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Stop the Criminalization of Street Vendors in San Bernardino

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 Facing a multimillion dollar deficit the City of San Bernardino has been forced to make tough budget decisions. However, given the city's high crime rate, the council has rightly opted to preserve city funding for the San Bernardino Police Department. Instead of prioritizing on violent crimes, the San Bernardino Police Department has been targeting street vendors; hardworking people who are struggling to make ends meet in a tough economy. On the weekend of August 15th, the Community Policing Specialist confiscated flowers, fruits, and fined families for selling goods without permits.  

Burglary, aggravated assault, and robbery are on the rise in the City of San Bernardino, yet under Mayor Carey Davis and Police Chief Burguan  criminalizing and cracking down on street vendors has become a priority. A safe community is a community where our local police departments work with its citizens to prevent violent crime and address the real dangers in our neighborhoods.  We ask the following from our elected officials and law enforcement in San Bernardino:

San Bernardino City Council should address the issue of street vendors in a reasonable and humane manner.  The city can develop a permit process that promotes economic development, creates jobs, and is accessible to all with reasonable enforcement.  

San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis should not scapegoat the financial problems of the city on hard working families. Attacks on low-income families should not be a priority in a city that has an unemployment rate of 7.8% and a poverty rate of over 30% based on the Census Bureau.  

Police Chief Burguan should instruct his staff and police force to focus and prioritize their attention to addressing the violent crimes the city has faced.  SBPD should engage with community members and leaders to foster relationships and together address rising violence in the city. 


 Photo taken from SBPD Twitter. 


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