffs selling clothes and miscellaneous junk on the sidewalks? They've gotta be taking business away from all those second hand clothing stores. My god!! Don't forget those people selling hotdogs on the street corners late night outside of bars on their own personal grills. I'm sure they've got permits/business licenses for that shit. Please spend my money on better shit than harassing harmless people committing victimless crimes.

Posted by Jeff Blanton on 05/14/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Town Business: Marijuana Is the Most Common Bust Oakland Cops Make When They Search Someone

The hope is that the establishment of the Police Commission in the fall will provide a mechanism to address self-contradictory and incoherent police policies and behaviors that are costly, ineffective and incompetent. These incompatible and often disconnected practices are what give rise to the distrust many community members have in their government and the allocation of resources reflected in budget proposals. The community will need to challenge the police commission to ask the hard questions and demand explanations, and the police commission will need to review these policies and practices and fulfill the Measure LL mandate to implement policy changes when appropriate.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 05/14/2017 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

Yes the landscape control specified in the city's flier sent to those in the wildfire zone would no doubt be effective in reducing fire vulnerability.
That is not at issue.

The problem is that the actual implementation of such landscape control is not realistic. That means simply not possible. Thus, if Oakland is to be proactive in reducing vulnerabilty to wildfire, a new approach is needed.

Reality is the critical factor in much of Oakland's governance failure. When government fails, elected officials are, legally and rationally, those who need to shoulder the responsibility.

What happened in the fire in '91 is actually not relevant to protecting Oakland from wildfire in the future. For one thing there is the possiblity, even the likelihood, of ongoing very dry years and very wet years. Unless of course one's disbelief in global climate change is strong enough to affect weather patterns.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/14/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

One of these men is committing a quality of life crime, and it's not the fruit seller. My fear of being unlawfully detained by a police officer is much greater than my fear of food-borne illness from fresh fruit.

Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 05/14/2017 at 12:07 AM

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