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New state law toughens penalties for copper thieves, buyers

Original post made on Jul 23, 2012

With copper thefts a growing problem in the area, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill advanced by State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-15th) that stiffens penalties for both buyer and sellers.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 19, 2012, 10:22 PM

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Posted by Al Phillips, Candidate AD 16
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 23, 2012 at 8:52 am

I find it interesting that Joan Buchanan would be tough on those that steal metal and then vote down a bill that would have helped to protect children from predatory teachers. I guess she feels that precious metals more valuable than precious children

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Posted by William
a resident of Sycamore Place
on Jul 23, 2012 at 10:30 am

Uhhhhh... yes copper is more valuable than children. Currently copper is running at over $4/pound. The value of a child, after accounting for food, college, clothing, and other costs is well into the negative!

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

What's important is that PG&E needs their copper wire so they can hook-up to the high speed rail and make obscene amounts of money. After all in a few more years they will have another president wanting to retire with a 35 million dollar golden handshake.

What's more important, taking legal short cuts to weed out and prosecute predatory teachers or allowing PG&E unlimited profits. PG&E wins every time.

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Posted by local
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Are our laws on stealing copper really that lax? I would think the problem is catching and convicting those people, not changing the laws.

I also agree that it is ironic that Buchanan is more interested in the theft of copper than predatory teachers that put our kids at risk. I guess that will change once the copper folks have a strong union. It would benefit the union to have copper stolen so that people have to keep purchasing more copper.

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Posted by franco
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jul 23, 2012 at 8:20 pm

franco is a registered user.

I think the posters are missing the point as well as the laughability index in this article....

It says the bill adds vandalism to the theft charge and raises the fine to $1000 from $250... Wowwww! Wheee! All you criminals have now been served notice. Not only will you be charged with felony crime resulting in a trip to the pokey of some length, you will be fined $1000! Take that, criminals. Now, that's deterrent! I doubt we will have anymore metal thefts if this bill passes.

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

That fine is almost as high as the one imposed on Hayashi. Maybe Buchanan could focus on increasing shoplifting fines as well.

In the meantime, if you see Hayashi near your wiring or pipes, it's probably because she needs the copper to help with funding for the next election cycle. She's a wonderful public servant and deserves your vote because she has your best interest in mind. LOL

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Jul 24, 2012 at 9:22 am

Life inprisonment for all copper thiefs. Immediate inprisonment and removal of pension for any teacher suspected of abusing a child. Do away with union; do away with grievince sessions; do away with jury system. Lock em up. Problem solved. Its for the kids and its good for my pocket book.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

What's the use of new penalties when police don't even respond to theft: Web Link

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

The article posted above is from 2010. I can only imagine, under Jean Quan's leadership that things have drastically improved in Oakland and all crime is down.

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Posted by Jersey Malcolm
a resident of Deer Oaks/Twelve Oaks
on Jul 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I guess they might respond to more crime if there were more of them. But who wants to pay for police to protect the lives of others? I don't. If everybody just carried a gun we wouldn't need cops at all. Because I'm level headed, and if your not thats probably because your mentally diseased like all liberals are. Ha!

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