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Hmmm.....I feel like this is pigging backing off the efforts and successes of KONO without any recognition. That's kind of lame.
This is just one externality of moving pot off the street markets and into a legitimate taxable business. All of those "pushers" still need to find ways to make money. The easiest low-risk way to do that is through property crime. If we address access to work issues that pay living wages a lot of these guys, seeing a better alternative, would break out of this pattern. Most are not harden criminals, they are just trying to get by through whatever economic mechanism is available to them. However, getting people to even see that is the real hurtle. Because the average population is not living in hard pressed neighborhoods, its hard to get anyone to recognize how inaccessible the rest of the world is to residents living in depressed neighborhoods. Sure YOU may be able to walk to BART and get anywhere in the Bay Area in 30 minutes, but you live in Rockridge. Have you ever tried to catch a bus out of East Oakland? Not an easy feat. 20 minutes turns into an hour. Kudos to those of you who do it every day. Most of those individual though are riding to work for a minimum wage job with no benefits or opportunity for growth. If you were given the choice between riding a bus two hours a day to work for minimum wage, or stay around your neighborhood turning merchandise for the same or maybe even more profit, which would you choose? If you say the first, your lying to yourself. You know how I know? You won't even go to the gym on a regular basis because its too inconvenient for you, are you really going to fool yourself into thinking if dealt the same hand you wouldn't turn to petty crime too? We need to create real market access for these neighborhoods.
Of course the city-council is worried, their job security just went out the window!
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