As I noted before, I'm not an attorney and my comments on this matter are purely citizen-based and opinion-based. But now that I get to read the judgment in its entirety, I find it to be even more damning and disturbing than I had initially realized.
The judgment names certain other roadway-soliciting groups who were not targeted by the actions of LCPD, and in fact, my original intention for this Part 3 post was to spoof one of those other groups, just to overstate a point about enforcement selectivity which I personally find to be arbitrary at best and discriminatory at worst.
|Uh-oh. More solicitors on the hoof, and on FM 518 to boot. |
As Danny DeVito famously noted in The Big Kahuna, it doesn't matter whether you're selling industrial lubricants or salvation (or for that matter, day labor services) - selling is selling. This is true regardless of whatever is alleged within that whacked-out (and unconstitutional) anti-solicitation passage in the Texas Transportation Code.
|Those other guys got an explicit hall pass, and explicitly for FM 518.|
|Of course, maybe I've got it all wrong. This is quite possibly the only solicitation group in League City to repeatedly transit the notoriously-dangerous and congested Five Corners intersection on bicycles without getting themselves killed. Maybe they really do have the inside track on God, because surely this otherwise-unexplainable survival is evidence that they have been granted His divine protection...?|
OR perhaps their success is more a function of the fact that they tend to operate mechanized vehicles in pedestrian crosswalks against the lawful flow of traffic, as they are doing in this photo. Maybe LCPD ought to crack down on them for that.
|And foolish enough to waste even more of our taxpayer dollars on this case. GCDN reported that they have so far spent $424,000 on it. Presumably the cost recoup award to which the day laborers are now entitled would be in addition to that figure. |
Perhaps this is the real reason why League City is now endeavoring to reduce its spending. Maybe they need to divert some money to their legal bills.