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Should drug conviction bar woman from pedaling ice cream in city?
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Olivia Lopez Grajeda wants to operate an ice cream van in conjunction with a drug prevention effort dubbed “Ice Cream for Jesus.”

Manteca Police Chief Dave Bricker doesn’t think that’s a good idea.

He rejected Grajeda’s request for a solicitor’s permit based on a previous conviction for possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia as well as a conviction for possession of stolen property. She has also been convicted of providing false identification to a police officer.

Grajeda doesn’t believe that is a fair decision. So she’s appealing to the Manteca City Council to consider overturning Bricker’s decision when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

The convictions all date back to 2007.

City ordinances give the police chief the power to make a judgment whether providing a license to an applicant for a variety of permitted uses as a vendor would be detrimental to public morals, peace, health or general welfare or if the applicant is not of good moral character. If that is the case, the police chief has an obligation to recommend to the city clerk that the license be rejected.

When that happens, the city clerk tells the applicant they must apply directly to the council for permission to operate any type of business on municipal streets whether it is from a van, a three-way bicycle or on foot.

Grajeda listed Manpower and Jacobsen Staffing as her previous employers.