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Santa Ana, CA
Radical Reconstruction Fine Art Featuring Nancy Wood
Mixed Media - Sidewalk Chalk & Sharpie
The Westminster police told me that they would arrest me if they saw me here again, where I draw the chestnut vendor. I guess because they are trying to protect their rackets, we have been arguing for fifteen years, I keep filing complaints against them and suing them for civil rights violations and they keep telling me to beat it, on threat of jail. It's very annoying. They never tell panhandlers to leave, rather they just arrest me and say that I was panhandling. the vendors ask me to be there, not just because they like the art, but because I run the panhandlers off, and the customers are then free to purchase chestnuts! The cops get kick backs from the panhandlers, so, with me there, well, they evenings take is not so good. The cop told me his first name, but he left when I said I had permission to be there, and I asked him for his last name. He said something inaudible like Iyalla, and he said, 'If I see you here again I am going to give you a ticket." I said, "I have permission to be here, what if I stand under the store awning instead of on an island in the parking lot?' He said, "If you are here you will get a ticket, you are asking people for money, you can't do that here." I said, "I've never asked anyone for money." He is supposed to come back tonight and arrest me. I have a commission in Santa Ana, but I don't want to miss my 'arrest,' in Little Saigon, so I'm going to put off the Santa Ana drawing. Iyalla, works on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights: obstructing commerce. Next to this picture I'll post his panhandler, a guy who constantly screams obscenities at the vendors and demands money from the shoppers coming and going from the market; he swigs a beer the entire time.
November 10th, 2010
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