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The Mousestache is epicly awesome, that thing is straight out of a Sparks song or something!
Here's Nancy's un-canned response to my email:
"I don’t know yet nor do you whether she has been fined. There is no law against growing chard in your backyard. There are laws about having more than a certain number of animals and certain kinds of animals. There are laws about selling from a residential lot. I can’t believe you don’t see that difference. Let’s find out the FACTS before we get overly alarmed.
Highly professional...oh wait, NOT. Kind of rude actually, I'm a little disappointed.
I don't see why we're allowed to grow TONS OF WEED in this city, which I fully support, but it is federally illegal, yet this woman can't grow some chard in her yard.
Also, to respond to Nancy (for those of you that don't know, she is a city council member, her email is in the comments above and if you email her you'll get her same comment in a canned response, nice work Nancy):
Fining someone is the same as shutting them down. If you don't want someone to do something, tax them for it, or in this case fine them for it. Fining her discourages everyone in Oakland from participating in this kind of economic activity. If you think of the tax revenue generated from small businesses, Oakland really can't afford to discourage young entrepreneurs in any way right now. Let the people work!
I think this article is ridiculous. Can you get someone that knows anything about Twitter to write for you please? Obviously, as a mayoral candidate and now mayor, Jean Quan has a staff member writing her tweets. If Jean Quan were actually tweeting herself this article would be about how Jean is wasting her time on Twitter instead of governing the city of Oakland, or preparing to govern it as the case may be.
So what is the problem? Twitter is a conversation, a HUGE conversation that is full of tons of what most would consider chatter. Jean has always had a strong voice; Can you blame her staff for trying to emulate that voice with Twitter, and us Twitter as the TOOL that it actually is. A tool to connect with communities of people, like the city of #Oakland.
Very few of her tweets are unrelated to Oakland, and the ones that are are for human rights movements and other hot topics which are relevant in Oakland.
So I find this article inacurate completely.
And on the subject of FakeJeanQuan, that account has less than 75 followers last I checked, the owner's real account probably follows as many people, and is simply annoyed that 90% of his or her front page is filled with Jean Quan's tweets. This is a common issue on twitter and there are many accounts that get unfollowed because of this common issue.
Obviously 30+ tweets is a lot, I'm not arguing that, but part of it is Twitter's problem because they allow accounts to do this but they don't allow users to prevent seeing it except through unfollowing. And none of it is Spam or unrelated to Oakland. This article is whack.
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