I'm very proud of the Reader for this piece, the entire coverage of Jeff Olson's ordeal, and for exposing the audacity of the City Attorney for prosecuting Olsen with taxpayer dollars (the City Attorney should not only be dismissed but also be order to pay all court expenses out-of-pocket). This made National news, and thanks to Mr. Hargrove, it is a perfect example of how alternative weekly publications are notoriously necessary, since mainstream media fails to provide proper coverage on how all branches of government are so easily manhandled by huge corporations. Olson has proven his point here, even more so than having done nothing more than drawing what amounts to harmless hopscotch chalk patterns on city sidewalks, in that large corporate entities seem to be powerful enough to direct the government to cast off a shoe and use it to smash us often-helpless slugs into submission. Good job Mr. Hargrove, and good job Mr. Olson, I thank you both.
"Deputy city attorney Hazard fires back, “The people do feel chalk is defacement. Mr. Olson did not seek authorization from the Bank of America or the City of San Diego to write messages on the sidewalk." Oh brother......"authorization" on a public sidewalk...Hazard should put on a Batman outfit and try to act in movies instead of a courtroom.
"The goal of this case is to address blight. We prosecute cases to protect the quality of life for residents.” The goal of this case was to jump at the command of your corporate master. I wonder if Squirrel Toupee can "Roll Over" and "Sit" just as good.......
Tell Ferret Head to ask B of A[ss] how the "quality of life" is going for the home owners they DEFRAUDED with their robo-signing foreclosures.......
When anyone from the San Diego City Attorney's office starts talking about the quality of life of residents, I want to run far, far away.
Thank God the jury had a modicum of common sense and refused to convict on such ridiculous, trumped-up charges. But we are still left with the evidence that our police force, our District Attorney, and the judge in the case were too corrupt to see the stupidity of prosecuting this case in the first place. Plus, where were the voices of reason in our state legislature when it was decided to include chalk markings as vandalism?
I can't believe that the generation that lived through the protests of the Vietnam War era would grow up into such doltish totalitarian dictators. At least this protestor didn't get gunned down like the protestors at Kent State.
Are you serious?? NO NE surds with BOTH their arms at 455 degree angles to their body-he looks more like a bird than a surfer.
Chesterton cactus garden along Genesee Ave. in Linda Vista.
Utility box art outside of Kearny High School in Linda Vista.
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