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

These sidewalk fruit vendors are not self employed. They are working for a company that drives them to different locations normally on weekends to sell fruit. I live in Sacramento and there is one here every weekend. He told me he is driven here each weekend from the Oakland area to sell fruit. He is picked up each evening and brought back the following morning. He sits out in the sun all day until his ride comes for him.

Posted by Jim Mzt on 05/12/2017 at 10:01 PM

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

> The sheriff responded that fruit vendors are committing a quality of life
> crime, and that there isn't a similar problem with lemonade stands.

> According to the Sheriff, unlicensed street fruit vendors take away sales
> from local businesses and can cause outbreaks of food-borne illnesses.

They'll have to explain how a lemonade stand operated by two ten year olds doesn't do the same thing. Both "crimes" are identical.

Posted by John Michaels Grabowski on 05/12/2017 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Oakland Schools and AC Transit Strike Deal to Maintain Student Bus Routes

How is it the SF Chronicle knows the number is one million?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/12/2017 at 7:25 PM

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

Once again, if you are poor, brown or black, you are an easy target for the system to remind you that you need to stay in your place. I remember when "taco trucks" were viewed like this guy, nothing more than health, zoning and business license violators who should be cited and harassed. Then, young white chef's, who could not afford to lease commercial spaces, copied the food truck concept. The response of the system was that it was a new exciting culinary alternative sweeping the nation. Cities quickly wrote ordinances allowing them and renamed them "food trucks". Every day in America, young brown and black men are given lengthy jail terms for marijuana related offenses. At the same time, white "venture capitalists" are making so much money growing and selling marijuana that they have no place to put all the cash. The same federal laws apply to both. For the last 50 years, heroin was viewed as an urban problem in America that mainly affected "those" people and the only possible solution was incarceration. Now, white kids are becoming addicted to cheap heroin and the response of the system is that it is a public health crisis. All of a sudden, jail is not the solution, we need more counseling and programs to help these sick, not criminal white kids. It's the same old story in America. If you are brown, black or even white and poor you have no money and no power. You continue to be an easy target for a system that intends to do everything possible to put you in jail. This man is no threat to anybody and certainly a sheriff in Alameda County has way more important things to do.

Posted by Gary Patton on 05/12/2017 at 5:25 PM

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

This is not a drug dealer he is selling fruit for Gods Sake! People have a choice of buying or not buying the fruit. I doubt if he is going to put a dent in the local Safeway's Budget! Is this what our taxes are paying for?

Posted by Anita Wills on 05/12/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Thousands Flood Oakland Streets to Support Immigrant Rights on May Day

This is a beautiful sight to see young adults taking to the streets and letting their voice be heard.

Posted by Anjanette Anthony on 05/12/2017 at 4:18 PM

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

How many times do we need to be told something by the law enforcement establishment -- "the car drove aggressively at the officer" -- that turns out to be a complete coverup lie until the public will stop trusting them altogether? I'm well past that, personally.

Posted by Matt S on 05/12/2017 at 3:50 PM

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

And we need more cops on the beat to keep us safe from those people who dare to
1 make a living
2 deliver produce straight to the consumer

Cops are concerned about safeways profits ?
Or catching the low hanging fruit

Posted by Patti Rich on 05/12/2017 at 3:32 PM

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

What ever happened to Measure Z?

Posted by Kathy Beffa on 05/12/2017 at 1:58 PM

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

Clearly the Sheriff has far too many deputies if all they have to do is arrest people for selling fruit. Perhaps a few retirees could not be replaced and the money used to hire immigration defense lawyers for the County, oh Board of Supervisors?

Posted by JP Massar on 05/12/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “After Anheuser-Busch Buyout Of Wicked Weed, Is It Time To Retire The Term 'Craft Beer'?

I haven't purchased a lagunitas since they sold their souls to hynie kin

Posted by marty bauer on 05/12/2017 at 7:30 AM

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

These inspections where voted down by the voters a few years ago and yet the City continuous to inspect. Instead of abiding by the majority vote and halting this program which in reality serves no real purpose! The City does not maintain the City owned public lands, EBRP does not maintain theirs, CalTrans, etc etc!!!

How soon we forget who allowed the fire which started the Firestorm to get out of hand due to lack of training and expertise! Same almost happened last year off Keller till public phone calls reminded the OFD that they should get their --- back up to the site and monitor it!

This is discriminatory in nature by the City and the Fire Department. It is time that a Property Owners Association be formed, to represent the property owners throughout Oakland, with an elected board that can then represent the facts, educate and give political clout to the ones the City sees fit to gauge consistently. Because Oakland can't get it's act together and attract sales tax base businesses to fill the coffers in a cash strapped government we, the property owners, are expected to pay and pay while the different city departments do nothing and Oakland is depicted as a city from the third world!

It is also time to revisit all the Property tax assessments that Oakland property owners have been asked to pay over these many years and yet receive no services in return. The City is in a mess and the Leadership has not a clue, yet keeps coming up with "new" programs that return nothing to the City but line pockets of a few at our expense!

Oakland needs to be audited by an outside agency to find out where all our monies are going! The Oakland Fire Department has been flush with money from the many grants and millions given from monies voted on my voters, believing that things will change! The fire department does the footwork by going door to door to sell the various Measures that have been on the ballot over the years and reap in a fine share of the proceeds as their reward!!

Posted by Nancy Sidebotham 1 on 05/11/2017 at 9:19 PM
Posted by Russell Ward on 05/11/2017 at 5:01 PM

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

This is what you should do when you make a mistake, Campbell Washington said about the departments new plan

What they should do is compensate citizens for the systemic time-burn created by their errors and omissions. Only then will there be real change, as presently there are no consequences to their issuing false fines and fees. A citizen not having to pay an unjust fee or fine that they never should have charged in the first is hardly a win.

Here's a thought - work with your community and educate them on fire safety - and communicate clearly what the rules are. I am shocking how many up here are enraged, confused or stressed about this matter

Meanwhile - the City cannot fill pot holes, resolve homeless camps or illegal dumping or clean up their own lots, and we do not see them "fining themselves" do we? Instead we see their acting CEOs (Chief Excuse Officers) providing various "messaging" about why they cannot or will not fix things.

Posted by Bennett Hall on 05/11/2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “After Anheuser-Busch Buyout Of Wicked Weed, Is It Time To Retire The Term 'Craft Beer'?

I despise the Bay Area's "hoppier than thou" approach to beer, but even more annoyed when something I love is bought by InBev - Goose Island's purchase in 2011 broke my heart.

Posted by Bob Koelle on 05/11/2017 at 3:46 PM

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

"We want an Oakland for all. Currently, planning commissioners are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by City Council, our elected representatives.

"Too often, these nomination decisions are made behind closed doors and benefit both their personal friends and political donors."

Well put. Oakland needs to elect a Mayor and Council Members who serve the ordinary people of Oakland, all of them, not just the wealthy and priviledged, out-of-towners and transplants. Those folks can take care of
themselves, and do.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/11/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

+Mitchell Halberstadt
So what about nearly every israeli PM to date ? aren't they "an embarrassment to you, as a Jew" ? you should be getting used to it by now !
But apart from that, why are entities - people - not supposed to take a position on issues ? - particularly mass murder and mega-theft.
So Zimmerman's "little operation" supports the extreme right - what's new there ?
You sound such a well-intentioned guy.

Posted by Gerard Gilbert Vaughan on 05/11/2017 at 3:51 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Energy and Climate Scientist Backs Students' Call for University to Divest from Fossil Fuel Corporations

This is such good news. What with the Fukoshima ongoing horror quietly out of the spotlight, and the rate of thinning of the Polar ice, it seems it's past high time to get serious with these greedy imbeciles and their darling President TrUmp.

Posted by Gerard Gilbert Vaughan on 05/11/2017 at 3:09 AM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

This article is another fantastic piece of journalism by Darwin Bondgraham. After winning a Polk award earlier this year, Bondgraham continues to inform Oakland/East Bay residents with writing that reflects humanity and mindfulness (not simple robot reporting).

Do East Bay residents want to know whether a local city government is making deals with a developer who is actively contributing large sums of money to efforts that undermine the security of Israel and Palestine and break international law? Why yes, they do!

Is this information relevant to all of us who want to know how and where our local community has an impact globally? You bet.

Should our local governments be making investments and property deals with individuals or organizations involved in efforts such as this? No, they should not. And thank you Darwin Bondgraham for informing us of this.

The settlement movement: is illegal, makes Israel less safe, makes Palestine less safe, and makes us all, in this hyper-connected world, less safe.

Investments are not simply business decisions they are connected to ethics and politics. Anyone getting upset at a journalist making ethical connections (and not reporting like a robot) echos the bully club of the Donald administration and their attack on reporters and news they dont want exposed.

Thanks for connecting the dots Darwin.

Posted by ZWEEN WORKS on 05/10/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Loopholes in ADA Law Make "No Pets" Clauses Nearly Impossible to Enforce

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