Posted by Sammy, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm
Wow. They have pumped $50,000 in sales tax revenue in the city, which probably paid that idiot code enforcers salary for the year. So the city is going to lose a significant amount of sales tax money. Plus if the owner brings the lawsuit they are going to spend more tax money fighting something that i believe is totally legal to sell.
These city officials are way wrong and way out of touch
Posted by Don, a resident of the Foothill Farms neighborhood, on Dec 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm
The stabbing was actually near Village High and it was totally unrelated to the shop. The State has basically made pot legal. Heck I have been stopped and let go by Pleasanton PD even though I had a little pot and a pipe on me and no I am not Prop 215 patient.
"Regardless, selling illegal drug-related items are prohibited by the State, regardless of how many sales dollars it brings to a municipality." Explain it to me then why is there more then 1000 head shops, that sell no tobacco, throughout the state?
P.S. Pleasanton is not a small town anymore. Stop butting in everybody's business
Posted by Mitch, a resident of Dublin, on Dec 15, 2011 at 6:10 pm
"She agreed the city's code enforcer did tell Akbarzadeh his shop was legal. 'Our code enforcement officer, when he reviewed municipal code, had the same misconception that had Mr. Akbarzadeh. We corrected that'. ...
And exactly did you "corrected" it Ms. Seto? By forcing your will on them thats how. Businesses should not suffer because of careless and incompetent city officials.
Posted by SantaMonicaSteve, a resident of another community, on Dec 15, 2011 at 7:10 pm
Like it or not, Pleasanton is a repressive, provincial town. It's a Bay Area community with Alabama sensibilities. No wonder nothing creative or original comes out of P-town, the people are too close-minded. A wonderful sea of strip malls and tract homes. Mediocre food and culture. No Silicon Valley or Napa Valley here. We're more Bakersfield than Palo Alto. Glad I left (grew up in Pleasanton) but I do enjoy catching up.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Dec 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm
For those of you dissing Pleasanton because their law enforcement procedures don't mesh with your 'lifestyle', stay the hell out of the city limits. If things are that terrible here that you can't get high when and how you want, you need to move to Amsterdam.
Posted by Tom, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm
Seems like someone is posting over and over again with a lot of anger here. Whoever it is seems to not have mastered the use of use apostrophe. The angry owner perhaps?
Sounds like from the article the owner started selling items and a legal business became illegal because it started selling items it never disclosed to the city it would sell. Those items it is selling seem to be prohibited from being sold by State law according to the article.
By the way, the voters of the State of California voted not to legalize cannabis in a recent election. Even if they did, cannabis is illegal according to Federal law.
Posted by middleton, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:28 pm
Pleasanton has become a metropolitan city (albeit a small metropolitan city). The bong is part of its growing pains. If you lived in Pleasanton let's say 15 years ago, you'll be hard pressed to recognize it as the same town in more ways than one.
Posted by Chris, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Dec 16, 2011 at 11:03 am
I visit this store weekly!! Walid is professional and courteous. I have seen other patrons from time to time, all appear to be well into their 20's and above and most are purchasing cigarettes. It sounds like the city is on a witch hunt, yet again. Heaven forbid that Pleasanton doesn't fulfill it's image as whitebreadupperincomeconservative town. While there seems to be concern about "drug paraphenalia" check out the Pleasanton police report for the number of people that are arrested for being drunk in this lovely town. Perhaps we should regulate how many bars there are instead.
Posted by Was there, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm
"He added he'd even been told by two police officers, whom he identified, that his store was legal, although Seto said, "He hasn't been able to tell us which officers said that."
I was in the shop getting smokes when the TWO COPS were there! Walids brother was working. The COPS had sheets covering the counter cases. The COPS were quite intimidating to say the least. They were arguing with Walids brother, an employee who was totally compliant in nature.
They were ranting about a box with a marijuana leaf on it.Shirts at Wallmart have marijuana leafs on them for god's sakes. These two "officers" were conducting themselves like they were in a court room, cross examining a witness.
What a shame that these honest and hard working people are being subjected to this trivial nonsence.
Posted by Timothy T, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 17, 2011 at 8:26 am
Did you know that a speeding ticket costs more than a marijuana possession ticket? Hey everyone! Let's remove all the car dealers in town!!
This is actually indicative of how it is to have a business in Pleasanton in general. Mostly hostile, subject to the whims of anyone in or around City Hall, and generally tough to do. It's the major reason why I am starting a new business (a restaurant), in Livermore and not Pleasanton.
Unless you're a bank or a nail salon. Then you're set.
Posted by Mary Jo, a resident of the Ridgeview Commons neighborhood, on Dec 19, 2011 at 1:05 am
I too frequent this establishment and I have found this family to be honest, hard working and very accommodating to all of their customers. It is a shame that they are being treated unfairly. Hopefully all of this will be worked out. They should not be held accountable for what their customers buy.
Posted by Rachael, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm
Cigarette City deserves to be there. They bring in plenty of tax revenues. They always ask for I.D. How many people can be pricks these days. Honestly its the new generation. Bringing back the 60's. Let cigarette city be. They did nothing wrong.