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

So...brown guy selling lemons on the curb presents a "quality of life" issue, but white kids selling lemonade on the curb does not. Got it. Just wanted to be clear on that.

Posted by bigdumbgod on 05/13/2017 at 2:29 PM

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

A descendant of European colonizers arresting a descendant of the original native founders of the American Continent, just for earning a living. If U.S. corporations would increase wages at assembly plants in Latin America to say, $25.00, dollars a day, for assembling our cell phones, hearing aids, lap tops., televisions, earphones etc., most Latino immigrants would not abandon their country of origin to come over and face racial persecution, pubic humiliation and jail!!

Posted by Enrique Ramirez on 05/13/2017 at 7:24 AM

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

Create fake bank accounts and steal money from hard working people; relax, get a bonus, maybe get promoted for being a clever and wily one.

But we can't arrest corporations because they aren't "arrestable".

The laws in America are just as sick, demented, twisted and unevenly applied as in third world countries.

Posted by qeyjffmutf on 05/13/2017 at 4:35 AM
Posted by qeyjffmutf on 05/13/2017 at 4:31 AM

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

Sell fruit go to jail.

Create fake bank accounts and steal peoples money, relax, get a bonus, and probably get promoted for being clever and wily.

America; home of the brave!!!

Posted by qeyjffmutf on 05/13/2017 at 4:30 AM

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

He is violating the law. No license or permit is a violation of law. Police officers take an oath to enforce all laws so if one enforces the against a fruit vendor he is doing his sworn duty. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT GET THE LAWS CHANGED, OTHERWISE STUFF IT.

Posted by Jim Mzt on 05/12/2017 at 10:06 PM

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

Interesting information but difficult to fully understand its meaning.

It does seem to go along with essential police department dysfunction also reflected in poor department morale, ongoing ethical challenges, very expensive officer turnover (still half a dozen cops quit every month?) and failure to deal adequately with serious crime.

Thus also it goes along with a public safety policy vacuum (responsiblity of the Council to shape and formalize policy and responsibility of Mayor and Administrator to propose and implement policy).

Public safety and policing in Oakland are difficult challenges to say the least. If the Council and the Mayor were simply to admit this and to affirm publicly they have no idea how to proceed, that could at least begin a productive conversation.

Unfortunately mum's the word in Oakland.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/08/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “City of Oakland to Settle Wrongful Attempted-Murder Conviction for $300,000

Alameda County Court System is rigged to lock minorities up and keep their employees with job security. Im a victim too!!!

Posted by Wide Awoke on 05/05/2017 at 6:16 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Relative to this point above...." While seemingly ignoring the absolutely essential, day to day issues for the city of Oakland." This comment was aimed at Annie Campbell and another council member. I would like to attest as a resident in Annie Campbell's district to her hands on approach to our local concerns. For example when the community pushed back against the incursion of a massage parlor into a primarily residential area in the Allendale Park neighborhood she stepped in to facilitate direct action. This is ongoing but her willingness to take on a gritty grass roots issue like this speaks to a level of integrity and caring that should not be taken for granted.

Posted by John Middle on 05/04/2017 at 8:33 PM

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